Mental Health

Check Out These Great Resources For Mental Health!

Check Out These Great Resources For Mental Health!
Last week I began a one year program in the Resilient Catholics Community lead by Dr. Peter Malinoski at  Myself and 7 other men are going on this journey together.  I hope to learn more about myself during this time and in so doing learn to see myself as God sees me.  Christ tells us that the 2 great commandments are to love God and to love others as we love ourselves.  The hard truth is that we can only love God and others as much as we love ourselves.

Souls and Hearts was developed to meet the needs of practicing Catholics who struggle with the everyday challenges of life. Grounded in a Catholic anthropology, Souls and Hearts' contributors draw from the psychological sciences to offer Catholics mental health education and information in an online format.  

If you struggle with habitual sin, scrupulosity, or OCD; if you've experienced traumatic life events that you still carry with you, if you have a difficult time having compassion for yourself or having true and lasting peace then I'd highly recommend checking out these great resources:
  • Anxiety, Trauma, & Addiction: In this episode of Pints with Aquinas, Matt interviews Dr. Gerry Crete, a marriage and family therapist and licensed counselor (part of Souls & Hearts). Gerry is one of the most brilliant people Matt knows, and you're going to love this episode!
  • Obsessions, Compulsions, OCD and Internal Family Systems: Join Dr. Peter to go way below the surface and find the hidden meanings of obsessions, compulsions and OCD...he discusses the deepest natural causes of OCD, which are almost always disregarded in conventional treatment, which focuses primarily on the symptoms.
  • Scrupulosity: When OCD Gets Religion: In this episode, we explore the conventional secular and the traditional spiritual ways of understanding scrupulosity, bringing in the experts to define scrupulosity, tells us the signs of being scrupulous, speculate on the causes of the trouble, discuss that standard remedies in the secular and spiritual realms. Then I share with you my views on it, looking at scrupulosity through an Internal Family Systems lens, grounded in a Catholic worldview. We discuss how parts have different God images and the role of shame and anger in the experience of scrupulosity.
  • The Psychology of Courage: In this episode of The Catholic Gentleman, Sam and John are joined by Dr. Peter Malinoski to speak about the difference between courage and fearlessness. Peter discusses how a lot of what men experience is not in direct control of the will, and how we must work to become attuned to that in our own lives. If you or anyone in your life struggles with fear, anxiety, or depression, join us.

Please pray for me!
I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I embark on this journey.  Part of me is excited, and part of me is scared that it won't have the impact I hope it will.  Be assured of our prayers for all of you as well.  I am so grateful for all of you.

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