Mental Health

Healing for Mind and Soul

Healing for Mind and Soul - The Catholic Woodworker

Last week I shared with you my own struggle with anxiety, and some of the insights I've received through prayer recently about the blessing of the cross.  I was overwhelmed by your responses.  So many of you wrote and shared how much you could relate to my own journey.  Further, MANY of you shared some amazing prayers and other resources that were a great blessing.  Thank you!!

The Story Continues... 

What I didn't tell you last week (I didn't know it was relevant until now) was that I've been in therapy for 6 years now.  I have been truly blessed with a remarkable Catholic Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  It's hard to put into words the progress I've made. 

Do I still struggle with anxiety?  Yes.  That's why I refer to it as a cross, but there's a difference between battling anxiety and letting it run your life.  That's what was happening in the past.  I've done the work, I'm continuing to do it today, and it has blessed every aspect of my life.

I'm telling you this for a few reasons:

  1. Enough of you responded these past few weeks that it's clear I'm not the only Catholic who struggles with mental illness
  2. Recent studies suggest that somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of all Americans struggles with some form of mental illness
  3. So many of us have been living with increased isolation, and so the problem is getting worse, not better
  4. There is hope

If you think you might struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses or you dealt with some form of trauma during your childhood (way more common than you'd think), and you aren't currently investing in your mental health then this is for you.

I'm not an expert in any of this.  I'm just a person who has been blessed by the work that others are doing.  One such group that is doing great work in the field of Mental Health is the Catholic Psych Institute.  I'm not getting paid or even asked to share this, but I believe in the cause and have confidence in the work they are doing under Dr. Greg's leadership.  They are hosting a Town Hall that I think you might be interested in.  Do get the back story on all this, check out this interview with Dr. Greg on YouTube.

Humans are not just bodies, and we’re not just spirits either. We're a unity of both body AND soul, and it takes a lot to find the right kind of help that addresses both together.

The industry of secular psychology is fundamentally fractured as it fails to truly accept and heal the whole person, both psyche AND soul.  

Which is why one year ago, my team and I began using IDDM (or Mentorship), a completely new model of care to help people - a truly Catholic, truly integrated model of daily accompaniment, totally outside the box of traditional psychotherapy. 

Now that it's been a year though, are our clients seeing results? Is it effective? How does it even work? And could it work for you?

 If you’re interested in hearing more about IDDM (Mentorship) what it is, how it’s different from secular psychotherapy, and whether it’s been effective, visit this link to register for my live Town Hall event! 

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