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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 • 79 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.

    Recast - Grieving During the Holidays (feat. Lanta Carroll)

    Recast - Grieving During the Holidays (feat. Lanta Carroll)

    This week, we're re-airing a conversation we had with therapist and pastor Lanta Carroll last year about grief during the holiday season. We know that so many of us are carrying grief in a myriad of ways this year, and hope this conversation can be helpful in some small way. In the intro, Robert and Holly talk about whether or not seasonal decorations are a thing in their houses.
     
    Things we mention in this episode/other resources:- see the original show notes below for links related to the conversation with Lanta- Holly mentions the work of epidemiologist Dr. Emily Smith. Here's a recent conversation with her: "Church and COVID (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2XfobrA7wA&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR028HuRj_bc9zZfo7sSGubeeOgxblD4vZT65LpZaKc9PNhTudvnTRfvp4g&ab_channel=TruettChurchNetwork)"- find Holly's recent blog posts on burnout, self-care, and more here (https://hollyoxhandler.com/thoughts/).
    ---------Original Show Notes---------
    It’s the holiday season, which can be both joyful & hard. We’re joined by Lanta Carroll, a counselor & pastor, to talk about grieving during this season. We talk about why it’s so complicated, some ideas for your own grief, and thoughts on how to support others personally or within a faith community.
    Things we mention in this episode/other resources:- CXMH episode 17 - Grief & Loss (feat. John Pavlovitz & Dr. Elizabeth Horn) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2017/6/4/17-grief-loss-feat-john-pavlovitz-dr-elizabeth-horn)- Inheritance of Hope (https://inheritanceofhope.org/)
    Connect with Lanta on her website (https://www.lantacarroll.com/), Instagram (http://instagram.com/lettersbylanta), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lettersbylanta/), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/lettersbyla0109/), or see her lettering work here (https://www.lettersbylanta.com/).
     
    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).

    • 50 min
    115 - Gratitude & Mental Health

    115 - Gratitude & Mental Health

    It's the second half of November, which means (here in the United States) we're approaching Thanksgiving. In this episode, Robert and Holly talk about gratitude and it's impact on mental health. How can it help? Has it been suggested in unhelpful ways before? What are some ideas for incorporating practices of gratitude and thankfulness into your life? Also, we work through some conflict about Thanksgiving side dishes.
     
    Things we mention/other resources:- the article Robert references: 'How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain (https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain)'- Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (https://amzn.to/35B3IJn) by Robert Emmons- Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (https://amzn.to/2ILPAUY) by Robert Emmons- CXMH ep. 91 - Spiritual Bypassing (feat. Dr. Jesse Fox) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/01/27/91-spiritual-bypassing)- CXMH ep. 107 - Why Small Changes Are the Key to Changing Your Brain (feat. Dr. Alex Korb) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/06/08/107-alex-korb)- CXMH ep. 93 - Using the Enneagram & Neuroscience for Practical Growth (feat. Dr. Jerome Lubbe) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/02/10/93-jerome-lubbe-2)- CXMH ep. 55 - CBT for Christians (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce)
    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).

    • 40 min
    114 - Having Conversations that Help

    114 - Having Conversations that Help

    This week we share a talk from Robert called Talking About Mental Health: Having Conversations that Facilitate Healing & Promote Resilience (his talk from the Church Mental Health Summit on Oct. 10th). The talk shares practical tips, as well as talking about how we show up to each other in moments of vulnerability.
     
    Things we mention/other resources:- Last week's episode: 113 - Self-Care for Helpers (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/10/26/113-self-care-for-helpers)- CXMH episode 112 - Staying Emotionally Healthy During Election Season (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/10/16/112-election-2020)- If you want to watch the video of Robert's talk (or see the other ~60 talks), you can still register for the all-access pass for the Church Mental Health Summit here (https://church-mental-health-summit.heysummit.com/talks/tbd-41/).- get Holly's newsletter here (https://hollyoxhandler.com/sign-up/).- the Baylor article Holly mentions: Baylor Expert: Don’t Lose Focus on Spiritual and Mental Well-being (https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=220757)
     
    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).

    • 44 min
    113 - Self-Care for Helpers

    113 - Self-Care for Helpers

    This week, we get to hear Holly's talk from the Church Mental Health Summit that happened on Oct. 10th. She talks about why it's important to take care of ourselves as well as talking through a variety of areas & ways we can learn to do so. In the intro, Robert & Holly talk about things they've found helpful recently.
     
    Things we mention/other resources:- If you want to watch the video of Holly's talk (or see the other ~60 talks), you can still register for the all-access pass for the Church Mental Health Summit here (https://church-mental-health-summit.heysummit.com/?ac=VcPvpCLw).- get Holly's Self Care for Helpers emails free by signing up here (https://hollyoxhandler.com/sign-up/).
     
    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).

    • 29 min
    112 - Staying Emotionally Healthy During Election Season

    112 - Staying Emotionally Healthy During Election Season

    Yikes! In the United States, it's currently the last few weeks of the 2020 Presidential Election (along with various down ballot elections). This is an understandably hard time for lots of us, so Robert and Holly got together to talk about some tips & ideas for how to try and stay healthy over the next few weeks. Or next few months. Or next few years. I dunno, it seems like it's always election time now.
     
    Things we mention/other resources:- CXMH ep. 26 - Seasonal Affective Disorder & Perfectly Hidden Depression (feat. Dr. Margaret Rutherford) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2017/12/25/26-seasonal-affective-disorder-perfectly-hidden-depression-feat-dr-margaret-rutherford)- CXMH ep. 52 - Online Advocacy, Self-Care, & Beauty (feat. Dr. Meredith Gould) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2018/10/14/52-meredith-gould)- CXMH ep. 57 - Why We Need Better Sleep (& How to Get It) (feat. Dr. Michael Scullin)- Holly's Self-Care for Helpers guide (https://hollyoxhandler.com/sign-up/)
     
    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).
     

    • 35 min
    111 - Thriving in Adversity, Blooming in the Dark (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce)

    111 - Thriving in Adversity, Blooming in the Dark (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce)

    This week we're joined by Dr. Michelle Pearce to talk about her new book Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity (https://amzn.to/3jwnfiT). Dr. Pearce talks about those 12 principles, what a 'night bloomer' is, and how we can use adversity to help us grow.
     
    Things we mention/other resources:- the Church Mental Health Summit (https://church-mental-health-summit.heysummit.com/?ac=VcPvpCLw) we talk about in the intro- CXMH ep. 55 - CBT for Christians (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2018/11/05/55-cbt-for-christians)- CXMH ep. 103 - How We Move Through Suffering (feat. Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren & Sara Showalter Van Tongeren) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/05/04/103-van-tongeren)- CXMH ep. 91 - Spiritual Bypassing (feat. Dr. Jesse Fox) (https://cxmhpodcast.com/show-notes/2020/01/27/91-spiritual-bypassing)
     
    Connect with Dr. Pearce on her website (https://www.drmichellepearce.com/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bloomwithdrmichelle/), or buy her books on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3is6gNb).
     
    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).

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

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.

Foolish Hosey ,

Crucial Conversations

Crucial conversations at the intersection of faith and mental health. If you’re a church worker, chaplain, or mental health professional, this is indispensable listening!

MRS61790 ,

Rich + Enriching Content

This is not your typical Christian podcast that cycles through the same handful of guests you hear interviewed on all of your other favorite podcasts. I’m consistently grabbing for a pen and paper to scribble down all of the rich and practical wisdom and knowledge dropped in every episode of this podcast. Thank you Holly, Robert and guests for enriching my life with CXMH!

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