Jesus: the Wonder-Counselor

Jesus: the Wonder-Counselor

...During their sorrowful journey, Jesus himself approaches and begins to walk with the two.  The Risen Lord is intuitively aware of their negative beliefs of course, but before admonishing them, he asks them to expound further about their distressed state.  What follows is arguably the longest continual one-way dialog anyone has with Jesus in the Gospels (Luke 24: 18-24).  It appears Jesus is simply allowing them to get grief, frustration, and hopelessness out of their system.  Nevertheless, Jesus knew that catharsis alone was not enough to transform these sojourners.  He understood that only by firmly calling them out on their irrational and unsubstantiated beliefs could progress be made....

Musings on the Heart

Musings on the Heart

...Some commented on social media that it is because people are turning to Satan instead of God. At the core of this there is truth, since evil certainly comes from the devil, and evil at times appears to be winning in our world and in our country. Yet this seems to imply that it takes an overt Satan-worshipper to perpetrate such an atrocity. While this might provide a modicum of comfort in a way, since one would have to go to the extreme of uttering some prayers to the fallen angel or pledging one’s being to him, I don’t believe this is necessarily the case. In the Gospel of Mark we are told that evil can have another source as well. “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery…” (Mark 7:21) It’s a matter of the heart. The heart is a very powerful thing – much more powerful than any gun...

Why do health professionals use diagnosis and do I need one?

Why do health professionals use diagnosis and do I need one?

...A common factor in determining whether or not a diagnosis is warranted includes the individual’s level of functioning.  If academic functioning is falling below expectations and homework time is negatively impacting the functioning of the family (e.g., a 15 minute assignment takes an hour), that’s a good example of when to seek professional help...

A reminder from Hugh Hefner about Lust: an obsession of the mind and an allergy of the body.

A reminder from Hugh Hefner about Lust: an obsession of the mind and an allergy of the body.

...Obsession of the mind refers to the invasive and pervasive fantasies about sex which get stuck in the mind of an addict. These are often triggered (as well as fueled) by fears and resentments. Triggers are what we refer to in addiction as the starting point of the addictive process. The process moves from the trigger, to mental obsession, also called fantasy, to planning some sort of acting out behavior to relieve the obsession, to finally acting out (i.e. acting out through porn and masturbation) the final phase is guilt and remorse...

Paying for Play: Does therapy work for young children?

Paying for Play: Does therapy work for young children?

...Some parents may ask themselves why they cannot simply provide play therapy at home.  There are several reasons.  First, oftentimes at home, there are multiple distractions and the parents may not have the time to solely dedicate to play with the child while ignoring these distractions.  Or, the emotions and thoughts that need to be processed are related to the parent, disallowing the child to appropriately display their feelings with the parent present.  This does not mean that the parent is necessarily at fault for the child’s emotions or behaviors, but sometimes it is helpful for the child to have an outlet outside of the home...

Knowing When to Hit “Snews"

Knowing When to Hit “Snews"

...You’ve probably heard of sensory overload, such as when in a club with strobe lights, deafening music – it’s just too much to process and we get overwhelmed. I have worked with some people that have had what I call information overload. I’m not even talking about the news, but even seemingly good information. Podcasts, audiobooks, blogs, self-help books, productivity apps, etc. But with so much information about what we should do to become more productive, how we could improve our lives in this way or that, or 10 things that you need to know about what you’re really eating, we can reach a place of paralysis. It’s impossible to do everything, so what is most important? ...

Curious About Therapy? Find Some Smart Answers Here

Curious About Therapy? Find Some Smart Answers Here

...The question for smart, successful people becomes,“What type of support do I need?” In a previous blog I pointed out that therapy is an endeavor that requires time and commitment.  I often find that people are surprised when they learn that individual therapy could take a year or more to change deeply rooted patterns of thinking or behaving, or to recover from the effects of traumatic experiences...