Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Last weekend, I brought my son to Mass for the very first time in his entire life. Last weekend at that very same Mass, the Vicar General of the diocese announced that the priest of this parish whom I had come to admire and respect had been involved in scandal and resigned his position. AsContinue reading “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

Identity Wounds & Moana

The human heart loves a good story. Our minds work well with stories. This is why Jesus chose to teach using parables. Movies can have this same effect, helping us understand deeper truths about ourselves and the world and opening our mind to new ideas. Maybe I’m just going a bit crazy because my toddlerContinue reading “Identity Wounds & Moana”

Do you believe that you are good?

Here’s a typical conversation that comes up fairly often in my office: Me: “What would it be like to believe that you are worthy and good, no matter what, regardless of your actions?” Client: Answer A: “That doesn’t sound right. Yeah, God loves me, but I’m supposed to love him back. I have to showContinue reading “Do you believe that you are good?”

When things don’t go your way

You didn’t get that great job you applied for. The person you have feelings for doesn’t feel the same. That great opportunity fell through. You didn’t get accepted into the program. The person you trusted most let you down. You know the feeling. You had the courage to let yourself hope and envision the possibilityContinue reading “When things don’t go your way”

St. Maximilian Kolbe & Codependency

St. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who gave up his life for another in the Auschwitz concentration camp. With bravery, he spoke the powerful words, “I am a Catholic priest,” and laid down his life to save a man condemned to death. St. Maximilian Kolbe’s story is incredibly inspiring, but something dangerous happens whenContinue reading “St. Maximilian Kolbe & Codependency”

Do I need counseling?

Beginning counseling is a courageous decision. Making that decision to schedule your first appointment is not always easy. How do you know if counseling is the next right step for you? To put it simply, counseling addresses issues arising from feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. If you’re struggling in any of these areas, that’s a goodContinue reading “Do I need counseling?”

How to Journal

One of the most common suggestions I make to clients in their first few sessions is to begin the practice of journaling.  Here’s why: Life is happening all around us all day long, usually at what feels like a very fast pace. We normally don’t have space built into our life to pause and thinkContinue reading “How to Journal”