ATAQ: Who should get therapy, and how does it work?

Who should get therapy? I think everyone can benefit from therapy! I'm only a little biased. ; ) In all seriousness...God is the only perfect being, so that leaves room for improvement in the rest of us! We all have issues, baggage, luggage, cargo, freight, a U-Haul...whatever you choose to call it. I believe that when we stop growing and changing, we die--spiritually, emotionally, … [Read more...]

YouTube Channel: Mend Your Mind

If you're like me, you don't have time to sit down and read as often as you'd like. My YouTube channel, "Mend Your Mind," was created to give people another format by which to stay up-to-date on my Psych Blog and other posts related to mental health. The videos on my channel provide a great way to get information on-the-go. You can listen to the videos while you're doing laundry, getting ready … [Read more...]

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Where Did the Words Go?

Today, I’m sharing another incredible story of hope and resilience. This was written by a psychiatric nurse practitioner colleague of mine. She wrote it for a women’s health essay competition at her local DAR chapter, and she graciously agreed to let me share it. In addition to her determination and adaptability, God’s presence is evident throughout the story of her challenging journey, especially … [Read more...]

ATAQ: How do I let go of the past?

Letting go of things you’ve done or things that have been done to you in the past can be difficult. Let’s start with a definition of letting go to make sure we’re all on the same page. To “let go” of something doesn’t mean that you say that what you did or what was done to you is okay or no big deal, nor does it give you or the offender a pass. Like forgiveness, what it means is that you’re … [Read more...]

ATAQ: How do I find peace?

Take a look at everything going on in the world these days, and it’s difficult to be at peace. What it comes down to is this: Being at peace is a personal decision. It’s not necessarily a logical one, but it’s a decision nonetheless. There are several things you can do to find peace within, and I’ll talk about those in a minute. Ultimately, though, it’s a simple decision that gets you there. … [Read more...]

Spiritual Warfare: Prayer

Welcome to the inaugural post of my project with Pastor Ryan Nunez! We are excited to start with a question on prayer today.   Giving credit where it's due, I want to note that Pastor Ryan will be providing the majority of the content for these posts. I present him with the questions, edit and organize the content some and then chime in occasionally in the answers based on my personal … [Read more...]

New Project: Spiritual Warfare

Over my nearly 20 years of practice as a psychologist, I have encountered many people who have questions about Jesus, Christianity, God and the Bible. I, too, have had many questions over the years as I've tried to grow my faith and deepen my understanding of God. I've sought counsel over the years from various people and found it tremendously helpful in combating the enemy's attempt to draw me … [Read more...]

Marriage on Autopilot

The other day, we were in the car headed to the airport. I looked in my bag to make sure I had my phone, and I could not find it but felt certain I threw it in there. Just as I was about to ask my husband to turn around, I set the bag back on the floorboard and found the phone sitting in my lap. To my credit, it did kind of blend in with the dress I was wearing. Ok, not really, but it did get me … [Read more...]