“...mental health profession has made no real progress...”
Way back in the 1970s I knew a girl at Western Kentucky University who went to a “shrink”. Not only did this “doctor” have sex with her but he also had sex with her best friend who was also a patient.
So in addition to a political agenda there is also plenty of self-interest with some “mental health professionals”.
There was one of those in Philadelphia in the 70s. Married, with children, and a former Southern Baptist minister. Several of my friends got burned along with the long-suffering wife. At least he left the ministry before starting his "sex, drugs 'n' rock'n'roll" agenda. Funny, he looked like Howdy Doody, and sounded like a backwoods cracker.