Dunno if it’s controversial but I really feel like religion has absolutely no place in counselling. The counsellors personal beliefs should have no influence or bareing on the treatment.
But then again many of my intrusive thoughts are largely fed by a fear of judgement from other people, and in turn, religious people. At my worst I walk around angry/worried that people could be looking at me and thinking yes he’s going to burn in hell cos he lives a secular life etc. Or I’ll be watching films or listening to music and get anxious cos I panic like 'what would a liberal or conservative religious person think of this’ll etc.
Been going on years now and I know I’ve rambled on about this before. But I think the exhaustion of holiday the last week and seeing all these hideous business type churches in the US (so many of them seemed almost vulgar and disingenuous) that’s triggered a wobble.