96 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.

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    • 4.9 • 142 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.

    96: Honoring Your Father and Mother With Boundaries

    96: Honoring Your Father and Mother With Boundaries

    Tommy talks about the Illinois law allowing children to take mental health days from school, introduces listeners to Saint Joan of the Cross, and answers listener questions about how to help a friend in his journey with his wife's diagnosis, how to honor one's father and mother while setting boundaries at the same time, and how to recognize and cope with anxiety related to climate change.
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    95: OCD and planning for the future

    95: OCD and planning for the future

    Tommy talks about online counseling services, introduces listeners to Saint Cajetan, and answers listener questions about how to approach a conversation about the future considering symptoms of OCD, how to support a friend facing infidelity, and the importance of mental health and wellness for caregivers.
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    94: When Confession Doesn't Feel Good

    94: When Confession Doesn't Feel Good

    Tommy talks about the differences between therapy and spiritual direction, introduces listeners to Blessed Stanley Rother, and answers listener questions about how the faith relates to Overeaters Anonymous, how to approach confession when it leaves us feeling like we did something wrong, and how to understand mental health and marital harmony in the context of the Church's teaching on Natural Family Planning.
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    93: Do I Use My Mental Health As a Crutch?

    93: Do I Use My Mental Health As a Crutch?

    Tommy talks about involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations, introduces listeners to Saint Sharbel Makhlouf, and answers listener questions about how to respond to someone who says we use our mental health symptoms as a crutch, if we should pray for our abusers who have died, and how to interact with an adult child who identifies as transgender.
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    92: When Medication Dosages Keep Going Up

    92: When Medication Dosages Keep Going Up

    Tommy talks about the mental health considerations in interfaith marriages, introduces listeners to Saint Mary MacKillop, and answers listener questions about mental health medications increasing in dosage over time, how to approach an examination of conscience in the context of depression, and the connections between binge eating and OCD.
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    91: Does Jesus Want Us To Hate Ourselves?

    91: Does Jesus Want Us To Hate Ourselves?

    Tommy talks about the impact COVID-19 has had on postpartum depression for women of color, introduces listeners to Saint Veronica Giuliani, and answers listener questions about how to understand the words of Jesus about hating our lives, the ideas around co-sleeping with older children, and how to talk to a family member who needs help with anxiety.
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

AnotherPodcastEnthusiast ,

Great podcast speaking of faith and wholeness

Tommy Tighe helps flesh out the idea that God and the Church calls us to greater spiritual, mental and physical health. I especially love that he helps sort out what may be mental suffering from what is willful behavior. A grounded, funny and merciful voice! Thanks Tommy!

GloreaK ,

Thank you!

This podcast has been a help, encouragement and blessing to me. Thank you for your work.

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.

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