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Hurt by an Abortion You Didn’t Have?

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | January 21, 2015 | Comments

Hurt by an Abortion You Didn’t Have?

In the abortion debates that have gone on for over four decades in America, there are an awful lot of assumptions that are made. The first one being that a woman has a right to choose abortion to avoid ruining her life by having an unplanned child. Without critical thought, such an argument seems to make sense…but only with the false assumption that an abortion helps the woman in the long run. Mounds of evidence refute this. Interestingly, a woman who had an abortion in the past is as much as six times more likely to join a pro-life group in the future.

Aim Higher In Your Relationships

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | January 15, 2015 | Comments

Aim Higher In Your Relationships

Relationships can be so wonderful and life giving. God designed it that way. We are literally made for relationships - with Him and with one another. One of the mistakes that we make though is believing that a relationship can “complete” us. If we meet the right person then we can finally be whole and happy. Well, there’s some truth to that.  When our significant other has qualities that we don’t have, as a unit we can be more effective and experience greater joys…depending on those differences, of course.

The “To-Don’t” List

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | January 03, 2015 | Comments

The “To-Don’t” List

Ah, it’s a new year and time to set our resolutions of all the good things we would like to do and all the bad things we would like to stop doing. But New Year’s resolutions have become almost cliché. So many jokes are made about giving up on those resolutions by the middle of January that it may make you feel almost silly to even admit that you made any.

I find a similar phenomenon when it comes to my to-do list and my list of goals.

What Do You Want for Christmas?

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | December 10, 2014 | Comments

What Do You Want for Christmas?

As Advent begins our thoughts often turn to the gifts we’re hoping to receive and what gifts to get for loved ones.  It can be quite a challenge.  But how often do we think of the real gifts that we should be asking for?

As I meditate on the Rosary mysteries throughout the year, I usually preface each decade by asking for a virtue associated with that mystery.  For instance, for the Resurrection I ask for Faith and for the Ascension- Hope.  I’m not original…got it from a rosary prayer meditation guide years ago.

But when it comes to the Birth of Jesus, I get very bold and ask for 3 virtues.

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones?

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | November 24, 2014 | Comments

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones?

In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (ie. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from a psychological point of view but from a spiritual perspective as well. Many seek therapy because they are troubled by past sins and in some cases, present sins from which they cannot seem to break free.

Dealing With Turkeys - At The Table....

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | November 19, 2014 | Comments

Dealing With Turkeys - At The Table....

Let’s face it…this “season of joy” is often a season of stress, angst and irritation. Families can be wonderful but there’s usually one or two that challenge even the most Christian among us.

Here are some tips:

Why Pray?

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | November 12, 2014 | Comments

Why Pray?

There’s a question for you!  Why pray?  It seems obvious.  We pray because we want something and we think that God can give it to us.  That’s probably why most people pray.  But could it be there’s more to it?

The thing that used to really confuse me about prayer was this addendum…to ask for what we want but with the stipulation “If it’s Your will”.  Hmmm…if it’s God’s will, won’t it happen anyway?

If A Blessing Falls On A Negative Person, Does It Make A Sound?

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | October 28, 2014 | Comments

If A Blessing Falls On A Negative Person, Does It Make A Sound?

We all want God’s blessings in our lives.  At least we claim to want them. Those struggling with more than their fair share of misfortune especially pray for God to intervene and make things better.  And well we should…Jesus tells us to pray persistently and unceasingly.  And yet, for some it seems their prayers go unanswered.  Year after year they struggle with faith, hoping against hope that God will finally come through, seemingly to no avail.

Reeling After the Synod?

By David F. Prosen,LMHC | October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Reeling After the Synod?

What a whirlwind it has been with the reports of the Synod over the past week!

And now that the first part of the Synod has come to a close… I can’t help but notice all the confusion that has set in! The media is now bombarding us with article titles such as “Bishops Scrap Welcome to Gays” and “Catholic Synod: Pope Francis setback on gay policy”.

Behavioral and Mental Health Issues

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | October 10, 2014 | Comments

Mental Health Awareness Week: October 5th -11th

Behavioral and Mental Health Issues

Audio of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio's 'The Drew Mariani Show'  on the topic: Behavioral and Mental Health Issues

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as 'Mental Illness Awareness Week' (MIAW).

Listen as Allison discusses why a good model of mental health must necessarily include the spiritual aspect of the human person and that goal of psychotherapy is to re-integrate man as a complete physical, rational, emotional and spiritual being.

 

Rest in Peace, Father Benedict

By The Raphael Remedy | October 04, 2014 | 3 Comments

Rest in Peace,  Father Benedict

We mourn the loss today of a great friend, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR.

A priest, psychologist, stalwart defender of the unborn and advocate for the poor, Fr. Benedict was called home on the eve of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, his great patron.

Saint Francis, a Soldier Saint?

By Anthony DaVino, Ph.D, LMHC | October 03, 2014 | Comments

Saint Francis, a Soldier Saint?

Veterans Day, one of our national “holy days,” will come upon us soon.  A topic that is rarely discussed is that of "The Soldier Saints". The term seems antithetical yet there are many saints who were in the military and some who, because of their distinguished service, are now patrons of the military. The Armor Association honors outstanding members such as General George Patton with a decoration called The Order of St. George.  St. Maurice’s exploits as a Roman Soldier caused him to be named the Patron of Infantry.

Feast of the Archangels

By The Raphael Remedy | September 27, 2014 | Comments

Feast of the Archangels

 September 29th,  the Feast of the Archangels marks the beginning of a powerful novena of feast days.  We get particularly excited here about this day because of our dedication to the Archangel Raphael, the angel sent to heal and guide in the Book of Tobit.  But St. Michael is also an important intercessor that we rely on.  As the world seems to be getting darker as we hear of all that’s going on in Iraq and Syria with the advancement of ISIS and the horrific persecution of Christians there, I think this week takes on particular significance in terms of a prayer agenda for all Christians.

Worry…Worthy Endeavor?

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | September 22, 2014 | 6 Comments

Worry…Worthy Endeavor?

I’ve heard it said that 90% of the things we worry about never happen. Now an optimist would readily drop the worry and realize how useless it really is. A pessimist, on the other hand, would think, “Wow, worrying is pretty effective!”

Now I have to admit, my melancholy temperament is prone to worry and that second comment was my own. Of course, I said it tongue in cheek but deep down, I think for many of us veteran worriers, we believe there’s some truth to that idea- that somehow we stave off bad things by worrying to keep them at bay.

A Profound Message of Hope

By The Raphael Remedy | September 11, 2014 | Comments

A Profound Message of Hope

“The Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, temporal or especially spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary."

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