What not to say to someone in pain

When we’re feeling sad, upset, depressed, or scared, there’s lots of ways for others to show support and help us not feel so alone. However, there’s also lots of phrases we tend to say that aren’t so helpful. In this episode, I have a great conversation with my sister, Emily, about her experience of anxietyContinue reading “What not to say to someone in pain”

Burdens & Boundaries

In this solo episode, I talk about the pitfalls of negative thinking, the importance of being aware of our feelings, and how Jesus teaches us to share our burdens. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theabidecounselingpodcast?fan_landing=true Continue the conversation on the Abide Counseling Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/682731989324441

The Heart of a Counselor

In this episode, I share more about how this podcast came to be, the start of my journey in private practice, and my journey into counseling. We talk about the origins of the name of Abide Counseling and the difference between a Catholic counselor and a counselor who is Catholic. We also discuss the journeyContinue reading “The Heart of a Counselor”

A Counselor’s Guide to Lent

Lent is a beautiful season of the Church where we unite ourselves to Christ’s suffering and take an honest look at what we want to purge from or add to our lives. For me growing up, Lent was the season where I walked around with a smudge on my head for a day, couldn’t eatContinue reading “A Counselor’s Guide to Lent”

What Matters Most

In this episode, I talk with my uncle and godfather Gary Drapela. Gary shares the birth story of his twin sons and the emotional roller coaster of having premature twins. We talk about how his faith and support from others sustained him during this formative time. This was a special conversation for me where IContinue reading “What Matters Most”

How to Let Yourself be Loved

In this episode, I talk with my friend and fellow counselor Tyler Kilbane. Tyler is a counselor in the midwest who currently works with clients struggling with substance use. Tyler shares about his own struggle with depression and suicidal ideation and his journey into the Catholic faith. We talk about struggling with feeling unlovable, theContinue reading “How to Let Yourself be Loved”

Confessions of a Recovering People Pleaser

In this episode, I talk with my sister Ashley Ricketson about her battle with anxiety. We talk about her experience with performance anxiety in high school, the pressure to “do your best,” and where anxiety comes from. We also discuss the difficulty in being assertive and struggles with people pleasing and how it affects relationships,Continue reading “Confessions of a Recovering People Pleaser”

It’s okay to disagree with your counselor

Something I say to every client that walks in my door is that counseling is a collaborative process, and I believe that you know yourself best. Counseling presents a unique dynamic in that clients are coming to a professional seeking perspective and guidance on a particular emotional or behavioral issue. In this dynamic, there isContinue reading “It’s okay to disagree with your counselor”