It's kindof funny,
I had a good friend who did this, who was also a roomate in a shared "Zen" house.
She had many years of practice as a Buddhist.
However, I remember asking her about responsibility.
If someone has been doing meditation, even for a short while, they can have things come up spiritually that need to be delt with (or rather have the advice of) someone who really knows what they are doing. Otherwise the person can become very scared, and either freak out, or be turned off toward meditation, and doing any sortof contemplative practice, blaming the practice for what came up in their sitting.
I told as much to her, and asked her what her procedure was for dealing with such a thing should it ever come up.
She didn't really have an answer for me.
I actually first asked her who qualified her to be teaching meditation.
I pointed out that she was essentially teaching Buddhist practice (she was and I assume still is a practicing Buddhist) and I asked her who certified her.
She answered me kinda indirectly but basically the answer was that no one had.
Though of course she had a degree in counseling or what not.
That's the price of mixing Buddhism with psychology.
In a sense, it makes it more accessible to some, especially those who may need it only at that moment but might be turned off by religion, but the price is paid in lack of understanding or Dharma and Sangha.
If something goes wrong, (or right, but they don't know it's right, and don't know how to handle it) they're kinda on their own, or at the hands of some mindfulness instructor who may or may not know what they are doing.
And then if that instructor has to call for help, for backup to a priest or other trained Dharma Teacher, the person may be resentful, that they were essentially practicing Buddhism, a religion without their full know-how, and knowledge and consent, and they might be resentful of the person for it, potentially, for not informing them beforehand.
Of course I think in reality, most people know the connection to Buddhism, "that these techniques have been practiced for centuries....", "derived from ancient Buddhist practices.." etc.
It does make one wonder..
But, it's just the way it is I suppose.
And, like I said, if that's the way it's accessible to some people, then so be it. I'm glad it helps them.
Some people just need to have things in certain ways.
I've made my peace with it.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy