Healing After Trauma: Q&A with Maura Preszler

On the CatholicPsych Facebook page, I once shared a post that ended up getting more shares, comments, and reactions than any thing I've ever posted. (Even now, years later, I still periodically receive notification of a new comment on that particular post!)

I shared this particular post because I’m a huge proponent of integration: the belief that our psychological and emotional lives are deeply united with, and deeply affecting, our spiritual lives, and vice versa. 

So...

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What is the CatholicPsych Institute?

"Become who you are."

These words from St. John Paul II have echoed in my heart since I first heard them in 1997 at World Youth Day in Paris. My journey has taken me from being a student in the classroom of Peter Kreeft to a Franciscan Friar with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, and eventually to earning a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2012 before forming the CatholicPsych Institute. 

I formed CatholicPsych to empower people to become who they are by providing services and resources that...

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The Surprising Power of Our Imagination

As humans, we possess the capability to encounter in the present moment something that is outside of the present moment in a way that physically changes our brains. 

It’s a little like having a superpower if you think about it. 

 

 

As material beings, we live within the confines of space and time. Through our five senses, our brains collect data about what’s happening to us in the “here and now.” 

So if you see something, you are seeing...

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Healing Through Catholic Mindfulness, Part Two

Guest blog post by Lindsey Peppers, continued from Part One... 

To make a long story short, this stumbling block got me off track...and then COVID hit and of course, things got even crazier. My anxiety and pain hit its climax. I knew I needed to get back on track with some of the mind-body principles I had learned.

One day soon after making this resolution, I stumbled upon the book The Mindful Catholic and listened to the audio version all the way through. (I’m now taking the...

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Healing Through Catholic Mindfulness, Part One

Guest blogger Lindsey Peppers shares her journey to finding hope and healing through Catholic Mindfulness. (This is part 1 of a 2-part series.) 

It was an otherwise unremarkable weekday in the fall of 2016 when I sat across from my neurologist, completely dumbfounded at the sample boxes of triptans (migraine medication) that were stacked in front of me. He had told me that while it “wasn’t smart” to take more triptans than my insurance covered due to the risk of rebound...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Meet Sandra Czybora, LMHC

As we wrap up this month dedicated to bringing more awareness to topics surrounding mental health, I’d like you to meet another one of our CatholicPsych clinicians and IDDM mentors who has been available to help those who suffer with mental illness. 

This week I’d like you to meet Sandra Czybora, LMHC. Sandra lives in New York, has been working at CatholicPsych as a psychotherapist for a little over three years now, and also provides Mentorship through our new model of care...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Meet Dr. Emily

 As we move through mental health awareness month, I’m excited to continue highlighting those at CPI who help facilitate the healing of mental health disorders our clients suffer with.

This week, I have someone else I’d like you to meet: Dr. Emily Dowdell. 

Dr. Emily is another one of the founding Mentors of IDDM, has been with CatholicPsych as a clinician for a little over a year now, and is the Director of Assessments. She works out of our Westerly, Rhode Island office...

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Selfishness or Narcissism? Outlining Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Uncategorized May 12, 2021

We throw around the term "narcissist" and "narcissism" a lot these days, usually when we refer to someone who we believe has been incredibly selfish or self-centered in their interactions with us.

But what exactly is narcissism, especially as it presents in narcissistic personality disorder?

Since this month has been designated as Mental Health Awareness month,  I’ve decided to shine a light on various common mental health issues in the Being Human podcast episodes this month. This...

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Interview with a Therapist

This month has been designated as Mental Health Awareness month.  During May, I’ve decided to shine a light on various common mental health issues in the upcoming Being Human podcast episodes.

But as we're focusing on bringing awareness to mental health, I think it's also a great time to introduce more of the amazing professionals who serve as CatholicPsych Institute clinicians and IDDM mentors in order to highlight those who are available to...

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God Created Us to Need Each Other

You probably already know by now that I have a weekly podcast called Being Human. In one of the recent episodes, I begin to venture into what some would consider dangerous territory these days. (The fact that this subject has become such a controversial issue is baffling.)

"What am I discussing that’s such a contentious topic?" you ask.

Strangely enough, it’s the fact that we are created as males and females, and that both a masculine and feminine presence are ideal...
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