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How ALL pastors and churches should respond to the news about the SBC and sexual abuse…

By Natalie Atwell | May 27, 2022

This week the Southern Baptist Convention has been ALL over the news sadly for terrible news. As someone who deals with spiritual abuse, sexual abuse in the church, and other atrocities within religious circles, I wanted to offer some professional insight to churches and pastors. SO, if you read this and go to church, please share…

Concerns about the Enneagram…

By Natalie Atwell | February 17, 2022

As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and university professor, I’ve been aware of the enneagram for many years, likely longer than most. However, over the past several years, I have been amazed at how the popularity of this test has increased dramatically especially within Christian circles. I’m often asked what my thoughts are about…

The dangers of assumptions

By Natalie Atwell | February 8, 2022

Recently, if you’ve read the news anywhere on the East Coast of the USA, you likely heard about Miss USA 2019, Chelsie Kryst, dying by suicide. After the story, I heard many people asking, “Why would someone who has it all jump from a window to her death?” This question assumes Chelsie had it all…One…

Understanding Transitions

By Natalie Atwell | October 5, 2021

Change is inevitable. We will all go through multiple transitions in life. During the fall season, the leaves in many places change colors on the trees. Some have children going off to college. Some are the ones going off to college and parents of new teens are freaking out of bodily changes… Others are beginning…

The joy on a college campus

By Natalie Atwell | August 23, 2021

Last week I had the amazing privilege to go with my sister and brother-in-law to take my niece (and only girl niece I have…) to college at Liberty University. I LOVE Liberty! Yes, I am biased because I teach there but I also went there for my graduate degrees. It is a very special place.…

Find joy in meeting new people

By Natalie Atwell | August 9, 2021

No doubt, I am a social person and meeting others comes natural to me, but it is something anyone can do even if it requires allowing oneself to be uncomfortable for a minute or longer. This past weekend, I was with a friend exploring the beautiful town of Tryon, NC. We both love to hear…

From this moment…

By Natalie Atwell | June 22, 2021

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1378717/8710334

High heels as weapons

By Natalie Atwell | May 13, 2021

Yesterday, I had a moment where I had to consider taking off my heels and using one of them as a weapon… Yesterday after waiting patiently in line to get gas (here on the East Coast with a shortage, ugh), a lady who I thought was trying to go in front of me to get…

The POWER of physical fitness related to mental health

By Natalie Atwell | April 27, 2021

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1378717/8410829

Responding with kindness to Satan shoes, kneeling during the nat’l anthem, and more…

By Natalie Atwell | March 30, 2021

Over the past several years, we’ve watched people become divided about so many issues. Colin Kaepernick and his stance on kneeling during the national anthem, the Black Lives Matter movement, vaccines, education, masks, in-person church vs. online, politics, conspiracy theories, etc. People love to post or repost stances/stories on things. Celebrities weigh in on social…