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Out of the Dark with Mandisa & Laura Williams

Ep 28 - Triggers

3/30/2022 00:26:51
Ep 28 - Triggers
Trigger can be a confusing word. In this episode, we will discuss what triggers are, what they are not, and how to manage them the best you can.

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Ep 27 - Covid 2.0

3/23/2022 00:20:24
Ep 27 - Covid 2.0
Aren't we done yet? At year 2, most people are worn out and weary. Isolation has taken a toll on most of the population, especially our young ones. Anxiety and depression are at an all time high and suicide rates have skyrocketed. What are ways we can all help reduce some of these horrific outcomes?

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Ep 26 - It Is What It Is

3/16/2022 00:17:14
Ep 26 - It Is What It Is
Uncontrollable circumstances can sometimes be some of the most difficult trauma to work with. Examples of this include living in poverty, death of a parent or sibling, a parent or sibling with a chronic illness, even being a pastor's kid can create a feeling of "it is what it is" when it comes to dealing with life. Listen in for some thoughts on how this might have shaped the adult you have become.

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Ep 25 - Rearranging the Furniture

3/9/2022 00:25:33
Ep 25 - Rearranging the Furniture
If you have ever wondered why you struggle even though you had the "perfect childhood", then this episode is for you. Sometimes, what looks like perfect childhood on the outside isn't so perfect when we break it down. In these situations, we look at rearranging how you view you childhood so that it might more accurately portray what you actually experienced as a child. 

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Ep 24 - Discipline

10/27/2021 00:23:04
Ep 24 - Discipline
How do you feel about this word? For many people, this word carries a ton of negativity. In this episode, we will get to the root of the word, why it might feel negative and why we actually need it in order to feel emotionally balanced.

Out of the Dark with Mandisa & Laura Williams

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Out of the Dark is a podcast about mental health in the body of Christ. As followers of Jesus, people are sometimes led to believe that if we struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, identity, or the many other areas of our mental health that we are less of a Christian or are just not praying enough. As members of the body of Christ, Mandisa and Laura will tackle the idea that, while Jesus IS enough, a relationship with a counselor can help heal wounds that will enhance your relationship with Jesus. They will cover specific topics related to mental health and offer resources to listeners to enhance your journey of personal growth. We can't do it alone; we need to step out of the dark of shame and guilt and into the light of recovery and redemption.

New episodes air Wednesday. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an opportunity to step Out of the Dark.

About Mandisa

With more than 1.6 million records sold, GRAMMY® winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life's challenges all around the world. In less than a year, Mandisa performed her three RIAA Certified Gold hit singles "Overcomer," "Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)" and "Stronger" on ABC's Good Morning America (GMA). "Stronger" became an anthem, creating opportunities such as welcoming the emotional return of beloved morning host Robin Roberts and an invitation to perform the national anthem during a Sunday night NFL Network game to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her 2013 GRAMMY® award-winning album Overcomer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album's title track proved to be a smash at radio and earned the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Mandisa, also a 2-time K-LOVE Fan Awards co-host, debuted her latest chart-topping album Out Of The Dark alongside sharing the moving story of her fight with depression for the very first time on GMA as well.

About Laura

Laura Williams is the owner/founder of Be Found Counseling in Brentwood, Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in developmental and relational trauma and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Laura counsels women and works from a Christian perspective. She uses her extensive training as well as wisdom from her own counseling journey in her work with clients. She is married (21 years) and has three boys ages 17, 15, and 11. For more information about Laura or to connect with her, please visit her website at www.befoundcounseling.com or follow on Instagram @befoundcounseling. 

Reviews

Life-changing!

I am so thankful that the Lord brought me to this podcast. It's truly been life changing! Mandisa and Dr. Laura are incredibly gifted in "speaking truth in love". Their conversations are filled with biblical wisdom on mental health topics that are so needed and timely. It's encouraging, uplifting, transparent, honest, thoughtful and SO relatable. I find myself nodding and saying, "Yes and Amen!" to practically everything they share. I love Mandisa's thoughtful questions and desire to understand herself more deeply to grow and be a life-long learner. Her experiences are so relatable and hope-filled in Christ. The way she weaves in scripture to remind us of God's truth in every situation is beautiful. Dr. William's counseling experiences and articulate responses are so insightful. Her soothing voice, calm and peaceful nature is so comforting. It's like having a conversation with friends you've known all your life. They are both such gifted speakers and excellent listeners. Both women exemplify Christ-like kindness and gentleness, which I admire greatly!Side note: I started listening when this podcast first came out and couldn't get enough! Now, I'm re-listening in 2023 and sharing episodes with friends and family cause it's so good! The conversations in this show have, without a doubt, been a healing balm to my soul. It's inspired my husband and I to seek counseling by a Christian therapist and helped us grow significantly in our social-emotional health and communication skills (like being a good listener and responding with empathy). I am now starting to go to counseling for my childhood trauma and I am so thankful for the soul-healing I've already received. Thank you Mandisa and Laura!️️️ I thank God for you!

Refreshingly real!

I love listening to this podcast. I too go through seasons of deep clinical depression and struggle with using food as a comfort (and really a drug). Listening to you ladies talk about mental illness from an honest and vulnerable place and bringing it all back to the Lord is so encouraging to my heart. It can feel so dark, so lonely, so hopeless, so never-ending, but your words and voices help me not feel so alone and remind me that my Father in Heaven loves me and is with me. Please keep this up and Mandisa, you are not alone. You are brave and beautiful and such a gift to many of us.