"Jack" has had a severe personal trauma in the 80ies as a young adult and as a result had a series of very unfortunate experiences with neurologists and psychologists within a confined hospital unit. Since then, he vehemently refuses to seek out any professional help with the argument that "psychologists" (referred to psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists alike, all thrown into the same pot) hurt more than they help and put financial compensation way before the well-being of the patient.
Jack is, from the point of view of several close friends, in need of psychotherapy (mainly because of depression and the unhealthily resolved trauma) but refuses to seek out professional help until today. Jack is of no threat to his surroundings and is able to get by without professional help but the external view of the quality of his life is stagnating at best and deteriorating at worst (which I know can also be seen as normal symptoms of aging, but it is the severity which is alarming). Jacks personal view of his life is often ambiguous.
My question is if there is any way I can argue to convince Jack to at least try out a few sessions of psychotherapy? What I've tried so far ranges from
- trying to move the notion of psychologists and therapy in a better light
- reporting on my positive personal experiences with psychotherapy
- trying to shine light on the deterioration of the life quality
- doing absolutely nothing and accepting the situation as is
I would like to avoid being a "know-it-all" by putting my perception about Jack above his own. But I know that Jack would be in a much better state of being if he could rehabilitate his trauma with the help of a professional and empathetic outsider.