Christians & Divorce

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
Aug 21, 2017

Divorce is one of the most stressful life events—often considered secondary only to death of a spouse.  Unfortunately, Christians face divorce just as often as everyone else, but frequently with added guilt, condemnation, and stigma brought on by religion.  The purpose of this article is to bring freedom, hope, and healing to those who find…

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Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
Jul 17, 2017

The idea to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry” comes from philosopher Dallas Willard. On the surface, it seems like sound, simple, straightforward advice. Yet, over the years, I’ve discovered layers of meaning to understanding and applying this wisdom. 1. Eliminate hurry from your day. The downside of being an optimist is overestimating how much can be accomplished…

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The Blessing of a Father

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
Jun 13, 2017

As Father’s Day approaches, it is time to honor the dads among us.  The role of a father is a weighty one.  They teach us about who we are, how the world is, and who God is. Fathers give us identity.  Throughout history, people have been identified by who their father was.  Many of our…

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Counseling Myths

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
May 10, 2017

Media portrayals of mental health professionals have, at least in some cases, given therapy a bad rap.  From the utterly ridiculous and comical such as What About Bob or Frasier to the nightmarish Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (all psychiatrists, by the way, most of whom don’t do weekly psychotherapy), many people hold…

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The Lost Art of Honor

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
Mar 21, 2017

Respect is earned.  Honor is given. The word honor means different things to different people, and what has been well-understood in other times and cultures, we may struggle to define.  As we grapple with the concept of honor and how to bring it into the modern era, we talk about ideas like integrity, keeping commitments,…

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Secrets of Intimacy

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
Feb 10, 2017

Love can’t be earned, it can only be given.  – Donald Miller, Scary Close   Intimacy is seeing and being seen…knowing and being known. Honor is the seeing part of the equation.  If you walk in the door and your spouse doesn’t acknowledge you—doesn’t even look up from their phone, you have not been honored…you…

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Why Freedom?

By Dr. April Minatrea - Clinical Psychologist
Jan 10, 2017

Those familiar with my work with military veterans might rightly think that the name Freedom Counseling was chosen to honor those who serve to protect our freedom.  That is true…but it’s also much more than that. Freedom is what people are looking for when they call. Typically, it’s freedom from a problem: anxiety, depression, anger,…

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