Church Mental Health Summit

145: Are you really OK? Addressing mental and emotional health in the church with Debra Fileta

In one of our most-viewed sessions from the 2023 Church Mental Health Summit, Debra Fileta, a Licensed Professional Counselor, relationship expert, national speaker, and founder of the Debra Fileta Counselor’s Network, talks about the progression from thoughts to feelings to behaviors. As we take inventory of our thoughts, understand our emotions, and then trust what is true about God, we can experience the ways in which God desires to heal us.



  • Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be “okay.”
  • It’s ok not to be ok, but it’s not ok to stay there.
  • We’ve got to put in the work for emotional and mental health.
  • We need to remind our body that Jesus wins in the end.
  • Our feelings are a signal cluing us into what’s happening below.
  • Feelings are real, but they aren’t always true.




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