48 episodes

A podcast about finding mental well-being as a Catholic with the help of community and the saints. Hosted by Tommy Tighe, a marriage and family therapist, husband, and father. In each episode Tommy addresses different mental health issues, introduces listeners to a saint who is relevant to mental health and wellness, and responds to questions from Twitter followers.

Saint Dymphna’s Playbook Grexly

    • Mental Health
    • 4.9, 109 Ratings

A podcast about finding mental well-being as a Catholic with the help of community and the saints. Hosted by Tommy Tighe, a marriage and family therapist, husband, and father. In each episode Tommy addresses different mental health issues, introduces listeners to a saint who is relevant to mental health and wellness, and responds to questions from Twitter followers.

    48: Just Do Your Dishes!

    48: Just Do Your Dishes!

    Tommy talks about how making your bed won't fix your mental illness and discusses how to cope with dissociation, introduces listeners to Blessed Laura Vicuña, and answers listener questions about to help a loved one be open to mental health treatment, what a manic episode looks like, and how to navigate a friend sharing news about a history of abuse.

    • 19 min
    47: You Are Not Your Mental Illness

    47: You Are Not Your Mental Illness

    Tommy talks about the burning of a Catholic parish by a man with mental illness and discusses the need for pro-mental health protections in the current conversations about policing. He also shares a bit about Blessed Miguel Pro and answers listener questions about how to handle feelings of guilt about our mental-health induced behaviors, the benefits of emotional support animals, and how to help a child with ADHD make it through the Mass.

    • 18 min
    46: I'm an Imposter!

    46: I'm an Imposter!

    Tommy talks about overcoming imposter syndrome and managing anxiety when making big decisions, introduces listeners to Venerable Augustus Tolton, and answers listener questions about showing mercy to someone who traumatized us, the connection between our faith and our recovery from substance dependence, and whether God wants us to suffer without relief and just offer it up.


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    • 18 min
    45: God Does Not Call Us To Be Doormats

    45: God Does Not Call Us To Be Doormats

    Tommy talks about attachment styles, discusses deep breathing to relieve anxiety, introduces listeners to Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, and answers listener questions about feeling guilty over being estranged from a sibling, psychosis vs. demonic possession, and how to cope with something a friend said that left us feeling rattled.

    • 15 min
    44: Is Self-Harm a Sin?

    44: Is Self-Harm a Sin?

    Tommy talks about personality tests and how the suffering of others impacts his life as a therapist, introduces listeners to Servant of God Elizabeth Clarisse Lange, and answers listener questions about self-harm, how to stop second-guessing ourselves, and if there's anything special about a Catholic therapist.

    • 17 min
    43: Maybe I'll Never Go Back Outside!

    43: Maybe I'll Never Go Back Outside!

    Tommy talks about journaling for mental health, discusses how to manage a 9-year-old's anger outbursts, introduces listeners to Blessed Concepción Cabrera de Armida, and answers listener questions about feeling anxious about life after the lockdowns, weather-related anxiety, and fears about suffering the same mental health and neurological conditions as our parents.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

regmoses ,

Inspiring, compassionate, and educational

Episodes are refreshingly brief but full of helpful information and a caring response to the personal situation at hand. It reminds me to be sensitive to others’ struggles. Whether I know about those specifically or not, I can lead with kindness and give people grace. I love that he provides the opportunity to join in prayer for those suffering. As a bonus, each episode teaches me about a (new to me) saint and his/her inspirational story.

SJ Clark ,

The Token New Person

I’m new to the Church (5 months) and new to SDP. I’m so glad I found this helpful soul who lets me know it’s ok to struggle with anxiety and panic attacks while being Catholic. I’m grateful to be a part of the community 🙏🏻

PlannedMom ,

Five Stars For Sure!

SDP is interesting, relevant, and hopeful. The fast pace and variety of content make it fun and easy to listen to. I love the opportunity to learn about mental health issues and to pray for other listeners. I appreciate the Catholic perspective and the reminder to love people where they are.

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