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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More on Catholic Psychology

catholic psychology Jan 06, 2020

People often ask me, “What do you mean by Catholic Psychology?”  There are lots of questions people have regarding my work because it is a field that is relatively new.  The Catholic part has been around for millennia and the psychology part has been around in some shape or form for hundreds, if not thousands of years.  Not until very recently has there been an intentional movement to bring the two together.  In fact, for a large part of the 20th century, the...

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What's the One Secret to Living a Faithful Life?

catholic psychology trust Jan 02, 2020

Trust.  It all comes down to trust.  I suppose I shouldn’t start with that if it all comes down to it so I will back up.  Anxiety, Neuroticism, Eating Disorders, Phobias, Depression, Insomnia, Body Image issues, and the list could go on of problems that in some ways can be fundamentally broken down to trust issues.  I don’t mean to discount the scientifically proven role of physiology, things like serotonin and the effect of childhood trauma on developing brain...

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What Does Catholic Psychology Mean?

catholic psychology Jan 01, 2020

Catholic Anthropology (the study of human beings) is built on the principle that human beings are created in the Image and Likeness of God, who is the Creator.  We are loved, and our Creator has a plan for us because of that love.  This is a radical statement that sets Christian belief apart from most other worldviews.  Christianity also holds that our Creator shares the nature of humanity in the person of Jesus Christ.  By following Christ, and forming a relationship with...

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