About you

If you are interested in mental health and were born Catholic…whether you still see yourself as a part of the Church or not…this website is for you. Even if you have never been Catholic but think that the church might play a role in your mental health, this website is for you too. This website is for you if you would like to help us to expand and enrich it.

We would like to get your feedback on the resources we offer and hope that you will share your experience, faith, and hope with us and other website users, as we will with you as we travel the road to Catholic Mental Health together.

If you are interested in continuing the conversation, please consider joining our Google Group. Email Michael directly (mmurphycmh@gmail.com) to learn more.

About us

We put this website together for you because we wanted to share the Good News we have found in the church. Michael and Jacqueline, the creators of this website, were both born and raised Catholic, and we continue to consider ourselves a part of that faith tradition. We were shocked and horrified by the scandals of abuse and greed that reached the highest levels in the Vatican but believe that there are even more good people in the church who continue to make it worthwhile.

We go to Mass every Sunday, pray often, and read the Bible. We grew up in dysfunctional families and the Church and special people within it helped us to get through tough times. We have been through tough times as adults too, and we credit our faith with helping us to get through them too. Even more importantly, we have found things in the Church that have helped us to grow, to strive to become the best versions of ourselves. We hope this website can do the same for you. You can read more about us below.

Michael Murphy, Ed.D.

Michael Murphy is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he sees children, adolescents, and adults for therapy and does research related to children’s mental health. He has published more than one hundred papers in journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He is also the president of New Life Counseling in Waltham, Massachusetts, a Catholic Christian organization that has provided counseling and consultation for more than thirty years.

Jacqueline McLean, LICSW

Jacqueline McLean is a social worker, consultant, speaker, and advocate in independent practice in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. Her Catholic education taught her the importance of a commitment to social justice, and her work with Catholic Mental Health Resources is an expression of that commitment.