Well Being


2021 Podcast – “What is Mindfulness?” with Geoff Farnsworth is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

We live in a stressful, challenging time. Today, there’s more uncertainty, faster changes, more distractions and demands on us than ever before. As a result, we experience more anxiety, stress, and uncertainty. What can you do when you are unable to focus and pulled in too many directions? Geoff Farnsworth, CAC, CHT, joined us to […]

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2021 Podcast “Ambiguous Loss” with Pat Obst, MSW, LCSW is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Ambiguous loss is a kind of loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding, and can make the grieving process challenging. Sometimes it can be related to a person, sometimes it’s related to an experience. This past year has been unlike any other and many of us experienced a loss that felt different. Whether we […]

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2021 Podcast “Compassion Fatigue in the Caretaking Community” with Barbara Faracchio is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

The selfless compassion and empathy shown by healthcare, emergency and animal providers can prove to be physically, mentally, and emotionally costly. People (usually medical workers) face compassion fatigue as a result of an extended period of exposure to the pain, trauma or distress of their patients or clients. This chronic stress can negatively impact their […]

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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 “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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Thought Of The Month April 2021 ~ “April Showers Bring May Flowers “

By: Vince DiPasquale              This month of April is a great example of one of the greatest ways in which nature teaches us our need to grieve. Remember, unless we allow ourselves to feel and experience the grieving process, we will never reach the beautiful gift of acceptance. One of the hardest realities is to […]

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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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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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Thought Of The Month February 2021 ~ “The Love Month”

By: Vince DiPasquale The month of February is called the love month. We celebrate Valentine’s Day and experience the last months 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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Thought Of The Month: January 2021 ~ On Honoring Mother Nature , Ourselves and Others ….

By: Vince DiPasquale Welcome to a brand new year – 2021! May God bless you and your family in the New Year. Take time to reflect on 2020 and try to see the lessons we’ve learned through our experiences. Even the negative experiences are our teachers. The Indian culture tells us to listen to Mother […]

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Thought Of The Month: November 2020 ~ “Gratitude, Acceptance And Love” ….

By: Vince DiPasquale As we get ready to celebrate the wonderful month of Thanksgiving, we pause to reflect on three very special beautiful words: Gratitude, Acceptance, and Love. I consider these the most spiritual words in our language. Growth can only take place when we can develop the attitude of gratitude. Someone who views life […]

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