CXMH co-hosting!!

Hi friends! Happy start to the new semester, to a new academic year, or to the hopeful transition into cooler weather soon (especially for those of us in Texas!) I have some exciting research I’ll be sharing with y’all soon… but in the meantime, I wanted to pop in to offer an exciting update that I am joining Robert Vore as a new cohost for the CXMH podcast!

I am thrilled, humbled, grateful, and honored to join Robert this season! Our first episode came out on Monday, in which Robert introduced me as the new cohost and asked me a bunch of questions. In sum, I told him about the heartbeat behind my research, teaching, and service is at the intersection of religion/spirituality and mental health treatment — including mental health care providers ethically integrating clients’ faith AND equipping religious leaders to be mindful of/sensitive to mental health needs in their congregations (and referring when needed!). I also told Robert my why is to…

serve those who serve others

…which fits beautifully with this podcast, designed to serve mental health care providers, pastors/religious leaders, and anyone impacted by mental health struggles – personally or a loved one. (ps. if you’re interested in learning more about identifying your why, check out Simon Sinek’s Start with Why).

Our hope is this podcast continues to serve others in the weeks and months ahead! AND since we’re so excited about launching season 3 this week, we also released an episode on the History of CXMH (on Robert’s birthday!) Please subscribe, share episodes with friends and loved ones, and let us know how these conversations serve you! And if you would like to support the podcast, there are a lot of ways to do so, as mentioned at the bottom of the episode show notes! (The simplest is leaving us a review – it helps so much!)

And here are the links to both episodes…



Thanks, friends! I hope you each have a great start to September!



“The Enneagram & Communities”: Taking over CXMH (again!) to interview Dr. Jon Singletary!

Hi friends! I’m back with another CXMH episode with Dr. Jon Singletary, Dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University! Our first episode was on “The Enneagram and our faith journey“, and this time, we talk about the Enneagram and communities! The episode launched a couple of weeks ago but the end of the semester was a bit… full! 🙂 (Sorry for the delay and thank you again to Robert Vore for allowing us to take over CXMH yet again!)

In this more recent episode, Dr. Singletary unpacks how the Enneagram helps us consider the ways in which we engage the world, particularly through thinking/feeling/doing, and how this doesn’t just apply to individuals but also to communities, too! (Especially faith-based communities!) This episode is especially relevant for those who lead organizations, communities, and congregations and my hope is if that includes you, that this episode serves you well. You might even find yourself considering whether your community is a thinking/feeling/doing community and ways to bring these three in balance with one another! 🙂 Enjoy!!

CXMH: Episode 39: The Enneagram & Communities – Part 2
(feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler & Dr. Jon Singletary)




“The Enneagram & Our Faith Journey”: Taking over CXMH to interview Dr. Jon Singletary!

Hi friends! Robert Vore, host of the CXMH (Christianity & Mental Health) podcast is officially is on paternity leave to be with his sweet wife and their beautiful new son! (Congratulations, Robert & Brooke!!) In the meantime, Robert asked me to host some episodes. Of course, one of the topics I pitched was on the Enneagram, especially given how unbelievably helpful it has been for me in my own life, faith journey, and relationships with others. I wholeheartedly admit I am a better me/ wife/ mom/ family member/ colleague/ teacher/ friend/ human being/ etc. since learning about it a few years ago, and I have more grace for others and myself than ever before.

So I asked Dr. Jon Singletary, Dean of Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, to join me in a couple of episodes on this personality typing system. He is one of Suzanne Stabile‘s apprentices and has so much wisdom to offer on the Enneagram. In this first episode, I ask Jon to unpack what the Enneagram is and we discuss how it can be used along our faith journeys. (It even launched on my birthday, which was such a fun treat in the midst of an already wonderful day of celebrating with my husband, kiddos, and parents! Thanks, Robert!)

Enjoy friends, and I hope this episode serves you well!

CXMH: Episode 38: The Enneagram & Our Faith Journey – Part 1
(feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler & Dr. Jon Singletary)





“The Namaste Project & Spiritual Self-Care”: An interview with Steve Austin on the #AskSteveAustin podcast!

Hi friends! I have another great conversation that I’m so excited to share with you! I recently had the opportunity to talk with lifecoach and author, Steve Austin, for his podcast, the #AskSteveAustin podcast, and the episode went live last night! We had such a fun conversation about a number of topics that are near and dear to my heart. Our original focus for this episode was on Namaste Theory and spiritual self-care, but Steve and I had a blast talking like old friends and the chat ended up including some of my journey, practicing contentment, being an Enneagram 2, my love for research, and some new research on client preferences for integrating their spirituality into mental health treatment (which has since been accepted to be published in Social Work!). Plus, we talked about the importance of spiritual self-care and walked through a number of spiritual practices I lean on, including centering prayer, Sabbath, gratitude, journaling, and more!

We had a BLAST, and I would highly recommend his podcast if you haven’t heard of it before! I am honored to have had the chance to chat with him, and am grateful for all of the work he’s doing at the intersection of faith and mental health.

I hope you enjoy the episode and it serves you well! I’m off to go celebrate being married to my best friend for 7 years and together for 13 by watching Callie play t-ball and getting some quality family time tonight!

#AskSteveAustin Podcast Episode 55:
“The Namaste Project & Spiritual Self-Care (with Dr. Holly Oxhandler)”

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“Does it matter if your therapist is a Christian?”: An interview with Robert Vore on CXMH!

Hi, friends! I recently had the opportunity to talk with Robert Vore on his podcast CXMH: Christianity and Mental Health, and the episode just launched this week! We had a great conversation about the role of religion and spirituality in mental health treatment, some of my recent research findings regarding a national sample of mental health clients’ preferences for integrating their religion/spirituality in mental health treatment, the role of the therapist’s beliefs (related: see Namaste Theory), and bridging the gap between mental health care providers and religious leaders. As you can quickly tell in this episode, I was over-the-moon excited to get to talk with Robert about these topics I wholeheartedly love!

If you have not heard of CXMH before, please take a moment to check it out! I’m honored that Robert invited me to the show, and am grateful for all of the work he is doing to highlight the intersection of faith and mental health!


CXMH: Episode 31 (Does It Matter If Your Therapist Is A Christian?,
feat. Dr. Holly Oxhandler)

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