Therapist Allison Ricciardi shares ways to not only cope, but thrive during these uncertain times.
The advent and progress of Covid-19 has brought with it a dramatic shift toward Telehealth services throughout the medical industry, just as online internet usage has changed drastically throughout many other industries. This change is particularly challenging in therapy because so much of the work takes place as a consequence of the relationship between the therapist and client.
Being a true child of Mary means that you need to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. By that act of your will you become warriors in her army that will win against the offspring of the serpent.
We find ourselves today in a contentious, chaotic and divided culture. Many are struggling emotionally after dealing with the pandemic, the lockdown, and now watching riots and violence in every city across the country.
The devil will focus us on the pandemic, the riots, the FEAR. In this times, cry out to God and trust He is there for us.
We live in an unpredictable world. As Christians, we are not immune to feelings of anxiety from facing a health crisis such as the Coronavirus outbreak or other life-changing events as the death of a spouse or other loved one, workplace complications, financial problems, etc…. However, the phrase “fear not” is used over 80 times in the Scriptures because fear decreases our hope when we face difficult trials.
Angry feelings and aggressive behavior do not necessarily indicate a problem with anger. Anger is a normal and healthy emotion of an instinctive signal that something may be wrong to incite us to act quickly in negative situations. Healthy anger usually causes effective change.
I have many fond memories of my teen years. But as much as I don’t enjoy getting older, I wouldn’t want to go back to those years for anything. Or, let me rephrase that…I wouldn’t want to go back to who I was in those years. In plain English, I was pathetic…as were most of my friends.
Sometimes you may feel stressed because you are not achieving things that are important to you or your focus seems to take you in the wrong direction. Daily stress and underlying tension can result from a lifestyle that doesn’t align with your values or goals.
The things we truly we need, after our bodily needs of food, water, clothing and shelter are met are these: to feel loved, to find meaning and to have hope.
In the Gospel of John, Our Lord describes Himself as the Good Shepherd who is willing to lay down His life for His sheep. I was contemplating on this passage because of one of the hymns we were singing at Mass.
With some of my clients, when it seems likely that their present difficulties have a lot to do with childhood influences, I’ll have them fill out a handout called a “Life Script”. The Life Script helps clarify how the client perceives him or herself, as well as others.
When we lose someone or something we tend to experience significant pain and suffering. As a therapist, I encounter people dealing with grief and loss on many levels.
We do judge God all the time and those judgments are often the root of many of our problems. Therapist Allison Ricciardi shares a better approach.
For Catholics, addressing issues of domestic abuse and navigating their options can feel especially challenging because of our teaching on the sacramentality of marriage. When we look to the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage, it clearly explains the reason our Catholic faith holds such a strict view of marriage and its indissolubility.
What are you supposed to do when “tough times” cross the line into abuse? Catholic Therapist Allison Ricciardi provides her insights and suggestions.
“Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage…” This old time song is as true today as ever, and we now have a deeper understanding from both Scripture and science of how love and marriage “dance” together and how to restore the dance when the music stops.
Feeling overwhelmed lately? Does your life seem unorganized? Are you stressed about your finances? Whether the cause is too much clutter in your home or having financial worries, your home environment plays a big role in your mood as well as to your productivity.