Coach, Counselor or Therapist?

Coach, Counselor or Therapist? by Elena Greco What is the difference in coaching, counseling and psychotherapy? And what exactly is a creativity coach?  I’m often asked those questions. A psychotherapist is someone who helps you with emotional or psychological problems. They often have labels such as social worker, mental health counselor, psychologist and psychiatrist, and are usually, but not always,…

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Art Stands Apart

Art Stands Apart by Elena Greco December 10, 2017 At a time when the dark side of certain creative artists is being exposed, there has been a lot of discussion on Facebook about whether we should allow ourselves to enjoy the art of artists who have done bad things. I strongly feel that art—the product of the artist—stands apart from…

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones by Elena Greco Credit: Blaze Press April 9, 2015 We need to communicate with others. It seems obvious, doesn’t it? In order to come to agreement about pressing issues, in order to create positive change in our world, we have to have a dialogue—with friends, with enemies, with other political parties, with other countries. I have to…

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Let Them Be Children

Let Them Be Children by Elena Greco October 4, 2017 I recently became aware that eight million children in this country, some as young as six months old, are being given psychotropic drugs—amphetamines, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-however-you-don’t want-your-child to-act. The drugging of children’s developing brains seems insane. Drugging children not only likely damages that child’s brain, potentially destroying that child’s potential for…

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The Psychology of Meditation

The Psychology of Meditation by Elena Greco February 19, 2017 I’ve intended to write an article about meditation for quite some time. I planned to discuss the true nature of meditation, what it is and isn’t, and the best ways of experiencing it—in short, a meditation primer. I have some knowledge and experience that I believe would be useful, and…

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I Am a Feminist

I Am a Feminist by Elena Greco February 16, 2017 I am a feminist. What does that mean? “Feminist” seems to conjure up all sorts of negative images for some people. According to Merriam-Webster, a feminist is “a person who supports ‘feminism’.” Their definition of “feminism” is: – the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities;…

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Oops, He Did It Again

Oops, He Did It Again by Elena Greco January 29, 2017 Well, he’s done it again. Without warning, Trump issued an executive order, implemented immediately, to prevent travelers from seven countries to the US from entering the US through its airports, in many cases sending them back to the country they flew into the US from, even if they were…

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Predictions for 2017, or “How to Survive the Unthinkable”

Predictions for 2017, or “How to Survive the Unthinkable” by Elena Greco January 22, 2017 This is an unusual year. It started with the Inauguration of a new President who is unlike anything this country has ever seen, and who is perhaps the biggest threat to our country’s continuation as a great democracy that we have ever seen. That Inauguration…

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Art As (My) Life

Art As (My) Life by Elena Greco September 24, 2016 I will surely break open. That’s what I’m feeling today.  Falling into the abyss, emotions too big to contain.  Defeated, despondent, dejected, depressed.  Angst in the form of great sadness, anguish, despair.  For once in my life, regret is a factor in this emotional soup.  Regret for time wasted, opportunities…

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Communication: The Key to Getting Ahead in the Vocal Music World

Communication: The Key to Getting Ahead in the Vocal Music World by Elena Greco March 22, 2016 Vocal technique, performance skills, summer programs, young artist programs, networking—all are important in furthering a vocal career.  But there is another important piece that is too often neglected—one that can make or break a career—and that is communication. Communication is the currency with…

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