As I’m learning my new role in my new job, I can see how I am excited by the fact that there are opportunities for me to go back and get my license here in the state of Washington. Not being a Washington native I completed my schooling in California and was never successful in becoming licensed, nor completing my PhD. I had too many life’s issues interrupt my life; becoming a battered wife, losing custody of my daughter, losing a home, a car, and suffering persecution from mental health “experts” falsely making claims about me and my mental health, this after complaining about a social worker who became my stalker at work.
These are a lot of issues I faced over two or three decades ago that are long, drawn-out and unjust occurrences I suffered through, being an atheist and possibly an agnostic toward the end of those years. Many life’s problems caused me to stretch in areas and ways I would not have normally had to. I am literally grateful I had to go through those challenges if it means that I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ today. He has a way, I believe, of washing away the past tears and making things new – specifically my life and what I believe in now.
I wanted to write today about how I know it isn’t in the cards for me to become a licensed therapist. I try over and over to make becoming licensed acceptable mentally as I watch the successful careers of peers at work, and read online how mental health clinicians are making headway in changes in the social justice movement as writers or commentators but I know in my heart that the reason I keep getting faced with this is to become more clear about why I shouldn’t go that route.
We all have paths to walk; Christians will sometimes know if the path they are on is the one they should be taking. I feel it is of vital importance that I understand the reasons why I cannot become a licensed therapist. It is a practice that is becoming more watered down by the day in my opinion. Too many things have become acceptable, politicized and follow social norms as time moves on and I cannot let myself travel down that path.
To become a mental health therapist one has to support the path that the client is wanting to go. There are times when, if the client may endanger themselves or others that the therapist has a mandate to report and try to help change the direction their client is moving on. But for the most part, unless there is something illegal that the client is pursuing or unethical, therapists generally are supposed to help the person by walking along side of them to help them find a way out of their pain or barrier or show them different perspectives and possible answers to their dilemnas, for example. Those would be common and general reasons therapists are sought for their help.
In the world today where PC is so rampant, a therapist cannot, and is not expected to, vocalize their true thoughts about someone’s transitioning as a transexual, for example. Another example that creates issues for me is a child who is “gender fluid” because their parents think that bringing their child ideas about how it’s okay to be any gender they want would be a good idea. Not only the social norms have changed and been changing over time but how to handle emotions; ie. joining a protest group that is known to destroy property, or making threatening phone calls to dispell one’s anger or other issues that cause some to behave in socially undesirable ways, which may make peers proud of them, and seeing this activity as “standing up for one’s rights” in a perverse way, are the complications I cannot approve of. This would be a crisis of conscience for me, not being able to coach a person in the proper direction but having to gently address the issues with a client for fear of their complaining about me and possibly losing my job for not being “supportive” of a client and their feelings.
Not only that but when you are in a position to help heal a person mentally and you can’t mention the Lord Jesus or our Father in heaven, prayer and discussing sin in a person’s life along with demonic activity, I am cut off from my true beliefs about what and who really has the power to help a person and strengthen them, as well as heal, comfort or change a person so that they are walking with the Spirit of God residing in them.
Next time I become fascinated with the idea that there are people I work with who could potentially supervise my hours in order to gain a license to do therapy in the state of Washington I need to take a breath and remember who gave me the way to walk and the truth to know the difference between not being able to talk about the truth and what is money-seeking only.