Greetings from Los Angeles! We’ve been on lockdown here for about 2 months, and with some recent riots in addition to our peaceful protests following the murder of George Floyd, we’re adding curfews to the mix! Sometimes I find myself asking, Is this real life? But it is, and I’m here to help you turn […]

As a Christian therapist, I’m obsessed with wellbeing. But I prefer a different word for it: shalom. Isaiah 11 paints a breath-taking image of shalom in action. This utopic world is complete with wolves and lambs chilling together in the same meadow, God’s people having a big family reunion after being scattered to every corner […]

Heavenly Father, we recognize You speak comfort, comfort to Your people (Isa. 40). Though anxiety seizes us and melancholy infiltrates our days, You whisper tender words to us. We believe You are near to all who call upon You in truth (Psalm 145:18). If we turn from our distractions and cry out, You are within […]

Since I KNOW you and your boo are stuck en casa this week, let’s talk marriage. Marriages and plants have a thing or two in common. I have no trouble killing plants, as evidenced by my two sad-looking pots sitting on the shelf of my mint china hutch. Pot #1 contains crunchy brown leaves wilting […]

Finding True Love

Feb 27, 2020

In this month of February we commemorate the sparkling, glowing thing called Love, but sometimes we do it without truly knowing what this thing is. We romanticize love. We idealize it. But if it crossed our paths, would we actually recognize it? Hollywood Love Our hearts and minds are shaped by Hollywood love. Love zaps […]

My Sabbath Story On a very average Sunday afternoon when I was about 12, my mother made a routine request. “Jenny, please wash the dishes today.” I glanced up at her, a trace of unease in my eyes, before fixing my gaze on my feet and whispering, “No.” As a homeschooled kid from a conservative […]

Previously I shared how we all feel shame, and thus we tend to hide by keeping other people at arms length. Many people don’t even realize how they are holding back from living fully because of the unconscious shame that lives under the surface. Today I’ll give some real answers as to how to live […]

Hello! Have we met? My name is Jennifer Camareno, and I’m a Christian therapist in Southern California. My work as a therapist flows largely out of the ways my own life has been transformed by God’s grace and good psychology. To me these two are inseparable; they go hand-in-hand. Today I’m going to talk about […]

How are you feeling as we walk into a brand new year? With the holiday hubbub, you might feel hard-pressed to scrounge together enough stillness to contemplate a vision for your 2020. This week, I encounter moments of alertness (usually powered by coffee or a catnap) followed by long periods of messy, jumbled emotions. But […]

If you’re like me, you long for church to be a safe haven, a harbor in the storm, a place to rest, and heal, and find shalom. Unfortunately for those of us affected by mental illness – i.e., all of us – church has not always been a fertile ground for healing. At times church […]