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May The Lord Richly Bless You & Your Families In This Most Holy Of Seasons!

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Back To The Future
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   

 

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Remember that movie?  It was really fun.  Marty McFly hooks up with a crazy scientist who’s made a time machine.  He goes back to the past, meets up with his parents and through a series of events interferes with and corrects problems that affect their futures and his.  Pretty ridiculous, really.  And yet it spawned 2 sequels, each block buster successes.

What made those movies work? They’re fantasy, an escape which can be most welcome and enjoyable, but before that can happen, we, as the audience must willingly suspend our disbelief.  We allow ourselves to go with it.  And if our companions are kind, they allow it too.  Nothing is worse than sitting next to some sourpuss who keeps rolling his eyes saying, “Yeah, sure, that can happen.”  You just want to punch him!

What is clear to me as a Catholic therapist is this:  We, as people, have trouble believing in God and His goodness.  We judge God based on our circumstances, rather than viewing our circumstances through the light of God’s truth.  If we’ve had a hard life or grave misfortune, we can conclude that God doesn’t care or can’t help us.  And yet, there are many who have suffered greatly, who don’t interpret God that way.  Instead they look for meaning in their struggles and dust for God’s fingerprints in the mess of their lives, trying to see the good that can or has come of their strife. 

 

Read more: Back To The Future  [Back To The Future]
 
A Life of Endless Possibilities
Written by Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D.   

 

dr patti zordichOne of the things I try to impart to my therapy clients is that no matter what is going on in their lives, they can experience peace and serenity.  I know this from personal experience. Personal experience with my own healing journey - beginning with psychotherapy, then joining a Twelve Step Program many years ago, conversion to the Catholic Faith at the age of 39 and my continuing, ongoing journey in the Faith.

Healing personal wounds from family hurts, marriage difficulties, death of loved ones, trauma, anxiety and depression is a journey that many people chose to avoid.  It’s not easy.  It hurts.  It can seem fruitless when you’re in the middle of it. Sometimes it feels endless.

Once we’ve entered the healing process, it’s not uncommon to expect relief, change, happiness and joy.

 

Read more: A Life of Endless Possibilities  [A Life of Endless Possibilities]
 
Practicing Kindness with Yourself
Written by Dan Stokman, MA, LPCC, CLC   

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What might change in your life if you were to relate to yourself and your shortcomings with greater acceptance and kindness?  Does the prospect of living this way bring you hope, scare you, or both?  If you responded with some hesitation, this reflects a common response to practicing self-compassion.   A recent client, who is a devout Christian, when asked where she could begin to relate to herself with greater kindness and acceptance stated that she didn’t even know what that would look like.  Upon further exploration she identified a fear that she would start to gain weight if she lived this way.  Other clients associate fear with self-compassion; some speak of becoming less productive, not getting ahead in life, and becoming selfish if they lived this way.  Perhaps we see some benefits to our inner critic and fear that we might slide into apathy and even patterns of sin if we didn’t criticize ourselves.   There can be a level of attractiveness in being critical of oneself even when our experience points to greater suffering.  Think of an area of your life where you are being hard on yourself and identify what emotions this brings up.   What is that like?  Is this leading you to greater peace and joy?  Is self-criticism deepening your relationship with Christ?

Before going further, I should note that self-compassion is not about sidestepping culpability and repentance for sinful behaviors.   There is a difference between humbly acknowledging and confessing one’s sin and delivering forms of self-attack regarding these choices.  The purpose of this article is to address the later.

 

Read more: Practicing Kindness with Yourself  [Practicing Kindness with Yourself]
 

ct angel"When Jesus saw the vast crowd His heart was moved with pity, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things."
Mark 6:34