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“The other side of shame is awe.” – Ann Belford Ulanov, The Unshuttered Heart

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About the Faith and Sex Center

The Faith and Sex Center is the licensed recovery arm of xxxchurch.com.  While its main office is in Culver City, CA, clients are seen at the Ecclesia Church offices in Hollywood as well.  We offer individual, couple, and group therapy as well as seminars and other teaching events.

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March 17, 2017 |

Three Stages Out of Depression

“Every depression is caused by something depressing that has happened, with no exceptions.”   –  George E. Atwood, The Abyss of Madness, p. 166   The title of this article is very alluring for someone who struggles with depression.  It promises that there is a way out of depression and that depression has a cure.  I do believe there is a way out of depression and that depression, on many levels, has a cure.  The cure may not be an easy one, but there is a cure.   Depression is the product of a lack of individuation.  Individuation is the ability to recognize yourself as a unique entity apart from others while still in...

June 1, 2016 |

God’s Invitations: An Exploration of Christian Spirituality

  “To realize truth our whole being has to be brought into accord with actuality, with things as they are, which requires that in communications with others we respect things as they are by speaking the truth. Truthful speech establishes a correspondence between our own inner being and the real nature of phenomena, allowing wisdom to rise up and fathom their real nature. Thus, much more than an ethical principle, devotion to truthful speech is a matter of taking our stand on reality rather than illusion, on the truth grasped by wisdom rather than the fantasies woven by desire.”   – Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering, pp....

May 15, 2015 |

Dads…

“When we understand that we are born babies, that we all bleed blood, and that we experience the same pains and joys, then we have the basis of the empathy and humility we need to be able to forgive.” – Everett L. Worthington Jr., Forgiving and Reconciling, p. 127   Mike’s dad kicked him out of the house when he was sixteen. The last time I saw Mike before he left to live with his mother in Katmandu, Nepal was when my older brother and I were running laps around a big grassy field in our neighborhood park. It was night. Where I ran Mike was going to sleep. I don’t remember if I...

March 12, 2015 |

Poor Decisions Are Decisions Made Poorly

  “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett   I had a professor who later became my clinical supervisor. He was a jolly guy. He’d start classes by reading the “Real Fact” from the inside of Snapple drink lids and telling slightly corny jokes.   “Make me one with everything,” commanded a Buddhist monk as he walked into a pizza parlor. In asking for his change he was told, “It’s already within you.”   Har, har…   His phone would go off in class. The ring tone was “More than a Feeling” by Boston. Apropos...

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