Part of an occasional series about phrases that this therapist finds himself repeating, often. As a clinician in private practice, a phrase that I hear myself repeating often is “Our hurts return at different ages and stages”. This phrase generally arises in working with the parents of a child or maybe even a young adult […]
Lectionary Readings: Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35 “We are family, I got all my sisters with me, We are family, Get up ev’rybody and sing.” OK. So Sister Sledge is not exactly the same as the gospel reading. But in this reading, Jesus is not exactly going with “traditional” family values either. […]
In this letter from John, there is strong language to say that we do not understand God’s love for us if we do not love each other, if we do not enter into deep, lasting, loving, trying, changing, challenging relationships with each other.
The cure is that we must look at what hurt us in order to live.
Genesis 50:20, “You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good . . .” The story of Joseph is a favorite of children, with many elements to enjoy. The story has the family dynamics of a parent favoring one who is younger, not the oldest. This favor represents itself in an object: […]
So, yes, people often do not know what to expect when you visit a therapist’s office. It can be an awkward, vulnerable, and just a very different sort of conversation than you usually have. If you were going to a general practitioner, then you may get asked questions about your injury, your cough, the possible […]
Matthew 5:38-48 “But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other one also.” So let me begin by saying that as a therapist, as a clinical social worker/pastoral counselor, I do not like this passage much at all. In my time as a social worker, I have worked with all sorts of […]
[Note: This is the last in a three-part series of articles written several years ago for a local publication. The purpose was to do some education about mental health, especially for a church audience. I thought it might be good to revisit.] LMFT. LPC. LCSW. PsyD. MD. M.Div. Ph.D. CAC. RN. CSB. Medicaid. Medicare. MHP. […]
[Note: This is the second in a three-part series of articles written several years ago for a local publication. The purpose was to do some education about mental health, especially for a church audience. I thought it might be good to revisit.] We bring food. We knit prayer shawls. We call or text or email […]