Untangling God’s Love From Our Fallen Natures

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2020

Take me to the vocational discernment course!

by Annie Harton, MA, LMFTA

Most faithful Catholics can see how the world defines “love” is a shadow at best and a far cry at worst from the true love of God. Original sin, our own sin, and the sin of those around us pollutes the love that God intends for each of us.

By taking what we know by faith from Scripture and Church teachings as well as what we have learned from psychological studies, we can begin untangling the love of God from...

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Pros & Cons of Video Counseling

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020

by Bridget Hannahan, Ph.D.

Many psychotherapists have moved their practices online, either partially or completely. Aside from the obvious advantage that disease cannot be spread through video, what are the pros and cons of this relatively new way of conducting counseling sessions? Here are some professional observations that may be helpful to those considering working online with a therapist.

Experience Greater Convenience and Access Online

Clear advantages of video sessions include the...

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A Narcissist in the Family

Uncategorized Jul 30, 2020

by Maria De Bruyn, M.A., LMHCA

In the book, The Brothers Karamazov, we see the influence of a narcissistic dad, who is concerned mainly with power, lust, and money, and how it affects his children. Although his other brothers all have narcissistic tendencies, one of his children, Alyosha, seemed to have escaped the curse of narcissism. At a funeral for a young boy who had previously been bullied by other boys, Alyosha gives the boys this wise advice for battling the narcissism not just in our...

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Trauma and Healing: Forgiveness is Not Required

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2020

by Dr. Andrew Dobo

Clients of trauma therapists often say things like, "Everyone says I just need to forgive him and move on" or "You can't keep holding a grudge, forgive and forget." Well-meaning family, friends, priests, and ministers encourage them to just forgive them, and everything will be just fine.

In reality, we need a more sophisticated understanding of the horrific experiences that the victims endured and the role forgiveness may or may not play in the healing process.

Understand...

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Thought Labeling Helps Us Slow Down

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2020

by Daniel Johnson, M.A., Associate M.F.T.

Have you ever had a thought and wondered, “Where did that come from?” or feel something and say to yourself, “What’s all that about?” Many Catholics who struggle with scrupulosity will quickly conclude that they are guilty of sin because of the content of their thoughts. Those who struggle with anger or lust often find themselves overcome by their emotions without ever pausing to think about the actions that follow upon...

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Is Discernment Ever Over? Answering the Call

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2020

Take me to the vocational discernment course!

by John J. Vizza, MDIV, MCL, JCL, MS

Discernment, especially in Catholic circles, is often the term most applied when one is in vocational discernment as if, after one has decided which course of life to take, all other discernment ceases. Discernment, however, should also apply prior to making any big decision in life: buying a house, moving to a new state, changing jobs or even changing qualities or characteristics about oneself.

Today, now more...

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Why a Catholic Therapist?

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2020

by Thomas Pfister, LPC, CSAC, NCC

When compared with the number of non-religious therapists, very few Catholic therapists are practicing today. Therefore, the question arises for every individual contemplating entering therapy. “Why should I take the time and energy required to find a Catholic therapist?”

This is admittedly a very practical question. Perhaps more Catholics have asked a similar question when it comes to seeking an obstetrician; many soon-to-be parents often go...

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How Do You Know When You Need Counseling?

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2020

Take me to "A Catholic's Guide to Self-Help"

by Bridget Hannahan, Ph.D.

Seeking mental health care is an important decision involving an investment of time and money. Looking at our weaknesses and seeking help to meet our personal goals requires courage, humility, and fortitude. As Catholics, we believe that “the road that leads to life is narrow, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:14)

Psychotherapy is often depicted in the media as endless talking about problems with...

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Understanding Justice and Justification

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2020

by Eric Gudan, Psy. D.

The issue of justice is again in the news. As society continues to pursue justice within our cities and communities, it’s important to have a firm grasp of not only how seeking justice is both a personal and a societal endeavor, but also the differences between Christian and secular understanding of the concept.

Define Justice

Unfortunately, justice is one of those words that can be used to serve a particular agenda, which can lead to anger and selfishness as well...

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Making Spiritual and Social Communions

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2020

by Irene Rowland MS,NCC,LPC

For those who are used to regular church attendance and frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist, it is troubling to not be currently able to physically partake in this sacrament. In some parishes, in-person Masses have resumed although there are many restrictions. For those who fall into the vulnerable category, because of age or health, the wait to return continues.

Spiritual Communion has been in place in the Catholic Church long before the coronavirus arrived....

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