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If you're like most believers I know, you (or someone you love) may be struggling with where life has taken you.
You may be struggling with your identity and the expectations that others have of you (aka people pleasing and having a hard time saying "no.")
Or you may be having relationship difficulties.
Or you may have fallen by the wayside in your quest to help and serve others...to your own detriment.
Or you may be dealing with anxiety and/or depression. You may feel that your life is coming unraveled and have been asking God for help.
Your faith may be slipping a bit, and you may have even come to a place where you have pulled away from your supports (people, church, time with God, etc.).
You may have turned to things that numb you, but only leave you cold in the end, hurting worse than you did.
Addictive behaviors may have taken over (food, drugs, alcohol, shopping, porn, binge watching videos, chaotic relationships, etc.).
Your emotions may be to the point that they are affecting the following:
Your relationships with family and friends
Your physical and emotional health
Your spiritual health and relationship with God
Your intellectual health (like your memory)
Your hobbies, passions, and interests
As a Christian and a physician (specializing in psychiatry), I see from a vantage and intimate perspective that we are under attack by the enemy. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts have become so rampant in our world today, and have infiltrated our churches and our homes. And resources are limited in most areas, in part due to a lack of trained providers as many just want to treat the symptoms and not the root.
Depression and anxiety are very complex, and getting to the root is difficult as there could be any number of reasons for these symptoms (physical, emotional, spiritual, situational, etc.). I can tell you that from my experience, I have found that when people get emotional wisdom (via self-care, boundaries and coping skills), they tend to get better faster as the roots become more obvious.
I know that you long for wholeness and freedom. You want healthy relationships with God and others as well as a balanced life. You want to know how to deal with life as it comes, in real time. In a healthy way that will build you up and not tear you down. And in a way that you can serve others without wearing yourself so thin. You long for real relationships in which you can be your honest and authentic self, known and loved for who you are!
I know what it feels like to be absolutely overwhelmed by anxiety, people pleasing and an unraveling life. The turnaround for me came through a process of learning how to deal with my thoughts and feelings through a combination of self-care, boundaries and coping skills.
Since then, my life (and the lives of my family and patients) have improved dramatically. Not perfect, as there is no perfect here on earth, but now I (more often than not) manage my thoughts and feelings rather than let them drive me. And that has been especially helpful, as feelings often lie.
So, I am a Christian psychiatrist who helps Christians restore order to work, life and relationships with the same combination of self-care, boundaries and coping skills that I learned the hard way.
In short, I teach emotional wisdom. I specialize in helping people dealing with relationship issues, people pleasing, inability to say "no," identity uncertainty, chaotic schedules, poor or inconsistent self-care as well as anxiety and depression.
I have been married 17 years at the time of this writing and have 2 daughters, who I am training carefully so they won't have to make the same mistakes I made. I have chosen to pursue an online means of helping people as I really want to see you live full and healhty lives based on Scripture! I learned these things the hard way, and I want to save you the trouble and give you the shortcut!
I've worked in a variety of inpatient and oupatient arenas including IOP (intensive outpatient programs, private practice, addictions, geriatric psychiatry and telepsychiatry). I've also provided consultation for pensions and disability file reviews.
To be very clear, I cannot serve as your mental health practitioner in this setting. If you are currently working with a therapist and/or a psychiatrist, you ought to continue doing so. Information on this website is intended for informational or educational purposes only. I cannot guarantee any results you may have (as that is largely up to you), but I will be sharing things that have worked for me or others I have personally known.
Is this website for everyone? Certainly, NO. I am not a largestore with many offerings. It's just me at this time.
And if you are suicidal or psychotic, you really need to seek immediate help from either 911, your local ER, your local mental health crisis center or the national suicide hotline or click here to be directed to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
I thank God that He redeems everything for good for those who love Him. He's allowed me to go through some hard things so I could discover a way to manage my emotions and take my thoughts captive, which has improved my relationships, jobs, patients and life.
If it's your first time here, you may want to keep checking back as I have just begun construction on this site. Here, I will be focusing on self-care, identity, boundaries, relationships, coping skills, parenting, anxiety and depression.
One other thing you should know, as I get this question a lot, is that I do believe there are many causes of depression and anxiety. Some of those require medical treatment, and others respond to changes in boundaries, self-care and coping skills.
I do not receive monies for any product mentioned nor do I accept advertising on this site. I do this only to help you in your journey. I will only recommend products or services that I personally use or believe will be helpful to my readers.
Every resource on this site was created with you in mind. Everything on this site has been designed to help you restore order to work, life and relationships. Remember that we overcome by the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb!
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BS 1993 Milligan College (Communications: PR/Advertising)
MD 2003 ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Psychiatric Residency 2007 ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Board Certified Psychiatrist (ABPN)
© 2018 Jen Wisdom-Schepers, MD. All Rights Reserved.
Disclaimer: Jen Wisdom-Schepers, MD is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Tennessee. While Jen Wisdom-Schepers, MD may provide remote coaching and information products that are available outside Tennessee, such are not intended to be and may not be used for treatment purposes. Any information made available by Dr. Schepers on this website or through remote services outside of Tennessee are expressly and exclusively for education. If as a result of exposure to these resources, you are driven to seek psychotherapy, you are encouraged to do so promptly and locally.