It is not a requirement to have read these books before working together. I do make sure you have access to Science and Health while we work. Although some are familiar with these study materials, some are totally new to these ideas, and that's okay.
A Christian Science Practitioner is someone who will prayerfully support you by giving Christian Science treatment. While a practitioner is not a life coach or a therapist, there are some similar aspects in relation to the patient/practitioner relationship. Every conversation is one-on-one and confidential. Although a patient may disclose the challenge, the primary focus is on solution-based prayer and spirituality.
A Practitioner's job is not to give personal opinion or lecture at you. A Practitioner is not a personal/human healer, god-like spiritual guru, humanly perfect advisor, or an idolized mentor on a pedestal. There is no element of personal control, judgment, self-righteousness or selfishness in proper healing work. A Practitioner is here to point the way through Christ (SH. 444:16–19) The work done with a Christian Science Practitioner is all about finding prayerful guidance and direction in prayer, spirituality and healing. This is Bible-based.
A Christian Science Practitioner is considered a healthcare professional by law and this is a legally-recognized way to seek healthcare. This is because mental work naturally manifests and works wonders in our experience and on the body. Most insurance companies will cover Christian Science Treatment.
Anyone can work with a Practitioner: Children, teenagers, adults, and those in senior care facilities. I work with self-proclaimed Christian Scientists, as well as others that are exploring and interested in learning more about healing and Christian Science in general. You do not have to be a member of a church to work with a Practitioner.