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The Positive Talk Podcast

The Positive Talk Podcast

By Chuck Allen & Julie Homrich
In a world full of anger, anxiety, and negativity, we could all use a positive word. Each week, co-hosts, Chuck and Julie unpack the integration of faith and psychology. With encouragement and truth, you can discover your best you.
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Episode 11: Surviving & Thriving Religious Trauma
Religious trauma syndrome occurs when an individual struggles with leaving a religion or a set of beliefs that has led to their indoctrination. It often involves the trauma of breaking away from a controlling environment, lifestyle, or religious figure. In some settings the symptoms of religious trauma can be similar to that of complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Listen in as Julie Homrich, LPC unpacks how to positively thrive in, through and beyond trauma.
October 21, 2021
How do you create or expect a church or religious leader to act, react, or lead? Jesus had a simple method for how we were to avoid the shame and guilt associated with much of the American Church and Her Leaders as He taught and modeled the simple power of GRACE. But in a culture that looks for electric atmospheres, powerful entertainers, and superstar preachers, it's no wonder the American Church has missed the mark so badly. How do we build churches that are on the other side of Religious Trauma? How do we create organizations and families that create loving, supportive, safe, and connected fellowships and families? The answer once again is GRACE. Join Pastor Chuck Allen for this 12-minute podcast on grace-based living.
October 14, 2021
What do you get when you integrate faith and psychology? You get solutions to many of life's most challenging problems. One of those problems might be that you have experienced manipulation that led you to a traumatic experience with the church or a pastoral leader. Julie and Chuck tackle this subject head-on in the ninth episode of the Positive Talk Podcast.
October 7, 2021
What Do You Do When the Church Hurts You?
Episode eight of the Positive Talk Podcast jumps into the deep end of the pool, tackling Religious Trauma. What Do You Do When the Church Hurts You? All across the world, people are impacted by churches, typically attempting to do good. But often, people are deeply wounded and hurt by the actions of leaders and structures that have been created to be sources of hope and help. Join Julie and Chuck for this challenging topic on this week's Positive Talk Podcast where we are always integrating faith and psychology.
September 30, 2021
The Freedom of Forgiving Ourselves
Forgiving yourself is not about forgetting. It is about not bringing the offense up to yourself in negative ways. Forgiving yourself is simply letting go of what you are holding against yourself so that you can move on with God. If God has moved on, shouldn't we do the same? Join Chuck Allen in this poignant chat about the freedom found in forgiving ourselves.
September 23, 2021
The Freedom in Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a fascinating concept, truly one of the cornerstones of mental and spiritual health. Forgiveness is indeed and the very heart of the Christian faith, but is also, I believe at the heart of healthy relationships…most especially the relationship with have with ourselves. There are numerous positive mental and physical effects of forgiveness. The research is clear: holding onto bitterness keeps you in a chronic state of fight or flight, which increases the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, and decreased immune system response. Forgiving others activates the part of your nervous system responsible for calming stress and it helps our bodies operate more fluidly. When we choose NOT to forgive, our past bleeds over repeatedly into our present— and we are never truly free.
September 16, 2021
Episode 5 - Peaceful, Prayerful Meditation
If you've ever found yourself wondering what do I do when I don't know what to do, then this episode is for you. So often, we are at a loss as to what the next best step is. But, even more often, we need to stop, get still and listen for the right next step. In this episode, Chuck and Julie will unpack the simple steps to discovering your best path forward through the simple practice of peaceful, prayerful meditation. Enjoy!
September 9, 2021
HOW WE THINK ABOUT OUR THINKING: Integrating Faith & Psychology
In this week's episode, Julie and Chuck unpack the concept of creating a new, fresh and better way to think. The concept of thinking about what we are thinking is technically called "metacognition." In Chuck's terminology, it's simply being aware of what you are thinking and then intentionally working through a better way. Because of how we are created, every human has the ability to build a better way to think, which results in better relationships and better decisions. Join Julie and Chuck for this 12-minute discussion that just might change your way of thinking!
September 2, 2021
Episode 3: Integrating Faith and Psychology | 3 Steps to a More Peace-Filled Life
In a world filled with negativity, stress, anxiety, and hate, Positive Talk Podcast offers a voice of hope, reason, and solutions. Join us for Episode 3, where Pastor Chuck Allen gives us three steps to a more peace-filled life. In his words, "when we are at peace, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, we make good decisions and we build positive relationships."
August 26, 2021
Can Reality Be Our Friend?
This episode is all about REALITY. Can reality actually be our friend, and if so, how can we see into today’s garbled messages of negativity, anger, and anxiety and allow our reality to be our friend? Sometimes we tend to focus so much on the negativity that’s happening all around us that it feels overwhelming and we want to just CHECK OUT from life— and avoid reality. The challenge with that is that just because we turn a blind eye to problems both in our own hearts and the world around us, it doesn’t mean they disappear. In fact, in our personal lives, the more we avoid reality, the more difficult our lives become, which leads us to want to avoid reality more. There’s a phrase for this and Carl Jung, a famous psychologist coined it. He says, “What you resist, persists.” Because we, as humans, have a deep need for control, we believe that just by resisting something we can magically make it go away. But, in reality, it’s FACING our reality that helps us take the right next step to actually make it go away (not just store it up somewhere for it to, later, come out sideways in anger or addiction or co-dependence).
August 19, 2021
This podcast is all about shedding a bit of positivity on what seems like a world that has turned ridiculously negative over the past couple of years. And, while there are real and significant challenges in our world, there is also, so much to be positive about and so many things that happen and can happen in our own lives that can make our days become filled with more good news than bad news, or overtly critical news. There is some really good news! You are both created with a negative bias, but you are also created with the ability to overcome, to build resiliency into your life. In this week's episode, we want to share a few tried and true methods that we can all do to start combatting the negativity bias.
August 12, 2021
In a world full of anger, angst, and negativity, we all could use a healthy dose of positive talk. Join Julie Homrich, LPC and Chuck Allen for an encouraging and positive conversation about beating the negativity bias. 
August 12, 2021