In this truly unique times, join us for the Mental Wellnes Series of outreach, hope, and support. Do you need somewhere to turn when your heart has become disillusioned amidst this seemingly endless crisis? A three-part series bringing perspective and purpose to the perplexity of our current circumstances, with take away tools to beat those COVID blues.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has emphasized the importance of our personal relationships. During this time, we may be experiencing a sense of isolation, from those we want to be near, or tension with those people we see every day. Perhaps we are experiencing both. How do we emotionally connect with people, when we can't spend time with them? How do we lovingly interact with people when we are quarantined with them, and perhaps they are driving us bonkers!
Parenting during this panemic is truly unchartered territory. If you or your family members are feeling confused, angry, worried, irritable, in a slump, moody, or downright confused - you are not alone! Messages from the outside world are liekly doing little to comfort us these days. However, ther eis hope: much of what you need, you already possess! This honest conversation addresses the challenges of family life, especially during this Pandemic, and will discuss tools and tips to address your concerns. You are not losing your mingd, hear, or family; come renew your sense of hope for the journey ahead.
Dr. Michael DiPaolo is a clinical psychologist & certified Imago Relationship Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles. Dr DiPaolo integrates psychology and spirituality into his work with individuals and couples. He has been active in many ministries as a St. Monica member for over 25 years, including counseling over 1,500 couples in marriage preparation. Dr. DiPaolo is a frequent speaker, workshop presenter and retreat leader at parish and archdiocesan gatherings. Dr. DiPaolo has been married to his wife Jennie for 21 years. They have 3 wonderful children, along with a hyperactive dog. He can be found online at www.DrMichaelD.com.
Laura Ornelas is a licensed clinical social worker, with a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. She has been working in the fields of mental health and child welfare for the past 25 years throughout the state of California. She served as the Regional Director of Mental Health Services for Kinship Center, Seneca Family of Agencies for nearly a decade, during which time she designed and oversaw specialty mental health clinics for children who had been adopted and/or were being raised by kinship caregivers. A local Santa Monican, Laura also served as the Director of Family Service of Santa Monica for 5 years and strengthened local early childhood and community based mental health efforts. Throughout her career, Laura has educated parents and professionals across the country about the effects of ruptures in relationships as well as best practices in child welfare and adoption. Both a trainer and writer, Laura is the author of several specialized articles and professional publications and is currently co-authoring and appearing in webinars, videos and a podcast for the National Training and Development Curriculum for parents. Laura is dedicated to prevention efforts before concerns become life-long challenges for children or families, is deeply committed to social justice and collective healing, and believes that every child, parent and family has the right and ability to build on their own wisdoms and strengths.
Have you been feeling anxious, sad & down, or irritable at some point over the past several months? Know that you are not alone! Many of us have found out emotions to be cycling up and down, completely understandable when we are trying to cope with these unique circumstances. It is possible to become more centered and to enter into a peaceful state of being.