I hesitate to use the word scam, because I assume most psychotherapists believe they're healing humanity. However I found psychotherapy essentially to be faith healing. Though the therapists convinced me that monumental things occurred, "treatment" ultimately reduced down to empty and ridiculous ritual.
Psychotherapy is an engineered, paternalistic relationship promising authenticity and autonomy. It fixates upon and enshrines wounds, defects and persecution. It habituates self-obsession. It views the human spirit pathologically and distantly.
Practitioners and their surrogates often aim arsenals of presumptions at "negative outcomes" like mine. She was unready to "deal with her pain" or resistant, or too borderline or unwilling to change. These sweeping assumptions and diagnoses about persons and situations unseen, that practitioners practically feign omniscience, highlight psychotherapy's absurdity. It's paradoxical how psych scientists, purporting to be such Seekers, do so little research in negative outline and have so little interest in actually hearing from consumers.
Two blogs, A Disgruntled Ex-Psychotherapy Client Speaks her Piece and another--Reasons To Be Therapy-Free critique therapy from a consumer viewpoint.
Contrary to the post below I was thoroughly ready "face my pain." That self-involved ritual was thorough training in regression and victimhood. Now I'm "facing the pain" again--the pain of what a sucker I was to buy into psychotherapy.