Tags archives: private practice

  • 'Oneness': When Two Become Three

  • I've been thinking a lot about marriage these last few weeks for several reasons. Whether it is with the couples I work with, or my own personal marriage...I have come to realize that we just can't do marriage on our own. We can throw all the tools at it we want, but at the end of the day it takes a supernatural power that you or I are not equipped with. So as I have thought about my own marriage [...]
  • Men: Are You a Relational Hero?

  • "Each man is a bridge, spanning in his lifetime all of the images and traditions about masculinity inherited from past generations and bestowing--or inflicting--his own retelling of the tale on those who ensue. Unresolved depression often passes from father to son, despite the father's best intentions, like a toxic, unacknowledged patrimony. Conversely, when a man transforms the internalized disco[...]
  • Difference Between Studying and Reading the Bible

  • When I work with people in therapy we often talk about the importance of being physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. And one of the primary ways that many people who foster their spiritual growth is through their participation in the Bible. That may be through reading, memorization, study, teaching, preaching...trying to live out what is written in their daily lives. Somet[...]
  • Leadership and Relationships: Creating Safety

  • "Weak leaders are the ones who only extend the benefits of the Circle of Safety to their fellow senior executives and a chosen few others. They look out for each other, but they do not offer the same considerations to those outside their 'inner circle.' Without the protection of our leaders, everyone outside the inner circle is forced to work alone or in small tribes to protect and advance their o[...]
  • Exclusion as a Violation of the Self

  • Last week I came across this article that stated, being ignored is worse than being bullied. I had to stop and think about that statement for a second. Nevermind the article and the research, I wanted to just think about that statement, especially since we hear so much about bullying in the media these days. I can't come out and say one is worse than the other...they are both painful experie[...]
  • "Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry"

  • Not long after moving to Chicago, I called a wise friend to ask for some spiritual direction. I described the pace of life in my current ministry. The church where I serve tends to move at a fast clip. I also told him about our rhythms of family life: we are in the van-driving, soccer-league, piano-lesson, school-orientation-night years. I told him about the present condition of my heart, as best [...]
  • Runnning as a Meditative and Prayerful Practice

  • In yesterday's post Running as an Antidote for Anxiety and Depression, I told you about why I love running and how it has transformed my life. One aspect that I didn't tell you about is how running not only helps with my anxiety and depression, but it's a great activity for my prayer life. I spend a lot of time in prayer during my runs, as well as listening to music sporadically throughout the[...]
  • Running as an Antidote for Anxiety and Depression

  • I love running! It has completely changed my life. I have loved running since I was a little kid. I loved running and playing with friends. I loved field day and running the sprints and the longer races. I ran track in high school. But somewhere along the way running became a bit of drudgery. Something I just did to stay in shape. But that changed in 2005 when my brother asked me to run t[...]
  • "What's the Difference Between Anxiety and Worry?"

  • "What's the difference between anxiety and worry?" That was the question posed to me the other day. It's such a great question, and honestly, I don't know if anyone has ever asked me that question before, which is sort of surprising in light of all the talk on worry and anxiety these days. Just go to Amazon and type in worry or anxiety and see where that gets you. These searches are under Chri[...]
 
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