Obsessive and Intrusive Thoughts with Mike Emlet

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt speaks with Mike Emlet, counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). They talk about difficult topics like intrusive thoughts and scrupulosity, and the biblical wisdom that helps us overcome them.


1:21 – Why do you describe yourself as a cup half empty kind of guy?

4:25 – What’s the most recent cup-half-empty moment  you’ve had?

6:45 – What do you mean when you refer to emotional buoyancy?

10:44 – The intrusive problem of scrupulosity

14:49 – Why are we prone to intrusive, unwanted thoughts?

17:54 – When you counsel scrupulosity, what is the central approach you take?

23:54 – What does growth look like in the area of intrusive thoughts?

27:12 – How do we turn down the volume on intrusive thoughts?

33:55 – In what ways does our embodied nature affect us?

38:35 – Is Mike Emlet a hugger?

41:50 – Farewell

About Mike Emlet:

Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the minibooks Autism Spectrum Disorder and Your Child, Chronic PainAngry Childrenand Help for the Caregiveras well as the books Saints, Sufferers, and SinnersCrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet, and Descriptions and Prescriptions.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Seasons of Sorrow 1
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Blog Posts by Mike Emlet.
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Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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