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2021 Educational Program “Talking about Domestic Violence” with Executive Director Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI,) “family and domestic violence is a common problem in the United States, affecting an estimated 10 million people every year; as many as one in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence. Virtually all healthcare professionals will at some point evaluate […]

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2021 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well” with Practitioner Pat Obst and Executive Director Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

“When we learn to do grief well, we can journey through our grieving, find healing and move toward re-creating our lives after loss.” Executive Director Loretta Depka  was Joined by practitioner  Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW as they discussed grief, loss, and helpful methods for dealing with these life challenges. For more info regarding Pat Obst, […]

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2021 Educational Program “What is the Emotion Code?” – Marie Olwell with Executive Director Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

The Emotion Code is a simple but powerful method of finding and releasing negative trapped emotions stored in the subconscious to relieve physical symptoms/pain.   Executive Director Loretta Depka was joined by guest speaker Marie Olwell, a practitioner at The Starting Point with expertise in the aforementioned topic. You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube […]

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Thought Of The Month Sept 2021 ~ “30 Daily Reminders”

By Vince DiPasquale: Stay in the present – One day at a time. Repeat the 3rd Step Prayer: God, I offer myself to You – to build with me and to do with me as You will. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Your will. Take away my difficulties, […]

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2021 PODCAST: “Applying the Steps to Daily Life” ~ with Founder Vince Di’Pasquale is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

The principles of the 12 Steps can apply to every aspect of life.  They are helpful tools that give us the opportunity to reflect, get to know and love ourselves, and to be able to generously share our life with others. The Starting Point’s founder Vince DiPasquale, MA discussed how to apply the steps to […]

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2021 Podcast “What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?” with Melissa Yaeger, MA, EDS, LPC is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Setting goals, journaling, guided discovery, positive thinking . . . these are all concepts connected to a kind of treatment approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT.)  CBT explores emotions, thoughts and your own personal behavioral patterns and re-frames them in a more positive way. Melissa Yaeger, MA, EDS, LPC, a practitioner based at The Starting […]

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2021 Podcast ‘What Goes on in a Real Relationship?’ with Kenneth Goldberg PhD is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Falling in love is the easy part. Relationships are at the center of our lives and have a big influence on our overall health and mental wellbeing. Being in a good relationship can ease stress, give you energy, and lead you on a path to a healthier life. But how do you know if you […]

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2021 Podcast: “Forgiveness” with Kevin Elsey, MA, LPC is Now on The Starting Point’s YpouTube Channel

To forgive, or just forget? You’ve been fired; your partner has cheated on you; someone cut you off in traffic; you were abused by someone in your past.  These situations can leave you feeling hurt, angry, and wanting nothing but revenge.  How can you forgive when you have been wronged?  Why should you?  What if […]

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2021 Podcast, “The Spirituality of Sports” with Vince DiPasquale is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Play ball! On Thursday, April 29, 2021 our Founder, Vince DiPasquale, discussed 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 of hitters only connect 30% of the time. Life is a spiritual […]

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2021 Podcast “Returning to Socialization” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, our Executive Director Loretta Depka was joined by Starting Point practitioner Erik Jervis, MSW, LSW. Eric and Loretta discussed the importance of socialization (for all ages) as society, slowly, gets back to some type of normalcy. Erik explained why it’s important to socialize (especially for kids, teens and young adults […]

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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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