Featured Practitioners


UPDATE: Announcing New Programs For The Starting Point’s Educational Series

Currently, all of our education programs are virtual. Whether you attend live or connect later online, our goal is to make our education programs as informative and engaging as possible. Questions? Please email Loretta Depka, our Executive Director at ldepka@thestartingpoint.org or call 856-854-3155 You can see a list of our upcoming programs below. Click on […]

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LIVE Podcast Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 12pm ~ “The Spirituality of Sports with Vince DiPasquale”

Play ball! Join us Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12pm for a live podcast with The Starting Point Founder, Vince DiPasquale who will discuss why he sees sports as a gift that can teach us about life. Sports have rules, require patience, hustle and skill. On any given day, anything can happen.  Even the best […]

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LIVE Podcast Thursday Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5pm ~ “Returning to Socialization”

This past year was like no other. Join us Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5pm for a live podcast. Executive Director Loretta Depka will talk with The Starting Point practitioner Erik Jervis, MSW, LSW about the importance of socialization (for all ages) as society, slowly, gets back to some type of normalcy. Erik will explain […]

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2021 Podcast “What is our job as a parent?” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

On Thursday, March 18, The Starting Point’s Executive Director Loretta Depka was joined by practitioner Pat O’Connor, MSW, LSW, CSAT to discuss parenting, in a podcast entitled “What is our Job as a Parent?“ Pat, who has a Certification in Active Parenting, has been working with helping families to lead healthier lives by offering programs […]

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2021 Podcast “Being Isolated before Isolation was the Norm” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Starting Point Executive Director Loretta Depka is joined by practitioner Anna Marie Hrivnak, M.Ed.  as she discusses Isolation.  During these challenging times, most of us have experienced some form of isolation.  Anna Marie discussed how times of isolation can also bring with it an inner wisdom of healing and strength we didn’t know we had.  Anna […]

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2021 Podcast “Understanding Eating Disorders” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Starting Point Executive Director Loretta Depka is joined by practitioner Anne Cavaliere, MA, LPC as she discusses Eating Disorders. Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. […]

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2021 Podcast “Myths and Misconceptions about Grief” Now Available On The Starting Point YouTube Channel!

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, our Executive Director Loretta Depka joined Starting Point practitioner, Pat Obst, MSW, LCSW, to discuss Myths and Misconceptions about Grief. The recorded podcast is now available on The Starting Point’s new YouTube channel. You can jump directly to the podcast from here.  Over the past 20 years Pat has managed […]

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2021 Podcast “Let’s Talk About Anger Management” Now Available On The Starting Point YouTube Channel!

As part of The Starting Point Ongoing Education Series, our Executive Director Loretta Depka and Starting Point practitioner Gary Dock met recently to discuss “Anger Management — what is it and who needs it?” Episode 1 of this new Podcast series is now available on The Starting Point YouTube channel. See below for the link […]

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Grief as a Journey

By Patricia Obst, MSW, LCSW There are some journeys that we get excited about going on.  The journey of a cross country vacation, so invigorating and full of adventure; the journey through college toward the goal of a career; or the journey of a new relationship with a significant other filled with all of its […]

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Featured Counselor – Marie Olwell, M.Ed., D.Min.

Marie Olwell, M.Ed., D.Min. 609.680.1462 I am a Sister of St. Joseph and have maintained a practice at The Starting Point for six years as a Certified Marriage and Family Counselor as well as other modalities. My studies began with a Degree in Music, a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Ministry from […]

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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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Anita Novembre, M.Ed., M.A., M.S.

Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.), Mentor and Life Coach Ext. 115 or 856.404.8682   It humbles me to think that I have had the honor of doing this work for over 25 years.  It has been a privilege and a blessing to participate in the healing process of so many lives.   Over these many years I […]

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Theresa Johnson, L.C.S.W., L.C.A.D.C.

Theresa Johnson, L.C.S.W., L.C.A.D.C. Ext. 123 I am Theresa Johnson and have been a social worker since 1992. It was difficult raising two children while earning my social work degree, but I did it!  I began my career counseling caregivers of the elderly and disabled as well as the elderly themselves.  My ultimate goal was […]

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Anna Marie Hrivnak

  “Listening to one’s self as well as to others is a sacred act of healing. There is a higher octave of listening that hears the wisdom within the words.”  ― Cheryl Hamada   I have had the privilege of working at Starting Point since September 2005. I’ve selected two quotes to begin and end my […]

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Jackie Caré

  This brief introduction will tell you a little about myself and our Laser Therapy business to assist those who wish to become ex-smokers. I grew up in South Philadelphia with parents who loved to entertain and constantly had family and friends over, serving lots of food and drink, but there was also a great […]

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