“I am convinced that we must start training Christian counselors to work as ‘missionaries’ of post-traumatic consolation and care, able to deliver the comfort of Christ himself to a very needy world.” This is how Dr. Diane Langberg opens her website. Based on some of backstory that follows, we can see why.
“My career as a Christian psychologist began 45 years ago. That’s when I started working with the Christian community. That’s also when I first heard someone say, ‘My father did weird things to me.’ I had no idea what that meant. I had finished my master’s degree and had started a Ph.D. program in Psychology. I was also the only female in the class. Nothing in my personal life or training had prepared me for such a statement. So I did what all good students do when they hit a wall – I consulted a supervisor. He explained that women sometimes tell these hysterical stories. My job was to not be taken in and that I should not believe them. ‘Such women are looking for attention,’ he explained. ‘If you give it to them you’ll only contribute to their pathology.’ As time passed, I began to hear other women tell stories of sexual abuse. I made a decision. I would listen to these women, rather than my supervisor. That was 1972.”
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