CXMH: On Faith & Mental Health

CXMH: On Faith & Mental Health
a podcast at the intersection of Christianity & mental health.

94 - Resurrecting Hope & Ordinary Losses (feat. Stephanie Lobdell)
Feb 17 • 44 min
Today, we’re joined by Stephanie Lobdell to talk about ordinary losses and what resurrection has to tell us about those things. We talk about being a woman in ministry, Stephanie’s mental health diagnoses, facing the death of your expected future, how her…
93 - Using the Enneagram & Neuroscience for Practical Growth (feat. Dr. Jerome Lubbe)
Feb 10 • 69 min
We loved last week’s episode with Dr. Jerome Lubbe so much we invited him back right away! Jerome stops back by to talk about ways to use the Enneagram for practical growth, ideas for how to care for ourselves better, moving from ‘I am a number’ to…
92 - Neuroscience, Faith, Identity, the Enneagram, & Self-Care (feat. Dr. Jerome Lubbe)
Feb 3 • 59 min
Have you ever wondered how neuroscience intersects with faith, or how they both intersect with the Enneagram? We talk with Dr. Jerome Lubbe about that, the neurotheology of self-care, identity formation, and much more. In the intro, Robert & Holly talk…
91 - Spiritual Bypassing (feat. Dr. Jesse Fox)
Jan 27 • 49 min
What is Spiritual Bypassing? We talk with Dr. Jesse Fox about his work in this area, what it looks like to use spirituality as a resource (or as a method of avoidance), offering unhelpful platitudes vs. helpful responses, and more. In the intro, Robert &…
90 - Small Beginnings, Other People’s Stories, & Being Made to Make (feat. Morgan Harper Nichols)
Jan 13 • 53 min
This week, artist and internet phenomenon Morgan Harper Nichols stops by the show. We talk about small beginnings, finding inspiration in the day-to-day, hearing other people’s stories, creativity, and how her artwork reflects faith & mental health.…
89 - Trying Softer, Self Compassion, & Moving from Survival to Joy (feat. Aundi Kolber)
Jan 6 • 54 min
It’s 2020! Robert & Holly talk about New Year’s intentions in the intro, and then chat with trauma therapist Aundi Kolber about her new book Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode—and into a Life of Connection…
Happy Holidays 2019!
Dec 23, 2019 • 24 min
Grab a mug of hot cocoa and snuggle up with a blanket, it’s time for a fireside chat with Robert & Holly! Your hosts get together to share listener-submitted traditions, talk about ways we’re reflecting on 2019, and what’s ahead in 2020. (Not included:…
88 - Practical Tools for Mental Health Ministry (feat. Joe Padilla)
Dec 16, 2019 • 57 min
Joe Padilla (co-founder of Mental Health Grace Alliance) joins us to talk about the practicalities of ministering to people’s mental health within a faith community. We get asked a ton about resources for small groups, trainings, etc. to help equip people…
87 - Getting the Rest You Actually Need (feat. Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith)
Dec 9, 2019 • 56 min
Have you ever wondered why you’re still tired if you’re getting enough sleep? How do we know if we’re actually even resting? Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith stops by the show to tell us about 7 different types of rest and how to make sure we’re actually…
86 - Grieving During the Holidays (feat. Lanta Carroll)
Nov 25, 2019 • 46 min
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…
85 - Why & How Should Therapists Talk About Faith? (feat. Dr. Cassandra Vieten)
Nov 18, 2019 • 53 min
Should mental health professionals ask about clients’s spiritual & religious beliefs? Today’s guest says ‘yes.’ Dr. Cassandra Vieten stops by to talk about her new book Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for…
84 - Faith, Media, & Living Our Theology (feat. Dr. Angela Gorrell)
Nov 4, 2019 • 45 min
83 - How Can Faith Communities & Human Service Providers Collaborate? (feat. Dave Eckert)
Oct 21, 2019 • 53 min
This week we talk with Dave Eckert, a pastor, social worker, and director of Intersect (an initiative to train, consult and collaborate with human services providers and faith communities). Dave describes 6 key assets to this kind of work, going beyond…
82 - Hospitality, Loneliness, & Inviting People In (feat. Leslie Verner)
Oct 14, 2019 • 50 min
Are we living in especially lonely times? What does ‘hospitality’ mean? How could extending invitations change the way we live? We’re joined by Leslie Verner, author of Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness to talk about all of this…
81 - Closing the Chasm Between Spirituality & Treatment (feat. Dr. David Rosmarin)
Oct 7, 2019 • 53 min
This week, we’re joined by Dr. David Rosmarin to talk about integrating spiritual beliefs into treatment, navigating the distrust between faith & mental health, and more.
80 - Music & Ministry (feat. Rivers & Robots)
Sep 30, 2019 • 56 min
Have you ever wondered about our intro/outro music? Great news: we got together with the guys behind Rivers & Robots to learn more about their music, their ministry, and how they take care of their mental health while keeping so busy. In the intro, Robert…
79 - Hunger, Mental Health, & Working Together for Justice (feat. Jeremy Everett)
Sep 23, 2019 • 63 min
How does hunger impact mental health? How widespread is food insecurity across the United States? We’re joined by Jeremy Everett, founder of the Texas Hunger Initiative and author of the new book, I Was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American…
78 - Reimagining Missions from the Inside Out (feat. Ryan Kuja)
Sep 16, 2019 • 49 min
In the intro, Robert & Holly talk about the recent suicide deaths of pastor Jarrid Wilson & Gregory Eells. In the interview, we’re joined by Ryan Kuja to talk about the ways we should prepare better for missions. Ryan talks about thinking critically…
Welcome to Season 4.
Sep 9, 2019 • 41 min
We’re back! (not the dinosaur movie, although that’s one of Robert’s favorites). We kick off Season 4 of CXMH with the two of us (Robert & Holly) talking about our time off, what we learned about rest, and looking ahead at what’s to come.
Summer 2019!
Jun 24, 2019 • 38 min
Recast - Self-Image, Parenting, & Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are (feat. Hillary McBride)
May 28, 2019 • 57 min
In a new intro, Robert admits that he has no idea how to rest and Holly tells us all about her recent travels. Then, we recast our 2018 interview with Hillary McBride about self-image, passing narratives on to our children, and learning to love ourselves…
77 - Mental Health in Latinx Culture (feat. Yesenia Reta)
May 20, 2019 • 32 min
We’re joined by Yesenia Reta, LCSW, who practices as a Christian therapist in Florida. She talks about how she views faith & mental health working together, how growing up in a Mexican family shaped her view of mental health, and some barriers she sees…
76 - The Narratives We Believe (& Why They Matter)
May 13, 2019 • 44 min
This week, Robert & Holly talk about one of Robert’s favorite topics: narratives! What they are, why it matters what we believe about ourselves and the world around us, how to notice them, and more.
75 - Children’s Mental Health (feat. Dr. Stephen Grcevich)
May 6, 2019 • 36 min
The first week of May is Children’s Mental Health Week, and to celebrate we’ve got the second part of our conversation with Dr. Stephen Grcevich! We cover a lot of ground including things to look for in children, the medicating of kids (are we overdoing…
74 - How Do We Make Our Churches Inclusive for Mental Health? (feat. Dr. Stephen Grcevich)
Apr 29, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Stephen Grcevich (founder of Key Ministry and author of Mental Health and the Church) to talk about how we can make our churches & ministries more inclusive to those encountering mental health struggles and their…
73 - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (feat. Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale)
Apr 15, 2019 • 28 min
This week, we’re joined by Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale to talk about her personal journey with OCD, what OCD is (and isn’t), and what types of things to be looking for in OCD treatment.
72 - Mentoring, Leading, & Empowering Others
Apr 9, 2019 • 49 min
Do you lead others in some capacity? (Hint: the answer is yes). This week, Holly and Robert talk about mentoring both formal and informal, the way we can lead others through our actions, and why empowering those coming behind us is important. We also…
71 - What if We’re Called to a Ministry of Weakness? (feat. Alia Joy)
Apr 1, 2019 • 50 min
Today, we’re joined by author Alia Joy to talk about weakness and finding God in all we lack. We talk about imposter syndrome, false ideas of God, the fluency of hope, poverty, not fitting in, bipolar disorder, and much much more.
70 - Teens, Anxiety, & Self-Esteem (feat. Lisa Schab)
Mar 25, 2019 • 57 min
We’ve all seen the headlines in the past few years: adolescents seem to be wrestling with more anxiety than ever before. In this episode, we’re joined by Lisa Schab, LCSW who has written tons of mental health workbooks for teens. We talk about why the…
69 - A Personal Journey into Social Work (feat. Kelsey Moffatt)
Mar 18, 2019 • 35 min
It only took a year, but the timing has worked out to air the last of the guest hosted episodes from last Spring! In this episode, Holly talks with Kelsey Moffat, who (at the time) was a social work student getting ready to graduate. They talk about…
68 - Faith & Doubt
Mar 11, 2019 • 51 min
It’s just us, folks. Robert and Holly got together in Atlanta to record this episode in person (the first CXMH episode ever recorded without Skype!). We talk about faith, why we think doubt is a good thing, and what it often looks like to move through our…
67 - Bullying (feat. Danielle Matthew)
Mar 4, 2019 • 43 min
Bullying: it seems like something we’re always hearing about, but never getting into the details of. Danielle Matthew, LMFT stops by to talk to us all about it: what are the different types of bullying? How do people experience bullying across their…
66 - Recovery Ministry (feat. Storey Cook)
Feb 25, 2019 • 34 min
This week, we’re airing an interview Holly recorded back when Robert was on podternity leave (flashback!). She talks with Storey Cook, director of Reclaim Recovery Ministry at Harris Creek in Waco. They talk about recovery ministries, how 12 step programs…
65 - Maintaining Your Mental Health In Ministry
Feb 18, 2019 • 61 min
Robert and Holly give 13 practical self-care tips & discuss ways to help maintain your mental & emotional health while working in ministry (or any helping profession).
64 - Singleness (feat. Holly Stallcup & Dr. Bella DePaulo)
Feb 11, 2019 • 39 min
It’s Valentine’s week, and one important conversation to have is about singleness. What messages do people get about being single? Are there positives and negatives? How can the church do a better job at creating space for single people to exist and to…
63 - Uncluttering Our Spaces, Our Schedules, & Our Lives (feat. Courtney Ellis)
Feb 4, 2019 • 52 min
Do we have too much clutter in our homes, schedule, and mind? Courtney Ellis (author of the new book Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul) stops by to talk to us about her journey from more to less and how it was actually a…
62 - Social Anxiety, Shyness vs. Confidence, & How to Make Friends (feat. Dr. Ellen Hendriksen)
Jan 28, 2019 • 57 min
This week, we’re joined by Dr. Ellen Hendriksen to talk about Social Anxiety! We touch on all sorts of things including shyness, the difference between being an introvert and being social anxious, how to help others, ways to challenge our own social…
61 - How to Set Goals & Make Changes (feat. Susette Magana & Brandon Cook from The Desire Line)
Jan 21, 2019 • 72 min
It’s 2019, and we’re doing something we’ve never done before: a crossover episode! We got together with our friends from The Desire Line podcast to talk about resolutions, setting goals, and what it takes to create lasting change in our lives.
60 - Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays (& Reflecting on the Year)
Dec 17, 2018 • 50 min
Have a seat here for a special holiday fireside chat with Robert & Holly. It’s the last episode of 2018, so we take a look back at the year and talk about what we’ve learned, as well as listing what we think could be better about the show in 2019. We also…
59 - You Know Your Enneagram Type, Now What? (feat. Chris Heuertz)
Dec 11, 2018 • 56 min
Ok, ok, so you’ve given in to your friend who won’t stop talking about it and tried your best to figure out what Enneagram type you are. Where do you go from there? Chris Heuertz (author of The Sacred Enneagram) comes by to explain how that information…
58 - Religious Coping Skills: Good, Bad, or Both? (feat. Dr. Kenneth Pargament)
Dec 3, 2018 • 56 min
How do our religious & spiritual beliefs factor into how we cope with hard times in our lives? Dr. Kenneth Pargament (author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping) comes by the show to talk to us about his work in exactly that area. We talk about…
57 - Why We Need Better Sleep (& How to Get It) (feat. Dr. Michael Scullin)
Nov 19, 2018 • 79 min
Hey, how’re you feeling today? Tired? Us too. This week, we’re joined by Dr. Michael Scullin (an expert in the connection between sleep & cognition) to talk about getting good sleep and how we’re not getting it. We talk about how lack of sleep impacts…
56 - Centering Prayer, Solitude, Stillness, & Mindful Silence (feat. Phileena Heuertz)
Nov 12, 2018 • 45 min
Our good friend Phileena Heuertz is back with a new book, Mindful Silence! She joins us to talk about centering prayer and the role that things like solitude, silence, and stillness play in our callings to social action.
55 - CBT for Christians (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce)
Nov 5, 2018 • 51 min
How are thoughts, emotions, and behaviors connected? What can we do about that? Can CBT be integrated with spiritual & religious beliefs? This week’s guest, Dr. Michelle Pearce, drops by to chat with us about all of this. She talks us through the basics…
54 - Sexual Abuse by Faith Leaders (feat. Dr. David Pooler)
Oct 29, 2018 • 57 min
In this important episode, we talk with Dr. David Pooler, who has done extensive research talking with survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by faith leaders. Dr. Pooler talks us through the survivors’ experiences within their churches (largely bad), as…
53 - Catching Your Breath (feat. Steve Austin)
Oct 22, 2018 • 57 min
He’s baaaaaack! Steve Austin is back, and boy is this episode no fun at all. He chats with us about his new book, the power of saying no, and how to slow down. (Just a heads up, Robert had a long time to stock up fake names to call Steve.)
52 - Online Advocacy, Self-Care, & Beauty (feat. Dr. Meredith Gould)
Oct 15, 2018 • 71 min
In this jam-packed episode, we talk with Dr. Meredith Gould about being an activist online, balancing that with self-care, and topics like art & beauty. Dr. Gould is a sociologist, activist, artist, and tons more. In the intro, Robert & Holly talk about…
51 - Pilgrimage of a Soul (feat. Phileena Heuertz)
Oct 9, 2018 • 48 min
This week, we’re joined by Phileena Heuertz, co-founder of Gravity: A Center for Contemplative Activism, and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life. In this episode, Phileena talks with us about her first book (one…
50 - Preaching About Mental Health (feat. Mary Alice Birdwhistell)
Oct 1, 2018 • 52 min
This week, we’re joined by Waco-area pastor Mary Alice Birdwhistell to talk about preaching on mental health. Why is it important? How can pastors do it well? Can we get Mary Alice to read us an entire sermon she’s written? We get answers to all of these…
49 - College Students & Creating Supportive Communities (feat. Dr. Gary Glass)
Sep 24, 2018 • 56 min
✏️‍‍ This week, we’re joined by Dr. Gary Glass to talk about college & university students’ mental health. We talk about current trends on college campuses, harmful paradigms impacting our students, and how various people (faculty, campus ministries,…
48 - How Does Nutrition Impact Our Mental Health? (feat. Dr. Leslie Korn)
Sep 17, 2018 • 56 min
Who’s hungry? In this episode, we get to talk with Dr. Leslie Korn, an expert on how nutrition impacts our mental health. We talk about the gut as the ‘second brain,’ what foods are good for depression, anxiety, focus, sleeping, etc., and how to start…
47 - How To Find Affordable Counseling (feat. Dr. Kevin Tarlow)
Sep 10, 2018 • 47 min
This week, we get into the interviews for Season 3 by addressing one of the most common questions we hear: how do you find affordable mental healthcare? Joining us is Dr. Kevin Tarlow, the founder of
46 - The Heartbeat & History of CXMH (feat. Robert Vore)
Sep 5, 2018 • 47 min
This one’s getting a little meta, folks. When Holly first agreed to be the new cohost for CXMH (listen to her intro here), she asked if I would be willing to do an episode where she interviewed me about my vision for the show and how it came to be. I was…
Introducing Dr. Holly Oxhandler!
Sep 3, 2018 • 31 min
Welcome to Season 3! We’re so excited to announce our new co-host, Dr. Holly Oxhandler! Holly’s been both a guest and a guest host before, and is a professor of social work at Baylor University. In this special episode, we get to know Holly and why she’s…
45 - Learning to Speak God from Scratch (feat. Jonathan Merritt)
Aug 13, 2018 • 50 min
Surprise! We’re still on summer break, but we’re popping in with this episode. I get the chance to talk to award-winning author Jonathan Merritt about why people are using sacred language less, why that matters, and what we can do about it. We’ll see you…
Summer Break 2018!
Jul 2, 2018 • 14 min
It’s summertime! Like last year, I’ll be taking the summer off from the show. In this short episode, I talk a little bit about the reasonings behind that, as well as give you some recommendations of things to read and listen to over the next few months!
Recast - [Men]tal Health (feat. Nate Pyle & Dr. Bart Andrews)
Jun 25, 2018 • 55 min
June is Men’s Health Month, so this week I’m rebroadcasting an episode we did about exactly that! Dr. Bart Andrews & pastor/author Nate Pyle join us to talk about all things related to men’s mental health. Check out more info below, along with original…
Recast - Suicide Prevention (feat. Dr. Jonathan Singer & Dr. Sherry Molock)
Jun 11, 2018 • 57 min
Folks, it’s been a tough week. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide filled the headlines, and the CDC released a new report that suicide rates have been rising across the United States. As a result, I wanted to rebroadcast this episode…
44 - The Very Worst Missionary (feat. Jamie Wright)
Jun 4, 2018 • 43 min
Heads up: this one’s got some language. Everyone’s favorite bad missionary, Jamie Wright, stops by to talk about her new book, the problems with missions, and how her self-worth and mental health impacted her over the years.
43 - Being Here, Building Community, & The Bachelor (feat. Hannah Brencher)
May 28, 2018 • 51 min
Happy Memorial Day! (go to counseling.) This week, Robert’s back as your host to talk with Hannah Brencher, who you might remember from episode 14. Hannah talks about her latest book, the power of being here in a ‘getting there’ world, and how much her…
42 - Everyday Grief & Learning to Feel Feelings (feat. Aundi Kolber)
May 21, 2018 • 30 min
This week, our guest host is trauma therapist Aundi Kolber! She talks about how grief is the bedrock of mental health, why smaller traumas & losses are still so important, what it means to really feel our feelings, and how learning how to respond honestly…
41 - Putting the Revolution Back In Racial Reconciliation (feat. Austin Channing Brown)
May 14, 2018 • 46 min
We’re taking a break from guest hosts this week (a break from a break? I don’t know, roll with me) to talk with Austin Channing Brown. Austin’s new book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness is phenomenal, and we talk about a lot of…
40 - Stigma Reduction in the Church (feat. Kristen Kansiewicz)
May 7, 2018 • 34 min
We’re gonna keep it rolling with guest hosts: this week we’re visited by Kristen Kansiewicz, a counselor who works in the church setting and writes extensively about the topics of integrating faith & mental health. Kristen talks about different types of…
39 - The Enneagram & Communities (feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler & Dr. Jon Singletary)
Apr 30, 2018 • 37 min
Did you like last week’s episode? Then you’re in luck! Dr. Holly Oxhandler returns as this week’s guest host, sitting down with Dr. Jon Singletary again to talk about the Enneagram some more. This week, they talk about how the Enneagram can be applied to…
38 - The Enneagram & Our Faith Journey (feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler & Dr. Jon Singletary)
Apr 23, 2018 • 47 min
Great news! Robert’s out on podternity leave, so Dr. Holly Oxhandler is this week’s guest host. She sits down with Dr. Jon Singletary to talk about the Enneagram in part one of a two-week series. This week, they talk about how the Enneagram helps you…
37 - Diagnosing Darth Vader (feat. Dr. Katie Gordon & Brandon Saxton)
Apr 16, 2018 • 41 min
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your favorite fictional characters visited a mental health professional? Have no fear, Jedi Counsel is here! Dr. Katie Gordon & Brandon Saxton host a podcast that explores mental health in your favorite…
36 - Dropping the Mask (feat. Carlos Rodríguez)
Apr 9, 2018 • 37 min
This week, I talk with Carlos Rodríguez. Carlos is an author, non-profit activist, former pastor, and founder of Happy Sonship. We talk about hiding behind masks, using theology to avoid working on ourselves, and Carlos shares his story of finding a more…
35 - Perfectionism (feat. Sharon Martin)
Mar 26, 2018 • 37 min
This week, I chat with LCSW and author, Sharon Martin. We talk all about perfectionism, how it impacts our interpersonal relationships, ways to show ourselves more compassion, and more!
34 - Self-Image, Parenting, & Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are (feat. Hillary McBride)
Mar 19, 2018 • 45 min
This week I talk with therapist, author, & new co-host of The Liturgists, Hillary McBride. We talk about self-image, creating a new narrative for ourselves and the generations after us, how parenting just needs to be ‘good enough’, and tons more.
33 - Thanks, The Future, & Rudy Caseres
Mar 2, 2018 • 40 min
This week, I spend some time thanking people who help made CXMH possible recently and than talking about what’s coming up for CXMH! After that, I talk with Rudy Caseres, an award-winning writer, speaker, & mental health advocate. He shares about his…
32 - Trauma, Attachment, & Creating Safety (feat. Aundi Kolber)
Feb 26, 2018 • 59 min
This week, I talk with Aundi Kolber, a trauma-informed therapist and writer. We talk about mental health work as social justice, various types of trauma, attachment, and the importance of creating safety in our communities.
Recast - Mental Illness & Violence (feat. Gabe Howard)
Feb 19, 2018 • 40 min
I know, ‘recast’ may or may not be a real word. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, I’ve once again seen countless comments online & from public officials placing most of the blame on mental illness. In response, I thought it was important to…
31 - Does It Matter If Your Therapist Is Christian? (feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler)
Feb 13, 2018 • 49 min
This week, I talk with Dr. Holly Oxhandler, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Holly studies religion/spirituality, health and mental health,…
30 - Family, Church, & Mental Illness (feat. Amy Simpson)
Feb 5, 2018 • 49 min
This week, I talk with life & leadership coach, author, & speaker Amy Simpson. We talk extensively about Amy’s book Troubled Minds: Mental Illness & The Church’s Mission, and we talk a lot about her experiences growing up with her father as a pastor and…
29 - Why Don’t People Get Treatment? (& How Can We Help?) (feat. Dr. David Susman)
Jan 29, 2018 • 66 min
This one’s got it all! I talk with Dr. David Susman, a clinical psychologist, blogger, and award-winning mental health advocate, and he has a lot to offer! Based on Dr. Susman’s most popular posts, we talk about the most common reasons people don’t get…
28 - Faith & Mental Wellness (feat. Brittney Moses)
Jan 22, 2018 • 62 min
This week, Steve hijacks the show! He talks with Brittney Moses, a clinical Psychology student, app developer, and writer at the intersection of faith & mental health. She has some amazing things to say and share with us. Also, apparently Steve’s inner…
27 - From Weakness to Strength (feat. Scott Sauls)
Jan 15, 2018 • 54 min
This week, we’re joined by pastor, blogger, and author Scott Sauls to talk about his new book, From Weakness to Strength: 8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best In Your Leadership. We talk about topics like ambition, isolation, criticism, envy,…
26 - Seasonal Affective Disorder & Perfectly Hidden Depression (feat. Dr. Margaret Rutherford)
Jan 8, 2018 • 43 min
This is a jam-packed one, folks. This week, I’m joined by Dr. Margaret Rutherford: author, podcast host, blogger, and psychotherapist. We cover a ton of topics including Seasonal Affective Disorder, Perfectly Hidden Depression, perfectionism, and more!
Farewell, 2017.
Dec 29, 2017 • 14 min
It’s the time of year to pause and reflect, so we take some time to think back on the show so far and what we’ve done in 2017. Also, Steve makes a big announcement.
25 - Race, Faith, & Mental Health (feat. Dr. Sherry Molock & Dr. Amber Thornton)
Dec 4, 2017 • 58 min
Whoa. This week, we learn a lot. We’re joined by Dr. Sherry Molock and Dr. Amber Thornton to talk about the intersection of race, faith, & mental health. They share their personal & professional experiences, talk about the different ways we see mental…
24 - Speaking of Suicide (feat. Dr. Stacey Freedenthal)
Nov 27, 2017 • 43 min
This week, we’re joined by Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, a psychotherapist and social work professor who specializes in Suicidology. Dr. Freedenthal talks about why suicide is such an important area to learn about as well as offering some advice on helping…
Bonus! A Different View on Thanksgiving (feat. Kaitlin Curtice)
Nov 21, 2017 • 8 min
This Thanksgiving, it seems more important than ever to help share other voices than our own. Our friend Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian writing, speaker, worship leader, and author of the new book Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in…
23 - Mental Illness & Violence (feat. Gabe Howard)
Nov 13, 2017 • 45 min
This week, we’re joined by Gabe Howard (who you might remember from episode 6 on Bipolar Disorder) to discuss the link between violence and mental illness, if there is one, and how we can react well when people make comments like the ones above.
22 - Are The Tides Turning? (feat. Kristen Kansiewicz)
Oct 25, 2017 • 38 min
Topical! This week, we’re joined by Kristen Kansiewicz to address a topic that’s been on Robert’s mind the past few days: are we really moving forward as a church on mental health? Kristen is a licensed counselor on staff at a church and has some good…
21 - Emotions Aren’t Evil (feat. Marc Alan Schelske)
Oct 16, 2017 • 57 min
This week, I talk to Marc Alan Schelske, author of the new book The Wisdom of Your Heart: Discovering the God-Given Purpose and Power of Your Emotions. We talk about the theological misunderstanding that emotions are always bad, how our story impacts our…
Bonus! Suicide Prevention Resources
Oct 1, 2017 • 20 min
20 - The Light Is Winning (feat. Zach Hoag)
Sep 25, 2017 • 45 min
This week, Zach Hoag stops by to talk about his new book, The Light Is Winning: Why Religion Might Just Bring Us Back To Life. Also, Steve makes some pretty rude comments about movies.
19 - “There are parts of me that will never be completely healed.” (feat. Kay Warren)
Sep 10, 2017 • 53 min
It’s National Suicide Prevention Day, so we’re releasing this episode on Sunday. Also: holy cow. We talk with Kay Warren, and it’s phenomenal. She shares a lot of her story with us including molestation, trauma, losing a son to suicide, working in…
18 - Depression & Dementors (feat. Jason Chesnut)
Sep 4, 2017 • 45 min
We’re kicking off Season 2 strong! In the intro, we talk about internet trolls and get into a fight about college football. Then we’re joined by Jason Chesnut, co-founder of The Slate Project and ordained ELCA pastor to talk about his depression,…
Welcome Back!
Aug 21, 2017 • 19 min
We’re back! After a long summer break, we’re ready for Season 2 of CXMH with more fake names, unrequested singing, witty banter, and of course: amazing guests who join us to talk about faith and mental health. This is just a welcome back episode though,…
Summer Break!
Jun 12, 2017 • 17 min
In this short episode, Robert & Steve reflect on the episodes so far, what they’ve learned, and Robert switches halfway through this sentence to writing the rest of the description in the first person. We also give some sneak peeks at what we’re planning…
17 - Grief & Loss (feat. John Pavlovitz & Dr. Elizabeth Horn)
Jun 5, 2017 • 51 min
We’re joined this week by blogger & pastor John Pavlovitz and grief counselor Dr. Elizabeth Horn to talk about grief & loss. Are the stages of grief nonsense? What should we say to those who’ve experienced loss? Can we grieve things other than loved ones…
16 - Prayer & Meditation (feat. Rev. Ed Bacon)
May 22, 2017 • 51 min
This week, the Reverend Ed Bacon comes on the show to talk about prayer & meditation, as well as living in the house of Love vs. the house of fear.
15 - Suicide Prevention (feat. Dr. Jonathan Singer & Dr. Sherry Molock)
May 15, 2017 • 55 min
This week, we have two Doctors in the house! Dr. Jonathan Singer (host of The Social Work Podcast) and Dr. Sherry Molock join us to talk about suicide prevention in the context of churches, ministries, or other faith communities.
P.S. ‘13 Thoughts on Mental Health’ by Hannah Brencher
May 10, 2017 • 11 min
Hannah Brencher reading her piece ‘13 Thoughts on Mental Health.’
14 - God Works Through People (feat. Hannah Brencher)
May 8, 2017 • 60 min
Hannah Brencher is the author of If You Find This Letter, as well as a TED speaker and founder of More Love Letters. She was named as one of the White House’s Women Working to Do Good and has been featured in a plethora of publications. She joins us this…
13 - Healing Church Hurts (feat. Stephen Mansfield)
May 1, 2017 • 53 min
This week, we talk with Stephen Mansfield about how to heal church hurts and why it’s important that we stay involved in the church even when people hurt us.
12 - Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (feat. Dr. Janis Whitlock)
Apr 24, 2017 • 48 min
What is non-suicidal self-injury? Dr. Janis Whitlock joins us to talk about NSSI, how it functions with the brain, how to help those who may be self-injuring, and more.
Liturgy of the Forsaken: Good Friday 2017
Apr 14, 2017 • 62 min
In this special Good Friday episode of CXMH, we stand in the tension of the days between crucifixion and resurrection, recognizing the parts of our stories that have yet to resolve. Rather than having a normal conversation, we invited our friends to share…
11 - The Shack & Lies We Believe About God: Part 2 (feat. William Paul Young)
Apr 10, 2017 • 71 min
Paul Young is back! We get an update on The Shack movie and discuss more about Lies We Believe About God. We also ask listener-submitted questions!