Something strange is happening. Sexual deviants who have gone decades committing their crimes are suddenly being dragged out of the darkness and into the light. I keep asking myself, why now? My wife reminded me that we just had the 100 year anniversary of Our......

Thanks to Amy Sherlock of Healthy Homes Fertility Care for this guest post on acceptance and trust in the face of infertility. Original Link Here.  I started this blog post over two weeks ago.  I wrote the title, then placed the cursor into the body......

Recently there have been one or two threads of concern popping up in regard to my teaching of Catholic Mindfulness. As my concern is always to lead people towards greater flourishing through a deepening encounter with Christ, I publish my response here to one such concerned author.......

Every New Years the blog posts sound the same. If I hadn’t learned a few game-changers in the last year, I wouldn’t be adding to the noise. I want to share with you a few simple brain hacks that, if put into practice, will help you maintain......

Christmas; The celebration of Christ’s birth, and typically, lots of family time. Even though it’s supposed to be a time of greater joy, for a lot of people the increased family time can equal greater stress. It is possible, however, to navigate even the stormiest......

“Abortion is found to have little effect on women’s mental health.” WHAT?! Is this dribble really still being published in 2016? First of all, there are so many flaws with this study that you can literally tear it apart line for line. Let’s just look at......

Our Lady of Guadalupe is such a fascinating apparition of the Blessed Mother. First of all, she poses a real problem to non-believers as she left behind scientifically scrutinized, undeniable proof of a miracle. There is no honest way for “I’ll believe it when I......

How many times have you set out to get somewhere and you surprise yourself when you get there? “Oh wow, I’m here already?!” If you were driving, you might wonder if you actually stopped at a certain red light because you have no recollection of......

We are excited to announce a new collaboration between the CatholicPsych Institute and the Gianna Center in NY.   As we are a union of body and spirit, treatment for disease and disorder should be approached with both body and spirit in mind. Catholic Psychology......

In psychotherapy, we are asked to face all of our insecurities, fears, regrets, guilt and shame. It can seem intrusive, foreign and taboo. How can embracing our pains in the presence of someone we don’t know lead to healing? The idea of therapy can push us......

The New Year: a time to symbolically start over. Resolutions provide an opportunity to “fix” ourselves and correct all of last year’s mistakes. We hope to discover a perfected, happier, better version of who we are. You’ll find no shortage of articles in both secular......

The immediate problems with 50 Shades of Gray are obvious. As a Catholic Psychologist, I wholeheartedly agree with everything being said regarding pornography and BDSM and unhealthy relationships. There are also some interesting points I’ve read regarding why women are so drawn to the books......

Following the Synod on the Family, I’m really disappointed by how quickly the Catholic media went the way of the secular media and amplified the polarization between the two – a polarization that only feeds page clicks for advertising revenue-driven blog sites and not much......

Not many married men can say they lived the religious life for a time. I had the very unique blessing of spending 3 and a half years as a Franciscan Friar. I could fill volumes on what I learned during that time in religious life......

This post is from our guest-author Jenny Uebbing. You can read more of her great work on her blog Mama Needs Coffee. “Mommy, make a happy face at me.” I look up from the glow of my laptop, irritated, hearing for perhaps the 10th time......

Cardinal Dolan has certainly been taking a beating lately with the issues of Fulton Sheen and the St. Patrick’s Day parade at the same time. In his response to the criticisms he has received for accepting the position of Grand Marshal for the parade (found here)......

Robin Williams has become more than a suicide victim, he has become a spokesman for depression and suicide. Opinions have been thrown across the interwebs and lots of conflict has emerged. This is what happens when evil happens. Suicide is an evil, as is all......

Pope Francis just revealed his opinion of 10 ways to find peace and happiness in a new interview. These principles are clearly based on a more generalized understanding of human nature and not so much on any religious interpretation, so he offers it to the......

What a wonderful victory today for the pro-life cultural movement. With the news constantly inundated with depressing stories of losses, and the sense that stemming the tide of extreme dehumanization rampant in our culture will never be possible, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of......

During my time as a Franciscan Friar, a priest named Fr. Stan Fortuna wrote a song called “Everybody Gotta Suffer.” Fr. Stan is very talented in his music and his ministry. The song is catchy and I often think of how he sings the word,......

I will admit, I did not watch the Grammy’s last night. However as I perused Facebook news for my daily 10-minute catch-up I found out about the Queen Latifah wedding event that took place on stage. Included in these newsfeeds were scathing articles announcing (once......

Most marketing campaigns have what’s called a “call to action.” You’ll notice on websites trying to sell you something that there is always a button or link that says “buy it now,” “subscribe,” or “learn more.” A call to action is a directive from the......

It’s that time of year again. There are twinkling lights strung up on the trees in the city, and even before we’ve gathered together for Thanksgiving dinner, many department stores and retailers have prematurely decked the halls. For a lot of us, the holidays are......

It seems that dating for Catholics in big cities is a frustrating and difficult experience. After living in DC for five years, and now being in NYC, I see certain common trends, and I imagine such complaints can be heard in other areas of the......

Most people agree that pornography is not socially acceptable. No one thinks people should talk to their parents about porn or bring it up with friends. There is an inherent sense that guys probably shouldn’t talk to women about it. Sometimes there is pressure for......

I haven’t posted anything in a while because on August 25, my wife gave birth to our first son, Elijah. This event has turned my life upside down. What I thought I knew before was only a shadow of knowledge, and what I felt before was......

First of all let me begin with what this article is not. It is not a response to the media distortions of the recent interview with Pope Francis. There are enough authors out there already filling that space. I’d rather focus on what Pope Francis......

You might be surprised to learn that the final post in the series about feminine brain strengths is actually about worry. As a psychologist, I rarely talk worry as a strength. I should qualify here that I am talking about a little worry, not to......

Some statistical facts about women-  They live longer. As of 10 years ago, only 7% of the entire prison population in the US was female. There is a significantly higher rate of Antisocial Personality Disorder among men as compared to women. Another interesting fact? The......

On the train this morning on the way into the office there was a female conductor. I’ve travelled with a female conductor driving the train once before, and both times ended the same way. On the intercom as we reached our destination, the conductor concluded......

We continue the series this week on differences in the female brain that give it an edge over the male brain in particular functions. Last week I talked about intuition and the neural networking of white matter that allows for a greater reach across different......

With today’s post I am starting a series on the female brain. Fortunately there is a ton of research out there to rely on instead of just offering musings from my own experience. I don’t know how much experience is required for a man to......

Pope Francis released a new encyclical last week about faith. There is probably enough material in that one little document to keep me writing for the rest of the year (even if I did stay committed to one post per week). Obviously I read it......

It’s really interesting how many people are curious about therapy over Skype and how many questions I get about it. Admittedly, it was tough at first to decide whether or not to offer video-based counseling. I had many of the same questions myself. After 8......

As many of you know (and can read about in my bio section) I used to be a Franciscan friar. The friar’s life is one marked by living in vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, revolving around a schedule of work, play, and prayer. I......

Everyone get ready for another Kermit Gosnell article. I know, I know, that’s so one week ago. Although I am grateful to social media for giving unbiased news a chance, I am a little jaded by the “flavor of the week” breaking news that is......

Integrating the field of psychology into a Catholic framework is not an easy task when the founder of the field (Freud) wrote, “Much will be gained if we succeed in transforming hysterical misery into common unhappiness.” Catholicism is concerned with becoming human – fully human......

Sex sells. Marketing in our culture is almost exclusively based on sex. We have known this for years, and although we think we are stronger than corporate marketing strategies, we (men) still fall easy prey to GoDaddy super bowl ads and Victoria’s Secret ceiling-high mall......

Before I transferred to Franciscan University, I was a freshman at Boston College. My good friend Colin was in seminary next door at St. John’s, and we used to exercise together at BC’s workout facility called the Plex. That was the Jubilee year and a......

It’s pretty obvious to anyone with a pulse over the age of 12 that there is a major difference between infatuation and love. The words, “I love you” though, seem to still get thrown around in a lot of different ways, especially in the movies......

As a freshman in college, I was excited about my new-found freedom. I had an innate sense that this was my time, the year I could start to be my own person and choose my own life. Above all else, like everyone else, I wanted......

You may have read in the news last week that Chris Brown was brought to court because he allegedly did not complete his community service hours; the punishment he received after beating Rihanna four years ago.  Rihanna, having 2 weeks prior publically announced she was......

I was going to post this week on how to be a man.  There’s a lot that our Church teaches about manhood and virtue, the Theology of the Body is brimming over with lessons to learn, and I certainly have endless examples from therapy of......

In November I married the love of my life.  I met the one woman in the world chosen for me from all eternity, handpicked by God for her perfect combination of beauty, wit, charm, intelligence, and the very rare quality of being able to put......

My posts have been scarce the last couple weeks because I am now 17 days away from getting married.  November 9th will mark the end of my vocational discernment, and the beginning of a whole new way of life for me.   Everyone has a unique......

People often ask me, “What do you mean by Catholic Psychology?”  There are lots of questions people have regarding my work because it is a field that is relatively new.  The Catholic part has been around for millennia and the psychology part has been around......

St. Therese is generally regarded as a cute saint.  She happened to be a very cute little French girl, who wrote with the boldness of someone who just didn’t seem to care what anyone else thought.  She said the types of things that make adults......

When I looked at my 7-year-old brother playing by the water, I was moved by a deep revelation.  I saw someone who is totally excited about life.  He was trying to catch an eel.  The eel and the rock he was hiding under were the......

Trust.  It all comes down to trust.  I suppose I shouldn’t start with that if it all comes down to it so I will back up.  Anxiety, Neuroticism, Eating Disorders, Phobias, Depression, Insomnia, Body Image issues, and the list could go on of problems that......

Catholic Anthropology (the study of human beings) is built on the principle that human beings are created in the Image and Likeness of God, who is the Creator.  We are loved, and our Creator has a plan for us because of that love.  This is......