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“In Christ” – Wholly Human

The phrase "in Christ" gets tossed around like a basketball in the Christian world. So often we dribble and pass it around carelessly. We don't realize the potential we hold in these two words. We know it's something nice, but how often do we grasp what it means for our daily lives? Even if we … Continue reading “In Christ” – Wholly Human

Human Reductionism

Have you ever noticed that we love to paint people with broad brush strokes in one color? Depressed people? "Mentally ill." Whoosh goes the brush. Your husband? "Lazy." The brush in your fingers slides across the canvas with one big Whoosh. The disabled? "Sad and needy." Swish. Zooey Deschanel? "Quirky and adorable." I pick up a big dollop of … Continue reading Human Reductionism

The Divorce Remedy by Michele Weiner Davis – Book Review

Is your marriage on the rocks? After adding "schedule an appointment with a good marriage therapist" to the top of your to-do list, you could consider making a note to pick up The Divorce Remedy: The Proven 7-Step Program for Saving Your Marriage. You know what I really liked about this book? Its never-say-die attitude, coupled … Continue reading The Divorce Remedy by Michele Weiner Davis – Book Review

Dehumanization

The Blindfold As a Christian therapist, one of my most preciously held values is that every human being is formed in the image of God, often referenced by its Latin imago dei. Today I wanted to shine some light on the house of horrors our world becomes when we humans forget we are created in the … Continue reading Dehumanization

Letting God Be Judge by Thomas J. Sappington – Book Review

Soul Care, Not Clinical Therapy I recently read a book which teaches about what I would term "soul care", sort of an overarching term that could also encompass clinical psychology. I would not necessarily use this book's teachings verbatim in clinical practice. Why did I read this book then? Because as a Christian clinical therapist, … Continue reading Letting God Be Judge by Thomas J. Sappington – Book Review

Learn to Express What Your Heart Needs

This is for you if you are ready to build closer relationships with family and friends, without losing yourself in the process. Many of us learned from the time we were just itsy bitsy that the best way to stay close to those we love is by not rocking the boat. As eager little students … Continue reading Learn to Express What Your Heart Needs

5 New Years Resolutions from a Therapist

How to Achieve Inner Peace and Flourishing in 2019 We all know New Years Resolutions don't work. Getting sweaty at the gym on the daily, eliminating soda consumption, or keeping a surplus of cash in the checking account at the end of every month are all lovely goals, but the problem is we tend to … Continue reading 5 New Years Resolutions from a Therapist

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What is the “Sinful Nature”? Part 2

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we acknowledged how awkward it is to talk about sin in a culture like Los Angeles where evangelical Christians are already seen as despicably judgmental, vile creatures. Many Christians these days, including pastors, seem to prefer to omit the word “sin” from their vocabulary because of the negative … Continue reading What is the “Sinful Nature”? Part 2