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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.

Sun: Best Friend or Deadly Enemy?

By Dr. Kevin Kulik - Clinical Nutritionist | July 25, 2014 | Comments

Sun: Best Friend or Deadly Enemy?

It’s summer, and the big questions I hear from patients are: What sunscreen do I use? Should I wear a hat or should I stay out of the sun completely?

My answer: “ It depends”

On what?, they ask. Lots of things: Genetics, history of skin cancer, diet, time of day etc...

Here is my professional opinion on sun exposure. YOU NEED IT! Everybody needs it.

When a Family Vacation is Anything But…

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | July 21, 2014 | Comments

When a Family Vacation is Anything But…

I had to chuckle during a session recently. My poor client recounted a horrifying “vacation” with family. An over-controlling mother, tension with the step father and a fussy baby transformed a one week vacation into 3 weeks off purgatory. Ok, I didn’t really chuckle out loud, but inwardly I could really relate. Been there. Done that. Not fun.

When summer vacation or holidays come around, and especially for those who have families in other states, it’s often expected to spend your vacation time visiting them…or having them visit you. Seems logical.

With God All Things Are Possible… Well… Except THAT!

By David F. Prosen,LMHC | June 24, 2014 | Comments

With God All Things Are Possible… Well… Except THAT!

Most Christians believe that God can heal those who are suffering physical or emotional illness or spiritual pain. Many of us have seen miracles happen. We have seen people recover from end stage cancer, overcome drug and alcohol addictions, survive shark attacks or weeks stranded in the wilderness. Miracles happen every single day.

But we also recognize that not everyone heals in the way they may be praying for. Yes, God does hear and answer our prayers but in His time and according to His will. Scripture tells us that all things work for the good of those who love the Lord. My step dad died slowly of a painful cancer. His faith was stronger than any one else I know and yet God didn’t “cure” him.

Honor Your Father and Mother- Is there a limit?

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

Honor Your Father and Mother- Is there a limit?

Let’s face it, not all parents are perfect and some fall very short of that mark. In our dysfunctional world, many people today have come from homes of abuse and extreme neglect.  In striving to be good Christians, many struggle with this commandment.

So, let’s take a closer look.  Can we honor parents who constantly hurt or abuse us?  The answer is yes- but with qualifications.

The Parable of the Emotionally Healthy Samaritan

By Allison Ricciardi, LMHC | June 07, 2014 | Comments

The Parable of the Emotionally Healthy Samaritan

In Luke’s Gospel we hear of the “good” Samaritan, the kind soul who helps the man beaten by robbers and left for dead at the side of the road. In stark contrast, the priest and Levite walkaway,even crossing to the other side of the street to avoid confronting this reality.

We’re told this “good” Samaritan was “moved with compassion” upon seeing this man. In turn this led to him taking the action that Jesus praised. I think there is an insight often overlooked in this story. The teaching of two eminent Catholic psychiatrists, Dr. Anna Terruwe and Dr. Conrad Baars help us to appreciate this parable in another light.

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