a podcast at the intersection of Christianity & mental health.


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60 - Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays (& Reflecting on the Year)

Have a seat here for a special holiday fireside chat with Robert & Holly. It’s the last episode of 2018, so we take a look back at the year and talk about what we’ve learned, as well as listing what we think could be better about the show in 2019. We also put on our respective therapist hats to talk about how the holidays are hard for a lot of people and the tension of a ‘joyful’ time of year when there’s so much pain happening around us. Lastly, we talk about self-care during the holidays and some ideas on being intentional about it. This one’s as full of suggestions as a full stocking or something. (I wanted to end on a holiday metaphor, you get the idea.)

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59 - You Know Your Enneagram Type, Now What? (feat. Chris Heuertz)

Ok, ok, so you’ve given in to your friend who won’t stop talking about it and tried your best to figure out what Enneagram type you are. Where do you go from there? Chris Heuertz (author of The Sacred Enneagram) comes by to explain how that information can help in your life, what contemplative practices might be good for you, and more. He also talks about working with Ryan from Sleeping At Last on the series of songs he’s releasing about the Enneagram types. In the intro, Holly and Robert talk about favorite Christmas movies (including some weird ones!)

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58 - Religious Coping Skills: Good, Bad, or Both? (feat. Dr. Kenneth Pargament)

How do our religious & spiritual beliefs factor into how we cope with hard times in our lives? Dr. Kenneth Pargament (author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping) comes by the show to talk to us about his work in exactly that area. We talk about integrating spirituality into therapy, various styles of coping using religious beliefs (self-directed, deferred, and collaborative), what some positive and negative coping skills could be, and more. In the intro, Robert & Holly talk about whether they like the holiday season, unique traditions, and hitting 50k downloads.

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57 - Why We Need Better Sleep (& How to Get It) (feat. Dr. Michael Scullin)

Hey, how’re you feeling today? Tired? Us too. This week, we’re joined by Dr. Michael Scullin (an expert in the connection between sleep & cognition) to talk about getting good sleep and how we’re not getting it. We talk about how lack of sleep impacts memory, driving, adolescents, college students, and tons more. Dr. Scullin also shares with us his top ten tips for getting better sleep!

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55 - CBT for Christians (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce)

How are thoughts, emotions, and behaviors connected? What can we do about that? Can CBT be integrated with spiritual & religious beliefs? This week’s guest, Dr. Michelle Pearce, drops by to chat with us about all of this. She talks us through the basics of CBT as well as what the implications are for therapists, faith leaders, and individuals themselves.

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54 - Sexual Abuse by Faith Leaders (feat. Dr. David Pooler)

In this important episode, we talk with Dr. David Pooler, who has done extensive research talking with survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by faith leaders. Dr. Pooler talks us through the survivors’ experiences within their churches (largely bad), as well as those survivors’ suggestions for preventing abuse, being prepared to respond, helping the victims find healing, and helping the congregation find healing.

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51 - Pilgrimage of a Soul (feat. Phileena Heuertz)

This week, we’re joined by Phileena Heuertz, co-founder of Gravity: A Center for Contemplative Activism, and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life. In this episode, Phileena talks with us about her first book (one of Holly’s favorite books, which you’ll soon understand why!) and unpacks the seven stages of the spiritual journey. What are the seven stages and how do they map alongside a pilgrimage? You’ll have to listen to find out (and then pick up the book to read more)!

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49 - College Students & Creating Supportive Communities (feat. Dr. Gary Glass)

✏️📓👨‍🎓👩‍🎓 This week, we’re joined by Dr. Gary Glass to talk about college & university students’ mental health. We talk about current trends on college campuses, harmful paradigms impacting our students, and how various people (faculty, campus ministries, etc.) can help.

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46 - The Heartbeat & History of CXMH (feat. Robert Vore)

This one's getting a little meta, folks. When Holly first agreed to be the new cohost for CXMH, she asked if I would be willing to do an episode where she interviewed me about my vision for the show and how it came to be. I was caught somewhat off guard, and alternated between 'surely we've already done that' and 'no one would want to listen to that.' I eventually gave in, and that's what you'll hear in this episode.

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Recast - Suicide Prevention (feat. Dr. Jonathan Singer & Dr. Sherry Molock)

Folks, it's been a tough week. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide filled the headlines, and the CDC released a new report that suicide rates have been rising across the Unites States. As a result, I wanted to rebroadcast this episode from last year on Suicide Prevention for new listeners or long-time listeners who might find it helpful again.

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