Julia's Ambiguous Losses and Gains

During a family zoom call (a ritual many of you may be familiar with), Rebecca’s little sister Julia and her best-friend Katy voiced that even though there seemed to be “a light at the end of the tunnel” with COVID, there is a still a sense of disorientation as we slowly emerge from the last year and try to reckon …

3/21 Ambiguous Losses and Gains Click to Read Post »

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Race is a touchy topic, partly because, as we explored in our last newsletter, it brings up so many taboos.  One of those is the challenging notion that people of other races “all look the same to me”.  Clinically that is known as Own Race Bias (ORB).  Although many of us, whatever our racial identity, might wish that we didn’t …

07/20 They All Look the Same to Me: Reducing Own Race Bias Click to Read Post »

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“I think I’m asking too much of COVID 19.” This is what Alta Mauro, a friend and colleague of Rebecca’s, recently said when they were checking in about how they were responding to the last couple of months of lock down. Alta serves as the Director of NYU”s Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education, but lives in Dubai, where, just like …

04/20 I’m Asking Too Much of COVID 19 Click to Read Post »

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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.  When we are feeling better we not only notice more of what is happening in and …

05/19 Micro-Moments of Positivity Click to Read Post »

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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 with something really difficult or traumatic, and ongoing routines that she employs preventively to keep herself stable and well. This …

03/19 In the Moment and Long-Term Coping Click to Read Post »

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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 make that explores the life you want to lead. It answers questions such as: would you like to be …

01/19 Best Possible Life Vision Boards Click to Read Post »

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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 sometimes not treat them as well as they deserve. We also thank Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, for revealing her …

08/18 Out of the Mouth of Babes Click to Read Post »

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Annie Appreciations

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 around us, this month she reflected on an exercise called “Appreciating Small Things.” The instructions for this directive are …

07/18 42 Small Things That Had a Positive Impact Click to Read Post »

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Rebecca recently had her hands full transporting her cat, Don Juan, from DC to Tucson.  The trip was an absurd comedy of errors.  She recounted the day as follows: Things started out fairly uneventfully for us at the airport.  I had TSA pre-check so that I didn’t have to take off my shoes or take out my computer and I …

03/16 The Cat Out of the Bag and Other Stressors Click to Read Post »

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