Our expert says:
Christianity is clealy an important part of your life, and seeking SPIRITUAL advice from the church would be wise, and as you say, combining this with proper professional psychological advice and help would be excellent.
But unless the minister is properly trained in psychology, he can be ( and I know of a number of situations where this has been so ) a meddling amateur. Psychologists ought to be very careful not to preach or give spiritual advice, and ministers ought to have the same courtesy. Being a spiritual person or even trained in theology gives one no skills or knowledge in psychology, and I wouldn't ask them for advice on repairing my car, or how to help a sick pet. That's not rejecting the very real expertise they ought to have within their own field of work, but simply not assuming that they have other expertise without the required training.
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