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In the abortion debates that have gone on for over four decades in America, there are an awful lot of assumptions that are made. The first one being that a woman has a right to choose abortion to avoid ruining her life by having an unplanned child. Without critical thought, such an argument seems to make sense…but only with the false assumption that an abortion helps the woman in the long run....read more
Listen to this audio podcast of Psychotherapist Allison Ricciardi on Relevant Radio's "On Call With Wendy Wiese" as Allison provides information on how to recognize signs of an Eating Disorder and what is involved in the treatment.read more
Relationships can be so wonderful and life giving. God designed it that way. We are literally made for relationships – with Him and with one another. One of the mistakes that we make though is believing that a relationship can “complete” us. If we meet the right person then we can finally be whole and happy. Well, there’s some truth to that. When our significant other has qualities that...read more
Listen to audio podcast of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio's "The Drew Mariani Show" as they discuss the purpose of praying.read more
Listen to this podcast of The Raphael Remedy's staff member Dr. Kevin Kulik (Clinical Nutritionist) on Relevant Radio's "The Drew Mariani Show" as he explains the importance of putting the focus on obtaining optimal health through proper nutrition.read more
Ah, it’s a new year and time to set our resolutions of all the good things we would like to do and all the bad things we would like to stop doing. But New Year’s resolutions have become almost cliché. So many jokes are made about giving up on those resolutions by the middle of January that it may make you feel almost silly to even admit that you made any. I find a similar phenomenon when it...read more
As Advent begins our thoughts often turn to the gifts we’re hoping to receive and what gifts to get for loved ones. It can be quite a challenge. But how often do we think of the real gifts that we should be asking for? As I meditate on the Rosary mysteries throughout the year, I usually preface each decade by asking for a virtue associated with that mystery. For instance, for the Resurrection I...read more
Listen to podcast of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio's "The Drew Mariani Show" as they discuss the reality of sexual assault and the pain and treatment available the victims.read more
In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (ie. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from a psychological point of view but from a spiritual perspective as well. Many seek therapy because they are troubled by past...read more
Listen to this podcast of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio's "The Drew Mariani Show" as they discuss that as harmless as it seems, this phrase is a gateway to a different way of thinking and an open door to trouble.read more
Let’s face it…this “season of joy” is often a season of stress, angst and irritation. Families can be wonderful but there’s usually one or two that challenge even the most Christian among us. Here are some tips: First, think about last year and how did the holidays go? Did Uncle Fred get nasty after a few drinks? Did Aunt Clara strip you naked (figuratively) trying to figure out why such a...read more
There’s a question for you! Why pray? It seems obvious. We pray because we want something and we think that God can give it to us. That’s probably why most people pray. But could it be there’s more to it? The thing that used to really confuse me about prayer was this addendum…to ask for what we want but with the stipulation “If it’s Your will”. Hmmm…if it’s God’s will, won’t it happen anyway? If...read more