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Join Susan Rappaport, Vanessa Elias & Kerianne Fanelli 

Roundtable Discussion on Mattering

Thursday, November 9
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Comstock Community Center
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Continue the conversation! Join us for a follow up discussion on the best-selling Jennifer Wallace book “Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – And What We Can Do About It.” This is intended to be an interactive discussion, giving an opportunity for parents and caregivers to discuss their experiences and thoughts around mattering (breaking down the correlation between achievement and self-worth).

Mattering is about how we treat ourselves and how we treat each other. It’s a research-backed mindset and a skill set that can be learned.

Susan Rappaport, LCSW is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Wilton, CT and on the Board of Directors of Wilton Youth Council. Using an empowering, solution-focused approach, she encourages self-awareness, coping skills, problem solving, boundary setting, self-acceptance, assertiveness, and creating a healthy balance in life and relationships. Susan has over 20 years of experience working in mental health and specializes in parenting issues and working with Adolescents and Adults that struggle with Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD.


Vanessa Elias is a Certified Parent Coach and founder of Thrive With a Guide. Vanessa was recently selected for The Aspen Institute’s Weave Speakers Bureau. Vanessa is a mental health activist, speaker, and writer specializing in whole-family synergy and well-being. She serves as a group facilitator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as well as a board member of NAMI Southwest CT. Block Party USA is her passion project. Vanessa helps parents achieve healthier family relationships and lasting, meaningful connections.


Kerianne Fanelli is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has worked in therapeutic foster care, outpatient mental health and aviation disaster work. She has been involved with Wilton Youth Council since 2018 and joined the WYC Board of Directors in 2019 as Co-Chair of Parent Education. She has served the Wilton Presbyterian Church in several capacities, including the organization of community mental wellness events. She has particular interest in working with mothers to foster connection and build resilience and recently launched MomCircle, LLC.

This program is brought to you by Wilton Youth CouncilWilton Library and Thrive with a Guide.

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