Behavior: Battling Shrinks

Mind-bending fray in Florida

Psychotherapy is such an uncertain art, critics say, that anyone with a heartbeat can claim competence in the field.

In Florida, the critics are right: a reporter who flunked psychology in college became a licensed psychologist in Miami, a hamster was officially dubbed "animal psychologist" in Pensacola, and a pet chameleon was licensed as a psychoanalyst and sex therapist in Polk County.

Reason: in its rush to adjourn, the state legislature failed to pass a law extending the life of the board that licenses and regulates psychologists. Since July 1 Florida's counties have issued local licenses to all comers. Bade...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!