Out of the Dark with Mandisa & Laura Williams

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Out of the Dark is a podcast about mental health in the body of Christ. As followers of Jesus, people are sometimes led to believe that if we struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, identity, or the many other areas of our mental health that we are less of a Christian or are just not praying enough. As members of the body of Christ, Mandisa and Laura will tackle the idea that, while Jesus IS enough, a relationship with a counselor can help heal wounds that will enhance your relationship with Jesus. They will cover specific topics related to mental health and offer resources to listeners to enhance your journey of personal growth. We can’t do it alone; we need to step out of the dark of shame and guilt and into the light of recovery and redemption.

New episodes air Wednesday. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an opportunity to step Out of the Dark.

About Mandisa

With more than 1.6 million records sold, GRAMMY® winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. In less than a year, Mandisa performed her three RIAA Certified Gold hit singles "Overcomer," "Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)" and "Stronger" on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA). “Stronger” became an anthem, creating opportunities such as welcoming the emotional return of beloved morning host Robin Roberts and an invitation to perform the national anthem during a Sunday night NFL Network game to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her 2013 GRAMMY® award-winning album Overcomer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album’s title track proved to be a smash at radio and earned the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Mandisa, also a 2-time K-LOVE Fan Awards co-host, debuted her latest chart-topping album Out Of The Dark alongside sharing the moving story of her fight with depression for the very first time on GMA as well.

About Laura

Laura Williams is the owner/founder of Be Found Counseling in Brentwood, Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in developmental and relational trauma and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Laura counsels women and works from a Christian perspective. She uses her extensive training as well as wisdom from her own counseling journey in her work with clients. She is married (21 years) and has three boys ages 17, 15, and 11. For more information about Laura or to connect with her, please visit her website at www.befoundcounseling.com or follow on Instagram @befoundcounseling. 


Episode Date
Ep 23 - It's the most wonderful time of the year, or is it?
00:27:38

Visiting family during the holidays might be one of the top stressors people experience. For some it is tolerable and mildly fun, but for many people it is miserable. In this episode, we will discuss some resources to help make traveling to visit family more enjoyable.

Oct 20, 2021
Ep 22 - Self-care
00:24:27

You might be surprised to know that self-care actually has nothing to do with spas, shopping or 5-star resorts. Self-care is actually the most basic thing you can do for yourself. We will discuss what self care is and what it is NOT.

Oct 13, 2021
Ep 21 - Why We Feel and the Importance of Gratitude
00:23:18

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have feelings. Most people either don't feel at all or feel too much. In this episode, we will discuss the importance of recognizing feelings. We also talk about the importance of gratitude; not to negate our feelings but as a separate practice each day.

Oct 06, 2021
Ep 20 - Mindfulness: When I Wasn't Attuned to as a Child
00:26:38

Mindfulness is a way of connecting with God and self. Part of the responsibility of a parent is to help children figure out what is going on with them--to connect with their bodies, their feelings, their ideas/opinions, likes and dislikes. When you miss out on that as a kid, you owe it to yourself to spend time getting to know yourself. Mindfulness is a great way.

Sep 29, 2021
Ep 19 - Medication: The Scary Episode
00:24:01
Our most vulnerable episode yet. Mandisa and Laura get personal with their views on medication in the area of mental health and tackle the stigma that you are not strong enough of a Christian if you have to rely on medication.
Sep 22, 2021
Ep 18 - The Power of Mothers
00:25:56

Mothering is one of the most challenging areas of our mental health. There is maybe no other job that you both feel worthless AND the weight of the world on your shoulders at the same time. We will talk about "mom-shame", the importance of recognizing the need for self-care, and much more.

Sep 15, 2021
Ep 17 - Confidence vs. Esteem
00:24:01

Some of the most confident people can have some of the worst levels of esteem. In this episode we talk about the difference between confidence and esteem--whether we value ourselves from the outside or the inside.

Sep 08, 2021
Ep 16 - Boundaries: What are they and why are they so hard to keep?
00:25:20

Boundaries are an elusive concept that seem really easy to comprehend but really difficult to put in place. In this episode, we tackle why this is true. And we will discuss different types of boundaries and what gets in the way when we are trying to set and keep them.

Sep 01, 2021
Ep 15 - Shame and Guilt: Is there a difference?
00:22:17

This is one of our most valuable episodes. It is vital that we know the difference between shame and guilt in order to be able to discern between the enemy and the Holy Spirit. We will discuss some ways to tell the difference.

Aug 25, 2021
Ep 14 - Why weight?
00:25:56

Whether you overeat or undereat, it generally comes from the same place. At the root, you have to value yourself in order to conisider yoursself worth taking care of. Learn some practical ways to start taking care of your body.

Aug 18, 2021
Ep 13 - Back in the Dark: A Masterpiece and a Work in Progress
00:21:13
Whew... our mental health journey can be a roller coaster. Our first episode of the new season tackles what it is like when our journey isn't as smooth as we thought it would be. It's actually more normal than you think.
Aug 11, 2021
Ep 12 - Mental Health in Children
00:22:29

How do I know when my child needs to see a counselor? Isn't it enough for me to ask the right questions? Does it mean I am a bad parent if my child needs counseling? These are only some of the questions that we will cover in this podcast. Children are not as resilient as you think and it is important to be tuned in to them and to yourself.

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May 12, 2021
Ep 11 - Social Media: Is it Good or Bad?
00:19:53

Can social media be a positive thing or is it always bad? Today we talk about healthy boundaries around social media and what to be on the lookout for as you scroll your favorite platform.

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May 05, 2021
Ep 10 - Grief
00:21:16

There is a reason God devoted a whole book of the Bible on lament. It is hard and there is no way around it. Grief is something that we can put on the back burner but it will never really get processed until you go through it. Today we will talk about what that process looks like and how we can grieve in a healthy way.

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Apr 28, 2021
Ep 9 - Tribe: The Importance of Community
00:23:03

As children of God, we are created for relationship. We are meant to be in community with others. Today we talk about why this is important and how to build your own tribe.

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Apr 21, 2021
Ep 8 - God: How our Story Constructs our View
00:19:31

Ever wonder why it's hard to view God in a certain light--as Father, as Brother, as a nurturer? A lot of this has to do with your relationship with your earthly caregivers. We will unpack how Mandisa and Laura have processed their view of God and why it matters in light of your story.

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Apr 14, 2021
Ep 7 - Therapy is Hard Work
00:21:02

This week, Mandisa and Laura talk about how hard the work of therapy is. We also talk about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and how it can aid in the healing of all kinds of trauma.

Have a friend who could benefit from today's topic? Share this episode and leave us a review. And make sure to subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode.

Apr 07, 2021
Ep 6 - Unpacking Story: Laura
00:24:47

Listen in to hear how important story is to our mental health. In this episode, we will begin to unpack some of Laura's story and talk about how developmental and relational trauma will impact us in the present. It is necessary to go back in order to move forward.

Have a friend who could benefit from today's topic? Share this episode and leave us a review. And make sure to subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode.

Mar 31, 2021
Ep 5 - Dogs, Cats, Geckos...The Value of Pets
00:17:04

Our most fun episode yet! Mandisa and Laura talk about the benefits of pets in regards to our mental health. Pets are hard work but they can have a positive effect on your being.

Have a friend who could benefit from today's topic? Share this episode and leave us a review. And make sure to subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode.

Mar 24, 2021
Ep 4 - Unpacking Story: Mandisa
00:29:03

Listen in to hear how important story is to our mental health. In this episode, we will begin to unpack some of Mandisa's story and talk about how past sexual trauma will impact us in the present. It is necessary to go back in order to move forward.

Have a friend who could benefit from today's topic? Share this episode and leave us a review. And make sure to subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode.

Mar 17, 2021
Ep 3 - The Benefit of Sleep
00:19:23

It's a basic need so why do we all have such a hard time with it? In this episode we will talk about the importance of sleep and how to get more of it!

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Mar 10, 2021
Ep 2 - Covid Shame
00:16:56

One of us got Covid! Listen in to find out who and what made healing so complicated.

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Mar 03, 2021
Ep 1 - Stepping Out
00:21:39

Mandisa and Laura introduce themselves and what this podcast is about. Listen in on what a counseling relationship is like, why perspective is not always helpful, and the two words a counselor should never use!

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Mar 03, 2021
Ep 0 - Introduction to Out of the Dark with Mandisa & Laura Williams
00:01:10

Out of the Dark is a podcast about mental health in the body of Christ. As followers of Jesus, people are sometimes led to believe that if we struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction, identity, or the many other areas of our mental health that we are less of a Christian or are just not praying enough. In this podcast Mandisa and Laura will tackle the idea that, while Jesus IS enough, a relationship with a counselor can help heal wounds that will enhance your relationship with Jesus. They will cover specific topics related to mental health and offer resources to listeners to enhance your journey of personal growth. We can’t do it alone—we need to step out of the dark of shame and guilt and into the light of recovery and redemption.

New episodes air Wednesday. Make sure to subscribe to you never miss an opportunity to step 'Out of the Dark'!

Mar 01, 2021