Mental health: A new view

You might say that Paula Jensen-Moulton has always been invested in helping people see themselves differently. During her graduate work in counseling and human development, one of her professors turned his glasses upside down and told the class, “Remember, there’s always a different view.” For Paula, a practicing Christian Scientist, that “different view” began with her understanding of God as good, and goodness as innate in every individual as God’s image. And this view consistently informed her work in a variety of positions throughout her career—from a psychiatric center to a prison. The Sentinel’s Jenny Sawyer talked with Paula, who is now a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in Canton, New York, about how seeing differently—seeing spiritually—can help all of us more effectively address and heal mental health issues. 

Between your work in a psychiatric center and your later work with prisoner education, you’ve spent a lot of your career with populations in which mental health issues are in the foreground. How did your understanding of Christian Science inform that work?

Christian Science offers a unique and helpful lens through which to view any issue—including those related to mental health.

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