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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The Masculinity of St. Joseph

masculinity st. joseph Mar 19, 2021

Cover image art: "St. Joseph and Baby Jesus" by Jason Jenicke. 

What's the first image that comes to your mind when you think about "masculinity"?

This will most likely differ drastically from person to person, and could range anywhere from images of suits, slick CEO's, and Don-Draper-types to beards, big trucks and Chuck Norris. 

In today's modern culture there seems to be a lot of conversation centered around what's been termed "toxic masculinity." This focus on what's considered...

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Training Our Minds for Peace

catholic mindfulness Mar 15, 2021

I think it's safe to assume we all want to experience peace in our lives (and could probably use a little more of it these days).

Beyond wanting more peace, so many people have expressed to me their desire to tangibly feel loved by God - to be able to truly rest in His presence.

Our brains can make this so difficult, though! I'm sure you can relate to the following scenario: You go to prayer or attend Mass... after a little while though, you start thinking about the conversation you had with...

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Celebrating the Differences

The month of March is designated in the U.S. as "Women's History Month" - a month-long celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of women.

Throughout her history, the Church has also celebrated the contributions  of many incredible, beautiful, passionate and holy women to our world. Coincidentally, it is during this month that we celebrate one of the greatest "accomplishments" by any woman ever. 

On March 25th, we celebrate a major feast day, the Solemnity of the...

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Following St. Joseph's Lead

 

"Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter."
These wise words are from a sermon given by St. Charles Borromeo back in the 1500's, but I thought them a timely reminder for our present day.

There's definitely a lot of "chatter" in our modern lives - in the news, in social media, in our own heads. We're living through turbulent times, and all the change and uncertainty can amplify the "noise" of anxious ruminations, contributing to feelings of overwhelm.  

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Living the Sacrament of Marriage

Note: For those of you who aren't married, hang in there with me - some of this info can apply to any relationship.

Living out the sacrament of marriage in a peaceful, prosperous time can be challenging.

Living out that same sacrament during a time of pandemic, social unrest and economic uncertainty? The level of difficulty gets ratcheted up a few notches.

So how is your marriage doing?

Has the stress of the past year impacted your relationship? Have you grown in intimacy & friendship...

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