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Therapy + Theology with Carley Marcouillier

Carley Marcouillier
Are you looking for resources to better understand yourself and grow spiritually? You've come to the right place. Join licensed therapist Carley Marcouillier each week as she tackles a common question related to therapy, mental health, and faith.
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Rules, Roles, and Womanhood (According to Jesus)
May 25, 2023 - 30 min
This week, the podcast is all about Jesus and women. I am joined by my friend and fellow advocate for women’s rights and all things freedom, Lauren Mcquillan. Together we explore the many distortions and misconceptions surrounding women. From social roles to modesty rules, there are many messages that have negatively impacted the way women have come to perceive themselves, their bodies, and their position in the world. Questions like:  are Cultural Roles biblical?  Is Modesty really about my clothing? What does it mean to be a Christian woman? We combat the stereotypes and stigmas by going back to scripture and defining the biblical invitation to women (and men). Here are some of the points we will conclude with as a way to reconstruct a clearer view of women.   #1 Jesus is a supporter of women #2 Jesus preached equality of value & uniqueness of personhood  #3  God cares more about our hearts than our hemlines   Resources:  Freedom 4/24 @CQcollective   Jesus Through the Eyes of Women by Rebecca McLaughlin Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church The Emotionally Healthy Woman by Geri Scazzero  The Bible vs. Biblical Womanhood: How God's Word Consistently Affirms Gender Equality The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel TruthSee for privacy information.
How To Ask God for a Worry-Free Day | Introducing: Teach Us To Pray
May 22, 2023 - 15 min
Do you wake up anxious first thing in the morning? Does your mind race with thoughts of what you need to get done today and what you failed to do yesterday? If this is a pattern for you, we challenge you to break the morning cycle of worry with prayer! In this episode preview from Teach Us to Pray, host Christina Patterson shares what to pray in the morning for a worry-free day.   Discover More Episodes of Teach Us to Pray with Christina Patterson: 3 Signs God Is Trying to Get Your Attention: /  How to Turn Your Worries into Prayers: /  How to Pray When You Sense God Moving You In a New Direction: /  Why Prayer Is So Hard: /   Follow the Teach Us to Pray Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: for privacy information.
Verses to Cling to When God Doesn’t Heal You
May 18, 2023 - 38 min
In today’s episode, I am joined by my friend Beth Fox, who shares her experience of living as a disabled woman with a terminal, chronic illness. Beth’s story is one of tragedy and victory, grief and glory that continues to be shared in my community. Together we discuss the difficulties of being born blind and with several undiagnosed conditions. Beth shared the many distortions that arose in her journey such as: “Disability is a punishment for or outward manifestation of sin in a person’s life” and “If you pray hard enough or have enough faith God will give you physical healing”. She also discussed the assumption that “Everyone who is disabled wants physical healing in this lifetime.” We explore the ways God’s truth has deconstructed the lies that limited her spiritual vision, and outline the truths of scripture Beth has learned to cling to for grace, joy, and perspective. Beth shares the testimony of how God did not heal her and the importance of leaning into the brokenness we carry as an opportunity to be part of God’s redemptive story. Additionally, we discuss the importance of accessibility and simple ways the Church can support and serve those with disabilities and chronic illnesses. 3 Key Takeaways from Our Conversation on Disability, Chronic Illness and Faith: 1. Acknowledge and validate the emotions of those with disabilities and terminal illnesses. It's important to listen to their experiences and not dismiss their feelings. 2. Embrace the theology of suffering and understand that even in difficult circumstances, God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Trusting in Him can bring peace and comfort. 3. Practice church inclusion by being mindful and aware of the needs of those with disabilities and terminal illnesses. This can include physical accommodations and creating a welcoming environment. Resources:  A Place of Healing by Joni Erkison Tada  Suffer Strong by Katherinie Wolf, Jay Wolf, and Louie Giglio  Find out more about Beth's work: My Body is Not a Prayer Request by Amy Kenny Disability and the Gospel by Micheal Beates and Joni Erckison Tada. See for privacy information.
Lies I've Loved Before
May 11, 2023 - 46 min
In this week’s episode, I am joined by my friend and author Suze Fair to dive into the lies we have come to love and live by, maybe without even knowing it. Suze and I discuss some of the most common lies we tend to believe about our worth, identity, and value. Drawing on her own story and experiences, Suze outlines several distortions and their impact on our sense of self. From working for our worth and striving for a sense of security, the challenges of finding our true selves often feels hopeless. Yet, together we process the powerful practices of reclaiming our identity as beloved children of God. We also discuss the necessity of hiding God’s word in our hearts and returning to the Word as our foundation for security and love.  Additionally, we discuss practice steps we have taken to begin to live in the freedom and rest that God has gifted us through Christ. In untangling the lies of our culture we can move from: striving to surrender, perfection to belovedness, confusion to confidence.  Reflection questions to begin your journey:  1. What is getting my attention? 2. What am I feeling?  3. God, what are you saying to me?  4. What do you want me to do with it?  Resources:  All the Lies of Loved Before by Suze Fair Long Obedience in the Same Direction  Eugene Peterson  The Gift of Being Yourself By David Benner ASK CARLEY!Do you have a question or topic you want to be discussed on a future Q+A episode? Carley would love to hear from you! Record your message here, and Carley just might answer it on the next episode! FOLLOW T+T on Instagram! CARLEY:Website: for privacy information.
The Three Roots of Legalism - Which One Trips You Up?
April 27, 2023 - 24 min
This week’s episode exposes the roots of legalism that contribute to the many distortions of truth we have come to believe. First, we explore the type of legalism that is found in works-based salvation. Three Roots of Legalism: First, this type of belief system constructs a preoccupation in the Christian life with obeying rules and regulations. It assumes that God’s love and acceptance are based not on his love for us but on our ability to maintain his rules. Secondly, we look at a deeper level of legalism that disconnects the law from the God who made the law. This variation is no longer seeking connection or relationship but often is focused on self-acceptance, following the letter of the law without the spirit of the law. In missing the heart of God for us, this root of legalism impacts the way we view ourselves and others. We discuss the shame and judgment that comes with following rules without a reason that is built upon a loving relationship. Finally, we expose the deepest and most common form of legalism, which adds to God’s word with man-made regulations and rules. We also define the distortions that come from this form of legalism such as living within a sacred and secular divide.  Word of encouragement for those deconstructing and seeking to reconstruct their faith:  1. Stay curious 2. Lean into your community 3. Be gentle with yourself  RESOURCES:John Mark Comer's Deconstruction: The Way of Jesus & The Ideologies of the World: Journey of the Soul by Kristi Gaultiere and Bill GaultiereEmotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero 3 Types of Legalism by R.C Sproul Gentle and Lowly By Dane Orland  ASK CARLEY!Do you have a question or topic you want to be discussed on a future Q+A episode? Carley would love to hear from you! Record your message here, and Carley just might answer it on the next episode! FOLLOW T+T on Instagram! CARLEY:Website: for privacy information.
Deconstructing Distortions
April 13, 2023 - 23 min
This week’s episode begins the final series of the season and explores the popular yet hard-to-define term of deconstruction. As many of us have had to encounter, this journey of life is often one that leaves us with complex questions. Through part one of this series we will begin to understand the Biblical approach to deconstruction, as Jesus modeled for us. We will look at the process of beliefs and how they shape the way we see the world, ourselves, and God. Additionally, we will explore the reasons for deconstruction and identity simple practices to engage our questions and concerns with the Truths of Scripture. If you have been told your questions are unwelcome, your doubts define your faith, or you need to keep silent in the name of spirituality, then this series is for you!  Your questions are valid here.  Your scares are sacred here.  Your whys are welcome here.  Your fears are felt here.  Let’s explore our templates of belief by using Truth to expose religious assumptions and wounding messages that have distorted God’s heart and hope for us as his beloved children.  Resources:  John Mark Comer Deconstruction: The Way of Jesus & The Ideologies of the World Journey of the Soul by  Kristi Gaultiere and Bill Gaultiere Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete ScazzeroSee for privacy information.
The Integrated Self: A New Kind of Strong with Aundi Kolber, LPC
March 30, 2023 - 40 min
Have you ever wondered what it actually means to be strong? Or how we are to love the Lord with all our strength? In today’s episode, I am joined by author and trauma therapist on the Aundi Kolber, LPC, to explore the final element of integrated self series. I In her latest book, Strong Like Water, Aundi explores a new kind of strong and shares clinical and personal insight on the healing journey. Together we explore what integrated strength is and the process of the flow of strength. Additionally, we outline the importance of honoring our pain and engaging in compassionate resourcing to strengthen our awareness of self and of God.  BOOKS BY AUNDI: Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode--and into a Life of Connection and Joy Strong like Water: Finding the Freedom, Safety, and Compassion to Move through Hard Things--and Experience True Flourishing FOLLOW AUNDI: Instagram ASK CARLEY!Do you have a question or topic you want to be discussed on a future Q+A episode? Carley would love to hear from you! Record your message here, and Carley just might answer it on the next episode! FOLLOW T+T on Instagram! CARLEY:Website: for privacy information.
Introducing: Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast with Bonnie Gray
March 27, 2023 - 20 min
What type of mindset makes us vulnerable to chronic stress, anxiety & depression? When you are stressed, what automatic coping mechanisms have you adopted that don’t help, but diminish your wellness?  What holds you back from getting the rest that you need when you’re stressed?   In this episode from Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast (another free show from LifeAudio), soul care coach Bonnie shares how to ditch mindsets that keep you stuck in anxiety, worry, and stress and what you can do to stop the stress, when you need it most. This episode will help you let go of unhealthy thinking patterns and replace them with a healthy biblical mindset to create a new rhythm to stop the stress cycle.   DISCOVER MORE EPISODES OF BREATHE: THE STRESS LESS PODCAST FROM BONNIE GRAY: Is Self-Care or Soul-Care Selfish or Unspiritual? - /  How to Stop Numbing Your Emotions & Stop Negative Self-Talk with Jesus - /  Feeling Anxious? Cast Your Cares on God Because He Cares For You - /    LINKS & RESOURCES: Take the Soul Care Quiz at – your FREE personal wellness assessment – to learn which areas of wellness you’re missing most to flourish with God’s peace and joy in your life. Grab Bonnie’s new book to lower stress, Breathe: 21 Ways to Stress Less & Transform Chaos to Calm Join the FREE Breathe Wellness Book Club to tackle for areas of wellbeing: emotional, physical, spiritual, and social wellness at Get 4 LIVE sessions + community support! Want scientific articles mentioned in today’s show? Sign up for the FREE Breathe newsletter Get Bonnie’s FREE 7 Prayers & Scriptures to Calm Anxiety here!   FOLLOW BONNIE: Instagram: Facebook: Website: See for privacy information.
The Science of Renewing Our Minds
March 23, 2023 - 21 min
When Paul tells us in Romans 12 not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” – what does he mean? What are the steps involved in renewing our minds? Today I am diving back into our series by looking at the importance of integration of our minds. Pulling from neuroscience and clinical experience, in this episode I investigate the connection between our brains, bodies, and their part in defining the mind. Together we will explore a powerful definition of the mind and look into Scripture to see how even our thoughts and brain-body connections can help us know and be known deeply. Additionally, we will outline the 4 main concepts of the mind: Embodiment, Relationality, Energy, and Information within the context of scripture. RESOURCES: Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson, MD  The Developing Mind by Dr. Daniel Siegel  Emotionally Healthy Relationships by Pete Scazzero ASK CARLEY!Do you have a question or topic you want to be discussed on a future Q+A episode? Carley would love to hear from you! Record your message here, and Carley just might answer it on the next episode! FOLLOW T+T on Instagram! CARLEY:Website: for privacy information.
Rediscovering the Soul in Our Spirituality with Curt Thompson, MD
March 16, 2023 - 39 min
In this week's episode, I am joined by Dr. Curt Thompson, author, psychiatrist, and founder of Being Known, LLC. Much of Curt’s work focuses on the integration of interpersonal neurobiology and spiritual formation. Together we explore the second of our four aspects of self - the soul. This conversation is one that explores and defines, or I would say, integrates the soul as a vital aspect of our being known and loving God. Additionally, we discuss the connection between awareness and spiritual formation and provide simple but significant practices to begin soul work. Resources:  Anatomy of the Soul  Soul of Shame  Soul of Desire  The being known podcast with Curt Thompson  ASK CARLEY!Do you have a question or topic you want to be discussed on a future Q+A episode? Carley would love to hear from you! Record your message here, and Carley just might answer it on the next episode! FOLLOW T+T on Instagram! CARLEY:Website: for privacy information.
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Meet Your Host
A northerner by heart and southerner by choice, Carley currently calls Virginia her home. After completing her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, Carley began to develop a passion for integrating the principles of counseling practice with the foundation of Christian theology. In addition to her clinical work, Carley is passionate about discussing topics of faith, theology, psychology, and everything in between on her social media platforms:

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