New research suggests that faith and religion influence people’s outlook on life and their mental health. As a result, the study’s author David H. Rosmarin of McLean Hospital says faith and religion should play a role in therapy. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb talk about religion, mental health, and therapists.
Your thoughts: After listening to the conversation above, what role do you think religion should play in therapy, if any? Does it matter if therapist and patient come from different traditions? Do you think questions of religion complicate therapy—or does it provide a clear starting point? Let us know what you think in the comments below.