You can have Jesus and a therapist!
Updated: Jul 15
Mental illness is taboo in our culture. Many people do not seek out mental health services because they do not want to be labeled crazy or they don't want their family and friends to know that they are seeking help. However, as a result of the pandemic, many people are putting aside their preconceived notions and making the decision to find a therapist to help them cope with the added pressures, anxiety, and depression. All of this is a great thing, but there is still a hesitation in the spiritual community surrounding whether or not you should see a therapist.
The issue is that people are often lead to feel that by admitting that they are struggling with psychological and emotional distress, that their faith is now in question. Some people truly believe that by going to therapy, you are saying that God can't heal you. That these demonic forces that are attacking you can be prayed out of you and that therapy is not needed. Now, I do believe that there is a spiritual component to this. In my practice, I treat the mind, body, and spirit and recognize the connection. I also provide Christian-based counseling for those who request it and I also provide spiritual coaching and guidance. So, I get it. But, with that being said, I also know that God called me to this and He has purposed and anointed me to be able to help people through psychological, emotional, and spiritual healing and transformation. God put therapists, like me, on the earth to be of service to others just like he put doctors, teachers, lawyers, dentists and any other helping professionals here to help us.
Seeking therapy is not denouncing your faith. It is acknowledging that you need help and you are looking to God first and then the professional that He placed here on earth to help you. If you get physically sick, you pray and you go to the doctor. If your house catches on fire, you pray, call 911, and get out! If you have a toothache, you pray for God to take the pain away and you call your dentist to get some dental work done. Well, why is it wrong to seek a therapist if you are mentally and emotionally sick? I want to remind people that therapy is not a bad thing. It is not a disconnection from God. It is acknowledging that you are hurting and seeking the treatment that God provided. You can have Jesus and a therapist and your salvation will still be in tact. You can have Jesus and a therapist and still whole heartedly hold on to your faith. You can have Jesus and a therapist and continue to serve and worship Him. You can have Jesus and a therapist and become psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually whole. I say this, always look to Jesus above anything else and then seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit on how and where to receive the earthly help that He left behind. God does not want you to suffer in silence. Seek help...it's waiting on you. #MJConsistencyChallenge #MJConsistencyPays