"If they are not licensed, then they are not accountable," said Dr. Murphy Thomas, a past president of the Tennessee Psychological Association. Thomas explained that a psychologist's license shows the person has what it takes before he starts tinkering with people's lives.
"I've seen people who have been treated ... in very destructive ways. There was nothing that could be done because they weren't licensed and they weren't qualified. What do you do?"
NewsChannel 5 Investigates attempted to interview Judge Eisenstein, who refused to talk on camera.
"I can't discuss that with you right now," he said.
Yet, the judge was all smiles at a ceremony last fall as Poe listed the benefits of Mental Health Court: "One is the relationship I was able to form with a psychologist for the first time in my life, Dr. Casey."
Afterwards, the man she called her "psychologist" could be seen congratulating her on a job well done.
"I don't do any psychiatric care at the mental health court," Casey told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
So why would Poe have said that he was her psychologist?
But Dr. Thomas, the former president of the Tennessee Psychological Association, said that doesn't count.
"If that individual is saying, well, because I've been supervised by a psychiatrist, I can practice psychology, that's not the case," said Thomas, who added that only the state Board of Examiners in Psychology can authorize a person to practice psychology.