Coping with Discrimination: Tools for the Targeted and their Allies

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Overcoming the Effects of Bias Discrimination, as a byproduct of both implicit and overt bias, produces a myriad of unfavorable and difficult results. Race-related stress can cause intense emotional reactions such as: anxiety, frustration, paranoia, resentment, self-doubt, depression and anger. When searching for ways to cope, people often find themselves utilizing coping mechanisms that are […]

5 Tips for Teaching Children Tolerance

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Tolerance is a Learned Practice 1. Model inclusive behavior. Until age 7, what kids hear and see from their caretakers is more important to children than what they personally experience. Be careful with your words, even with seemingly innocent jokes or stereotypical references. Let your children see you interact positively with people from a variety […]

Counselors: Take the Thriveworks HQ Tour!

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A Look Around Thriveworks HQ Thriveworks Director of Clinic Operations Michael Reffner came in before we opened for the day to shoot this video for our clinicians, which provides an updated perspective on what the Thriveworks corporate office looks and operates like since we moved locations in November 2014. We were in a fine space […]

Empathy Can Help Close the Racial Divide (4 Methods)

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4 Steps to Developing and Enhancing Empathy A 2001 study (Rudman, Ashmore and Gary) showed that students who participated in a class on prejudice and conflict resolution experienced a significantly greater reduction in their levels of bias (both conscious and unconscious), compared to a control group who attended a course on research methods. This study […]

Raising a Respectful Child — Whose Responsibility is It? (3 Tips)

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The Three Most Important Things You Need To Know 1. Start Young — Don’t Underestimate Your Child Raising a child in an environment that consistently models respectful communication is essential. From the moment you bring your precious cherub home from the hospital, it is important to continue to practice and/or to introduce respectful standards of […]

Living with ADHD: Man Gives First-Hand Account

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Living with ADHD: Early Diagnosis I vividly remember, when I was ten years old, sitting in a fifth-grade classroom waiting on a message over the intercom. Every day right before lunch, I would be summoned to the main office. Once I walked in the office, our school secretary would reach into a file cabinet and […]

Understanding the Reality of Unconscious Prejudice

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What Exactly is Unconscious Prejudice? Unconscious prejudice, also known as implicit bias, is an automatic, natural bias that is hidden from our cognizant thoughts. Because it resides outside of our awareness, this type of bias remains easy to deny. In primitive days, our ancestors relied on implicit bias for survival. Early humans used categorical thinking […]

Three Relationship Trends Every Couple Should Know

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Trending: Learn to Anticipate Love’s Ups and Downs When it comes to relationships, clinical counselors are exposed to an amazing variety of situations. We see new relationships steeped in love and passion. We see mature relationships rooted in trust over time. We see struggling couples and desperate couples. We see the typical as well as […]

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 […]

Boston Psychiatrist’s 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, […]