My fellow Persons of Color, it’s time for us to stop separating God from counseling and mental health services. If you believe that attending a religious service can heal you through listening to a Religious Leader (Priest, Preacher, Imam, Rabbi, etc). deliver God’s healing message, why is it so hard to believe that God works through a therapist too? Therapist are healers in a different form. We therapist may not have a holy book sitting out next to us during a therapy session but that doesn’t mean that God isn’t working through us.
There are so many of us therapist who strive to embody the principles of the Prophets; love, compassion, understanding, helping people forgive those who have wronged them AND helping people forgive themselves for the wrong that they’ve done to others. So many of us Persons of Color have experienced and continue to experience daily injustices that we can get help to deal with and heal from. Prayer with action is powerful and unstoppable.
The next time some says to you “pray about it”, PLEASE encourage them to pray about and allow God to help them to heal by using two of God’s instruments, a Religious Leader AND a Psychotherapist.
Peace and Blessings,
Christina is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland California.