Coping With Anxiety

Uncategorized Sep 17, 2020

by Irene Rowland MS,NCC,LPC

We are living in uncertain times. If a person already struggled with anxiety, it would make sense to have heightened anxiety currently with so much turmoil in the world. If one is new to the vulnerability of anxiety rearing its head throughout the day, it could be especially troubling to be experiencing those kinds of feelings and behaviors.

Look for Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety can look different with each person, however there are some common symptoms. Some of...

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Understanding the Meaning of Beauty in a Family

Uncategorized Sep 10, 2020

by Maria De Bruyn, MA, LMHCA

When someone remarks, “You have a beautiful family,” what do they mean? Are they alluding to the physical characteristics of family members, denoting some physical trait that the family has in common? Are they talking about the strength of the family as evidenced by the family’s size, ability to face obstacles, and resourcefulness? Or is the family simply being noticed for its “je ne sais quoi,” the very spirit of the family that...

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Spot Your Strengths in Five Easy Steps

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020

By Ruth O'Neil

As Catholics, we believe that every person is unique and made in the image and likeness of God. He created each of us for a specific purpose in this world, and much of our life’s journey should be seeking to discover His will for us. As we read in the talents parable of Matthew 25:14-18, God grants us different talents, or gifts, and expects something from us in return.

“It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his...

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We Are an Easter People!

Uncategorized Aug 27, 2020

by Irene Rowland MS,NCC,LPC

We are an Easter people!! Just as Jesus experienced resurrection after much suffering, all men and women can become new creations. He is the way to attaining resurrection to eternal life with God the Father. He can also be the way, in the here and now, to resurrection from all the ways people have been known to suffer.

Experience Suffering

Many people can be pulled down because of life circumstances and sometimes the sufferings are of their own making. God will...

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Discerning God’s Will after the Monastery

Uncategorized Aug 20, 2020

Take me to the vocational discernment course!

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

It is easy to read hear the “many are called to the priesthood or religious life and few answer” message while forgetting that some try to answer that call and, for one reason or another, discern out of that calling. In general, it’s believed that two out of every three people who enter religious life will leave before final vows. If you happen to be in that group or even know someone who...

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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.


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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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