Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

The problem of the DSM

The DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is often used to diagnose individuals who have sought mental health evaluations. The most recent DSM was the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition, text revision, and included about 943 pages full of information that lacks great scientific validity. Unfortunately, a lot of people are uninformed about the historical foundation of the DSM and the danger it poses to our lives. Sigmund Freud, one of the most unstable trend setters in the field of psychiatry, had a rather strong influence on the DSM including other researchers of psychiatry. Anything can be classified as a mental illness, but are these classifications correct?

Watch a video on the history of the DSM and its impact on modern society.

The issue of homosexuality addressed in the video and the DSM is another story involving political and cultural influence. There are many falsely stated claims for this topic that will be addressed at a later time. The issue of court psychiatrists and children being removed from their homes is a case-by-case incident and this information in the documentary is exaggerated to make a point. We do not have complete information to fully agree with these stories. Removal of children from homes does occur, but they are rarely “ripped from their homes.” Consider all information with caution.

For more information on the DSM, psychiatry, and therapy, stay tuned for my book coming in April 2014 for parents, families, and caregivers!

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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