‘Man is tethered, spirit free, What spirit is, man can be.’ – ‘Spirit’ by Michael Scott, The Waterboys
‘You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.’ (John 8:32)
True freedom cannot be obtained without knowing the truth.
One can battle with the truth and try to morph it into one’s preferred way of viewing the world but one can not change the truth.
One can kick out at or try to reject reality but it will snap back at you eventually.
As Aristotle says, ‘The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later a thousandfold.’
Facing the truth is often not an easy thing to do but it is the only option we have if we are to be truly free.
Truth and Freedom Therapy (TFT) is based on three foundations – Common Sense, Science and the Catholic Faith
‘A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning’ – Traditional Proverb
The service I provide is grounded in Common Sense.
Common sense tells us that our current ideas about and treatments for distress aren’t working as rates of psychological distress continue to increase. We can see with our own eyes that our culture and society is falling apart around us, e.g. number of homeless people, huge rates of psychiatric prescriptions, children committing suicide, etc. The reality of our broken culture is staring us in the face but we have lost touch with the truth. This service is for those beginning to see this and/or those affected by our broken culture and struggling to make sense of it all. The service has been further developed through ten years of practical experience providing psychological interventions in the mental health and addiction fields in Ireland, England and New Zealand.
‘Every theory which discredits the true nature of man or denies the need of a Divine Remedy is only intensifying the disease which it attempts to cure. The psychopathic messes into which many tumble are due either to a want of a knowledge of human nature or to a want of a genuine religion.’ – Bishop Fulton Sheen (‘Peace of Soul’)
While I have worked in the mental health and addiction fields, I have used Science and the Scientific Method to analyse current mainstream approaches. This systematic analysis points to the fact that our current approaches are making the situation worse. In my professional roles, I have seen how the distortion of truth leads to cruel and harmful approaches to psychological distress. I have seen how once man’s true dignity is not recognized, then he is treated as little more than a beast, especially when he refuses to accept the ‘truth’ of the professional.
The Catholic Faith and the Spirit of Liberty:
‘All men naturally desire liberty’ – St Thomas Aquinas
‘The end of freedom is human happiness’ – Padraig Pearse
While conducting research at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) on the World Values Survey, I discovered that one’s sense of freedom is the largest contributor to one’s life satisfaction. I then discovered that the group that rates themselves as most free are Catholics. As St Paul says, ‘Now the Lord is a spirit: and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty’ (2 Cor, 3:17). Science affirms what the Catholic faith teaches.
Lost in the fog?
The service I provide is open to all those who are seeking truth and freedom and who are struggling in this life. For Catholics, it is designed to help you to see what is stopping you from experiencing this spirit of liberty. For non-Catholics or lapsed Catholics, it is an invitation to test out and grapple with what I share above. Above all, it is for those souls struggling to navigate in the stormy sea of life and who are being tossed and thrown in numerous directions.
I do not offer dazzling, new treatments but rather a compassionate and honest route back to reality and the truth for those lost in the fog of falsehoods and confusion. I can’t promise that facing reality and the truth will be easy but it is the only path to true liberty and happiness. If you want genuine assistance from someone who has experience on this path and who has helped others on it please contact me.
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat (Irish Saying – ‘May the road rise to meet you’)