A self-proclaimed atheist psychiatrist for the US State Department wrote an article for The Washington Post stating that she felt she had enough understanding of religious beliefs to successfully treat a religious believer. An article on The Christian Post was not so quick to agree.
“My religious friend once asked me point-blank, ‘if you don’t believe in God, how can you see someone who does as anything but delusional? As a mental health professional, how do you counsel such a person?'” wrote Jean Kim in the Post. “It’s a tough question for me.”
“A self-described atheist psychiatrist has recently argued that being a nonbeliever does not hinder her ability to counsel Christian patients,” reported the Christian Post. After exploring the topic with another psychiatrist, the Post noted that a number of websites offer to help people find Christian mental health professionals. “For Christians, it is best to seek a professional who professes to be a believer, can express knowledge of Scripture, and exhibits godly character,” stated one website. “Any counsel we receive must be filtered through Scripture so that, as with everything in the world, we can discern what is true and what is false.”
I’m an atheist psychiatrist. Should I see patients who believe in God? (The Washington Post, January 26, 2015)
Atheist Psychiatrist Argues She Can Treat All Patients, Including Christians (The Christian Post, January 29, 2015)