It has been almost a decade that I have been practicing as a mental health counselor (therapist). There are quite a few modes of treatment out there, most of which do not involve a couch but do end in “BT”: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to name a few.
I came across one today that does not end in “BT,” but certainly caught my attention. Angel Therapy, as it is titled by its founder, creator Doreen Virtue, is allegedly a way that people can tap into the other realm of beings that have such a close relationship with God that they can lead you back to your spiritual path and lead you to inner peace. Here is an excerpt from the website:
Angel Therapy is a non-denominational spiritual healing method that involves working with a person’s guardian angels and archangels, to heal and harmonize every aspect of life. Angel Therapy also helps you to more clearly receive Divine Guidance from the Creator and angels.
In her bio, Ms. Virtue apparently does hold advanced degrees in psychology (though it does not list a school, which I find suspicious) and has served as the director of a psychiatric clinic. She also gives all the credit to “God and the angels” for the work that she does, although it could not be the same that I know from reading the Bible.
Curious how no one in all of history has learned and effectively used what Ms. Virtue has discovered. Well, except for people that we call psychics and mediums. In fact, other parts of the website do not shy away from using these terms and actually seem to embrace the concept as similar to the way that an angel therapist practices.
Unlike Sylvia Browne (who added her own contribution to the Christian faith with her book, The Mystical Life of Jesus) and her apparent gift for speaking to spirits, angel therapy is a method that can apparently be learned and is taught at workshops in Honolulu, HI and London, England.
Notice I am not saying anything about the existence or non-existence of angels, but this seems to be more out of a science fiction (or “religious” fiction) novel. It pains me to think that we share an identity with people who believe that there is holy legitimacy to this. How does the spirit of ecumenical unity apply in cases such as these?