I am originally from the UK, haved lived in Saudi Arabia, and now live in Katy, Texas. I am a Christian who Has an interest in applying my knowledge, understanding and beliefs to what I see going on in the world around me.
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Ten Questions

When I’m counseling I often ask questions – DUH!  Sometimes I ask some specific questions designed not for the answer, but to stimulate a person into introspection.  These are the two scriptures that I am leaning on when I do this: Lam 3:40 – Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the … Continue reading

Brain Plasticity

An excellent short video on brain neuroplasticity.  Well presented and full of great information for those who are in the mental health profession or helping roles.   Lara Boyd tells us that we need individualized recovery plans, partly because we each have brains that are unique – one size fits all does not work……………..

Book Review – Integral Recovery

Dupuy, John.  Integral Recovery.  Albany, NY.  State University of New York, 2013.   ISBN 978-1438446141 This book is subtitled “A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction.” This was a disappointing experience.  When you read the title, hope arises that maybe someone has put together something to help substance abusers in a way that … Continue reading

Mind and Brain

With the growth in knowledge about the human brain, we have also seen the use of some of the more modern discoveries finding their way into the lexicon of recovery, both Christian and secular. While I have no problem with this, after all I am a scientist who is also a Christian; I am concerned … Continue reading

Causative Factors

In this blog/essay I want to provide an overview or summarizing look at some of the basic or core reasons we find ourselves in recovery or maybe counseling. As I have to tell some of my counselees, “You were, and probably still are, programmed for what you’ve been through.”  I don’t say this as an … Continue reading

Book Review – Facing Codependence

Mellody, Pia.  Facing Codependence.  New York, NY.  Harper Collins, 2003.   ISBN 978-0062505897 This book has an extended title “Facing Codependence – What it is, Where it comes From, How it sabotages our lives.”  It was originally written in 1989. Pia Mellody is a member of the faculty at The Meadows, a highly respected addiction treatment … Continue reading

Message on Self Love

On November 25th, 2017 I delivered a message during the Prodigal worship service about how Christian self-love is a fundamental key for good recovery in a believer’s life.  This blog is a trimmed down version of that message created in response to some requests for notes from some of those who attended the service. The … Continue reading

Unable to Recognize Abuse?

There are six barriers that a person constructs internally that thwart the personal accurate recognition of abuse, either in the moment or over time.  Other names for these barriers might be, blocking mechanisms, defensive behaviors, trauma responses and reality rejection.  In this blog, I want to identify and describe these, but first I would like … Continue reading

Book Review – Healing Your Grief When Disaster Strikes

Wolfelt, Alan D.  Healing Your Grief When Disaster Strikes.  Fort Collins, CO.  Companion Press, 2014.   ISBN 978-1617222092 This book is subtitled “100 Practical Ideas For Coping After A Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, Earthquake, Wildfire or Other Natural Disaster.” Alan Wolfelt is the Director of The Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins CO.  He … Continue reading

Choice Removers

From time to time I want to write about the things people do that irritate us.  Today’s irritating behavior occurs when a person wants to take away our right to choose.  It may be inappropriate to call this person irritating, but sometimes it just seems to fit.  And I confess up front, I have done … Continue reading