Has the world got you down? No doubt, the struggles each of us face in can be intense and challenging. This is a place you can come to explore and brainstorm solutions to your personal problems as well as larger life, big-world issues.
I deeply believe (as the wise Dr. Greg Walton from Stanford University asserts so eloquently) that, every social problem is in part a psychological problem My goal in creating this website is to perpetuate the positive psychology of each visitor, in part making YOU happier and YOUR LIFE better, and in effect creating a more psychologically healthy world.
My name is Lisa Danylchuk (DAN-el-chuck, it’s Ukranian:). I have spent a decade and a half studying psychology, education, communication, relationships, health, well-being, philosophy and culture. My current passion stems from my personal experience as well as my studies and is best summarized by a term I learned while doing my master’s work at Harvard: reciprocal transformation. I’ll reference it a fair amount throughout this site, since it a a core belief of my life, work, and this site. Read more here.
In a nutshell, reciprocal transformation asserts that healing work is something that both parties participate in – that healing provided is healing received. When you take a wide perspective, it’s just TRUE – WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. When you help someone, doesn’t it feel good? When you can be a part of a creative solution that you, your community, the earth, the animals, friends & family benefit from, it feels pretty sweet, right? And so I am here to promote the most selfish altruism possible – this reciprocal process that leaves us all growing and loving more.
A few more details so you know who I am: Born & raised in the SF Bay Area, I studied at UCLA, where I found my love for working with high risk youth. I also got trained as a fitness and yoga teacher while at UCLA, and left with a strong passion for developing resilience in the body, mind, emotions, and in communities. Thanks to my roommate Abbie during my last year in LA, I learned of a program at Harvard focusing on bolstering resilience in high risk communities. I jumped on the bandwagon so fast I’d moved to Cambridge before I even knew I’d gotten into the program. Good thing that all worked out!
Two years at Harvard and a counseling license later, I returned to sunny Cali to work with high risk youth in the greater bay area. I’ve done oodles of in-home therapy, worked in juvenile halls, taught yoga, always trying to spread as much positive information and love as possible. Recently, my passion has widened and I want to share all I have gathered with a broader audience, so I am doing what we do these days to solve problems… taking it to the internet! Now anyone on this site can benefit from what I have to share.
So here we are. As I continue to share what I am learning about psychological and social health, I would love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts, feelings and responses here on the blog, and, if this helps you at all, do pass it on! The more we learn to share the love the better this world will become.
Thanks for being here, and please send me an email anytime so I can get to know you and how this website can be of service to you.
Here I am with my sweet and fiercely awesome Grandma, wine tasting in Long Island on her 98th B-day (In case you’re wondering what I’ll look like in 60 years or so, there it is;)