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Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series - Cultivating emotional agility and resilience

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Each year, Counseling Services presents the Emotional Well-Being Workshop Series to bring in mental health professionals from both on- and off-campus to discuss a wide variety of topics related to having a healthy emotional life. Each workshop will be on a Wednesday from 12:00 - 12:55 in Avery Library, and free lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

On April 24th, Dr. Mina Grigoryan will speak about how you can cultivate emotional agility and resilience. Emotional Agility, as defined by author and emotional researcher Susan David, PhD, is a skill set cultivated through presence, curiosity, compassion, and flexibility towards our internal world. Developing emotional agility is linked to wellbeing, success, creativity, and relational satisfaction – thriving. Yet, we live in a culture that champions relentless positivity and undermines the complexity and value inherent in our emotional lives. This presentation will conceptualize emotional agility and we will discuss practical ways to be with ourselves, and our difficult emotions in order to create space for choice, and alignment with our values. In other words, when we are able to navigate our difficult emotions, thoughts, and the stories we tell ourselves with agility, we are more likely to adapt, cultivate purpose, and manage stressors.

Mina Grigoryan, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified infant massage instructor in private practice in South Pasadena. Her primary focus has been working with adults and children experiencing difficulty with managing their own emotions or coping with relationships, academic or work related stressors. Dr. Mina also enjoys group therapy and works with the birth to five population offering baby massage groups, new parent support groups, and plans on starting a young adult process group in September. Within an emotion focused framework, Dr. Mina's approach to treatment is grounded in attachment and neuroscience. She incorporates exploration of crucial early emotional attachments that inform and affect us throughout our personal journey. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and traveling.