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AWE: Authenticity, Wellbeing, and Empowerment

Using insights from our work and education, the AWE podcast seeks to empower you to become your authentic self. Each episode, we will explore obstacles that we all face in this pursuit, such as the pressures of family, friends, or even ourselves. And together we will set goals that help us express our truest selves, laying a path toward greater well-being.

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  • Work. We spend so much time here! It’s inevitable that we will develop many types of relationships. Some colleagues will become lifelong friends, some professional partnerships, and others we are glad to move on from. Join us as we discuss the importance of belonging at work.
  • Family is a complex unit. It can be defined in multiple ways and is a huge source of our belonging. When you feel like an outsider in your family, what do you do? Join us as we discuss.
  • Friendship blossoms out of connection and is an essential part of belonging. When true friendships are formed, we can be our authentic selves, we have positive emotions when around them, and we are empowered to be our best selves.
  • Connection is a core human need. We need connection to thrive. We need connection to build friendships, families, and most importantly belonging. Join us as we discuss the interconnectedness of belonging and connection.
  • Connection is a core human need. We need connection to thrive. We need connection to build friendships, families, and, most importantly, a sense of belonging. Join us as we discuss the interconnectedness of connection and belonging.
  • There is a fundamental difference between fitting in and belonging. Fitting in is to blend in and belonging is to be a part of without trying. Join us as we explore this difference and how it relates to authenticity, well-being, and empowerment.
  • Complacency is the time when we stop challenging ourselves. It is when we have been in a state of homeostasis for too long and are teetering on the brink of decline in growth.
  • Burnout is subtle. It happens slowly, and we often don't realize it has happened to us until after the flame goes out. But it is in this moment when we can realize our needs and begin to understand how we can pursue them.
  • Resilience is a learned ability. It is learning to adapt and grow. It is observing where we are and looking for the next step.
  • Rejection is an opportunity. An opportunity for a type of reflection that will invite misery or growth. We can either bask in the shadow of failure or dance in the sunshine of opportunity.
Josh Van Zweden is a licensed therapist with a Masters in Social Work certification and a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. He has worked in the field of addiction, helping people from various backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, ethnicities, religions, genders, and ages. Josh loves being with people, meeting people, learning their stories, and, most importantly, helping. Josh is a person-centered, solution-focused counselor familiar with Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, positive psychology, and the PERMA theory of well-being
LaShawna Moyle is a full-time mental health counselor at WITCC. She has experience serving individuals from minority populations and diverse backgrounds, and she has worked with many individuals presenting with experiences of trauma. LaShawna utilizes a Person-Centered/Client-Centered (Rogerian) approach. She entered the mental health field because she believes this is where she is supposed to be. There is something about creating a safe space for people and being present for an individual to find his/her truth that she finds truly humbling, valuable, and rewarding.