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Life—It’s Value, Virtue, and Vulnerability

Life—It’s Value, Virtue, and Vulnerability Dr. Jared Pingleton Human life is profound, precious, and priceless. Life itself is miraculous, marvelous, and mysterious. Consequently, humans are infinitely valuable yet inherently vulnerable. Humans were designed and created as the crowning achievement of all creation to proclaim the glory and grandeur of the Almighty as well as to […]

By AACC, 4 years ago
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The Dialogue Between Psychology and Theology

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV) If the Spirit can produce all the above, why do not we rely on the spirit instead of counseling to have joy, peace, self-control, etc.? The Bible does not […]

By AACC, 4 years ago
CHRISTIAN LIVING

The Perfect Gift of Grace

Juliet Cáceres, Psy.D., CEDS   I love to search for the perfect gift.  It does not need to be expensive.  It simply gives me joy to find something that is uniquely fitting for someone.  I get so excited to give the gift just to see their expression of surprise and delight. I often hope I’ll […]

By AACC, 4 years ago
ANXIETY

A Stronger Grip

Juliet Cáceres, Psy.D. Director of Spiritual Services, Timberline Knolls    On a walk through a forest preserve, I came across a steep set of stairs.  As I carefully descended the stairs, I overheard a man say, “let go of the handrail, just hold on to my hand.”  I looked over and saw a beautiful Latino […]

By AACC, 4 years ago
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It’s Not What You Think

Lisa Sleezer, M.A. Have you ever jumped to conclusions? Have you ever made an in-the-moment decision, only to look back and realize your decision was based on worry? Many of us jump to conclusions about situations in our lives and make decisions quickly without pausing to fully ‘unwrap’ the logical, emotional, and spiritual roots of […]

By AACC, 5 years ago
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Embracing the Pain

Steve Wright, MA, LCPC, RDDP   Betty (not her name) is a 25-year old who has been through too much in her life. An uncle raped her when she was 12, and her mom didn’t believe her when she told her. Betty’s life took a very dark turn after that. She stopped believing she was […]

By AACC, 5 years ago
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The Common Thread Found In Primary and Secondary Abuse and Its Consequences

Annette Oltmans All forms of abuse involve bullying. Bullying is the common thread found in both Primary and Secondary Abuse and their consequences, which include endemic and culturally biased responses. Bullying, as a stereotype, is usually seen as schoolyard misbehavior – such as physical confrontation taking place mostly between boys, from toddlers to teens, or […]

By AACC, 5 years ago
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“God, Why Can’t I Feel You?”

Steve Wright, M.A. Timberline Knolls “I just don’t feel God anymore!” The woman sitting across from me spoke with intense angst and ache in her voice. “God is everything to me. Now I feel so distant from Him. But what’s worse is I can’t feel Him.” This woman, who we’ll call Sarah for the sake […]

By AACC, 5 years ago
BIBLICAL INSIGHTS

Before the Storms

Juliet Caceres, PsyD, Director of Clinical Operations, Timberline Knolls   The account of Jesus calming the storm is one of the most heralded of his miracles.  It appears in three of the gospels: Mark 4:35, Luke 8:22 and Mathew 6:4. Countless lessons can be taken from this story of Jesus’ interaction with his disciples and […]

By AACC, 5 years ago
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Standing Strong through the Storm

Megan France, LCPC Therapist, Timberline Knolls     A few years ago, I was having a conversation with my pastor about my struggles managing the stress in my life. At the time, I was also working with families that were impacted by complex trauma and PTSD. It was overwhelming to continually try to find ways […]

By AACC, 5 years ago