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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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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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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Answering God's Call in the Midst of Cultural Chaos

Most people don't believe me when I say this, but it's true: I don't watch the news. So a couple weeks ago when my wife mentioned something about a "storming of the Capitol" I thought she was referring to a scene from one of the Hunger Games movies!

So much for the hope that 2021 would bring some peace and calm with it...

The world feels completely upside down these days - we've all been put through the ringer, and it's hard to know which way is "up." Our culture is in a lot of chaos and,...

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We're Back in Manhattan!

catholic psychology Feb 16, 2020

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE CATHOLICPSYCH INSTITUTE AND THE GIANNA CENTER IN NY.

 As we are a union of body and spirit, treatment for disease and disorder should be approached with both body and spirit in mind. Catholic Psychology takes this union into account, and so does Catholic Medicine. Referrals have been made between the Gianna Center for Women’s Health and CatholicPsych Institute for years, so we have finally decided to make the trip from one...

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Treating the Wounded Soul

catholic psychology Feb 15, 2020

In psychotherapy, we are asked to face all of our insecurities, fears, regrets, guilt and shame. It can seem intrusive, foreign and taboo. How can embracing our pains in the presence of someone we don’t know lead to healing? The idea of therapy can push us away because it makes us feel as if there is something wrong with us. And what if someone found out we were going and judged us harshly?

I’d like to address some of these concerns by offering a little of the perspective...

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Hobby Lobby Victory is Not Enough

catholic psychology Feb 05, 2020

What a wonderful victory today for the pro-life cultural movement. With the news constantly inundated with depressing stories of losses, and the sense that stemming the tide of extreme dehumanization rampant in our culture will never be possible, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a welcome breath of fresh air.

As a Catholic healthcare provider, I am reminded daily of the culture war raging between pro-life values and values that go against the good of the human person. I...

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What's with This Skype Therapy Anyway?

It’s really interesting how many people are curious about therapy over Skype and how many questions I get about it. Admittedly, it was tough at first to decide whether or not to offer video-based counseling. I had many of the same questions myself. After 8 months of providing therapy over Skype, I want to offer some of my (developing) thoughts.

First of all, the most obvious question concerns the lack of personal connection. This question goes much deeper into an issue about technology...

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Easter and Trauma

Integrating the field of psychology into a Catholic framework is not an easy task when the founder of the field (Freud) wrote, “Much will be gained if we succeed in transforming hysterical misery into common unhappiness.” Catholicism is concerned with becoming human – fully human – and therefore fully alive. The end of Catholicism is happiness beyond our wildest dreams, not just “common unhappiness.” While this ultimate joy is not experienced until we reach...

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