Winning – 1. Commitment

This past year, I continued to have the honor to work with patients who struggle with chronic and complex difficulties ranging from physical pains to suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts. There is a common pattern I notice in patients who win in their care. The next couple blogs will be about their common characteristics. The…Read more Winning – 1. Commitment

In-Between Moments: 3. Afternoon Prayer for Patients

I generally reserve Saturdays for my patients who are in crisis with suicidal ideation. I know I cannot do this work alone, and on my own. I need to pray, and I need others to pray with me. This is today's prayer. Dear God, Thank You for being in the ministry of healing. Thank You…Read more In-Between Moments: 3. Afternoon Prayer for Patients

The Therapist’s Couch – 2. (Your) Comfort

Dear Friends, Something clicks when I see my patients get comfy on the couch. I bear witness:  This therapy couch is not only for them, but made by them. The postpartum mom who finally has a moment to release her self-expression, after she tried to keep a perfect facade up for others' comfort everywhere else--collapses…Read more The Therapist’s Couch – 2. (Your) Comfort

In-Between Moments: 2. Evening Prayer for Patients

Dear Friends, It is vital to our caring ministries to pray for our patients. I am not the Healer. I am only a vessel, trained and prepared to be part of a good work. I am thankful I can pray. Tonight, I want to pray specifically for my high-functioning patients who struggle with hopelessness and…Read more In-Between Moments: 2. Evening Prayer for Patients

In-Between Moments: 1. Morning Prayer for Patients

Dear Friends, I'm beginning to reach that place where I need friends to pray with me, because the prayer topic is growing into something bigger than me and my work. -- It's praying for the people involved in my corner of healing ministry. Without further ado-- Dear Jesus, Thank you for the patients you have…Read more In-Between Moments: 1. Morning Prayer for Patients

The Therapist’s Couch – 1. (My) Boundaries

Dear Friends, Mental health treatment is unique in medical care services. At one point, mental health therapy-students had to sit on the therapist's couch to work through their own personal issues, before becoming a licensed mental health clinician. There is no other medical position where the clinician was encouraged to personally work through the issues…Read more The Therapist’s Couch – 1. (My) Boundaries

Forgiveness – 2. Pain & Fear

Dear Friends, It is challenging to write about Fear and Pain: Fear humbles us, and Pain reminds us that we are mortal heroes at best. Pain and Fear can provide depth to the process of Forgiveness, by exposing the emotional, mental, and spiritual costs. It can be challenging to make room without intentionality: "3's a crowd".…Read more Forgiveness – 2. Pain & Fear