Category: Blog Posts

42 Small Things That Had a Positive Impact

July 2018 Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, reappears this month as the subject of our summer “Youth Series”. Similar to last month’s theme,”Attending to the Good “, which is designed to bring conscious focus to what is functioning in and

Expression = Relief

June 2018 Continuing with our summer “Youth Series” we asked Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, to do artwork in response to some of the directives we often give to our clients. We wanted a teenager’s perspective on those themes.  She chose “Attending

Being Kind to Our Special Ones

May 2018 Gioia and Rebecca have enlisted Gioia’s daughters to do a “Youth Series” for our newsletters this summer so you will be hearing more from them. This month Tabitha, Gioia’s oldest daughter, wrote about her relationship with her little

NOT Therapy

April 2018 When we are working with people who are trying to experience more positivity and wellbeing, we often ask them to imagine what their lives would be like if things were the best that they could be.  Where would they

Shout Out to the VIA Youth Strengths Survey

March 2018  We often focus on identifying and building on strengths in our newsletters; however, usually it is related to our work with adults. This newsletter will launch our summer series of newsletters on working with children, teens and young

Everything You Know About Love Is Wrong

February 2018 Barbara Fredrickson, one of our favorite psychologists and author of Love 2.0, provocatively asks “What if everything we know about love is wrong?” We like featuring her work in February because Valentine’s Day triggers so many preconceived expectations about

Happy New Year! 2018

Welcome to 2018!  We thought we’d start the new year with a video of Gioia describing her art journaling practice.  You can use art journaling to reflect on what’s going on in your life and uncover new layers of inspiration for

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What Keep You Going When You’re Almost 100?!

December 2017 Picture a cozy living room with turquoise walls warmed softly by a gas stove in the corner and the flickering green, red, orange, and blue lights of a small Christmas in the front of the room.  In another

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Superheroes in Disguise

November 2017 Rebecca recently had to get her vehicle registered in Arizona.  She’d postponed going to the DMV because of dreaded long lines, complicated forms, burnt-out government employees, and the fear that she would not be able to complete the

Standing at The Gates of Hope

October 2017 When we first started writing this newsletter 5 years ago, Hurricane Sandy had just devastated New York and New Jersey.  In the span between then and now, we’ve seen many global tragedies–the Pulse shootings, Manchester, Charlottesville, Paris, Harvey,