Understanding and Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

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Scope of the Problem Nearly 1 in 5 Americans have had a diagnosable mental health condition in the last yeari. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, five of the 10 leading causes of disability are mental health issuesii. Mental health problems in the workplace effect: Absenteeism Morale/staff attitude Overall employee performance Therefore, caring […]

Knoxville Counselor: Life is Full of Tragedy, also Beauty

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The State of Things The day broke like many others. The sky was azure blue with wispy cirrus clouds high above full of shimmering ice crystals. We had driven into Cadiz, Kentucky, in the middle of the night after having been awakened by the news that Jenny’s mother was being taken to the hospital. My […]

Knoxville Counselor Shares How Mindfulness Stabilizes the Mind

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“Your Brain is Not Confined to the Skull” The brain is vastly complex. There are 1.1 million cells and 80 to 90 billion neurons, each firing 5 to 50 times per second — even while we are asleep. There are tens of thousands of interconnections between the neurons and trillions of neuronal synapses, thousands of […]

Boston Psychiatrist Straight Talk About Addiction and the Brain

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Addictions: The Big Picture Drug addiction has remained a stubborn problem for individuals, families and societies for thousands of years. It is only in the past 20 years that science has been able to clarify one of the factors: addictions cause lasting changes in the human brain that are difficult to reverse. Although we have […]

Knoxville Counseling Featured in Local News for New Year’s Resolution Tips

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It’s a Matter of Perspective Have you set New Year’s resolutions in the past but had difficulty maintaining them? Well, you’re in good company. It’s challenging to drop bad habits and to pick up new ones, but according to Thriveworks Knoxville Counseling’s Justin R. Hall, being successful at reaching goals can depend greatly on your […]

Dealing with Grief and Loss During the Holidays? Try These 6 Tips.

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How to Have Hope amid Grief It’s the holiday season and everyone is full of joy and happiness. Everyone, right? Everyone, that is, except you. You’re full of hurt and memories because you’re struggling to overcome a loss. You’re not alone, even though you it may feel like you are. Feelings of loss cannot be […]

Austin Mom Shares 4 Tips for Raising an ADHD Child

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My 15 year old son has ADHD. We’ve known this since he was about 4 years old. From daycare through middle school I have received a steady stream of “naughty boy” reports from his backpack. Here are some excerpts (Daycare “Incident Report”): — “We were doing a group activity; reading and acting out an action […]

7 Simple Ways to Make Sure You Have a Terrible Holiday Season

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Your 2014 Holiday Guide For Making the Least Amount of Use of Your Time As renowned yogi and spiritual leader Sri Swami Satchidananda once said, “The best teachers are your own mistakes.” Regardless of your (a)religious leanings (or exercise regimen), I think we can all agree on the truth of these words. Sometimes, however, it’s […]

Shades of Blue: Here are 10 Types of Depression

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About Depression Simply defined, depression means feeling depressed. It’s a feeling, not a limiting character trait (although it can CERTAINLY feel like the latter). It can wear the face of Sylvia Plath or Kurt Cobain — the brilliant artist going out in a blaze of self-destruction. Depression can also be the 6th grade bully who’s […]

Near Conway, Ark.? Get a Free Personality Test with This Goal Setting Workshop

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Free Personality Assessment ($100 value) with Purchase of Goal Setting Workshop! A Holiday Special for that guy or gal who is so hard to buy for from Thriveworks Conway Counseling. Free Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) and 60-minute coaching that enables better communication with loved ones, co-workers and clients. Know yourself and learn to […]

Michigan Parents — Want well behaved, respectful, happy and loving kids?

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Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling Can Help Boost Your Parenting Chops Parenting the Love and Logic Way Classes Begin January 7 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Designed by the Love and Logic institute and taught by licensed psychotherapists, Parenting the Love and Logic Way is a course designed to give Michigan parents like you the practical skills that […]

Do the Holiday Months Make You SAD? You Might Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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About SAD Depression Portrait: Seasonal Affective Disorder Emily’s mood darkened. She lost touch with the people she met during her first weeks in the town she’d just relocated to. She mixed up the names of the kids she worked with. At home, she found herself watching a lot of television: not her old favorite smart […]

Thriveworks Counseling Offers Free Sessions to Knoxville Crash Victims

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From Thriveworks Knoxville Counseling and Coaching: According to recent local news reports, two children and one adult have been killed, and 27 injured in a bus accident in East Knoxville, Tennessee, yesterday afternoon. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts and support go out to the families and friends of the deceased, […]

This animation perfectly shows what addiction is like

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“Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It’s delicious.” In this animated short by production studio FILM BILDER, an animated kiwi gives us an impression of what addiction looks like. Watch what happens as the kiwi first tries a golden nugget, and then returns to it again and again. The kiwi consumes the globules in search of […]

Beauty Bias: Can Being Too Attractive Backfire in Work (and Life)?

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Being (vs. Looking) Professional As a human in my late twenties — alive and (mostly) well in 2014 — I have experienced both negative and positive reception for my workplace appearance. I’m a halfbreed Latino with long curly hair, visible tattoos on my hands and arms, and gauged earlobes. In work environments with a more […]

Self-involved Kids? Grandmas Are Taking Selfies Too

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Grandma’s Duck Face: 4 Percent of Silent Generation Take Selfies A Pew Research survey revealed that “selfies,” photographic self-portraits usually taken with a smartphone, are not limited to the allegedly attention-seeking millennials who many are so eager to shake their heads at. According to the survey, about a third of the Silent Generation (also known […]

West Virginia – Most Searches for “Depression” Says Google Trends

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West Virginia, North Dakota, we need to talk… According to Google Trends, the highest number of web searches in the U.S. for the word “Depression” come in equal quantities from West Virginia and North Dakota, followed (in descending order) by: Indiana South Dakota Ohio Kentucky Montana This is particularly alarming as one would expect the […]

7 Strategies for Less Stress This Holiday Season

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Find Calm Amid Holiday Chaos The Holiday Season is a time for good cheer and merriment! Or is it? For many, the mention of Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s brings as many winces as it does smiles. The fact is, the holiday season can be as much a burden as it is a celebration—and the […]

New Austin, Texas, Location Walkthrough (Before)

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Thriveworks is Opening a New Counseling and Coaching Location in Austin, Texas Our brand new Bee Caves Road franchise location in Austin, Texas, is getting close to opening day! To update you all on the progress, we’ve posted a video walkthrough, where we discuss what’s to come. Enjoy! Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching is opening up […]

Peak Performance Therapy: A New Service at Thriveworks Atlanta

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TRANSCRIPT: Hey there, I’m Dr. Barbara Rubin, a licensed psychologist here with Thriveworks, and I’m thrilled that you’re listening to our video today. I wanted to let you all know that in my practice here, I work with individuals and couples on a wide variety of issues: everything from depression and anxiety, to custody issues, […]

5 Steps for Effective Communication in Your Relationships

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TRANSCRIPT: Hi. I’m Twilynn Jourdain, a licensed psychotherapist here at Thriveworks, and I’d like to speak with you about effective communication in relationships. We all know how important relationships are, and the key to having strong, positive relationships is our ability to communicate effectively our feelings, our thoughts and our needs. So I’d like to […]

5 Methods for Building a Positive Emotional Connection with Your Kids

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TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m Lisa Shankman, a therapist here at Thriveworks. As a parent and therapist that’s worked with many families, I’ve found one of the most important things for families is building a really positive emotional connection. I’ve identified a few different things that really help facilitate that connection, especially between parents and children, and […]

3 Ways to Be in The Moment, with Atlanta Counselor TJ Prince

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TRANSCRIPT: Ok, with great respect and great love, I’d like to great each and every one of you out there. I thought I’d take a few minutes and talk about the importance of mindfulness in psychotherapy. A lot of us struggle with negative mental diets. Our inner narrative and self-talk oftentimes is negative. Learning how […]

The Importance of Trust in Therapy, with Atlanta Counselor Chris Waters

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TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m Chris Waters and I work here at Thriveworks. I think the most important thing I’ve found over the last 30 years is that relational trust dynamics has affected our individual lives, our relationships both personal and at work, and that everything we do has something to do with other people. This is […]

Is This The End of Marriage? Number of Never Married Adults Doubled

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Marriage Is in Decline, but Why? New census data has revealed that the percentage of American adults who have never been married is higher than ever. In 2012, one out of every five adults older than 25 claimed to never being married, while in 1960, the rate was about one in 10. Among young adults, […]

WHO: “I Had a Black Dog, His Name Was Depression” Video Passes 4M Views

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The World Health Organization‘s “I had a black dog, his name was depression video” has passed 4,000,000 views on Youtube, and may reach 5,000,000 by the end of the year. The video depicts the common mood disorder in a relatable way; as an oversized, overbearing, twist on man’s best friend. Using the concept of the […]

Workaholism and Mental Health: Interview with a Life Coach

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The following is from an interview with Life Coach and Owner of Thriveworks Conway Counseling, Curtiss Robinson: How would you define workaholism? Why do you think some people are workaholics? The work–life balance has drastically changed in our country. The traditional 9-to-5 workday is a dinosaur. There is a new normal. Employers expect workers to […]

Understanding Independent Mental Health Evaluations

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As part of a wider series, we will be discussing different elements of counseling and coaching practices. Michael Pilcher, owner of Thriveworks Knoxville and Thriveworks Bristol Counseling and Coaching, talks about the kind of work he does as a professional counselor, and, specifically, independent mental health evaluations and navigation of the civil and family law […]

Crisis Is Not a Disaster; it’s an Opportunity for Change

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By, Counselor Teresa J. Cooper, M.A., LPC-MHSP — Thriveworks Knoxville While you may be in the midst of a persona crisis, the sky isn’t really falling. A crisis can be big or small, but most often the “crises” we experience aren’t disasters, but opportunities for growth and for change. Change is possible, but it’s not […]

How to Reduce Stress in Your Mind and Body

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By, counselor Neal Hughes — Thriveworks Knoxville Throughout the day, pay attention to the areas of stress in your body […] and consciously work to relax the muscles.” The connection between mind and body is stronger than you think. Watch the video above and listen to Neal Hughes talk about a simple thing to keep […]