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Victorious Living Christian Counseling

Victorious Living Christian Counseling

By Crystal Ridlon LMHC, LPC
A Christian licensed mental health therapist, bringing Jesus, healing, and mental health techniques to everyone! Real life discussions on anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship struggles, adolescent issues, women’s issues, men’s issues, and marital conflict resolution. Achieving positive healing outcomes through integrating psychology, spirituality, and theology. Inviting God’s word and the Holy Spirit into psychological teachings, is the most wholesome equation for true healing. Victorious living is not only a dream, but a real possibility through Jesus Christ!
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Depression & Isolation; One of Satan’s Greatest Tactics
Depression is one of the hardest and most miserable illnesses. One area that Satan uses to spiral depression into the darkest possible pit, is isolation! This podcast explains the danger of isolation and how to be aware of and stop Satan’s tactic in it’s track! Be aware and refuse to allow Satan this foothold in your life! Also, I explain how to recognize signs of depression and isolation in your loved ones and interventions you can use to help break the cycle. Depression is overwhelming, but it is quite treatable with proper treatment. It is vital to understand how to recognize the progression of depression to heal or help guide loved ones to healing. In addition, it is essential to know and understand the necessary steps to overcome Satan’s spiral that leads to darkness, discouragement, and despair.
May 16, 2022
Overcoming Procrastination Through the Art of Delayed Gratification
Do you struggle with procrastination? Procrastination is something I have struggled with my entire life and some thing that I help many clients process through. The most helpful technique I have learned in helping me better manage procrastination, is the art of delayed gratification. Check out this podcast to learn a technique that may in fact change and alter your life for the better.
April 27, 2022
Overcoming Rejection By Finding our Identity In Christ
Have you ever been rejected? Struggled with feeling someone or some people don’t like? Has Satan attacked your self-worth and caused you to feel lonely, insecure, defeated, down, anxious, or depressed? Check out today’s podcast and learn how to overcome rejection and find healing by knowing who you are in Jesus! This podcast will help you in your struggle with anxiety, depression, and social anxiety.
April 19, 2022
The Misuse of Sarcasm and the Negative Impact it Has on Relationships
In today’s episode I will discuss my view and understanding of what occurred on a deeper emotional level between Will Smith & Chris Rock! In addition, we will talk about inappropriate and harmful sarcasm. We will discuss how unhealthy communication, belittling, and putting others down has become “popular” in modern day America and the damage that’s being done in our culture, homes, and communities. We will learn the art of healthy Biblical relationship building to begin offsetting the damaging impact and how to have victorious relationships through Christ!
April 08, 2022
Being Still in Times of Waiting and Uncertainty
How to live victoriously for Christ in times of painful waiting! Waiting is one of the hardest aspects of our lives, because of the uncertainty we feel! This is where Satan attacks the hardest through discouraging and negative thoughts about God, ourselves, and the world. Thankfully, God provides truths in His words for handling these difficult times of waiting!
March 09, 2022
Suffering Victoriously & With Eternal Purpose; Overcoming Life’s Most Painful Trials With Jesus
Suffering is difficult and we’re collectively facing extreme levels of suffering today! Where is our hope in the midst of suffering and pain? How can we find peace and purpose when we face the most overwhelming & difficult moments of our lives? The Ukrainians have been such an amazing example of suffering victoriously! Today’s podcast is dedicated to the Ukrainians fighting for their freedom!
March 03, 2022
Seasonal Affective Disorder
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?  Do I have it?  How do I know?  What are the symptoms?  Find answers on the Victorious Living Counseling podcast!  Today we discuss SAD and how to recognize, heal, and overcome the negative impact in your life and the lives of your loved ones.  We discuss recognizing the symptoms in ourselves, our friends, our spouses, our children and how to gently and in love assess and talk about our concerns. Most importantly, like always we talk about how to overcome SAD through Christ to empower and equip us to live victorious and abundant lives through Christ!  
January 24, 2022
Steps to Overcoming Anxiety
Steps to overcome anxiety to live a victorious and abundant life!  Each step utilizes scripture and psychology techniques to help stop the spiral of anxiety in it's tracks!  I came up with these steps to help clients struggling with anxiety and use them in session with clients on a regular basis.  I hope and pray they help you gain victory over anxiety!  
November 11, 2021
Living Victoriously by Learning How to Respond to the Anger of Other People
Anger is a universal emotion! We all have to live with anger. Whether an angry driver that cuts you off in traffic, angry children, spouse, parents, sibling, friends, or co-workers. Anger is all around us! Since we will never be able to get rid of anger, seems to me we need to learn how to live with it! Which in turn, can help keep anger more controlled! Listen today as we discuss Biblical, psychological, and emotional techniques to help us cope with the anger surrounding us!
October 08, 2021
Living Victoriously by Overcoming Anger
Anger is a powerful emotion. Everyone experiences anger, it is universal. What is anger? What causes anger? How do we learn to overcome anger and live more freeing, carefree, and joyful lives? How can we manage our anger in a way that is pleasing to God? We will answer all these questions in today’s podcast addressing anger.
September 08, 2021
Living Victoriously by Learning to Understand and Manage Lonliness
Loneliness is a universal emotion. Everyone feels lonely occasionally. What is loneliness? What causes loneliness? How do we handle loneliness when it comes our way? Loneliness comes from many origins. In fact, as believers we will experience some level of loneliness until we get to our eternal home in glory. There’s a longing in every believer for our heavenly home.
August 31, 2021
Thinking About Your Thinking; Managing Anxiety
Thinking about your thinking is the first step to getting anxiety under control. Managing anxious thoughts requires replacing with positive thoughts. God’s word is the very best tool for positively altering defeating thoughts.
August 24, 2021
Check The Fear At The Cross
The nation is in a detrimental place.  Covid is a real fear and seems more scary now than when it all began.  We're all scared.  How are we called in God's word to handle the fear that we face?  That is the focus of this podcast!  Not to push any agenda, but to communicate directly to the fear we all fear, empathize, and in love point you to the scriptures regarding fear.  Listen and share with all your friends.  We're all scared and instead of checking it at the cross, we're projecting it onto others and it is creating an even more monumental problem.  Hope this helps you, it is all the ways God has been teaching me to deal with the everyday fear I feel.  Blessings,  Crystal 
August 17, 2021
Overcoming Fear & Anxiety, to Live a Victorious Life!
Fear is a human emotion that all feel. Anxiety can be overwhelming and crippling! How can we handle fear emotionally, physically, and spiritually? How can we gain control over our emotions and be more able to handle anxious and fearful thoughts? In this episode I will break down fear and help you develop very real techniques to better be in control of fear, rather than fear controlling you!
June 22, 2021
Living Victoriously Through Life’s Greatest Hardships
How do we handle life’s most heart-breaking moments? How do we endure when the hardships aren’t short-lived but last weeks, months, and even years! What about when you step out to follow God’s will and it feels everything crumbles around you? How to continue to trust God when the doubts pile up? In this episode we address these questions and much more.
June 14, 2021
Living Victoriously Through Traumatic Brain Injury: Guest Speakers Patti Foster & Dr. Deanna Andrew
Guest speakers Patti Foster & Dr. Deanna Adams join the podcast to discuss their passion and life work surrounding Traumatic Brain Injury. These women are amazing! You DO NOT want to miss this episode! The love these women have for Jesus and His children is simply amazing! The light they share with everyone around them is contagious! I was personally blessed after meeting these dear women at the American Association of Christian Counseling and they personally helped me process a traumatic brain injury accident with a family member. So thankful! So excited!
May 08, 2021
Misuse of Power in the Church ~ Spiritual Abuse
Dr. Diane Langberg is a guest speaker discussing her latest book “Redeeming Power Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church”. Spiritual abuse is a real concern and needs believers to be aware and equipped to stand up against the abuse within Christian systems.
April 29, 2021
Helping Our Children Through Difficult Relationships At School
My sweet daughter joins me for this podcast to talk about a situation she endured at school, when she got caught up in a difficult relationship. How I helped her work through this difficult situation and hearing the storybfrom
April 21, 2021
Part 2 ~ June Hunt guest speaker discussing Domestic Violence & Spiritual Abuse
June Hunt is our guest speaker today and she is a world renown speaker, author, Biblical counselor, & the founder of Hope for the Heart and Hope in the Night radio host. June joins me to discuss the very real concern of domestic violence and how it sadly often used to perpetuate abuse by people in the church.
March 26, 2021
Part 1. Guest Speaker June Hunt on Domestic Violence and Spiritual Abuse
Guest speaker June Hunt is a world renown Biblical counselor, speaker, author, and amazing woman of God. She joins the podcast to discuss the serious concern of domestic violence and spiritual abuse. You won’t want to miss this episode!
March 26, 2021
Living Victoriously By Sharing Our Stories
Why is it important to share our story? Why is it important to listen to others as they share their story? This is the first and most important aspect to healing and finding victory in Jesus Christ.
March 19, 2021
Living Victoriously By Finding Beauty in Our Selfies “Focusing on God’s blessings, rather than flaws
I am overly critical of myself. Most of us struggle with this. I have a hard time with taking selfies of myself, because I see all the flaws. What if we focused on God’s blessings, rather than our looks, fame, success, and imperfections? Learn how to thank God for the good things and focus on His blessings! Let go of the criticism and find joy in Jesus!
March 18, 2021
Living Victoriously by Overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)... Trauma
What is PTSD? How does it develop? What are the steps to healing? Listen and learn about trauma for yourself and how to help others who are living with PTSD.
March 17, 2021
Living Victoriously By Finding Peace with Your Financial Situation
Today I have a longtime friend of 20 years who is a Ramsey Preferred Coach. She shares her story and how she came to find peace in her financial situation. In addition, she offers encouragement, advice, and information to help others overcome the bondage of financial stress.
March 05, 2021
Overcoming Depression & Anxiety By Praising God through Psalms
In this episode we learn that the antidote to depression and anxiety is praising God. Together we will read Psalms together and I model this process in person.
March 02, 2021
Living Victoriously By Overcoming Depression
In today’s episode we discuss the topic of depression. Depression is an ever-increasing concern in our nation and all over the world. We discussed the depression and depth, what causes it, what are the symptoms, and what are the necessary steps to overcoming at. Utilizing the Holy Spirit and God’s word as tools and encouragement for overcoming the darkness.
March 01, 2021
Living Victoriously By Applying God’s Word to Your Life & To The Healing Process, with Guest Speaker Pastor Greg Methvin
In today’s episode we are discussing the importance of incorporating God’s word into the healing process. Pastor Greg Methvin “Spiritual Coach and Biblical Counselor” with Hope Works Counseling joins the discussion today to discuss how to apply God’s word to our lives and how the Bible aids in the healing process! “For the word of God is Alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” God’s word is powerful, it is how he speaks to the hearts of His children!
February 26, 2021
Part II Living Victoriously By Surrendering Your Heart to Jesus
This episode is a continuation of Part 1 Living Victoriously Through Jesus. In this episode we talk about the steps we take to actually live in Victory with Jesus! How to live fir Jesus Christ Alone and find peace, joy, contentment, and meaning in this life!
February 19, 2021
Living Victoriously By Surrendering Your Life to Jesus Part 1
Today I share my testimony, my story, and how I found Jesus! I share how God called me into the counseling field and how he told me the name and mission for Victorious Living Counseling!
February 19, 2021
Living Victoriously by Building Awareness of Emotional Abuse
This episode focuses on building awareness of emotional abuse in relationships, especially in marriages. Teaches steps to overcome the prison of emotional / physical abuse!
February 15, 2021
Living Victoriously by Learning to Kick Shame to the Curb
Shame is a universal emotion, we all deal with shame on some level. In this episode we break down shame, where does it come from and what do we do about it! Together we learn Biblical strategies for getting rid of shame and learning to recognize and listening to Godly conviction!
February 08, 2021
Using Our Words to Bring Healing, Life, & Encouragment
Today's episode is on using our tongues, the words we speak to bring healing, life, and encouragement to others!  Most of the work I do as a counselor is on helping people heal from emotional abuse.  Emotional abuse occurs when people fail to exercise spiritual discipline, self-control, and compassion when communicating.  Emotional abuse is on a spectrum of severity, regardless of the level of use,  it is damaging to the mind, body, and soul.  People who have been emotionally abused require great healing measures to find peace over these unfortunate and painful situations.  Today we talk about what the Bible says about the power of our tongues!  Proverbs 18:21 "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
February 04, 2021
Living Victorious When Life Gets Hard / Real Life
How to live victoriously when we are overwhelmed and stressed! When we feel like we get knocked down, every time we get back up! Life is hard! This session I show you how to take your trials to the rock that is higher than you!
February 03, 2021
Living Victoriously Over Negative Self-Thoughts
In this episode we discuss our very own self-thinking patterns. We learn how to build awareness of and take captive negative thoughts. We learn how to speak truth over negative thoughts and misbeliefs, by speaking scripture over them and replacing them with positive thoughts from God himself!
February 02, 2021
Living Abundantly Without Anxiety & Panic
Anxiety & Panic attacks make living abundantly impossible. We are called to live abundant lives in Jesus and not to just survive! This episode teaches about how to overcome anxiety and panic by growing in our relationship with Jesus! Also, teaches helpful psychology tools that help to overcome anxiety and panic.
February 01, 2021
To Live In a Pandemic with Fear or Healthy Caution.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, how to live cautiously, but not live in fear and panic!
January 25, 2021
Living Victoriously Through Grief
Losing a loved one causes significant pain, turmoil, and confusion. I am a licensed Christian counselor in Missouri and Indiana. In this episode I discuss how I’ve personally run into grief recently, by losing my grandmother, my rock. I explain the stages of grief and what to expect when moving through your own loss(es).
January 18, 2021