Personally, I think most of them don't know shit about what they're doing. I've studied general psychology, psychopathology, and developmental psychology and it seems that so many factors that I learned so far were left out of my therapy. In general psychology, I learned about the original psychologists: Skinner, Watson, Piaget, etc., various theories including classical and operant conditioning (which explain a lot about why we behave how we do and are helpful to know if we want to change any destructive behaviors about ourselves). Psychopathology was just various disorders basically; can't say I learned much that I didn't already know. I did plenty of my own research on mental disorders. Developmental psychology, however, I learned a lot as well. How we are born behaving in certain ways as infants due to genetics (e.g., some infants are more emotional than others - which is a predisposition to things like Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Borderline Personality Disorder), and then based on our interaction with our parents and families and other environmental experiences, our adult personalities develop. The brain is extremely sensitive to trauma, especially during childhood...so predisposition + trauma = mental illness. Almost inevitably. I just don't know why, being in therapy for 2 years, I am learning this right now. No wonder I'm such a fucked up adult. My childhood was fucked up. I don't know about everyone else, but my therapist and I haven't even gone into any childhood experiences very much, unless I specifically wanted to mention any. And I don't understand why, being that it is such a crucial part of who we are today. Therapy needs to start with very early memories and experiences it seems...while I've just been bitching about my daily misfortunes every time I came in instead. I won't get better that way. Nobody could. But why did I have to figure this out myself, why wasn't I told by my therapist...hell any of them really, i've had like 5 in the past. Didn't they learn about any of this shit? Just curious about others' opinions on the matter.