It is a known fact that African Americans are known for being real big on religion. When we are going through trials and tribulations in life, we feel that the cure to the issues is to just pray to the Lord and read a few verses that are in the Bible. Within our culture, it has been embedded within us that if professional help is sought out then we do not have faith in God. It is also embedded in us that if one has a mental health disorder that it is nothing but the devil and that it needs to be rebuked; by prayer of course. The thing that needs to be acknowledged is that counseling is for everyone: especially those who state to faith in God. If there are doctors for the physically ill, then what makes you think that counselors do not serve a purpose for those who have mental instability? We often pray for God to make a way for us, to take away our sorrows, and to help us make better decisions. Well who is to say that he hasn’t answered us by providing people for us to lean on and help guide us to make the right decisions. Some people feel that if they go to the pastor and tell them their issues at hand that they will gain all the insight right then and there. Well sadly that isn’t always true. Now am I saying that going to your pastor is not the correct path to take: of course not. I feel that you should go to your pastor when you are dealing with trials and tribulations and you need guidance with your faith and your relationship with God. But when it comes to mental health, a lot of pastors are not clinically trained to help their members with traumatic issues that could have serious effects in their lives. As a matter of fact, there have been incidents where people have fell of the deep end because they were instructed by their religious leaders that all they had to do was pray and ask for forgiveness. When in counseling, it is very important that you have balance. You have to ensure that your physical, your spiritual, and your mental needs are being met. In order for it to be met, you have to reach out to people that are qualified in each aspect: not one person that claims that you can do it all or state that you do not need all. So the next time you are going through some difficult times in your life and feel that you just can’t go on, pray to the Lord and ask for his guidance which could possibly lead you to the couch of a therapist.