Ask Florie: I went to a member of my religious clergy six month ago to discuss some addiction and depression issues I am having.

Q:  I went to a member of my religious clergy six month ago to discuss some addiction and depression issues I am having. I spoke to him again this past Sunday and told him that I hadn’t made any progress. He told me that all the answers lie within our religion and I must not be utilizing them the way I should or could. He said that continuing to fast, pray, attend church, and read scriptures were the building blocks that I could rely on.  His advice was to recommit and “press forward” and we’d checkup in another 6 months.  When I left his office, I felt horrible and discouraged. My gut is telling me that I am in need of some professional help.  Would I be a good candidate for counseling?

A:  What a great question!!  Yes, I think you would be a good candidate for counseling. I have listed the reasons why I think counseling would help in my blog for the week.  Thank you for reaching out!

Ask Florie: I’m questioning my faith but am scared to discuss it with anyone. Would therapy be a good place to talk about it?

florie-color-fbQ: I’m questioning my faith but am scared to discuss it with anyone. Would therapy be a good place to talk about it? – Sue from Provo

A: Questions of ones faith can be very complicated and confusing.  In my opinion it would be helpful for you to discuss it with someone, and yes, a therapist would be a good option.  One thing to keep in mind, look for a therapist who is unbiased in their approach.  That way you can decide what you believe and don’t believe without their personal opinions being a part of it. Best wishes – Florie