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The place where mental health and Christianity collide. Melissa Richards, licensed mental health counselor and podcast host, talks with fascinating people who have diverse experience and expertise within the worlds of both mental health and Christianity. Guests include mental health providers, recipients, related professionals, clergy, and other really smart, life-experienced people. Nothing is off-limits!


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  • Life Lessons From A Fern

    Life Lessons From A Fern

    I recently spent a long weekend with a friend in her new home. When I arrived I was thrilled to see all the beautiful trees and birds in her yard. Majestic live oaks and tall pine trees; cardinals and blue jays – I was in my element. I quickly spotted one of my favorite plants covering the sturdy branches of a very old live oak tree – the resurrection fern.  Recent rains had brought many of these little ferns back to life after a dry winter.

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  • Mental Illness and Stigma

    Mental Illness and Stigma

    I have bipolar disorder (manic depressive illness) and am very open and transparent about it. It is not a character defect it is a brain illness. Yet, still society looks upon mental illness with condescension and judgment. This is wrong.

    While I realize that I may not be able to change the world by writing one blog, I can try to change some of that stigma by sharing some of my own thoughts – from the perspective of someone who has a mental illness.

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  • Riding the Tides of Bipolar Disorder

    Riding the Tides of Bipolar Disorder

    I have been fascinated with the sea for as long as I can remember. So much so, that at the age of 4, I proclaimed to my dad that I would be a marine biologist when I grew up. I am not sure that he remembered that moment, but my proclamation became a reality by the time I was 21.

    The ocean is rich in every way imaginable, but lately; it has been the cyclical tides that have me the most captivated. What a better way to describe the shifting moods of bipolar disorder; the mental illness that I live with daily?

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  • Big Little Things

    Big Little Things

    Losing someone you love is hard. Maybe that’s not a profound statement but it is no less true. If you have not lived through the loss of a loved one, it’s difficult to wrap your mind around just how hard it can be.

    Over the past 5 years, I have experienced loss – a lot of it. It started with the death of my dog, Hattie, then my dog, Davis, and then my cat, Riah. Some may say, rightly so, that the death of a pet is different than the death of a person. Nevertheless, it is where my journey with grief began.

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  • Christianity and Depression: An Insider’s View

    Christianity and Depression: An Insider’s View

    I thought I knew depression, because I had experienced it most of my life.  In retrospect, I can say that I had “head” knowledge but I did not truly understand what it meant to be in the grip of deep depression.

    Ironically, only a few months prior, a woman in my church requested that I come visit her in her home; she was suffering from clinical depression. In retrospect, I realize that what I thought were encouraging words were likely the same empty words that have been spoken to me during my own struggles with depression. “Keep praying.” “Trust the Lord.” “He will bring you through this.” The implication was that if she just had enough faith, God would fix it. I was wrong.

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  • Christianity and Mental Health: Truth and Transparency

    Christianity and Mental Health: Truth and Transparency

    It seems fitting to start this blog on the premise of honesty and transparency. Those things are, after all, what God desires from each of us. We often forget that even though God DESIRES these things from us, the reality is that He does not NEED them. He is the one that already knows us better than we know ourselves. He does not require honesty and transparency to help Him understand us, but He will do powerful things when they are at the forefront of our lives – every part.

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    Our Crew

    Melissa Richards

    Melissa Richards

    Show Host & Creator of The Clinical Christian

    Melissa, affectionately known as “Meli Poppins”, is a licensed mental health counselor and podcast host of The Clinical Christian. She loves her sun umbrella, sweet potatoes, her Creative Director (xoxo), and Jesus. Melissa is a teeth-obsessed “no-nonsense” kind of girl who likes to laugh a lot along the way.

    Nicolás Valerga

    Nicolás Valerga

    Marketing & Creative Director

    Nico, also known as “Cookie Monster” is the head of our Creative Team and manages our graphic design and social networking. He is well-known for giving the best hugs, over-delivering on everything, and doing it all with a great deal of Argentino pride (chamuyo). His productive hours are between 1AM and 5AM, and he is crazy in love with Mrs. Poppins.

    Molly Messer

    Molly Messer

    Program Director

    Molly, (aka “Molz”) is head of programming. She oversees guest retention and content for the shows in addition to editing everything with a fine-tooth comb. She is known for long, detailed emails, dry wit, bold advocacy, and eagerness to help. Molly is a brainiac extraordinaire who loves words, nature, science, swapping stories and her three-legged wonderdal Queen Victoria (“V”).

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