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Revolution in How We Work

Contributing Writer: Leanne Roque What if you could design your own work? What if your pay was scaled to your overall contribution to an organization rather than whether you were a supervisor? We are once again undergoing a revolution in

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Contributing Writer: John Horton COVID-19 has significantly increased the rates of anxiety and depression among workers in the United States, with about four in every ten adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression, a significant increase from the previously reported

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Leadership Development and Knowing the Dark Side

There is a quote I love that opens Hogan Assessment Systems’ Scienceof Personality podcast – “People are the most consequential and dangerous forces on Earth. Personality psychology is about the nature of human nature – it’s about people and wouldn’t that be

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The Invisible War

The war on mental health… literally At a time when our mental health is already being pummeled by the effects of an ongoing pandemic, social injustices being at an all-time high and continued political partisanship, we now are grappling with

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Let Freedom Ring in the Ukraine

Nearly two decades ago, during one of the worst times in my journey, I befriended a group of people in New York City who were a mixture of Polish, Russian and Ukrainian heritage. They became close to me out of

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Team and Leadership Lessons from Geese

Goose Creek Consulting’s name comes from a creek in Northern Virginia that is a tributary of the Potomac River that provides water and life throughout the region. In addition to the metaphor for growth from the Creek, our team has

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Relationships Green Flags for Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, we often tend to associate this holiday and its events with the color red – red decorations, icing, and more. In 2019, the Northwest Advocacy Foundation (NAF), a Seattle non-profit on legal assistance to low-income

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Welcome to Our New Website!

We are thrilled to announce our new website at www.goosecreekconsulting.com. The new site is modernized and reflects our values of redefining help through creative solutions, using evidence-based practices and through helping people. While it is not the largest part of

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Coaching the Whole Person: Science of Personality Podcast

We are thrilled to announce our new website at www.goosecreekconsulting.com. The new site is modernized and reflects our values of redefining help through creative solutions, using evidence-based practices and through helping people. While it is not the largest part of

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Why do we make New Year’s resolutions?

Accomplish your New Year’s resolution with some inspiration and a plan! I haven’t come across many people who have succeeded in carrying out their New Year’s resolutions past the first week or two. Of course, we always set out with

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Overcoming the Holiday Blues

By Astrid Richardson  Fall is almost over and with winter quickly approaching, I thought that it would be a good idea to talk about wellness for the coming season. So, winter is coming…bringing with it cooler weather and holiday celebrations.

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Tis’ The Season For Boundaries

By Jayson Blair In the classic Christmas carol playlist, Let It Snow, one of my favorites, I find myself at times fixating, out of context, on the words “no place to go.” Whether I am listening to Dean Martin, Bing

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Executive Functioning versus Creativity

By Peggy Maslanka Everyone accepts and respects the notion of the tortured artist until they have to rely on one. I observe this not only in my coaching practice, but in other areas of my life as well.   I see how

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Honoring Our Veterans

      By Jayson Blair   An estimated 20 veterans die by suicide each day, according to Janet Kemp and Robert M. Bossarte, two mental health researchers. The suicide rate among veterans is more than double that of the

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Overcoming the Holiday Blues

By Astrid Richardson Although the winter/holiday season is often associated with excitement and joy, it can also be a very emotionally stressful time of year. The season of giving and holiday cheer can be anything but joyful when the memories

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Tis’ the Season for Boundaries

By Jayson Blair In the classic Christmas carol playlist, Let It Snow, one of my favorites, I find myself at times fixating, out of context, on the words “no place to go.” Whether I am listening to Dean Martin, Bing

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Celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week with Us!

November 2nd begins National Veterans Small Business Week. During this week, the federal government, lead by the Small Business Administration (SBA), works to help empower veterans to make the transition into small businesses and recognizes the small businesses that are

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SBA 8(a) Certification

  Goose Creek Consulting LLC recently received an 8(a) Certification from the Small Business Administration. GCC is a leadership, career, mental health and life coaching services firm that serves the consumer, commercial, state and federal market sectors. The 8(a) Program

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Staying Well this Winter

By Astrid Richardson Fall is almost over and with winter quickly approaching, I thought that it would be a good idea to talk about wellness for the coming season. (I’ll continue with the Wheel of Life in the next post.)

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Learning from Our Losses on a Day of Remembrance

By Jayson Blair Thirteen years ago today I was standing near the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge, looking across the East River as the World Trade Center burned. Today marks the 13th anniversary of the September attacks on New York

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Outsmarting Your ADHD At College

By Peggy Maslanka  Like ADHD itself, college life tempts with irresistible distractions and inviting risks, so trying to cope with ADHD symptoms in such an environment might be more difficult than you expect. When a distraction, such as a party,

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Ever Wondered What to Expect from a Career Coach?

By Patricia Rinaldi The ultimate outcomes of any life changing process vary significantly by person, given our different needs, skills, limitations and experience. But there are some basic things that you can expect from a career coach whether in or

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The Many Faces of Robin Williams

By Jayson Blair Standing in the front of the coffee table last night, I picked up my phone to check the news and saw the headline. Robin Williams was dead at the age 63. I clicked on the link with

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Win Free Career Testing

Tell us what you would change about your life if you could change your career, and win a chance at free career testing. Career testing is a great way to figure out your passion and your purpose. At Goose Creek

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Tip to Nailing Job Interviews

By Jayson Blair   Laid off? Looking to climb the corporate ladder? Unsure about whether you have found your passion at work? Returning to work after having a child or recovering from a disability?  One of the most difficult parts

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Utilizing Career Testing in Career Coaching

By Jayson Blair Career coaching should never just be about getting a job. It should be about finding your passion and your purpose. At Goose Creek Coaching, our career coaching is focused on helping people do just that. As someone

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Mindfulness Coaching for ADHD

By Peggy Maslanka Our neighbor, Adam, who may have undiagnosed ADHD, is a wine enthusiast. His practical enjoyment of this hobby would greatly increase, I believe, if he obtained ADHD coaching that included mindfulness training. Like many people with ADHD,

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Why Coaching is the Best Option for ADHD

By Peggy Maslanka Recently, I attended a party where one guest, I’ll call her Susan, exhibited some ADHD behavior. It was raining as Susan was leaving the party, and this inspired the hostess to share with her a story about

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Losing Weight Isn’t An Overnight Process

Astrid Richardson is a life and wellness coach trained by the International Coaching Federation. Her experience includes working as a dietary consultant from Jenny Craig where she worked with clients who had various levels of weight loss issues. Astrid’s beliefs

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The Importance of Peer Support

By Jayson Blair From the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church in April of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. said, about the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, that the “moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends

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Resume Writing and Interview Skills Seminars

Goose Creek Consulting and our expert career coach, Patricia Rinaldi , are providing career coaching seminars that work on improving your interview skills and resume to get you the job you want. Patricia Rinaldi is a creative, results-oriented, consultative talent

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The Importance of “Me Too”

By Victoria McKenna, MA Most human beings have the opportunity to experience the various stages of development along the way to adulthood. During each phase of our lives we are presented with various opportunities, challenges, and changes. There are also

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Relish Time with Your Family

By Victoria McKenna, MA The holiday season is about being with your loved ones and for many of us that feels exciting and stressful at the same time.  The holidays also means many hours spent traveling, cooking, baking, gift giving,

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The Bipolar Winter Blues

By Jayson Blair A few days before each Halloween, as grocery store aisles fill with candy and floors become lined with pumpkins, my mind turns to the ghosts and goblins of my past. As my mind turns to how the

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Less Light, More Stress

By Victoria McKenna, MA After the clocks fall back an hour during the autumn months, it seems like we are starting our days in the dark and ending them in that same darkness. The lack of natural sunlight can contribute

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Work and Life: A Balancing Act

Other individuals may experience dissatisfaction with where they are in their career, earnings, or earning potential. Perhaps they feel satisfied within their relationships and engage in their interests and activities, however, they do not feel fulfilled with their current career

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The Dangers of Cyberbullying

The picture of the white casket, too small for a child and too big for a full grown adult, is heartbreaking. You don’t have to read the words on the matching lime green shirts of the six pallbearers to know

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My Rubix Cube and McLean (Hospital)

By Jayson Blair This was reprinted from jaysonblair.blogspot.com I love being home on Saturdays with my family. I enjoy my morning rituals. I enjoy the hikes we tend to take along the Potomac River, the museums we visit and the

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From Littleton to Washington

By Jayson Blair   Two weekends ago, Andrew Solomon, the writer and author of The New York Times best-selling book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, took a podium at the National Book Festival. Solomon had narrated his own

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Tips For Effective Communication

Victoria McKenna is a Life and Mental Health Coach based in Centreville, VA for Goose Creek Consulting. Victoria works with her clients to set and reach, realistic and reachable goals and break down any potential barriers to those goals. Victoria

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Appointments that Fit into Your Schedule

As people’s lives get busy, it can be difficult to find the time during regular business hours for appointments with your psychiatrist or coach. Which is why Goose Creek Consulting is now offering appointments for both Psychiatry as well as

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

During May, we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, a time where we raise attention to the mental health issues that about one fourth of all Americans will suffer from in their lifetime. Sadly, there is a stigma associated with mental

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Self-Knowledge

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living

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Mindfulness Meditation Benefits

A personal account by Christine Langlois of BestHealthMag.ca concerning the benefits she and her husband achieved by learning Mindfulness Meditation. If you are interested in joining a Mindfulness Meditation group contact Goose Creek Coaching. The health benefits of meditation Science shows meditation

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Stress Management and Behavior?

Stress management and behavior? Behavior – can we actually expect people to change behavior (or even suggest it)? It seems common sense that if you keep doing things that result in stress, you might want to consider not repeating the

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Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

Considering the fact that legalization of marijuana has begun in various states across the country, this article should give one pause. Just like with alcohol, some people have serious, adverse reactions to its use. This article provokes some serious concerns:

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Not depressed, just sad, lonely or unhappy

This author muses over the fact that some of what is called depression may be the results of common human afflictions. Loss, bereavement, failure, unrequited love and other common experiences. This may be so but some folks experience a degree

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Anxiety Coaching

A very good article summarizing anxiety and the associated disorders. The importance of coaching in managing or overcoming anxiety is also part of the article. eHow.com By Tammy Fletcher, eHow Contributor “The National Institute for Mental Health reports that approximately 40 million

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Treatment of ADHD in Children

Having a child with ADHD can be frustrating and exhausting. Treatment options do exist and can greatly improve the life of both parents and children with this disorder. Coaching is one option to be considered. This article provides some much

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Signs You Are Verbally Abused: Part I

This is an engaging article concerning “verbal abuse”, providing an example that helps to clarify when it is in fact occurring. The second part of this article is also available online at Psych Central. Psych Central By MARIE HARTWELL-WALKER, ED.D.

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Valentines Day is Over-rated!

Valentines day! Ugh. Valentines day has gone the way of Christmas. It has become another marketing venture that is often about what to buy and not how do I express my genuine love and affection for that special someone in

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The New Year and a New Focus on Yourself

As the holidays come to an end, this is the time of year where the minds of many people begin evaluating the past year and turn their focus, sometimes with a mix of excitement and dread, toward the New Year.

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Preparing students with ADHD for College

USA Today presents an interesting take on the reasons many students with ADHD and ADD flounder when they head off to college.  This report contracts a body of research that students with other types of learning disabilities often perform much

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Observations on Mental Health Epidemiology

By Jayson BlairCertified Life Coach  The Washington Post examines a report from the government called the National Survey on Drug Use and Health that says that we love in an America where mental illness is common and the demand for

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Now that the Elf on the Shelf is Gone…

By Valerie Tunks, Board Certified Coach Congratulations!  You made it through the holiday season.  Remember back in October when you had a strange mix of excitement and dread about all the work ahead of you preparing, shopping, wrapping, cooking, gifts

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DiffDx: Anxiety About Anxiety

By Jayson Blair, Certified Life Coach It’s a jungle out there. And one of the hardest forests to untangle your way through is the differences between stress and anxiety, and the differences between the many anxiety disorders. It’s enough to

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DiffDx: The Importance of An Accurate Diagnosis

By Jayson Blair, Certified Life Coach The importance of a good diagnosis has become even clearer as pharmaceutical companies have further refined their biological silver bullets for mental illness. Medicines like, for example, serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be targeted to

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