When a person is struggling to experience joy in life, sometimes he or she may need to see a therapist. Emotional wounds such as abuse, trauma, relationship issues, losses, etc. keep us from experiencing the fullness of the Christian life. Therapy helps individuals identify symptoms, understand, cope and make changes to dissipate the symptoms. Additionally, clients gain understanding of the role of the emotional life according to Thomistic philosophy as explained by Conrad Baars' Affirmation Therapy.
A family is like a crib mobile, with each member being a mobile figure. Major events in life such as the death of a family member, a separation, relocation, illness, births, etc. cause families to change. It is as if this life event pulls one of the mobile figures. In response to this pull, all of the other mobile figures move, leaving some family members feeling angry, resentful, sad, hurt, or rebellious. To regain the balance that the crib mobile once had, families sometimes need to see a therapist. The therapist understands each family member and then helps each person communicate with the rest of the family, facilitating empathy, support, and healing.
A healthy marriage is the basis of a healthy family and a healthy society. In a world full of misunderstandings of what it means to love and be loved, the vocation of marriage often suffers. The teachings of Saint John Paul II provide a spiritual and philosophical framework for a marriage therapy that helps couples re-discover the complimentarity of masculinity and femininity as intended by God. Marriage therapy also helps a couple identify the strengths of their relationship in addition to helping the couple develop new strengths. This Theology of the Body centered therapy involves helping couples heal from relationship injuries in order to restore and improve emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical intimacy.
Pre-marital evaluations help couples learn communication skills, identify strengths and weaknesses, in addition to helping the individuals align their missions and discern their readiness to marry. The preparation is complimented by each counselor’s certification as a FOCCUS facilitator and Prepare and Enrich facilitator. Each counselor has a great love and knowledge of Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body.
Any of our presentation topics can be tailored to a half day or a day long event that focuses on education and equipping non-mental health professionals in various settings appropriately deal with mental health needs and emotional issues. We have presented at seminaries, convents, local and national conferences and diocesan events.
Our team of experts with a combined 40 years of clinical and teaching experience offer presentations in general individual mental and emotional health education, marriage issues, marital safeguards, pre-marital preparation, vocational preparation, family life and parenting. The presentations integrate Catholic teaching and evidence-based mental health treatment modalities, utilizing an understanding of the human person based on Thomistic anthropology.