Letter from: 'Lancaster, Ella'
Re: BYU Professors Write "Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity
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.