Been out of town for a few days so sorry for the delay in answering. You all make some very good points ! Thanks for the replies.
SCULLY- I agree- I wouldn't want an elder to counsel me either for a depression problem as they ARE NOT qualified to do so. But the LEAST they could do is advise a JW to go to a particular professional therapist , but this new elders book tells elders they are NOT allowed to do that. They can only say it's up to a JW's conscience. AND that if a JW goes to a therapist not to rat out anybody from the congregation about any dirty laundry which might have disturbed the depressed person. So it's " information control" once again which the WT society is very adept at doing.
BALTAR 447- Isn't it ironic that an elder got help to heal his own depression and marriage from professional counseling- but he is not allowed to recommend it to rank & file members ? Definitely a double standard.
PALIMPSEST- Interesting response by you. I can for sure understand why you would be relieved to hear that elders aren't to recommend a therapist, especially with the weird JW psychologist you talked about. That being said , it's better generally for JW's to get help for depression by a lisenced therapist than spilling their guts to elders without any training.
LV 101- I knew a lot of JW's on prescription medication for depression too.
ITSACULT- You aren't a doctor but stayed at the Holiday Inn express ? O.K. I'm happy for you. And your point is .......... ?
OTWO- You sound like you have some pretty exciting group therapy sessions ! LOL !
ZIDDINA- Yeah, you make a really good point. When female witnesses are told to get " counseling " from elders the alleged " counsel " will always be laced with how the lady should show " submission " even to dickhead husbands like you said you had. My JW older sister went through this as well. She was married for 20 years to a abusive JW guy who beat the snot out of her - when she talked to the elders about it they asked her, " What are you doing that makes him mad ? Are you showing proper submission ? ' Those elders were just plain idiots !
I'm glad you were able to go to a therapistduring that bad marriage to your ex. Very true what you say how elders harass and stalk JW's who stop attending meetings. And if psychiatrists and therapists heard about elders counseling people to NOT give blood transfusions to save childrens lives - I can only imagine the $hit storm THAT would start if it was more widely known. Take care, Peace out, Mr. Flipper