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Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

Release Date: 06/07/2022

Why It's Not Really Ever About Sex show art Why It's Not Really Ever About Sex

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

It’s never really about sex. Matters of the heart and a desire for intimacy are imbedded in humans since creation. But what does that mean if you are married? Or single? God gave us desire; he gave us this longing … the Greeks called it eros, passion, It’s the deepest desire of our heart. However, our world has hijacked eros, it just sees it as erotic. It has been taken over by a corrupt culture that only sees passion as something that is dirty, sullied, and sinful. Author and educator, Bill Donaghy, co-author of Rise and lecturer at Theology of the Body Institute joins the podcast to...

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What Healing from Trauma and Betrayal can Mean for Your Marriage Now show art What Healing from Trauma and Betrayal can Mean for Your Marriage Now

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

Your heart is shattered. How can you find healing when you've been wounded by trauma and betrayal? And that process is even more challenging when you brought your past complex trauma into the relationship to begin with. Trauma expert and counselor Stacey Sadler Smith has both experienced that herself, and now brings years of professional experience to helping both individuals and couples heal from trauma and betrayal. She talks with Dr. Carol on this episode about her own story, about broken attachments, and about the process of repair after trauma and betrayal - both for one's own heart and...

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Understanding the (False) Solution Porn Offers and Why it Matters show art Understanding the (False) Solution Porn Offers and Why it Matters

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

Many who use pornography struggle to quit when they try to, even if they deeply believe it's wrong and even while using various tricks and techniques and "praying more". Porn is often seen as the problem, and it is a problem. But what if porn is the (false) solution being offered to a different "problem".  On this vulnerable and raw episode, Dr. Carol talks with Drew Boa about how he came to see "porn as my pacifier". They unpack the often-unaddressed issues that lead to pornography use. Hear how Drew did the hard and successful work to heal and develop a truly intimate...

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A Survivor's Story of Freedom from Trafficking show art A Survivor's Story of Freedom from Trafficking

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

Most people know sex trafficking exists. But you might imagine that's something "out there" and could never affect anyone close to you. And why would someone ever get hooked into that lifestyle? Why don't they just leave? Dr. Carol's guest on this episode is Jasmine Grace Marino. As a former sex worker who now helps and advocates for others on the journey out of that lifestyle, she talks openly about the matters of the heart that are at play for those affected by sex trafficking, including the roles of addiction and pornography. And it's not hopeless; you'll hear the joy of working to help...

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The Best-Kept and Proven Secret for Improving Your Mental Health show art The Best-Kept and Proven Secret for Improving Your Mental Health

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

May is mental health awareness month. It's no secret that mental health issues have become a pandemic in our culture. How can Christians navigate their own mental health in ways that are both effective and consistent with their faith? And what might the Christian church have to offer in the broader mental health arena? Joe Padilla, licensed and ordained minister, talks with Dr. Carol about the Mental Health Grace Alliance - validated in scientific journals, and perhaps the largest network of Christian mental health groups worldwide. Combining research-based best practices and Bible-centered...

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Why Being a Real Man is Different than you Think, and How to Get There show art Why Being a Real Man is Different than you Think, and How to Get There

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

With all the talk in the last few years about "toxic masculinity," what is a real man? Does it have to do with doing "manly" things such as sports or being outdoors? It can't be being "nice;" that's not appealing. What's really at the core of being a man, particularly as God intended? Author, radio host, and advocate for children's healing Brant Hansen talks with Dr. Carol on this episode about the kind of men, and especially young men, we need. He describes some critical decisions a young man needs to make, and applies this to relationships, sexuality, and one's spiritual life. Connect with...

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Are You Getting What You Wanted: The Christian Man's Key to the Life You Always Wanted show art Are You Getting What You Wanted: The Christian Man's Key to the Life You Always Wanted

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

What did you expect out of life and marriage? Are you getting what you wanted? Life can get busy and overwhelming for a man in the "stress bubble" in trying to manage life, marriage, perhaps kids, career, and trying to be the man God created you to be. You could use some help.  Jim Ramos, author, speaker, and founder of Men in the Arena, is Dr. Carol's guest on this episode. They talk about the major mindset shift Jim had to experience that changed everything in his life and especially in his marriage. Husbands will be both encouraged and challenged, and we've got a few words for women...

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How to Maintain a Soft Heart in a Hard-edged Society show art How to Maintain a Soft Heart in a Hard-edged Society

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

There are many reasons for and ways of becoming hard in our cruel world. You may think a hard heart is a good and protective thing. When harm or disappointment comes, a natural human response is to develop a tough and closed heart. But that also closes you off to the good things God intends for you and wants to work in you. Is there a way to cherish a soft heart in a tough world? Mother, writer, and teacher Charaia Rush is Dr. Carol's guest on this encouraging episode. They talk about how shame and pain can harden our heart, what a hard heart is and isn't, and God's process for...

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Getting to the Roots of Sexual Issues and the Way to Healing show art Getting to the Roots of Sexual Issues and the Way to Healing

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

If you've been wrestling with sexual "stuff," you may wonder things like, How did I end up this way? Why do I keep doing this? Why do I keep trying harder and nothing seems to change? Why aren't my prayers working? How do I get out of this mess? In this conversation with Dr. Carol, counselor, author, and minister Jay Stringer explains why the details of your story, especially your sexual story, shine the light on the path to healing. He uses attachment theory to explain how we come to be where we are, including how our relationship with God is impacted. And he describes what is takes to find...

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A Transgender's Story of Brokenness, Faith, and Healing show art A Transgender's Story of Brokenness, Faith, and Healing

Relationship Prescriptions with Dr. Carol

Transgender issues have become a hot topic in culture and in the Christian church. Is the cultural narrative missing the point, and if so, where? How can Christians address the distress those struggling with gender issues experience in a redemptive way? Dr. Carol's guest on this fascinating episode is Walt Heyer, who transitioned to living as a woman for eight years, and then de-transitioned back to his birth gender. Walt has now devoted his life and influence to helping others who are struggling with these issues. His faith and relentless pursuit of wholeness will inspire you. Check...

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God has positioned fathers to build up their children. But what happens when you fatherhood becomes tough? What about the failures you experienced from your own father? And does being a father impact how you understand God? 

In today's episode, three fathers join Dr. Carol to discuss the various stages of fatherhood and why being a dad is significant. 


Check out these resources from Dr. Carol Ministries:
- article Is "God is Your Father" Good News or Bad News?
- article What to do if "God" has Become a "Bad Word" to You