The Evolving Relationship Between Mental Health Care and Traditional Religion
The relationship between Christian counseling and secular psychiatry is often presented as being characterized by conflict. In recent years, this misperception is slowly changing, but there are still many who believe traditional religion and secular psychiatry cannot co-exist.
The conflict between these two counseling methods was very real decades ago, but these days most Christian counselors include methods and theories from traditional psychiatry and non-believing mental health specialists are becoming increasingly accommodating to the spiritual needs of their clients.
Today, The Economist published an article exploring the evolving relationship between traditional religious practices and beliefs and secular mental health practices. It is an informative read, especially for those who still believe psychiatry and belief in God are mutually exclusive.