Upcoming events

    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


    ·       MICHAEL GROSS

    ·       (312) 613-3113

    ·       THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM EST





    We invite you to join us on Thursday,  January 30, 2020, at 6:30 p.m at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN, to gather, pray, and discuss how to integrate our Catholic Faith with our clinical practice. 


    Presenter:  Kate Soucherey, LMFT, Psychotherapist

    Topic:  Multicultural Counseling Training - Becoming Aware, Sensitive, Responsive, Competent, and Humble Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Healers. 

    Kate is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works at Christian Heart Counseling in Stillwater. She says she loves to study!

    Kate attended St. Catherine University in the mid-1970s and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught middle school and high school for 20 years.  In the 1990s, she attended the St. Paul Seminary of the University of St. Thomas and earned a master’s degree in theology. In the early 2000s, she earned a second master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Saint Mary’s University and has been a therapist since 2011.  In 2014, Kate returned to school and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, again from Saint Mary’s University.  Kate continues to do therapy and writes and speaks to groups about marriage, family life, and multicultural changes occurring in our country at this time, which was the topic of her dissertation.

    Kate has been married to John Soucheray for 37 years and they have three adult children, two of whom are married and they have four grandchildren.  One more grandchild is on the way and their youngest son is getting married in the summer of 2020.

    ~ Light appetizers & refreshments will be provided ~

    We hope to see you soon!  

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 28; if you are unable to RSVP by Jan. 28, please do not let that keep you from attending. mspchap@catholicpsychotherapy.org

    Note:  Parking can be found at metered spots in the street or the River Place parking ramp located on the corner of Bank Street SE and 2nd Street SE. 

    For those who opt to use the parking ramp vouchers will be provided for the first two hours.  Enter Riverplace Ramp on 2nd Street - use the elevator in the connected building, take it to level 3, exit building from about 1/2 block down from the church on Lourdes Place.

    When you reach the church, please enter by Door 3 of the church building (left side of front stairs).   The meeting will be held in Hofstede Hall, located in the church basement.

    • 7 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Online

    PRESENTED BY:  Nissa Chadwick, LMFT

    WHEN: February 7, 2020 EST

    WHO: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors

    COST: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    ACCESSING THE WEBINAR: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a link to the webinar hosted on Zoom. Please save this link to use on the day of the Live Webinar.

    Emotionally Focused Therapy in a Catholic Context

    Seminar Code:     CPA-007

    Presenter(s):     Nissa Chadwick, LMFT

    Date(s):     2/7/20

    Metro:     Live Webinar


    3 CE's are available for an additional $20. Please make sure you purchase CE credits prior to the start of the webinar. Go to this link to register for CE credits:



    I will begin this presentation with a discussion of what Emotionally Focused Therapy is. I will include a discussion of basic attachment, a sampling of the research that supports the efficacy of EFT, the objectives of EFT, and the basic methods or techniques of EFT.

    The second portion of my discussion will address the Catholic view of marriage. My discussion will include the origins of marriage in Genesis, including how this demonstrates the primacy of attachment, marriage as a sacrament, and a brief discussion of Theology of the Body.

    Third, I will discuss how and why EFT and a Catholic view of marriage coincide so nicely. I will address how and why the emotional intimacy that EFT promotes is also to be a reflection of the intimacy (and ultimately union) that God desires with us. As we learn to be vulnerable and naked with each other, our vulnerability and nakedness in front of God, in prayer, can also increase – and this is bidirectional too. This is how and why for the Catholic couple discussing their sacramental life, their prayer life, and even Discernment of Spirits can be helpful because as they get in right relationship with God this will help them get into right relationship with one another, and vice versa.

    Lastly, I will present a brief case study.

    Bullet points summarizing main points of workshop.

    • 1.     Basic attachment theory
    • 2.     Overview of EFT
    • 3.     Origin of marriage in Genesis
    • 4.     Marriage as a sacrament
    • 5.     Theology of the Body
    • 6.     EFT and a Catholic view of marriage
    • 7.     Case Study


    9:30-9:45          Sampling of Research

    9:45-10:00        Objectives of EFT

    10:00-10:30      Basic methods and Techniques of EFT

    10:30-10:45      Break

    10:45-11:00      Catholic View of Marriage

    11:00-11:30      EFT and a Catholic View of Marriage

    11:30-11:45      Case Study

    11:45-12:15      Questions



    • 1.     Participants will  be able to explain the primacy of attachment in the context of the mental health of their clients
    • 2.     Participants will be able to describe the basics of Emotionally Focused Therapy
    • 3.     Participants will be able to describe the Catholic view of marriage
    • 4.     Participants will be able to describe the relationship between growth in marriage and growth in the spiritual life


    Burke, D. (2016). Into the deep: finding peace through prayer. Beacon Publishing

    Carstens, C. (2017). A devotional journey into the mass: how mass can be come a time of grace, nourishment, and devotion. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press

    Confession its Fruitful Practice with an Examination of Conscience (2000). TAN Books

    Gallagher, T. (2005). Discernment of spirits: an Ignatian guide to everyday living. New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company

    Johnson, S. (2019). Attachment theory in practice: emotionally focused therapy (eft) with individual, couples, and families. New York, NY: The Guilford Press

    Johnson, S. (2016). Created for connection: the “hold me tight” guide for Christian couples, seven conversations for a lifetime of love. New York, NY: Little, Brown, And Company

    Johnson, S. (2013). Love sense: the revolutionary new science of romantic relationships. New York, NY: Little, Brown, And Company

    Master of Arts in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #661, CO - 9/30/2021

    Job Description: Adjunct Instructor, Grand Canyon University, Professional Counseling Department. Additionally, I am Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice.

    Nissa Chadwick

    P.O. Box 538

    Windsor, CO 80550

    970-232-1776 (d) (e)



    Resume/Curriculum Vitas

    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    You are invited to the kickoff event of the Wisconsin Region of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association!

    Mass with Most Rev. Bishop David L. Ricken, DD, JCL

    of Green Bay Diocese

    Sunday, March 15, 2020

    2:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Followed by a potluck dinner, address by organizer Dr. Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, then invited guest priestly blessing & guiding message to us, and informal sharing of ideas and goals for our Wisconsin & area members.

    St. Jude the Apostle Parish, Sacred Heart Church 

    1025 W. 5th. Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54902

    [Please bring a dish to pass, leave food in Leannah Hall, or as directed and proceed to church.]

    Register Here

    Hope to see you there! Please bring your business cards & brochures to share.

    Also, we would appreciate if you pass this email on to your Catholic colleagues, and any Catholic allied medical professionals who might also like to join us. We have many challenges with our secular culture and operating as pro-life, pro-marriage, and moral practitioners standing for virtue and truth. Let us connect, mentor our new therapists, and help prepare the next generation for what they face ahead as they learn to integrate their faith with their practice in sound ethical ways. Please register soon so we can properly prepare for this event. For more information, feel free to call me at my office: 920-233-2347.

    Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco, Ph.D.

    • 27 Apr 2020
    • 29 Apr 2020
    • Sterling, Virginia

    The CPA has again been invited to participate again as an exhibitor/vendor at Courage’s upcoming Truth & Love Conference, April 27-29, 2020, in Sterling, Virginia. The Truth & Love Conferences offer practical and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity for clergy, religious, pastoral ministers, and lay professionals. If you, as a CPA member, are planning to attend and/or present, please let others know we have a table and also make sure to stop by and say hello to our CPA representatives. Details on the conference are as follows:

    2020 Truth & Love Conference 

    “Be Not Afraid: Affirming the Truth and Sex and Identity”

    Join us as we mark the 100th birthday of Pope St. John Paul II 

    by naming him the official patron of Truth & Love

    Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport

    Sterling, Virginia

    April 27 - 29, 2020



     Learn more about Truth & Love

    Truth & Love website

    Truth & Love introductory video 

    • 30 Apr 2020
    • 2 May 2020
    • Hilton Phoenix/Mesa + Phoenix, Arizona

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