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About Allison Ricciardi

Allison Ricciardi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. In 2001 she founded www.catholictherapists.com in response to a growing demand for counseling that is faithful to the Magisterium and includes prayer and spirituality. She is also Founder and Director of The Raphael Remedy, which offers counseling and life coaching from a Catholic perspective. Allison’s core belief is that God has a great plan for each of His children…and that by combining sound psychology with solid faith, clients can find real healing and lasting happiness. Visit Allison’s blog at www.theraphaelremedy.com/blog.

Honor Your Father and Mother: Is There a Limit?

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Let’s face it, not all parents are perfect and some fall very short of that mark. In our dysfunctional world, many people today have come from homes of abuse and extreme neglect. In striving to be good Christians, many struggle with this commandment. So, let’s take a closer look. Can we honor parents who constantly hurt or abuse us? The answer is yes- but with qualifications. Since we are called... Read More

How Does Our Emotional Health Help Us To Be Holy?

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The Parable of the “Emotionally Healthy Samaritan” Q.  How does our emotional health help us to be holy? A.  In Luke’s Gospel we hear of the “good” Samaritan, the kind soul who helps the man beaten by robbers and left for dead at the side of the road.  In stark contrast, the priest and Levite walk away, even crossing to the other side of the street to avoid confronting... Read More

Can Transference Occur in Spiritual Direction?

February 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy, Featured

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Q.  Can transference occur in Spiritual Direction?      A. This is an interesting question but I’d like to separate it into two: Can transference occur in the spiritual life? Can transference occur with a spiritual director? First, let’s look at a definition of the term “transference”. Tranference is a psychological term that means “the redirection of feelings and desires, especially... Read More

The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy, Featured

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are blessed to have Allison Ricciardi join our writing team.  Allison is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a guest on the Mother Angelica Live and Abundant Life Shows on EWTN, as well as Johnnette Benkovic’s Women of Grace Show.    Please welcome her warmly! Q.  What is the difference between counseling and spiritual direction? When should someone... Read More