Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute OCCI

To Access: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute – OCCI


from Wikipedia: Christ Pantocrator from Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai.

from Wikipedia:

Christ Pantocrator from Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai.

As Orthodox therapists, we offer a unique alternative to a purely psychological understanding of human problems.  We believe that healing is found through the worship, sacraments, and Holy Traditions of the Orthodox Christian Church.  Working with clients, we help resolve crises, foster new coping and relationship skills and nurture personal growth using psychological principles within the context of the Orthodox faith.  In addition, we are committed to assisting clergy in support of their parishioners. 

Our multidisciplinary staff provide individual, couples, and family counseling across the lifespan and focusing on:

Anxiety and Stress


Marital and relationship issues

Anger Management

Grief, separation, and loss

Parent-child conflict

Low self-esteem & emotional deprivation

Problem solving, communication, and coping skills

Social skills development, learning problems and school consultation

Life & work transition issues











Accessible (and free) National Parks (USA)

For those who are in wheelchairs, consider this opportunity:

CUREMEDICAL: Five Accessible National Parks You Can Visit On Wheels for Free



Faithtree: How Words Can Make a Difference in Your Church

 Faithtree.org: How Words can Make a Difference in your Church

The focus of this article is not on specific words, but on how the people in our Orthodox Christian parishes feel, think, and speak about persons with disabilities who come to Church. This is not aimed at simply the leaders, teachers, and counselors in our parishes; it is meant for everybody. All of us are called to assess our attitudes to people with disabilities who come to us, whether as visitors or as seekers. As disciples of Christ, we are called to reject our fears and reservations about relating to people who are different from us:

  • “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). 
  • “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

When we help those in need, we are helping Christ Himself, (Matthew 25:40) as did Simon of Cyrene:

  • “then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His Cross.” (Mark 15:21)

We are one in Christ; we are all in this together, as the saying goes:

  • ” . . . But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  . . . there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable.  . . .  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. ” (1 Corinthians 12)


To access: How Words Can Make a Difference in Your Church

To learn more about how you can help, join us for a  free one hour webinar on

August 21st at 4pm pacific standard time/7 pm eastern standard time

Building a Disability-Friendly Church; 7 Practical, Low-Cost Supports that Make a Big Difference.

Register here.

A video preview of a similar Faithtree Webinar in 2016

“Building a Disability-Friendly Church: 7 Practical Low Cost Supports that Make a Big Difference”



A Book for Those who have Sustained Mild Brain Injury

9781932603408_p0_v2_s550x406Related Online Sites To Access:

Brainlash: Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury

Facebook Page: Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness & Support

Description from Goodreads:

Brain injury is often caused by everyday occurrences — domestic violence, sports accidents, car smashups. This comprehensive guide complements medical treatment for anyone with mild brain injury. Its down-to-earth, practical advice covers virtually every aspect of the recovery process, including driving, sex, self-esteem, stamina, support systems, nutrition, pain, and much more. With its up-to-date findings, case studies, list of resources, and comprehensive bibliography, this is the bible that patients, caregivers, and family members will turn to again and again for help. Brainlash provides the tools and facts to make the recovery process more intelligible — and to support the wide range of people affected by MTBI. For patients, family members, physicians, and other health care providers, attorneys, health insurance companies, employers and others, it covers options and services, health and vocational issues, medicolegal topics, psychological and emotional implications, and more! Written from the unique perspective of a clinician who has herself survived a mild brain injury, Brainlash offers important tips that will make the road ahead easier.

To Access More from Dr. Gail Denton: You Tube: More From Dr. Gail Denton

Access the Book Online:


Basic Guidelines of Welcome, by Summer Kinard

How People with Anxiety View the World & other resources concerning anxiety and how to deal with it


 People With Anxiety Perceive The World In A Fundamentally Different Way

& Healthy and Unhealthy Anxiety

Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat,  whereas anxiety involves the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder. . . . .

Anxiety can be experienced with long, drawn out daily symptoms that reduce quality of life, known as chronic (or generalized) anxiety, or it can be experienced in short spurts with sporadic, stressful panic attacks, known as acute anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety can range in number, intensity, and frequency, depending on the person. While almost everyone has experienced anxiety at some point in their lives, most do not develop long-term problems with anxiety.

from Wikipedia – Anxiety

Some Orthodox Christian thoughts on anxiety:

 from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese: Overcoming Anxiety

 from the Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese: Anxiety and Our Life in Christ

Two Videos concerning anxiety from an Orthodox Christian Perspective

One: A 3 Minute You Tube video in regard to anxiety about material things and life in this world:

Two: A More Expansive talk on Anxiety and Fear by Fr. Thomas Hopko of Blessed Memory:


March 6th, 2019, 1:00- 2:30 PM- A Webinar – Ministering to Our Campers with Special Needs

On March 6, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM, OrthodoxYouth.net will be sharing this webinar. To access the registration webpage: 

Webinar – Ministering to Our Campers with Special Needs


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