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altSurely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,
and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6

 

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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. 

 

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Increasing Your Trust in God During Difficult Times
Written by Gloria Lange, RN, LCSW   

 

rosary-on-bible morgue-file jclk8888Eight spiritual steps toward increasing your trust in God when going through tough times, and overcoming adversity with the Spirit of God.

Step 1: Turn to God

Realize that you don’t have what it takes in your own strength to overcome adversity. It is not by your own strength or power, but by the Spirit of God that we will overcome our difficulties. Turn to Jesus. Don’t shut down, don’t freak out, and don’t isolate yourself from those who can help you. Turn to Jesus.

He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

If you have sinned, go to confession and turn back to Jesus. We overcome adversity by allowing God to go before us. God is the fighter of our battles. He never expects you to fight the battles alone. He knows that you need the power of His Spirit. He has promised us His spirit to be with us until the end of time. Trust God and allow Him to work His timing in your life, because God has a plan and purpose for all things (Romans 8:25). Jesus defeated death with the cross. He defeated adversity before you and I ever had to face it in our lives. We need to have faith in the Lord, in His word, and live His word in our life. Have faith in what He has told us to do through Scripture.

 

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Overcoming Shame and Regret
Written by Dana Mayeux Nygaard   

 

dana-nygaardShame is absolutely shameless. It does not care that it debilitates us emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. Guilt lets us know when we have done something erroneous, whereas shame tries to trick us into believing we are fundamentally flawed. So flawed that we do not feel worthy of love. Shame colors not only our interactions with ourselves and others, but with God. Shame endeavors to shine a light on our flaws and to have us believe we are less than God’s children because of our failings. Our minds become inundated with self-ridicule and we become blinded by imaginings of imminent failings.

 

The following shame-based statements come from Letting Go of Shame by Ronald and Patricia Potter-Efron.

• I am defective (damaged, broken, a mistake, flawed).
• I am dirty (ugly, unclean, impure, filthy, disgusting).
• I am incompetent (not good enough, inept, ineffectual, useless).
• I am unwanted (unloved, unappreciated, uncherished).
• I am weak (small, impotent, puny, feeble).
• I am bad (awful, dreaded, evil, despicable).
• I am pitiful (contemptible, miserable, insignificant).
• I am nothing (worthless, invisible, unnoticed, empty).

  

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ct angel"Remain in me as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on it own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him, will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing."  - John 15:4-5