75: The 5 Most Useless Diagnoses [Dumb Things Therapists Say Series]

The world of therapy is changing, and it's time to challenge the status quo. And I’m here to share why some of the most common diagnoses in the DSM, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, body dysmorphia, and PTSD, are not only limiting but can actually cause harm to both clients and therapists.

By exploring the concept of "programming" and how our early experiences shape our beliefs, behaviors, and emotional responses, I’m offering a fresh (and maybe a little controversial) perspective on mental health diagnoses. I don’t believe that we’re defined by our diagnoses but that we’re a product of our coding, which starts at birth.

When the collective “we” understand this, therapy clients can break free from limiting labels and reprogram ourselves for a more empowered future. And therapists can truly support their clients in the way they deserve.

This episode provides practical tools for both therapists and clients to enhance their therapeutic journey and move beyond labels. And you’ll gain insights that will help you to understand the complexity of the human experience and how EMDR-informed therapy can create lasting change.

If you've ever felt stuck or defined by your diagnosis, or watched a client struggle, this episode offers a path forward. Discover the power of reprogramming your mind and unlocking your true potential.

The Zero Disturbance podcast is for educational purposes and is not a replacement for a therapeutic relationship or individualized mental health or medical care.

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With a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Kambria has been creating trainings and teaching adult learners for over 20 years. As the Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Stanford Medical School, she created ease in complex systems, thereby giving medical trainees successful learning experiences. Now, as a dedicated mom, therapist, and EMDR Consultant, Kambria knows what it means to do things efficiently, effectively, and in a learner-centered way. When she isn't podcasting or creating online courses, you can find Kambria playing with her twins on a beach in California.