Podcast: Benefits of Mental Health Counseling with guest Amanda Grippo

Today’s Stoic Philosophy Podcast episode features special guest Amanda Grippo. We talk about the benefits of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment.

Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement is central to Stoic thought – strengthening and improving one’s mindset.

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As an assistant event coordinator for the last five years and serving as an officer of the Pi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (professional honor society) for counseling the last two years, Amanda demonstrates a strong desire to take on leadership roles in community engagement promoting the Counseling profession. Amanda has worked closely with a wide variety of licensed professionals on campus at Marywood University and in the Scranton, PA community. Amanda is currently an inpatient therapist at First Hospital in Kingston, PA where she just began to work with adolescents. Amanda’s professional interests in Counseling include working with adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia spectrum using an eclectic approach.

 

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.