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Therapy + Theology with Carley Marcouillier

with Carley Marcouillier

Mental illness, Medication, and the Heart of God

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This episode is all about addressing the hot topics of mental health. We’ll reframe our thoughts and perspectives about mental health by looking through the lens of God’s Word to see the heart of God.

In this episode, we will unpack:
1. What mental illness is (and how it is different than mental health).
2. What labels can be dangerous
3. Differentiating between symptoms and disorders
4. The challenges that come with specific diagnoses (including depression, psychosis, bipolar, anxiety disorders and suicidality)
5. Treatment options and the stigma around treatment
6. The heart of God toward those who are struggling with mental illness symptoms and disorders.

How do we know if someone is at risk or deeply struggling with suicidality?

Evidence of emotional distress (depression, anxiety, hopelessness, fear, anger, sudden mood shifts, isolation/withdrawal, recklessness, etc.)
Intrusive thoughts and/or statements of suicidal intention or ideation (“I don’t have a reason to live” or “I keep thinking people would be better off without me”)
Seeking access to means or having access to items such as firearms, pills, sharp objects.
Having a plan or contemplating a plan for attempting suicide.

If you are personally struggling, I want to be the one to tell you, I am in it with you. Please reach out to those in your circle and/or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for support.

Resources & References:

My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? (via

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August 18, 2021
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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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