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Letter Sent to Mormon-News: 16May00

Letter from: 'Lancaster, Ella'

Re: BYU Professors Write "Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity

Dear Editor:


After reading your article on the handbook published for mental health professionals, I wanted to shout hurray. When I needed counseling, I deliberately did not go to a professional outside the church, knowing full well that if I did, my faith would be denigrated by the person from whom I was seeking help.

I've found that most secular counselors view religion as a crutch we lean on when all else fails. What I needed was someone who would understand where I was coming from on the matter of religious issues and my marriage. My bishop referred me to LDS Social Services and I saw a counselor there whom I felt I could confide in, and who could understand.

Ella Lancaster


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