Month: May 2017

Healing at the Pool

One bright afternoon when I was a little girl, I met a beautiful mermaid. Leaning against the cement edge of the baby pool, her back curved beneath the water’s surface, with her legs tapering down to toes gently pointed like…

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The Role of Therapy in the Christian Life

A mutual friend connected me to Laurel Justice, an artist and psychotherapist working in Colorado Springs. Laurel considers it a joy to journey with others to facilitate movement towards freedom and flourishing for each client. She counsels couples and individuals…

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Killing Relationships One Need at a Time

I’m a sucker for cartoons. Cartoons are kind of like fairy tales. In stepping away from the usual rules of “reality” they can help us see the world, and our part in it, more clearly.   Finding Dory is like that…

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Needing a Prescription to Live a “Normal” Life

Sitting at the kitchen island finishing homework, she catches me off guard with her concern. “Are you okay, Mom?” I ignore the question at first, hoping she doesn’t see me hide the white paper bag of antidepressants my husband brought…

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Scared of Going to Hell with Maggie Rowe

I was saved nine times in second grade. I went to a fundamentalist Christian school and often after the Bible lesson, my teacher, Mrs. Clupper, would ask a simple question. “Would any students like to come up front and pray…

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Ace, The Remarkable: Why My Son With Down Syndrome is Profoundly Human

Ace throws his hands above his head while the grown-ups and therapists sing “the people on the bus go up and down.” He bangs his hands onto the floor. This is his favorite moment of the week when the circle…

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Summer Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov

The editors and writers of Off the Page are readers first and foremost. We love words and the craft of writing. One of the greatest novels ever written is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. D.L. Mayfield approached me with…

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Journeying with Depression and God

Living with depression feels like living in the midst of an ocean.  Depression feels huge, powerful, and unpredictable; calm at times, violent and destructive at others.  Depression hit for the first time when I was six.  It was a normal…

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Talk About It

You might think you are the only person who struggles with anxiety and depression. Please don’t believe that lie. A study in 2014 found that the second most common prescription in the United States was for antidepressants.   You are not…

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

After I wrote “Therapy for Beginners,” I received an email from a reader who had noted that my current therapeutic relationship wasn’t my first, and that my first therapist wasn’t a good fit. She asked me what I looked for…

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