PSYCHMASTER media and materials are a resource for looking at different ways that people cope and thrive. They focus on the uniqueness and perspective of the individual.
As a practicing psychologist for many years, Dr. Judy Marshall Ferraro has witnessed what people are called upon to face over the course of their lives. This can range from serious mental illness to transient difficult circumstances to chronic feelings of anger or low self-esteem.
So how do we cope best? How do we get past the suffering and what weights us down? How do we open ourselves to our greatest good? How do we put our best life forward?
Psychmaster is based on the work of Judy Marshall Ferraro, Ph.D. and presents information (articles, books, CDs, video) about spirituality and psychology, the reality of mental health and illness, and finding the best ways for the individual to cope and thrive.
The articles, written by Dr. Ferraro and others, present both expert information and “real life” stories in areas related to how we think and feel. Some of the information presented is from a classic psychological perspective. It is about universal human struggles, such as depression and anxiety, self-esteem, family and relationships, and overcoming pain from the past. Other articles have an emphasis on faith and spirituality as a resource to help with psychological issues. In her books and articles, Dr. Ferraro presents a traditional, but nondenominational spiritual theory of psychology. This is an approach to living, healing, emotions, and finding purpose and fulfillment—based on spiritual values and closeness to God.
Dr. Judy Marshall Ferraro received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In thirty years of clinical practice in New York and Los Angeles, she has worked with many different groups, from children to the frail elderly, with particular interests including self-esteem, depression, sensitivity, and creativity.
A turning point came for Judy, after about ten years of practice, when she began to explore her own creative, expressive yearnings to “make art” through painting. She entered into a period of intense introspection while painting, spending extended time alone. This developed into spiritual contemplation, which was confusing to her at first. Raised and schooled in an academic environment, her religious background was almost nil. In the past, always an intuitive and reflective person, she had primarily relied on psychological theory and concepts to guide her. But she came out of this period with a strong faith and the feeling of having been transformed through her relationship with God.
Increasingly, she began to see how faith played out in her work, particularly as she had the opportunity to perform evaluations of clients from all over the world, including from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and religions. It became obvious in her clinical observation that true spirituality—on the intimate, personal level—was an immense healing force for the individual, no matter what the challenge or situation. It didn’t matter what the religion was or even whether there was a religion the person followed. It was the relationship with God that was all-important. Usually, this spiritual bond also led to a commitment to seeking higher values in daily life.
Over the years, Judy has translated her own clinical and personal insights and experience into a nondenominational spiritual approach to psychology. She also feels blessed to have continued to “make art” whenever time allows.