The last counselor told me to just pray...
Have you ever been told to just pray about your problem when talking to a mental health professional, even when they knew you are not a believer? You are not the only one. This is flat out unethical and disrespectful. As mental health professionals we are taught to not push our own beliefs onto our clients. So if this happened to you, I am so so sorry you experienced that.
No, not all mental health professionals are like this. Please do not give up on us. It is important for you to get connected to someone who is either going to keep their beliefs out of the therapy sessions with you or to find someone who is on the same "wave length" as you. I am Agnostic friendly, Atheist friendly, Free-thinker friendly, Skeptic friendly, non-religious friendly, Humanist friendly and I offer secular counseling. I am also approved and listed as a secular therapist with the secular therapy project. My approach in counseling is to only use evidence based practices, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) or Solution Focused Therapy.
If you would like to chat with me about my non-religious background and to see if we are a good fit in therapy, please schedule a Free 30 minute phone consultation via this website or by calling 208 321 5552. I will be happy to meet with you over the phone. And I promise, I will not tell you to pray.
My counseling office is conveniently located off the Meridian exit. It is also centrally located and easy to get to from Boise, Eagle, Kuna and Nampa. However, for Telehealth video sessions you do not need to come into the office and can do counseling with me from anywhere in Idaho. Check out my profile on Open Path Collective for a low fee option, if you don't have insurance, or have financial difficulties.
~ Let's Talk! Petra
I am a Nationally Certified- and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho. With over eight years of experience, I specialize in counseling and consulting with adults of all ages, facing anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, grief & loss, life stage issues, stress and more.