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altSurely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,
and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6

 

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Back To The Future
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   

 

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Remember that movie?  It was really fun.  Marty McFly hooks up with a crazy scientist who’s made a time machine.  He goes back to the past, meets up with his parents and through a series of events interferes with and corrects problems that affect their futures and his.  Pretty ridiculous, really.  And yet it spawned 2 sequels, each block buster successes.

What made those movies work? They’re fantasy, an escape which can be most welcome and enjoyable, but before that can happen, we, as the audience must willingly suspend our disbelief.  We allow ourselves to go with it.  And if our companions are kind, they allow it too.  Nothing is worse than sitting next to some sourpuss who keeps rolling his eyes saying, “Yeah, sure, that can happen.”  You just want to punch him!

What is clear to me as a Catholic therapist is this:  We, as people, have trouble believing in God and His goodness.  We judge God based on our circumstances, rather than viewing our circumstances through the light of God’s truth.  If we’ve had a hard life or grave misfortune, we can conclude that God doesn’t care or can’t help us.  And yet, there are many who have suffered greatly, who don’t interpret God that way.  Instead they look for meaning in their struggles and dust for God’s fingerprints in the mess of their lives, trying to see the good that can or has come of their strife. 

 

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Turbocharge Your Happiness
Written by Janice B Carbon, LCSW   

 

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The secular world in which we live is soaked in negativity.  We are continually assaulted by negative messages that are discouraging and they condition us to see our glass perpetually empty and never full. As a result, we become very self-absorbed.  Self-absorption leads to depression.  

I am going to counsel you on the best way to overcome all this negativity and self-absorption.

There is a tremendous power that lies in becoming a blessing to others.  I love talking about this subject because even just talking about it makes me happy!  You see, my sharing this information with you is a way for me to bless you!  And blessing you makes me happy!! 

A blessing can be anything that helps or acknowledges another person.  It can be an act of service, or a gift, or even some helpful information. 

The blessing must be given in love without any pressure being exerted, and with no thought to reciprocation.  A blessing is a completely free gift, free to be accepted or rejected by the recipient, and again, there is no thought to a pay back.  

I put this in here simply because some people have the bad habit of trying to control others by giving gifts.  They give to get.  

 

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Can You Stay Sane While They Are Still Addicted?
Written by Elizabeth Galanti, LMHC   

 

elizabeth-galanti-lmhcWhen I work with family members that have loved ones who struggle with addiction – the most frequent question I hear is: “How can I make them stop drinking (or using drugs or gambling or cheating or viewing porn or etc...)?”

You might ask yourself, “What’s the magical thing that I need to say to them – what threat, what ultimatum? Should I be mean – should I be nice – do I sweep it under the rug – do I get in their face?” Perhaps you’ve even done all those things – and none of them work in the long-run.

If you have an alcoholic (or other addict) in your life, you likely understand that life with a practicing addict is generally quite chaotic at times, which might also be tempered with really good times.

What can you do to get off the roller coaster? Accept you are powerless over the addicted person and detach from them. You cannot control people, places or things.

Detachment with love means caring enough about others to allow them to learn from their mistakes. It also means being responsible for your own welfare and making decisions without ulterior motives, such as the desire to control the addicted person.

 

Read more: Can You Stay Sane While They Are Still Addicted?  [Can You Stay Sane While They Are Still Addicted?]
 

ct angel"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope." - Jeremiah 29:11