In the late ’40s, the U.S was home to 2,500 clinical psychologists, 30,000 social workers, and fewer than 500 marriage and family therapists. As of 2010, the country had 77,000 clinical psychologists, 192,000 clinical social workers, 400,000 non-clinical social workers, 50,000 marriage and family therapists, 105,000 mental-health counselors, 220,000 substance-abuse counselors, and 30,000 life coaches.
The majority of patients in therapy don’t warrant a psychiatric diagnosis. This raft of psychic servants is helping us through what used to be considered the daily, routine issues of life. We have effectively outsourced the work of everyday caring.
Take Away: We have effectively outsourced the work of everyday caring.