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Hosts Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler discuss the intersection of Christianity and mental health. Guests include pastors, ministry workers, mental health professionals, and more.

CXMH: On Faith & Mental Healt‪h‬ Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler

    • Christianity
    • 4.8 • 82 Ratings

Hosts Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler discuss the intersection of Christianity and mental health. Guests include pastors, ministry workers, mental health professionals, and more.

    Bonus! "Untitled Poem" by Tanner Olson

    Bonus! "Untitled Poem" by Tanner Olson

    Tanner Olson reads an untitled poem from his recent interview on CXMH.

    • 40 sec
    123 - Poetry, Finding Your Voice, and Balancing Hope & Pain (feat. Tanner Olson)

    123 - Poetry, Finding Your Voice, and Balancing Hope & Pain (feat. Tanner Olson)

    This week we talk with poet and author Tanner Olson. We touch on balancing hope & pain, where he finds inspiration, and learning to still be himself while being a writer. In the intro, Robert and Holly check in after Texas’s recent weather and talk about WandaVision.
    Things we mention in this episode/other resources:- CXMH ep. 122 - How Writing Can Shape Your Past, Present, & Future (feat. Allison Fallon) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2021/02/15/122-allison-fallon)- CXMH ep.  90 - Small Beginnings, Other People's Stories, & Being Made to Make (feat. Morgan Harper Nichols) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/01/13/90-morgan-harper-nichols)
    Connect with Tanner on his website (https://www.writtentospeak.com/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/writtentospeak), Twitter (https://twitter.com/tannerJolson), or Instagram (http://instagram.com/writtentospeak). Listen to his work on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/6VSXq2yYD3n5MFZ5ahIUDZ?si=ZzaMB7YbRGWhbcY6Ilf6sQ), Apple Music (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/written-to-speak/id1093168854), or watch it on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/tannerjolson). Buy his books on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3uGdHIa).
    Quotes:- “Don’t call yourself an ‘aspiring writer.’ If you’re putting words down on a piece of paper…you are a writer.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/rU4aK))- “When I write something hopeful that comes out of heartbreak, I don’t want to ignore the heartbreak.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/gbaIo))- “Hope always has the outstretched hand.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/A1fx6))- “It’s really hard to deal with the things inside of us when we just keep them there.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/mrSU6))
    Join the Cxmhunity on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cxmhunity/)!
    Connect with Robert on his website (http://robert-vore.com/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/RobertVore), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RobertVoreCounseling/), or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/robertvore/).
    Connect with Holly on her website (https://hollyoxhandler.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/hollyoxhandler/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hollyoxhandler/), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hollyoxhandler/).
    Connect more with CXMH on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CXMHPodcast/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/cxmhpodcast), Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/cxmhpodcast/), or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/cxmhpodcast).
    Ways to support CXMH:- make a pledge on Patreon (http://cxmhpodcast.com/support) and get rewards like submitting questions for upcoming interviews, a mug, sticker, t-shirt, or more!- give a one-time gift using PayPal (http://paypal.me/CXMH)- Do your Amazon shopping through this link (http://cxmhpodcast.com/Amazon)- Leave us a rating & review on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cxmh/id1188480692?mt=2) or Google Play (https://t.co/zorQ2UrXK7)- Check out our CXMH merchandise (http://cxmhpodcast.com/shop) to show off your support- Listen to the Cxmhunity Spotify playlist

    • 50 min
    Bonus! "Some Days" by Tanner Olson

    Bonus! "Some Days" by Tanner Olson

    Tanner Olson reads his poem “Some Days” from his upcoming interview on CXMH.

    • 1 min
    122 - How Writing Can Shape Your Past, Present, & Future (feat. Allison Fallon)

    122 - How Writing Can Shape Your Past, Present, & Future (feat. Allison Fallon)

    This week we talked with Allison Fallon, author of the new book The Power of Writing it Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your LIfe. She talks to us about the benefits of writing in terms of processing your memories, understanding yourself, and more. Allison is the founder of Find Your Voice, as well as the author of a number of books.
    Things we mention in this episode/other resources:

    * ep. 120 - Lies We Face (& Truth We Need) Along The Journey (feat. Hannah Brencher) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2021/02/01/120-hannah-brencher)
    * the episode of The Faith & Mental Wellness Podcast that Holly was on (https://open.spotify.com/episode/0zRvTlYEWejHlsNBvxpOQK?si=0BMaaNy4Ssm0SZkJrx7akQ)

    Connect with Allison on her website (https://allisonfallon.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/missallyfallon), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allyfallon/).
    Connect with Find Your Voice on it’s website (https://findyourvoice.com/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/letsfindyourvoice), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/letsfindyourvoice/).
    Buy The Power of Writing It Down on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3rSZCVj).
    Quotes:
    “I believe deep down in my soul that writing has the power to create positive change in your life.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/90df0))
    “If you change behavior from the frontal cortex, you’re gonna feel like you’re white-knuckling it, like you have to exercise all this discipline, and it will only work for a certain period of time.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/Pm0x9))
    “Writing is communication. Writing is self-discovery. Writing is a way to capture memories from your life. Writing can be a means of processing, it can be meditation, it can be spirituality, it can be prayer.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/bPqLr))
    “If you think that your story is the one story that nobody cares about hearing…I want you to really think about what that means.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/L2Ue0))
    “The minute you bring an audience into [writing] is the minute you cut yourself off from your deepest thoughts & feelings about a subject.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/9cf8b))
    Join the Cxmhunity on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cxmhunity/)!
    Connect with Robert on his website (http://robert-vore.com/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/RobertVore), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RobertVoreCounseling/), or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/robertvore/).
    Connect with Holly on her website (https://hollyoxhandler.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/hollyoxhandler/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hollyoxhandler/), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hollyoxhandler/).
    Connect more with CXMH on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CXMHPodcast/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/cxmhpodcast), Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/cxmhpodcast/), or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/cxmhpodcast).
    Ways to support CXMH:
    make a pledge on Patreon (http://cxmhpodcast.com/support) and get rewards like submitting questions for upcoming interviews, a mug,

    • 1 hr
    121 - Our Attachments to Each Other and to God (feat. Krispin Mayfield)

    121 - Our Attachments to Each Other and to God (feat. Krispin Mayfield)

    This week we talk with therapist Krispin Mayfield about attachment science, how that shapes our relationships, and how that shapes our connections with God. In the intro, Robert and Holly share about things they’re attached to.
    Things we mention in this episode/other resources:- The 6 Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents and Kids through the Science of Connection by Amy Elizabeth Olrick and Jeffrey Olrick- episode 32 - Trauma, Attachment, & Creating Safety (feat. Aundi Kolber) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2018/2/26/32-trauma-feat-aundi-kolber)- Krispin mentions the work of Dr. Todd Hall (https://www.biola.edu/directory/people/todd-hall)- Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Curt Thompson- episode 91 - Spiritual Bypassing (feat. Dr. Jesse Fox) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/01/27/91-spiritual-bypassing)- episode 58 - Religious Coping Skills: Good, Bad, or Both? (feat. Dr. Kenneth Pargament) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2018/12/03/58-religious-coping-skills)
    Connect with Krispin on his website (https://www.krispinmayfield.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/k__mayfield), or Instagram. Listen to his podcasts Attached to the Invisible (https://www.krispinmayfield.com/attached) or The Prophetic Imagination Station (https://www.propheticimaginationstation.com/).
    Quotes:- “We have this drive for connection. There are different strategies that we use to get the connection that we need, to get the closeness that we need.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/K4iRP))- “What I’ve found has been lost in a lot of faith traditions is that God delights in us.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/rliH3))- “Emotions help bring other people close.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/L827H))- “God meets us wherever we are emotionally, you see that throughout Scripture.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/k8sUS))
    Join the Cxmhunity on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cxmhunity/)!
    Connect with Robert on his website (http://robert-vore.com/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/RobertVore), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RobertVoreCounseling/), or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/robertvore/).
    Connect with Holly on her website (https://hollyoxhandler.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/hollyoxhandler/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hollyoxhandler/), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hollyoxhandler/).
    Connect more with CXMH on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CXMHPodcast/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/cxmhpodcast), Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/cxmhpodcast/), or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/cxmhpodcast).
    Ways to support CXMH:- make a pledge on Patreon (http://cxmhpodcast.com/support) and get rewards like submitting questions for upcoming interviews, a mug, sticker, t-shirt, or more!- give a one-time gift using PayPal (http://paypal.me/CXMH)- Do your Amazon shopping through this link (http://cxmhpodcast.com/Amazon)- Leave us a rating & review on

    • 50 min
    120 - Lies We Face (& Truth We Need) Along The Journey (feat. Hannah Brencher)

    120 - Lies We Face (& Truth We Need) Along The Journey (feat. Hannah Brencher)

    This week we’re joined by CXMH all-star Hannah Brencher! Hannah’s new book Fighting Forward came out recently and she tells us about the lies we encounter in various parts of our journey and how to overcome them.
    Things we mention in this episode/other resources: - The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (https://amzn.to/2YrAuZ4) by Steven Pressfield - Hannah’s past episodes on CXMH (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/tag/Hannah+Brencher) - the Forest app (https://www.forestapp.cc/) Hannah mentions
    Connect with Hannah on her website (https://www.hannahbrenchercreative.com/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HannahBrencherSheats), Twitter (https://twitter.com/hannahbrencher), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hannahbrencher/). Buy Fighting Forward: Your Nitty-Gritty Guide to Beating the Lies That Hold You Back on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3iUHpDJ).
    Quotes: - “The goal is not perfection, the goal is consistency. Those are two very different things.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/o0LN4)) - “When you take time to stoke the fire in your own life, that’s only going to make you a better version of yourself for someone else.” (tweet (https://ctt.ac/IfUzq)) - “Some of the most valuable things you’re going to learn in your life are going to be because of failure. Don’t spend your life tiptoeing around the very thing that might teach you or transform you.” (tweet) (https://ctt.ac/HNl6_) - “The only way to combat my envy was to become a really good cheerleader for other people.” (tweet) (https://ctt.ac/xY554)
    Join the Cxmhunity on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cxmhunity/)!
    Connect with Robert on his website (http://robert-vore.com/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/RobertVore), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RobertVoreCounseling/), or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/robertvore/).
    Connect with Holly on her website (https://hollyoxhandler.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/hollyoxhandler/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hollyoxhandler/), or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hollyoxhandler/).
    Connect more with CXMH on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CXMHPodcast/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/cxmhpodcast), Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/cxmhpodcast/), or Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/cxmhpodcast).
    Ways to support CXMH: - make a pledge on Patreon (http://cxmhpodcast.com/support) and get rewards like submitting questions for upcoming interviews, a mug, sticker, t-shirt, or more! - give a one-time gift using PayPal (http://paypal.me/CXMH) - Do your Amazon shopping through this link (http://cxmhpodcast.com/Amazon) - Leave us a rating & review on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cxmh/id1188480692?mt=2) or Google Play (https://t.co/zorQ2UrXK7) - Check out our CXMH merchandise (http://cxmhpodcast.com/shop) to show off your support - Listen to the Cxmhunity Spotify playlist here (http://cxmhpodcast.com/spotify) - Check out other episodes and find your favorites guests on

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

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Favorite Podcast

Two of the things most important to me: Faith and mental health. Always eager for new episodes and grateful for this space to learn!

metf16 ,

Refreshing Take

Like others have said, this isn’t your typical Christian podcast. The hosts have clear, honest conversation and integrate Christianity in with their clinical experience and academic backgrounds. As a therapist intern at a Christian school in a secular outplacement, getting their take on the wide range of topics they discuss is refreshing.

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