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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 | 2 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."

To Help You Find "The Raphael Remedy" For Your Life

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | September 06, 2014 | Comments

To Help You Find

God sometimes allows us some tough trials in life, both emotionally and physically, but always with a greater purpose in mind. In the book of Tobit we see God's response to the prayers of two good people, Tobit and Sarah, who were dealing with crushing misfortune and were at the end of their patience.

Robin Williams: Trying To Make Sense Of A Senseless Loss

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | August 13, 2014 | Comments

Actor/comedian Robin Williams entertains the crew of USS Enterprise (December 2003). - Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

We all are heartsick over the terrible news about the death of beloved actor/comedian, Robin Williams. A popular icon in America, Williams was loved by so many fans and his death by suicide is simply devastating.

I remember when I was very young and an actor that I liked committed suicide. At the top of his popularity on the hit show “Alias Smith and Jones”, Pete Duel took his life on the morning of New Year’s Eve, 1971. It was my first experience of “knowing” someone who took his own life and it deeply affected me.

Regaining Our Freedom In America

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

Regaining Our Freedom In America

As we head toward the end of July, the month in which we celebrate our independence as a nation, I keep reflecting on the idea of freedom…and how messed up our concept of it has become.  Most of us would probably agree that if our founding fathers were to return to America today, they would be rather shocked and disgusted.  Is this what they shed their blood for?!

Freedom has become gravely misunderstood these days as license- the right to do whatever the heck we feel like doing.

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