Category: Blog Posts

May 2019 Last month, we talked about the negativity bias and the Broaden and Build Theory of positive emotions.  The Broaden and Build Theory refers to the broadening effect that positive emotions and experiences have on what we perceive about ourselves and our lives.  …

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April 2019 Gioia and Rebecca often joke that despite the fact that they share the exact same profile on the Myers-Briggs–they are both heavily weighed on the scale of extroverted, feeling, and intuitive perceivers–they are opposites in their natural dispositions. …

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March 2019 One of our clients recently added a nuance to our approach to managing stress and developing resilience. She identified that she parses her “toolbox” of coping strategies into two categories–techniques she uses “in the moment” when she’s faced …

In the Moment and Long-Term Coping Read More »

February 2018 We often talk about how important meaning-making is to happiness. At its simplest this is to say that what we believe about what is happening to and around us dramatically affects our happiness.Key to this is the phrase …

Making Meaning From Scribbles Read More »

January 2019 The other day, Gioia was asked to run a ” Vision Board” workshop and thought, “I’ve never led one but they sound like a very art therapy-ish kind of thing!”Vision boards are essentially any kind of artwork you …

Best Possible Life Vision Boards Read More »

December 2018 John Bradshaw, author of the seminal book Healing the Shame that Binds You, was one of the first people to introduce into modern vernacular the notion that we are Human BE-ings not Human DO-ings. This catchy expression has …

Human Beings versus Human Doings Read More »

November 2018   Last month, Gioia hosted a Health Fair wellness booth at Prince George’s County Community College where she counsels young college students.  Being an art therapist, she wanted to do something interactive with art materials but she knew that most …

Gratitude Affirmations Read More »

October 2018 Rebecca’s husband once said “When I was growing up, my mother always told me I could do anything I wanted but she didn’t tell me I couldn’t do everything that I wanted”. It’s a high quality problem when we …

Anything But Not Everything Read More »

September 2018 Recently, a buddy of ours, Eric, who we could rightfully call an experience junkysaid his friend Caroline had gone to a transformational retreat in which she spent the week naked. We’re always tuned in to innovative workshops, but …

Get Naked Read More »

August 2018 Summer is over and so ends our youth series. We thank Tabitha, Gioia’s 18 year old daughter, for reminding us how easy it is to not only take the people that we care about for granted but to …

Out of the Mouth of Babes Read More »