Being Human Podcast - Episode 70: Mercy as the Antidote to Anxiety, w/ Colin Nykaza

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 70 of the Being Human Podcast: Mercy as the Antidote to Anxiety, w/ Colin Nykaza

This week, Dr. Greg welcomes to the podcast the director of young adult outreach for the Archdiocese of New York (and a close friend of his), Colin Nykaza! Their discussion focuses on Divine Mercy: what it is, why it’s important, and how it can help us connect the dots between our spiritual and emotional lives. 

In this episode: 

  • Colin shares how his life has been touched and transformed by God, specifically through the message of Divine Mercy;  
  • How what we consume on a daily basis impacts our emotional and psychological lives; 
  • The importance of noticing the ways we distract ourselves from feelings of anxiety and fear, and how these distractions can increase those feelings; 
  • The disconnect that can exist between our faith and emotional lives, and how this disconnect leads to anxiety;
  • A definition of Divine Mercy as God’s desire to be with us in our brokenness, and how this Divine Mercy is the answer to our fears of rejection and wounds from disconnection;
  • Practical and simple ways to dive deeper into our relationship with Jesus and experience more connection between our faith and emotional lives.  

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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their six children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.