Bob VandePol on “Self-Discovery With Venessa” Radio Show

Self-Care Tips to Help You Embrace the 2020 Holiday Season

Self-Care Tips to Help You Embrace the 2020 Holiday Season

The holidays are here—a time when self-care tends to fly out the window as we fill up our calendar with parties, shopping, concerts, church events and more. But, of course, this year the holidays will look very different for all…

Tips for Teaching Children to be Grateful Givers

Tips for Teaching Children to be Grateful Givers
'Tis the season of giving! While it's fun to think about the gifts we want to give our kids, it's important to also teach them how to be good givers themselves. Involving your kids in gifting is a great way...

Thanksgiving Blessings in a Difficult Year

Thanksgiving Blessings in a Difficult Year

What a different Thanksgiving Day this year’s will be! COVID-19 has changed everything. All of us have experienced significant losses in 2020. By now our list of losses may be longer than our list of thanks. Adding the loss of…

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss
Suicide is a tragic and stark reminder of just how connected we all are to one another. The void left when someone dies by suicide is unlike anything else, with the impact rippling through a community in immeasurable ways. Suicide...

Teaching Our Kids About Gratitude

Teaching Our Kids About Gratitude

Gratefulness is an emotion – it is not something we can force our children to experience. While we can’t make a child appreciate something, we can encourage them to say “thank you” and provide teachable moments about being appreciative and…

How to Count Your Blessings When You’re Feeling Depressed

How to Count Your Blessings When You’re Feeling Depressed

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people experiencing difficult life circumstances…

What is a ‘Fitness for Duty’ Assessment, and Can My Employer Make Me Take One?

What is a ‘Fitness for Duty’ Assessment, and Can My Employer Make Me Take One?

A Fitness for Duty Assessment (FFD) is a mental health evaluation in which a psychologist performs tests and provides feedback about an employee’s mental fitness to perform a specific job. These evaluations are usually done when a circumstance occurs that…

ADDRESSING Cultural Assumptions

ADDRESSING Cultural Assumptions

We all have cultural assumptions and biases that color our perspectives. Dr. Diana Ro reviews how we can address them.

Self-Care for Stressful Times

Self-Care for Stressful Times
Life is extraordinarily challenging this year, so it’s more important than ever to be intentional about your self-care. Not to be confused with selfishness or self-indulgence, self-care allows us to be resilient in stressful times AND be there for those...