What’s the Past Got To Do With It?

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2020

by Jennifer Madere, MA, EMDRIA-AC

Focus on the present moment… Just put the past behind you… Do the next right thing… 

Coping skills, building virtue, and time management may reduce chaos, reduce anxiety, and improve our functioning and relationships. But what if you feel that old feeling or fall into that old pattern, and find yourself in the same song-and-dance… again…?!

How about your view toward the future? Is it optimistic or riddled with anxiety?...

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Smart Parenting in the Smartphone Era: Part II Using Resources

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

By Wendy Baribeau, LAMFT

As we discussed in last week’s blog, the dangers that our children face when utilizing modern technology are serious and complex.  As parents, we all have an obligation to protect our kids from the tech that can be addictive, degrading, or unsafe. Parental controls and other resources can help parents take advantage of the benefits of modern technology while protecting kids from harmful tech. The dangers are changing everyday, so parents need to stay...

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Smart Parenting in the Smartphone Era Part I: Know the Risks

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2020

By Wendy Baribeau, LAMFT

Many Catholic parents have decided to give their children computers, smartphones and tablets for a variety of reasons. While nearly all schools in this country, including Catholic ones, have embraced the belief that technology aids learning, most parents are not fully aware of the dangers that unsupervised internet usage creates.

Every day, kids and teens seemed to be glued to their smartphones and devices. Although most parents have a general concern about internet...

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Can Catholics Practice Mindfulness?

Uncategorized Jan 30, 2020

By Matthew McCall, Psy.D.

During the last five years or so, a practice called mindfulness has become incredibly popular across much of the Western world. You’ve probably heard of mindfulness, and perhaps have had a friend, family member, or health care professional recommend it.

As a faithful Catholic, you may wonder if mindfulness is simply a beneficial exercise for the brain or a more worrisome and forbidden entryway into a Buddhist form of prayer.

In its essence, mindfulness is the...

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The Power of a Word

Uncategorized Jan 23, 2020

by Ruth O'Neil 

Like a brand-new journal, January represents a fresh start or a clean slate. It’s a great time to reflect on what’s going well and what needs work--and to make changes if necessary.

One way to give your new year a jump start is to choose a word that can help define or refine your direction. This word will be the theme or motto for the coming year. It can act as your compass, leading and guiding you in the direction of personal and spiritual growth. Claiming a...

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What to Say to an Abuse Victim

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2020

By Maribel Laguna, LPC-S

If you have the privilege of becoming the confidante of an abuse victim, you may not know what to do or say when you first learn about the abuse. Although many people may stumble over inappropriate or awkward responses, these are all far better than silence. It is easy to be silent out of shock or fear, but remember the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II, “Be not afraid!” Instead, pray for the right words to bring mercy, healing, understanding, and...

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Changing Yourself First To Help Your Children

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020

by Eric Gudan, PsyD

It’s human nature to point the finger at someone else. When something goes wrong, it’s always someone else’s fault. Parents who are watching children grow up often attribute bad behavior to others: disobedient classmates, an inept teacher, a bad TV role model.

As Catholic parents, we want our children to choose good, grow in virtue, and be holy. We know that living according to God’s will and plan for their lives will bring them happiness in this...

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Facing Our Distorted Images of God

Uncategorized Jan 02, 2020

by Peter T. Malinoski, Ph.D.

As Catholics, we believe that we are created and placed on this earth to know, love and serve God in this world and be with Him forever in the next. That is our primary purpose here, and all things should serve that final and most important reason for our existence.

The first step in accomplishing that goal is to know God. But what if we don’t really know God? Or we don’t know the real God? What if who we think is God is distorted? If that is true, it...

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How To Work Through Our Psychological Defenses to Enrich Our Relationship with God and Others

Uncategorized Dec 26, 2019

by Peter T. Malinoski, Ph.D.

As children we learn the two great commandments: Love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to follow these commands, however, we have to interact with both God and our neighbor in genuine ways. What does that mean? That means we have to have an accurate perception of our thoughts and feelings and respond to both God and neighbor in authentic and appropriate ways.

Part of our human nature sets up defenses that can sometimes cloud our...

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How to Find the Right Counselor

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2019

By Maribel Laguna, LPC-S

According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal in March 2019, millennials are the therapy generation. The article goes on to cite several studies that show young people seeking help more often than previous generations. Expectations of personal perfection, an increase in depression rates, and a focus on self-improvement are some possible reasons.

Whether you are part of that generation or a member of an older crowd, seeking counseling is an accepted and...

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