Out of the Dark is a podcast about mental health in the body of Christ. As followers of Jesus, people are sometimes led to believe that if we struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, identity, or the many other areas of our mental health that we are less of a Christian or are just not praying enough. As members of the body of Christ, Mandisa and Laura will tackle the idea that, while Jesus IS enough, a relationship with a counselor can help heal wounds that will enhance your relationship with Jesus. They will cover specific topics related to mental health and offer resources to listeners to enhance your journey of personal growth. We can’t do it alone; we need to step out of the dark of shame and guilt and into the light of recovery and redemption.New episodes air Wednesday. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an opportunity to step Out of the Dark.About MandisaWith more than 1.6 million records sold, GRAMMY® winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. In less than a year, Mandisa performed her three RIAA Certified Gold hit singles "Overcomer," "Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)" and "Stronger" on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA). “Stronger” became an anthem, creating opportunities such as welcoming the emotional return of beloved morning host Robin Roberts and an invitation to perform the national anthem during a Sunday night NFL Network game to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her 2013 GRAMMY® award-winning album Overcomer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album’s title track proved to be a smash at radio and earned the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Mandisa, also a 2-time K-LOVE Fan Awards co-host, debuted her latest chart-topping album Out Of The Dark alongside sharing the moving story of her fight with depression for the very first time on GMA as well.About LauraLaura Williams is the owner/founder of Be Found Counseling in Brentwood, Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in developmental and relational trauma and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Laura counsels women and works from a Christian perspective. She uses her extensive training as well as wisdom from her own counseling journey in her work with clients. She is married (21 years) and has three boys ages 17, 15, and 11. For more information about Laura or to connect with her, please visit her website at www.befoundcounseling.com or follow on Instagram @befoundcounseling.
How do you feel about this word? For many people, this word carries a ton of negativity. In this episode, we will get to the root of the word, why it might feel negative and why we actually need it in order to feel emotionally balanced.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, or is it?
Visiting family during the holidays might be one of the top stressors people experience. For some it is tolerable and mildly fun, but for many people it is miserable. In this episode, we will discuss some resources to help make traveling to visit family more enjoyable.
You might be surprised to know that self-care actually has nothing to do with spas, shopping or 5-star resorts. Self-care is actually the most basic thing you can do for yourself. We will discuss what self care is and what it is NOT.
Why We Feel and the Importance of Gratitude
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have feelings. Most people either don't feel at all or feel too much. In this episode, we will discuss the importance of recognizing feelings. We also talk about the importance of gratitude; not to negate our feelings but as a separate practice each day.
Mindfulness: When I Wasn't Attuned to as a Child
Mindfulness is a way of connecting with God and self. Part of the responsibility of a parent is to help children figure out what is going on with them--to connect with their bodies, their feelings, their ideas/opinions, likes and dislikes. When you miss out on that as a kid, you owe it to yourself to spend time getting to know yourself. Mindfulness is a great way.
Medication: The Scary Episode
Our most vulnerable episode yet. Mandisa and Laura get personal with their views on medication in the area of mental health and tackle the stigma that you are not strong enough of a Christian if you have to rely on medication.
I found this podcast in the middle of a season of anxiety. It’s always been something I’ve felt on a minor end, but this time is different. It’s gotten so bad it’s been almost enabling. I love listening to these ladies talk about their struggles and they’re so relatable, & Laura gives great advise on how to ease the burden of anxiety. It’s nice to have someone you can listen to and relate to when anxiety makes you feel so isolated. I love this podcast & hope for many more episodes
Lots of great resources
This podcast has helped me toAddress significant traumas in my childhood with fresh eyes and resources. Thank you! You two have been a breath of fresh air during a very sad year for me.
Just found this podcast. I am in a season of depression and this podcast is helping. You have encouraged me to seek therapy. Thank you an God bless.
Dr. Williams, can you do am episode on emotion numbness, especially related to taking an antidepressant.