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Josh Van Zweden

Counseling Services Coordinator

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gratitude is a practice. It helps us to call forward those things we overlook. Gratitude empowers us to savor those pieces of life we neglect and is tool that builds resilience.
  • Acceptance is the place where the observing self can begin. It is when we begin to notice those things we can change versus hyper focusing on those things we can’t change.
  • Brand new to the AWE podcast, LaShawna and Josh take you on a journey into their own minds. A conversation, in the moment, and authentically guided only by what comes to mind.
  • Mindset is the great influencer. It builds our attitudes. It strengthens our intuition. It’s where empowerment begins.