Some people indeed believe that prayer is a sufficient method of dealing with life circumstances and emotional struggles. I am not one of them. When stuff goes down, I have an arsenal of strategies to get through it, prayer being a critical one among them. But if I went to my doctor and she diagnosed me with high blood pressure, I want to know all of the ways that I can get relief from this condition and maintain optimal health. This might include changing my nutrition and eating habits, taking prescribed medication, increasing or adding exercise, and managing stress better. All of that is in addition to, not in lieu of, prayer.
While I believe that God is the ultimate healer, I also recognize that the manner in which healing can occur is diverse and dynamic. The same is true of psychological struggles or conditions. You may be able to pray and meditate through one particular issue or situation, while with another you may need to add or increase other strategies: social support, meditation, reading the Bible, self-care, medicine, and/or therapy.
God made doctors and therapists, along with every other profession, for a purpose and intention. For example, many people struggle with a view of God as punitive, rigid, and lacking in grace, forgiveness, or understanding. Therapy can help you find your way to view God as He is expressed in the Bible – loving, kind, forgiving, and longsuffering. Along with prayer, Scripture, support from church and other loved ones, therapy offers a safe and integrated path to healing, renewal, and wholeness.