Welcome to PsychedCatholic!
Why call the site PsychedCatholic? Well, for one, we are psyched to be Catholic! We love our faith–the truth, beauty and the community we find there. More recently, we have each become “psyched” if you will – educated in psychology as a science and helping profession. We believe that psychology has something to offer Catholics, and this site is dedicated to that. We hope to bring together some resources related to mental health, psychology and the Church, as well as provide original writing that is timely and valuable to Catholics. We hope this is a place where those with questions will find support as well as information and where those seeking understanding can find Truth with the help of psychology.
I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania where there is a bar and a church on every corner. I’m fortunate to have ended up in the Church and not the bar. Despite being raised a cradle Catholic it was not until my sophomore year of college that I experienced Christ’s love and as a result love for Christ’s Church in a deep and meaningful way. Fascinated by the human heart in its desires, motivations, attractions, repulsions, brokenness and transcendence, I majored in English literature as an undergraduate. Here, I found the human person woven together with lyrical beauty and shrouded in lovely language. Following a providential run in with a Thomistic monk in Belize I became interested in pursuing and study theology. I attended Ave Maria University–think Catholic Disney Land–where I received an M.A. in theology. During my studies I encountered the profound insights into the human psyche by men like Augustine and Aquinas. These beautiful reflections and thoughtful insights led me to my current (and God willing final academic degree) in clinical psychology. Psychology is a discipline where the truth of man’s nature can be studied and reflected upon for the purpose of helping individuals become more fully alive. I am currently in my fourth year of doctoral studies and will be defending my dissertation in the next few weeks. I hope to one day be a small scale farmer, spending my days milking goats, planting crops, and catching chickens. I love black coffee, Mumford and Sons, quiet farm mornings, Padre Pio, good science, and most of all the Catholic faith.
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I am a cradle Catholic who has somehow managed to journey from engineering through six wonderful years of youth ministry to a career as a psychologist. I am a recent graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Baylor University. Before that I attended Loyola University Maryland for a masters degree and The Catholic University of America as an undergraduate. Everywhere I have been, I have been invigorated by my relationships with others, and intrigued by the power of relationships to both hurt and heal. As a youth minister, I enjoyed promoting growth in faith by intentionally fostering healthy, holy relationships. However, I also came in contact with those who needed a different kind of help, individuals for whom my understanding of pastoral ministry and theology were not sufficient. Eventually I took a bit of a leap of faith, leaving my position to follow a call into graduate school in clinical psychology. Seven years later, my wife and three little ones are glad that school is finally over. Nonetheless, the experience in psychology has been transformative, not only educating me about human experience generally, but also shedding light on my own patterns, gifts and flaws. Bringing together faith and psychological understanding has been particularly powerful for my life, and I hope to bring the meshing of the two to life for you!
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