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Staying Positive in Troubling Times

On the Healing Connections podcast, Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviews Dave Roberts, LMSW about “Staying Positive in Troubling Times.”

Dave shares that embracing all emotions while also being hopeful can lead to greater joy and contentment in life. He shares how his affirmations and intentions to have a greater connection to spirit led to several synchronicities and people who supported him with his grief, after the passing of his daughter.

David J. Roberts, Licensed Marriage Social Worker, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology and psychology-child life departments at Utica College. Dave has contributed numerous articles on transformation of grief, and addiction, to several online sites and publications. His first book is co-authored with Reverend Patty Furino, When The Psychology Professor Met The Minister, was published in March of this year. Learn more at

Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L has over 20 years experience providing Holistic, Integrative Health, Wellness and Prevention Care in a variety of settings. She is a Holistic Occupational Therapist, Intuitive Healer, Health Coach, teacher, consultant, and writer. She provides holistic and integrative healthcare and intuitive development education to healthcare practitioners and organizations. She is the founder of the Holistic OT Community and is in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is available for individual sessions, tutoring, classes, and consulting. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Visit her websites at and

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