Therapists who can handle philosophical unrest?
December 22, 2012 7:12 AM Subscribe
Recommendations for therapists who are comfortable with atheist and materialist world views in the DC area?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been feeling pretty depressed recently, and I think it's about time I seek help. I have a number of problems in my life that I could use help with. Among other issues, it's recently felt like a growing struggle to engage and enter a state of "flow" in my daily activities and hobbies, even though I've felt passionate about intellectual and artistic pursuits in the past; my mother is suffering from a degenerative neurological disease; and, while I have several wonderful friends who help keep me going, I've felt a lack of a strong community and a lack of direction in life since I graduated college and moved to DC a year and a half ago.
But what honestly been bothering me to the point of obsession over the past month or so is the cementing in my mind of the idea that life has no /inherent/ meaning and that human minds are ultimately governed by physical laws. (I don't know why it took me so long to come to this conclusion since I've never been religious; maybe it's just the first time in my life I've had enough time to stop and think about it.) This has led me to troubling thoughts about the lack of meaning and moral responsibility woven into the fabric of the universe, and has also made it feel harder to relate to people who don't share this basic worldview. Now, don't get me wrong, I realize the existential angst I'm experiencing is probably related to the many other more concrete issues in my life, but I would really like to find a therapist who can relate to my basic philosophical perspective since I think it will be important for me to feel open and honest about my views to be able to work through things with them. I tried therapy once before, about nine months ago, but came to a roadblock in my treatment when I discovered my therapist was Christian and she recommended that I try praying, even though she didn't suggest Jesus as the particular god I should address my prayers to.
So, if you know of any therapists who fit this description in or around DC, or have tips about finding such a therapist, I would really appreciate it. Bonus points if they take Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.
Also, I hope this doesn't broaden the question too much, but if you have if you have ever experienced depression related to existential angst and have advice about how to deal, that would be wonderful too. Thanks so much.