Help Starts From Within, LLC

Help Starts From Within, LLC Providing individual, group, family and marital therapy, as well as community presentations, staff enrichment and team building.
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Happiness, peace of mind, gratitude, motivation and satisfying relationships with others are things that all people strive to have in their life. Stress, depression, anxiety, divorce, trauma, addiction, abuse (physical, verbal, emotional, and/or sexual), domestic violence, dysfunctional family relationships, unexpected medical crises, and life changes are just a few of the obstacles that can keep people weighed down, stressed and lost. In order to overcome these obstacles, you must first start with a therapist whom you can develop a trusting relationship- someone who creates a safe, comfortable, nurturing and non-judgmental environment where you can begin to rejuvenate, reconnect and renew. My name is Marisa Montalvo Stefani and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My counseling is based on understanding, compassion, trust, respect, and honesty- I have a commitment to help, and the ability to deliver. Allow me to assist you in achieving the results you are looking for through self-awareness and self-knowledge. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems, don't treat all therapists alike. Working with individuals and families is a challenging craft that takes a long time to master and few have received the kind of education, experience and savvy guidance necessary to deal with the range of tough issues that life can present us with. I encourage you to navigate through my website to learn more about my services and determine whether I am the therapist for you. I am confident that I am, and I feel you DESERVE a new you. If you have any remaining questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Be Well, Marisa

HR Mom
01/03/2020

HR Mom

I know I expect my kids to help me take down these Christmas decorations before they go back to school. I also know they have their own plans for these remaining days off.
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Have you ever had a boss who always managed to come to you with a huge project when you were right in the middle of something and would want it done “RIGHT NOW?” The worst one for me was a boss who seemed to have no respect for my time or work style. As soon as she’d walk away, I’d grumble, “She didn’t even ask what I already had on my plate or care whether I even have bandwidth for this!”

If she would’ve asked in advance, I would’ve planned differently, re-prioritized my tasks, and (most importantly) been in a positive headspace to produce my best work.
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I sat the kids down last night and asked them to help me schedule when we’ll take down the decorations. I told them I’ll do my best to work around what they hope to accomplish during the break.

My oldest son (15) explained that he wants to finish his “Watchmen” book and his friends want to meet up on Sunday afternoon. My youngest son (11) wants us all to play his new board game and go to Target to spend his gift cards. Both want to see Star Wars. I explained my work schedule and that I have tickets to see “The Color Purple” onstage at the local theater.

We moved things around on the shared Google calendar and decided as a team that we’d take down the Christmas wall art, trinkets, Nativity scenes today. We’ll take down the garland, tree, and lights on Sunday night. We’ll put it all up into the attic on January 5th when they get back from Dad’s house.

The “undecorating” is officially on the books, and because I didn’t spring it on them and have their buy-in, I expect that the grumbling will be minimal and the work will be swift. I look forward to another chance to thank them for how much they contribute to this family. I’ll also feel much happier about carting them around to complete THEIR errands.

When leading my kids, my goal is to equip them to take ownership of how they schedule their days and manage their responsibilities and leisure time. I want them to understand that this family is a team and that if we work together, the team/family runs smoothly and we ALL get to do more of what we want to do.

When our kids/teens finally DO take ownership of their schedules, if we don’t also make the shift to respecting their plans and their time, we can inadvertently take ownership back. This perceived lack of respect is very disengaging, damages our connection, and can essentially reverse their progress toward independence.

#HRmom
#StopParentingStartLeading

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New Jersey Department of Children and Families

New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Our Children’s System of Care Division (CSOC) utilizes the Nurtured Heart Approach to help youth & families work through negative behavior and develop positive, rewarding relationships with themselves and others.

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Gaur Gopal Das

Love means total acceptance. And there is no denying that when we accept someone completely, we also have to accept some “not so pleasant” elements which can poke us and cause pain. True love means to figure out how to deal with those elements in a way that the expression of our love can be the fullest.

Video credits: Innerlight Media Group

#saturdaymorning #relationshipgoals #love #acceptance #positivity #helpothers #lifesamazingsecrets #gaurgopaldas #dailymotivation #inspiration #saturdaywisdom

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"The Millisecond My Hands Left the Rail, It Was An Instant Regret"

(WARNING: this video contains subject matter regarding suicide and may be triggering to some people)

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Curious about the Nutured Heart Approach?  Reach out to us for more information- we are advanced trainers in the approac...
10/05/2018

Curious about the Nutured Heart Approach? Reach out to us for more information- we are advanced trainers in the approach.

The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is more than just a parenting or educator behavior management strategy. It is a philosophy for creating healthy relationships with the people in your life. Originally created by Howard Glasser in 1992, NHA is being successfully implemented through families, classrooms, foster care, health care professionals, social workers and criminal justice organizations that are seeking successful, early intervention techniques.

The Nurtured Heart Approach consists of a set of strategies that assists children in further developing their self-regulation and has been found effective with children of all ages. It focuses on transforming the way children perceive themselves, their caregivers and the world around them. Children learn to understand that they will receive endless amounts of praise, energy, recognition and reward through the positive behavior they display and this supports children to build a positive portfolio of themselves, which we call “Inner Wealth™.”

Intensity is key to Nurtured Heart Approach thinking. Unfortunately the word intensity has negative associations in our society and teachers, parents and childcare workers can view it as the enemy. In Nurtured Heart Approach® thinking we believe intensity is a powerful quality that, if developed correctly, can propel children onto amazing achievements. When a child learns to feel great about their intensity, the incidents of challenging behavior dissolve.

The Nurtured Heart Approach embraces The 3 Stands™, that when committed to, become a powerful means of transforming children:

Stand 1: ABSOLUTELY NO! I refuse to give my time, energy and relationship to negative behavior. I will not accidentally foster failure nor will I reward problems by responding to them in animated ways. I will save my time and energy for searching for success.

Stand 2: ABSOLUTELY YES! I will relentlessly and strategically pull the child into new patterns of success. I will constantly recognize the success and achievement that children are displaying no matter how small and present them with clear undeniable evidence of their value and how great they are.

Stand 3: ABSOLUTELY CLEAR! I will have clear and consistent consequences for children when a rule has been broken. “Here are the rules, and here’s what happens when you break a rule.”

What is the greatness in you that shines through when seeing the greatness in others? #perspective #lovefromtheheart💙#greatness

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Do you know what to do if you look round and your child is gone?

So, even talking about a child going missing gives me the shivers! I would love to just bury my head and pretend it doesn’t happen but a few years ago that missing child was nearly my nephew! I would say “luckily” they got him back but actually it wasn’t luck at all but the very quick action...

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Aware Wolf
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Aware Wolf

05/22/2018

Just received this lovely compliment after an initial session from last week:

“Hi Marisa. It was so nice meeting with you today. I want you to know that I left your office feeling so optimistic... I cannot thank you enough as a mom it’s hard to find someone whom you feel comfortable with. So thank you!”

When you love what you do and you work with fabulous people, having families provide feedback like this is icing on the cake. 😊

Lessons Learned In Life Inc.
05/13/2018

Lessons Learned In Life Inc.

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Happiness, peace of mind, gratitude, motivation and satisfying relationships with others are things that all people strive to have in their life. Stress, depression, anxiety, divorce, trauma, addiction, abuse (physical, verbal, emotional, and/or sexual), domestic violence, dysfunctional family relationships, unexpected medical crises, and life changes are just a few of the obstacles that can keep people weighed down, stressed and lost. In order to overcome these obstacles, you must first start with a therapist whom you can develop a trusting relationship- someone who creates a safe, comfortable, nurturing and non-judgmental environment where you can begin to rejuvenate, reconnect and renew. My name is Marisa Montalvo Stefani and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have a small psychotherapy group practice with several talented therapists, and our counseling is based on understanding, compassion, trust, respect, and honesty. Collectively, we have a commitment to help, and the ability to deliver. Allow us to assist you in achieving the results you are looking for through self-awareness and self-knowledge. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems, don't treat all therapists alike. Working with individuals and families is a challenging craft that takes a long time to master and few have received the kind of education, experience and savvy guidance necessary to deal with the range of tough issues that life can present us with. I encourage you to navigate through our website to learn more about our services and determine whether we are the therapist for you. If you have any remaining questions please don’t hesitate to contact us Be Well, Marisa

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