Sick Souls Healed By Christ Only

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I am thankful that God pulled me out of the field of psychology.

After many bad experiences in the field; people who were unsaved, unbelievers who had their own ideas about how we could help people, but often were mean-spirited toward their clients.  I also had problems with them as a coworker, when they were demeaning, prideful, and wanting to harm my ability to practice in my field.  I guess it was a type of spiritual war with satan using people to harm my life.

Not being a true believer but having dabbled in Christianity, I suppose I was marked by “the enemy”, since I expressed an interest in Christianity on and off during my adult life.  I only guess at this, but don’t really know.

Listening to my course recording, I took more notes about Christian counseling.  The instructor, Dr. Jim Newheiser, seems very sober-minded and accurate in his dealing with the issues of why we don’t want to go into secular counseling, but would want to study the bible instead.

The bible is sufficient to train up our children, and teach us as adults, how we are to conduct ourselves in our lives.  I strongly suggest all who come here to this blog to know the value of God’s Word in being our ultimate guide in our lives.  We have our best counsel in the Lord Jesus Christ and not mankind, as it says in the bible.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. – Psalm 1:1

The value in my education and experience in the field of psychology comes in sharing with others that counseling should be biblical counseling, and how the field of psychology of man is not compatible with the biblical world view.  

Some may find it helpful to speak to secular counselors because they can share with someone that is supportive and should refrain from being judgmental or invalidating the reality of what the person says.  Many people are not trained to give time to the person, but interrupt to talk about themselves or give advice where it is not wanted.  They do not have an ability to allow the person who is talking to have space to hear themselves, and process for themselves.  It is an art form, in my opinion.  You know when to interrupt, question something they’ve said to learn more about their view, and then allow them to continue, sharing the journey of self-growth.

But that is not what the Lord calls for; it is belief in Jesus who gives us sound minds and can heal us from within.  We are living souls who need soul-health.

A standard of healing based on man’s understanding of man is not sufficient to heal.  A dying soul needs Jesus to heal them, to redeem them, to mold them into the image of himself.

Our training as counselors may observe man’s behaviors and know the language that the secular counselors speak and teach, but the short-fall is that they don’t have a way to address the soul-sickness of mankind that is not saved.  There is no middle-ground, no compromising the world-view of the Christian. 

Psychology relates to those who’ve rejected Christ and was built around an atheist and secular world-view.  We cannot expect that world view to be of help to a dying, sick, soul.  Only Christ can do that.

Mental Health Treatment That Excludes Jesus Christ

trees1Psychology is not a pure “science” as we know it.  It is based upon man’s perceptions of what is normal behaviors and feelings, upon their social norms and morals, and what is known about science at the time they are seeking treatments, including medications, for their clients.

The field of psychology cannot explain what goes on in a human brain that leads to a person’s behaviors.  It has been explained in a master’s degree level psychology course that “psychology is a type of science, but is also an art”, because mental illness and brain activity which may cause mental illnesses and behaviors are not truly understood. 

Medications are only testing grounds for the doctors who prescribe them.  They may work for a short time to help a person feel better but may cause them to act out violently or feel suicidal, or may not work at all in helping a person feel well.  Doctors frequently change medications and their doses that only serve to mask symptoms at best.  It is thought that some people may have to remain on psychotropic medications for the rest of their lives in order to function, but that they will probably not be cured.  People are left waiting for the next new drug in hopes of being made well.

Labels are used in mental health treatment which are often given a client in therapy based on their feelings.  If enough feeling-related symptoms are cited by a client they become diagnosed according to the criteria cited in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the “bible” of mental health practitioners and doctors.

In the courts, unacceptable behaviors get explained away by a description of some earlier life’s experience, such as being mistreated in some way as a child which often times are offered as justifications for why a person did some criminal behavior, in order to sway a judge to hand down lessor sentences.

Behaviors can be explained away by how a person “feels” at the time.  Anger, depression, sadness, can be described as the basis for why a person behaves badly.  Seeking medication can seem to be the “cure” for feelings being expressed, presumably to inhibit further misbehaviors.

These man-man treatments leave out God – Our Lord Jesus Christ – from all equations in treating mental health.  Unless you go to a Christian therapist or doctor you may not find any words about Jesus and the bible included in your treatment in mental health therapy.  Even then, most mental health practitioners are licensed under state laws.  You must pass the exams of the state licensing behavioral boards of science in order to practice, or be working on a license, or have a licensed supervisor who holds authority over what you are able to do in the field.

As we know, state licensed mental health clinicians of any kind do not have to have any experience in knowing Jesus; they do not study the bible to learn anything about Christ, or how he teaches us to obey God according to Scripture.

As I write this post which seems ragged around the edges because I’m sitting in the public library, it is hard to imagine how anyone can be a healer in mental health and offer treatment without any guidance from God; Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paths To Truth: Not Gaining A License In Mental Health

treespath2As 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.

Christians View Of Healthcare: Are We Sick From Our Past Sin? Christ’s Teaching Provides Answers That Secular Doctors Deny

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“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19

People suffering from mental illness meet many challenges in getting help for their issues.  Concordia (2016) reports that “approximately one in five American adults experience mental illness each year.”  That’s 18% of the population, with children ages 8-15 being severely mentally ill at some point during their young lives making up 13% of the population.  That’s a lot of Americans suffering from mental illness, and serious mental distress among the American population is increasing, according to a blog called “Health”. (2017).

So how is it that so many people are left with little to no resources to help them in their fight against their mental illnesses?  The “Health” blog reports that people have not had easy access to mental health treatment options because the healthcare industry is complex, and the number of healthcare providers has not kept up with the need, yet there are conflicting reports that have mental health treatment options easier to access due to Obamacare.  Which view is correct and accurately describes the problem in our country’s secularistic domination of our health treatment programs?

“You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20

What can Christians do to escape the stranglehold of pharmaceutical companies that treat for symptom-management but don’t quite heal a person from their mental or physical illnesses?

Don’t be impressed with your all wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you’ll gain renewed health and vitality. – Proverbs 3:7-8 

American health care has forced citizen’s into paying into the federal government, and at a hefty price, to fulfill the laws surrounding the requirement of having medical health coverage.  No longer are our treatments for mental or physical health a choice made by the people, but this is government-run.  Healthcare insurance companies and treatments for mental illness are not our choice, but are legally mandated by insurance companies that make us pay for federal government-run health care at hefty prices.  Otherwise we risk paying a fine at the end of the year if caught without healthcare insurance.

If you believe like I do that mental health treatment is barbaric, and non-caring about the person’s well-being, you may cringe at the thought of having someone sent to a health care treatment provider who prescribes pills for all the maladies that a person has.  No longer is there compassion, or real caring for such persons.  If there were, facilities would allow Jesus Christ into the treatment providing scenario. 

Jesus is the only true healer of the body and mind.  He cares enough to offer us redemption from our sins and can heal us from the damages of that sin.  He is the only Way, Truth and Life we have, and for that I am grateful.

There is no health in my bones because of my sin. – Psalm 38:3b

Sin take its toll on the human body and mind and can create devastating illness in the body.  Why isn’t Jesus spoken of in healthcare treatment? 

Secular humanism has taken it’s toll.  We are not healed by secular humanism.  Secular humanists do not even believe in Our God, and the wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Heavenly Father is the creator of mankind and blew life into the first man, Adam, after creating his body from dust (Genesis 2:7).  How can mankind think he knows more than Christ?

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19

It is man’s arrogance and greed that produces medical practices such as the pharmaceutical companies we are required to pay for in order to fulfill the healthcare laws of this country.  Like the Nazi’s of Hitler’s Germany, we are forced to comply.  Like in Hitler’s days of medicine, it has stayed godless and Hitler is a fine example of what medicine can do in the sickness industry, for it is not the medical health industry.  

I can no longer work in an industry that promises health but only offers godless health treatments for those who suffer in silence, and for those suffering from mental illness who can’t find answers to their maladies in our mental health treatments today.

Showcasing Skills: Seeking Jesus Through Prayer At A Time When I Need His Help

As I seek a better job opportunity, I have thought about my past education, goals and plans.  I wanted to be a nonprofit owner and founded a nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio some years ago.  I took classes at the University of Akron around nonprofit management and briefly considered urban planning as a change in education from clinical psychology and practicing as a therapist and mental health clinician.  I had taught classes at a University which brought in a good income when I held the job.

sunny pathIt is all very profound to me, reviewing my past and present career goals, and I’ve decided that I have become a life-long learner always interested in learning something new.  But as I was reviewing my history, searching for ways to improve my resume with my experience and skills being showcased in a new way, I reflected on founding and directing a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.  I took all the classes offered at the Cleveland Foundation that were offered free of charge on nonprofit management.  Those were the years I enjoyed learning about being a nonprofit Director yet I was not a believer in Christ yet.

From California on, I believed I had a special gift in writing and had had the experience of having lost my connection with my daughter, Kindred Kohler, who had been taken from me by her dad, Wayne Kohler, by a frauded document and other maneuvers that were illegal.  He had been violent and I tried taking my daughter to a battered women’s shelter to protect both her and I.  This was during the 1980’s when family violence was not protected by the police; they just asked you if you wanted them to do anything else after arriving on the scene but did not take the offenders away back in those days.  So I was left with no police protection and had to go on my own through the family court system in Solano County, California.

There’s more to the story, however this blog post is about making a better life for myself and including in my resume the information regarding my having taken nonprofit management courses, and founding a nonprofit.  Those skills are not found with every applicant for the Office Manager jobs I’ve been seeking as I’ve had the title at the last job I had working as a temporary employee before landing a permanent job where I currently work.

My resume does not include any of my experience as a nonprofit founder, and office skills are included in such work.  These days I have had to take the jobs that staffing agencies have given me although I know that those temporary jobs are beneath my true job skills.

Other skills I’ve utilized are from presenting my court case in a way that was understandable to myself and others I spoke with at the time, only the law is not for those bringing cases who are representing themselves as their own attorney and so I never could get my child custody case straightened out.  I always lost since I was going up against an attorney.  Advocating comes naturally to me; I guess I always was one.

You see, in my practice as a clinician, I was an advocate for patients, on both sides of the aisle; as an advocate for patients in psychiatric hospitals, as well as on the opposing side through a patient’s right’s advocacy agency.

My journalism background with internet radio about the laws around child custody having been a major component of life for me then has continuing implications in my life.  In those years I was studying to become a licensed psychologist, but the family law problems got in the way.  I lost much and could not afford the student loans I had taken out.

Life has been like a roller-coaster, wanting Jesus as my savior yet wanting the things I had strived so hard to obtain so many years ago and not wanting to be left broke all my life.  I don’t want to work in any old office doing the work that anyone can do; that is not where my gifts are.

Mental Health And Healing Requires Knowledge Of God

How would one who practices therapeutic interventions in the field of psychology be able to turn feelings and experiences into questioning whether God is real and being willing to find out?  Pain is a great motivator and when one is brought down to their knees metaphorically speaking, they may want Christ Jesus to help them return to a life they can deal with.  No only deal with but keep them from falling again.

He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. – Psalm 121:3

If a therapist could chance it and talk about Christ to a person receiving mental health treatment, who seeks a way out of misery and hearing voices, would it be worth it?  I think it would.

No matter what the problem of the day, anyone who turns to Christ Jesus has a better chance of becoming strengthened by a trust in Christ.

Christ overcame all. 

He is a friend to me and can be to anyone.

Give your hearts to Him, and watch how your life becomes steady and stays on solid ground.

Drafting Opinions About the Mental Health Disordered World We’re Living In

So I wrote in my last blog post here about why I am writing this blog; the nagging idea that I no longer want to work as a therapist, social worker, and mental health clinician anymore in my life.  I’m nearing an age where I have to take my daily life seriously and work to make my personal world a better place.

It takes money, and I dream of the day when I own my own company and can live how I want to; no neighbors, room-mates or annoying people bothering me.

Don’t you want freedom, the power to lead the life you want to live?

I want my own space to do photography, or maybe news of a different kind.

This blog is a place for me to analyze my life’s path in the field of psychology and maybe make a change in people’s lives by being a voice about the problems I’ve faced working in these “helping” professions.

Having been on the inside, I think a few opinions from an experienced mental health clinician is in order.  It’s a failed system in my opinion.