What's the difference between a Psychologist who is Christian and a Christian Psychologist?
I have been wanting to write about this topic for quite some time - I get asked this by clients and colleagues all the time. Here is my humble opinion: I am a psychologist who has received many years of education and training, and sat for licensure in the state of California. That's straightforward. I am also a Christian. It is part of my identity and has a strong influence in my life. To me, that's straightforward, too. And although I have training in integrating faith and psychotherapy, and I understand the importance of having an understanding for how my clients view spirituality, I do not feel I have the credentials or the desire to call myself a "Christian therapist." I want to be INCLUSIVE in my practice. I don't want to alienate anyone or turn anyone away. I'm not saying Christian therapists want to do that either but it is very important to me that my clients feel their faith and beliefs - or even lack thereof - will be heard and respected. Here's what it all boils down to for me:
In my psychotherapy practice all are welcome. I am in the business of helping people...anyone who is willing to seek help and do the work. I have a profound respect for the person/couple/family who is willing to reach out, get help and self-confront. I see it as a privilege to be invited into people's lives in such an intimate way and I strive to work as hard as I can. I'm curious about how others see this topic. Please feel free to leave comments below or email me at Jen@Drjensandov.com.
Sincerely, Dr. Sandoval