Psychologist criticizes her profession.
Canadian Press Wire Service, November 22, 1996.
VANCOUVER (CP) - A psychologist who has practised for
more than 20 years says her profession is a sham.
Psychology is neither a science or a profession, said Tana Dineen, but
an industry that turns healthy people into victims to give itself a
constant source of income.
Dineen, who has practised in Ontario but now lives in Victoria, is promoting
her book Manufacturing Victims, in which she is highly critical of her
She accuses psychologists of warping people's understanding of themselves
so they can funnel endless services, of dubious quality, into their
Psychologists do this warping not only through recovered memory therapy
but also by translating all of life into a series of "abuses, addictions
and traumas," she said.
Robert Tolsma, executive director of the B.C. Psychological Association,
said Dineen has written a conspiracy book that weaves together examples
of poor practice and presents them as truth.
Tolsma said people who have received psychotherapeutic services feel
"overwhelmingly positive" about them.
Dineen has worked at Toronto General Hospital, as treatment director
of a large Ontario psychiatric hospital, as supervising psychologist
at a treatment centre for children and in private practice.
She earned her PhD in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in
1975. She is licensed to practise in Ontario and British Columbia but
hasn't practised since she moved to Vitoria from Ontario three years
ago to write her book.
She said she doesn't respect psychologists because they either pretend
to have knowledge and expertise when they don't, or they realize they
lack expertise but take clients anyway.
Tolsma conceded that not all people setting themselves up as psychologists
have equal skills. He said consumers should shop carefully for the best
psychologists for them.