Recovery


Join us for a conversation with author Keith Mason and Loretta Depka about his new book, “Please Stand Up” : Thursday, May 26th at 6 pm

Everybody has imperfect relationship with family. Talk about complicated … Please join us for a conversation with author Keith Mason, as Loretta Depka has a conversation with Keith about his new book, Please Stand Up on Thursday, May 26th at 6 pm on her Zoom Podcast. Time: May 26, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US […]

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2022 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well – “Tool Kit” Series; Part 1 with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next part of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is Pat’s ” ‘Tool Kit’ Series; Part 1.”    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a therapist who specializes […]

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Thought Of The Month March 2022 ~ “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

By Vince DiPasquale As we enter the month of March, let’s take time to dedicate this month to the spirit of positive thinking. We spend too much time looking at what’s wrong. This month is a time of transition from the cold of winter to the beauty of spring. Let’s all of us examine our […]

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Thought Of The Month February 2022 ~ “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

By Vince DiPasquale The month of February is called the love month. We celebrate Valentine’s Day and experience the last month of winter. Let’s spend some time exploring the word “love”. Like everything else in our society we have taken the deeply spiritual nature of the word and commercialized it so that it exploits people. […]

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2022 Educational Program “Doing Grief Well – Loss Due to Life-Altering Illness or Injury” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In the next part of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. This particular topic is “Loss Due to Life-Altering Illness or Injury.”    You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. Pat is a therapist who specializes […]

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2022 Educational Program “Unrecognized Losses We’ve Experienced Throughout Our Lives” is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Pat Obst joined The Starting Point’s Executive Director for another episode of DOING GRIEF WELL. Pat and Loretta discussed “Unrecognized Losses We’ve Experienced Throughout Our Lives.” They spoke about how loss comes in many forms and how it can throw one’s life into emotional chaos and confusion. Pat addressed how we can heal and recognize […]

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2021 Educational Program”Doing Grief Well Part 3: Complicated Grief” with Pat Obst and Loretta Depka is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

In Part III of the “Doing Grief Well” series, Pat Obst, LCSW, MSW and Loretta Depka, Executive Director continued their discussions on the complex process of grieving. You can find The Starting Point’s YouTube channel here. As an aid to further explore this important topic, check out “64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the […]

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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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Thought Of The Month August 2021 ~ “The ABCs of a Spiritual Recovery”

Excerpt from “Until Today!” by Iyanla Vanzant I open my heart and mind to be aware…how my ABC’s will lift my spirit. Almighty Creator of the Universe; Beloved Father, Mother, God; Create in me a clean heart this day. Deliver me from the limitations of the ego. Exalt Your presence in my mind. Forgive all […]

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Thought of the Month July 2021 ~ “Celebrating Our Freedoms”

By: Vince DiPasquale July is the month of independence. It is a time to reflect on all the gifts we’ve been given. We spend time celebrating the 4th of July. It’s a time to play, pray, and thank God for our greatest gift: freedom. It’s funny, but so many people think to be free means […]

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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: “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 “Who, What, When, Why, Where: Substance Abuse Treatment” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

On Thursday, April 1, 2021, our Executive Director Loretta Depka was joined by the Executive Director of The Beacon Point Treatment Center, Joseph Curran. Like any other life-threatening disease, addiction requires serious and immediate treatment, but treatment for addiction isn’t “one size fits all.”  Joe points out that there are proven science-based solutions to addiction […]

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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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Thought Of The Month March 2021 ~ “The Power of Positive Thinking”

By: Vincent DiPasquale As we enter the month of March, let’s take the time to dedicate this month to the spirit of positive thinking. We spend too much time looking at what’s wrong. This month is a time of transition from the cold of winter to the beauty of spring. Let us all examine our […]

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