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Thought Of The Month: March 2019

“The Grieving Process” By: Vince DiPasquale Welcome to the month of March, a time to experience the ebb and flow of life. When I look at the setting sun I realize how nature tries to teach us the rhythm of life. Each day the sun rises and sets. At times we don’t see it because […]

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Thought Of The Month: February 2019

“LET GO AND LET GOD…” By: Vince DiPasquale Welcome to the month of February, a time of preparation for spring. We all need time to be quiet and learn to wait with patience for the rebirth of new life. Nature is our greatest teacher. Our winter season reminds us to go within so that we […]

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Thought Of The Month: Nov 2018

“Willingness, Humility & THANKSGIVING” By: Vince DiPasquale In case you missed this … Each morning begins a new day. Let us kneel before God, our creator and look at the earth and begin each day with a spirit of humility and gratitude, knowing that we are a part of God’s new day. As we enter […]

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Accessing Your True Self

By Geoff Farnsworth, CHT, CAC Our basic nature is that Higher Self within each of us from the moment of our birth. Along the way, we develop coping strategies that we use to protect ourselves and to get what we need or want. These parts of ourselves can become full-blown personas that sometimes serve us […]

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Children may be resilient, but they still grieve. They have big feelings, too, after all!

By Andi B. Meltzer, M.A. No one escapes the inevitable experience of loss. Sadly, most of us haven’t been taught how to handle our own grief, let alone others’. As a result, kids tend to be particularly neglected in helpful support. Here are a few tips. Go first. Keeping the conversation age appropriate, tell the […]

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Trapped Emotions: The Invisible Epidemic

Much of the suffering in our lives is due to negative emotional energies that have become “trapped” within us. The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson is a simple and powerful method of finding and releasing these trapped energies. A single trapped emotion can create both physical and emotional problems that can sometimes feel overwhelming. […]

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Shifting Our Identity from One of Pain to One of Glory

By Annie Fisher, MSW, LCSW Through focusing we discover a spaciousness inside that can hold difficult experiences and with continued practice, even an imperfect practice of staying with what wants our inner attention, we discover within the spaciousness, a sea full of long forgotten qualities ones such as the fluid energy of compassion and the […]

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Focusing, Part II

By Annie Fisher, MSW, LCSW In part two of this writing we continue to look closely at the issue of resistance even when doing something we might normally enjoy: Continuing with my life example from last month’s e-newsletter about wanting to get some writing done and feeling stuck, I continued to open to and listen […]

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Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD)

By Margaret Worthington, BCH, CI Does the weather make you moody?  For some it can be really debilitating and Depression sets in.  If this is your experience, then Psychotherapy or Counseling is best and none better than at The Starting Point.  It is truly the place to be!  Check out The Starting Point website for […]

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How Focusing Can Help Us Deal With Action Blocks – Part 1

By Annie Fisher, MSW, LCSW   Focusing can help us we deal with something called action blocks; there’s something you want to be doing or think you should be doing, but you’re just not doing it like going to the gym or getting to work on time. An example of an action block in my […]

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Getting Stuck on the Cause of Death or the Final Images of Death

By Andi Meltzer, M.A., Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® Have the events surrounding or leading up to a death left you feeling like a figurative knife is sticking out of your heart? Many people often focus on the cause, whether by suicide, cancer, murder, sudden heart attack, the result of not taking care of himself/ herself, […]

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Benefits of Giving the Gift of Time

By Anna Marie Hrivnak, M.Ed. Ext 137 During the holiday season we find ourselves trying to find the perfect gift.  Research proves giving the gift of ‘our time’ to another, however, can in fact be mutually beneficial.  The idea of ‘giving our time’ might seem impossible.  Feelings of time-constraint or “time famine” in our daily […]

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Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self

Excerpts from Divining the Body: Reclaim the Holiness of Your Physical Self by Jan Phillips, “Let’s Hear It For The Ears” By Marie B Olwell, M.Ed., D. Min.   “The body is held together by sound–the presence of disease indicates that some sounds have gone out of tune.” – Deepak Chopra   “Song is the intelligence of the […]

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Want to Join the 30 Day Challenge?

By Anna Marie Hrivnak, M.Ed.   Did you know that listening to Gregorian chants or the music of Mozart can significantly improve your mental, emotional and physical health? Studies have suggested that listening to this music can and does improve your physical and mental health because of the Hertz range (of around 8,000). Gregorian chants and Mozart’s […]

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The Personalization of Trauma

By Allie F. Miller, M.A., L.M.F.T.   One of the thornier problems in recovery from a traumatic event is that the person who has experienced the trauma often personalizes what has happened to him/her. In other words, they often believe that they are to blame for it or are somehow culpable. This is usually not […]

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