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The statistics tell an interesting story about whether or not Christians go to therapy. About one-quarter of American adults are dealing with a mental health condition. That number is likely an undercount when you consider how many people still fear the stigma of mental illness and, thus, don’t seek help. At the same time, 63 percent of Americans are Christian; that’s 210 million people. How many of them fall into that category of “not seeking help?”

Of course, Christianity is a diverse religion that encompasses many different perspectives. Even so, it’s widely accepted that Christians can find it difficult to reach out to a therapist. Unless their church has a skilled staff to handle such conversations, the topic can get buried in shame. 


Why Wouldn’t a Christian Go To Therapy?

To clarify one more time, we’re painting with a board brush here. Each person, church, denomination, etc., is its own unique scenario. Some Christians go to therapy without any issues, while others struggle to accept their need for help. However, there are documented general trends that can be and should be discussed, e.g.: 


Hiding “Weaknesses” 

Self-discipline and self-control are highly valued in the church. Hence, some folks could see mental illness as a form of weakness. We’re supposed to be strong and overcome. While willpower is a crucial component, it alone isn’t the answer. All through the Bible, we meet people who struggled mightily. In other words, real or perceived weakness is not taboo.

On the contrary, individuals from Abraham to Moses and any of the Apostles were not above asking for help in times of struggle. You can activate your faith by praying for a skilled guide to help you get back on track.


Perceived Lack of Faith

Members of your church might view you as lacking faith if you seek out a mental health professional. In order words, you’re putting your faith in a human instead of God. Meanwhile, those same people would visit a medical doctor if they felt physical symptoms. Obviously, their viewpoint is more about mental health stigma than doctors in general. 


They Don’t See God’s Ordered Steps 

If your car won’t start, you’ll certainly contact a mechanic. No one would shame you for not waiting until God fixed the car himself. We live within a community in which each of us has discrete skills. God made us to be different and to run our own races. A big part of that is learning to work together with others by sharing skills and expertise. 


So, Should Christians Go To Therapy?

God granted us free will, so each of us should be free to decide for ourselves. That said, it’s important that we also engage in some self-education to learn more about our symptoms and potential disorders. If we recognize that therapy has a proven track record, we can combine that with God’s proven record to blend heavenly faith with earthly support.

It can be difficult to go against the grain, but that’s precisely when you can lean on the power of prayer to guide you. Another path to consider is becoming more open about our collective mental well-being. You don’t have to be confrontational but you can be outspoken. Every time someone starts a respectful conversation on such topics, it inspires others to do the same. If at least 1 in 4 Americans is struggling, isn’t it our obligation to help and seek multiple avenues of support?

On an individual level, you might have some problems that require your attention. You will likely find solace in connecting with a Christian-based therapist. They bring knowledge and skills gained over years of study and practice. At the same time, they understand quite well how there can be a chasm between faith and therapy. For starters, why not schedule a free and confidential consultation?  Book Here