If zero stars could be given, that’s what I’d give Alissa Sherry. I’ll first begin with addressing Dr. Sherry’s narrative of parents who speak out about their experiences with her. She refers to them as “disgruntled” and having personality disorders.
Hopefully you realize, labeling victims as “disgruntled,” ETC. who have the courage and bandwidth to speak out about the unprofessionalism, breaches in contract, trauma, and harm they and their family have experienced IS A TACTIC TO INVALIDATE their statements.
Furthermore, trauma experienced is not something to invalidate, especially by a mental health practitioner! Where’s her integrity and pledge to “do no harm?”
There are psychological, social, and physiological ramifications from invalidating traumatic experiences. That’s a form of violence in itself.
No wonder victims have at times misbehaved, especially when going through a life-altering, distressing family law litigation. Wouldn’t you if your life was turned upside down, inside out and custody of your child[ren] was being threatened or had been taken away – all because of what Alissa Sherry claims? Her reports are instrumental tools used in family law litigations. Who is she and how do we know she doesn’t have a personality disorder or mental illness? These are questions potential clients and professionals should be considering.
Most parents go into family law litigations blindly, not realizing the amount of power & control attorneys, judges, psychologists, & participating professionals assume over them; and they know nothing about those persons they entrust with their lives and their child[ren]’s lives. They also don’t consider the political & business dynamics involved. The laws need to change to protect families-in-crisis, and individuals, in general. People need to become more knowledgeable of the Texas Constitution and Statutes and more engaged with their civil servants (including but not limited to monitoring their activities and decisions)!
Speaking out is one of the few ways victims can begin to empower themselves, heal, and move forward in life again. Trauma has a way of keeping a person “stuck.” People, including most professionals, forget or disregard the physiological aspects of trauma and what it does to the brain and body systems.
As a supposed mental health practitioner, Alissa Sherry should very well understand that and encourage victims to move from victimization to survivor to thriver…and she should want to participate in the solutions, rather than the problems.
So, why isn’t she doing that? Ask yourself, how is Alissa Sherry benefitting from fundamental attribution error, correspondence bias, and continuing to practice the way she does?
Here’s a very noteworthy example of Dr. Sherry labeling parents who speak out:
On February 12, 2019, Dr. Sherry sent an email titled “Important Board Meeting This Thursday 9 AM!” to many attorneys, psychologists, guardians ad litem, and other professionals she deems as colleagues or has an interest in soliciting their support. She created bias against parents in that email depicting them as disgruntled and hostile.
Interestingly enough, that 2/14/2019 board meeting turned out to be quite an astonishing event as many parents and professionals came to it to testify how they’ve either been harmed by said professional or have major concerns about how psychological reports are being utilized in family court hearings. It was hardly a demonstration of hostility, belligerence, or civil unrest.
If you’re interested in learning about the testimonies given at the 2/14/2019 Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists’ public board meeting, please contact the TSBEP Public Information Officer/Legal Assistant and request the audio recordings. They are public records.
In fact, consider researching the board’s archives and making open records requests for the past few years of public board meetings and learn how so many parents continue to testify how they and their families have been harmed and make pleas to the board to appropriately intervene.