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.

Articles By Allison Ricciardi

Prosecuting the Pope

Is it healthy to criticize Pope Francis? How much is too much? Therapist Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C. reflects on what can come of “prosecuting” the Pope.

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Does God Heal After Death?

Should people who do evil be excused? Are they culpable for sinning? Does God heal them after they die? Catholic therapist Allison Ricciardi explores these questions and more.

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Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones?

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones? In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (i.e. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from

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Emotional & Spiritual Maturity: The difference? (Part II of II)

What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part II of II In part I, we looked at the differences between emotional and spiritual maturity. Today, we will look at a follow-on question. The next question naturally flows from this: Can someone who is immature emotionally attain spiritual maturity and perfection? The answer to that

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Emotional & Spiritual Maturity: The difference? (Part I of II)

What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part I of II What’s the difference between emotional and spiritual maturity? That’s an interesting question and one that I think warrants definition. As a therapist, I deal with the emotional life of my clients and how those emotions intersect and interact with their thought life. As

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Honor Your Father and Mother: Is There a Limit?

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

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How Does Our Emotional Health Help Us To Be Holy?

The Parable of the “Emotionally Healthy Samaritan” How does our emotional health help us to be holy? 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,

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Can Transference Occur in Spiritual Direction?

Can transference occur in Spiritual Direction?        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

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The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

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! What is the difference between

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