The Sunnie Kahle Story


Lynchburg, VA Counselor’s thoughts on Timberlake Christian School and Sunnie Kahle Story By all appearances Sunnie Kahle seems to be a wonderful, well-rounded, and well adjusted child. She has received straight A’s at Timberlake Christian School. The administration at Timberlake Christian School may need a lesson in human development. An 8-year-old child hasn’t hit puberty […]

Personal Improvement for a Healthy Life – Part 3 Communication


Part 3 – Communication I cannot think of a topic that is more important or one that we take for granted more than communication. Specifically, I wanted to discuss interpersonal communication…you know between you and your spouse or kids or even your boss and coworkers. OK, first let’s do a little test. So how many […]

Racial Color Blindness is Not The Answer

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During my second year of college, I remember logging on to Facebook some time during Black History Month and seeing that one of my friends had posted a Morgan Freeman clip. In the clip, Freeman stated that the best way to deal with racism was to stop talking about it and that not acknowledging race […]

Welcome Lisa Shankman


We would like to welcome Lisa Shankman, LMFT to our Thriveworks Atlanta location. Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. She works with individuals, couples and families who seek change and have a desire to build upon one’s own strengths and resources in tackling life’s challenges. Lisa draws upon her […]

The Stigma Associated with Counseling in the Black Community

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On average, White Americans are two times more likely to go to counseling than their African American counterparts (source). This disparity isn’t only because African Americans believe mental health services are expensive or costly, either. There is a stigma associated with going to therapy in the black community. People view you as “crazy” or “weak” […]

5 Questions to Ask and 4 Questions NOT to Ask to Help You Find the Right Counselor


A number of people never get counseling because they are afraid they won’t get a counselor that helps them. This fear could cost them an opportunity to get the help they need or the opportunity to simply better themselves. Finding a counselor you feel comfortable with can be a daunting task but not a difficult […]

How to Avoid Feeling Like Just Another New Year’s Statistic

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So you blew it. It’s not even February and you’re back to your old ways. You were certain that things were going to change. This year would be different – you were going to actually keep your resolutions . . . but alas, you were wrong and now you feel like just another failure to […]

The Surprising and Powerful Influences Behind First Impressions

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We rely on first impressions for more than we realize. It’s not just job interviews and blind dates that we should worry about – first impressions rule every potential relationship ahead of us. That said, we are not slaves to first impressions. We just need to better understand the numerous ways in which the mind forms an impression so that we can react accordingly.

5 Ways to Get Your Friends Off The Couch


Everyone deserves a little relaxation time built into their day. There is, however, a difference between relaxing and being flat out lazy. So what’s the solution to cure this chronic laziness that seems to have hit each of us at some point? Here are a few suggestions to get your friends (and you) off the couch:

New Introduction Video For Thriveworks

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We are happy to announce the release of a new video that will introduce the world to Thriveworks! For years, we’ve been building a business that makes counseling more accessible and affordable than ever for people all over the country. We’ve got the momentum and are growing rapidly, but there is much more for us to accomplish.

Yes, It’s Possible to Be Both Extroverted and Introverted


When we think of introversion and extraversion, we pit the concepts against each other, categorizing individuals as being one or the other. And yet more and more people will vehemently shout that they are “a little of both” or within some kind of gray area. If the two concepts are so dissimilar, then why do so many people feel this way?

The Phenomenon Behind Childhood Obesity Isn’t What You Think


It’s hard to deny that we are in the middle of an epidemic. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, and in 2010, 1 in 3 children (including adolescents) were overweight or obese. Moves have been made to curtail this phenomenon, but what is it that politicians and parents are missing? The answer is a culprit.

The Pros and Cons of Office Romance (INFOGRAPHIC)

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When it comes to office romance, some think of Jim and Pam from The Office, while others think of harassment in the form of Mad Men. Differences aside, we now live in a time when romance in the workplace is more prevalent than ever, and the research points out some alarming shifts in what we now find culturally acceptable. Office romance is here to stay, but how do you know if it is a good or bad idea?

Should Kids Have Imaginary Friends?


Does your child have an imaginary friend? As parents, it’s important to know how to properly navigate the world of imaginary friends that our kids are coming up with. That said, I sat down with Ken Blanchard, a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes with parenting and family dynamics. We had a great conversation about imaginary friends, what they mean for your kids, and what you can expect from this experience that almost all of us go through.

It’s All In Your Imagination: How Your Brain Creates False Memories

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Have you ever wondered whether or not the memory you are recalling actually happened? Probably not. We generally trust ourselves to have accurate memories, especially at a young age. But false memories are a phenomenon that no one is completely safe from. Our minds may be powerful, but they’re not always reliable.

Is Excitement The Best Way to Defeat Stress and Anxiety?


What makes a person excited? How is it that excitement is one of the most effective tools against stress, anxiety and public speaking? Here is our full guide to the science and psychology behind one of our mind’s most powerful resources — enthusiasm — and how you can actually utilize it.

Could This Be The Solution to Homelessness?


The Psychology Behind Homelessness and What’s Being Done To Fix It Homelessness is a global problem. In the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, is no stranger to the struggle of its citizens having no place to call home. Policy leaders, officials and activists have been searching for the solution to […]

3 Habits That Will Make Every Workday Productive


Running a business means setting an example. A healthy lifestyle can contribute to a productive workplace, for you and your employees. True productivity includes much more than the three-hour block of caffeine-infused frenzy you experience after your morning coffee. The reason is largely because quick fixes like these don’t last more than a few hours […]

The Mystery and Energy Behind Every Touch


Do you and your loved ones need to keep in touch? We don’t like to be touched. You’ve probably heard the term “personal space” and “bubble” being thrown around by friends and strangers. At the same time, we’re all obsessed with the energy of touch, even if we don’t realize it. Affection, for one thing, […]

5 Ways to Beat Internet Addiction


Do you struggle with Internet Addiction? Would you believe me if I told you the average American spends more hours a day on the internet than they do sleeping? Well, believe it. Newsweek recently pointed out that “Americans have merged with their machines.” Now before you judge too quickly, think about your own life for a […]

What Makes a Person Creative?


Are you someone who struggles to create and be creative? For some, creativity and artistic expression seems like something that…well other people are good at. And yet most of us feel an urge to create and express ourselves. So why is this so difficult? Note that creativity is not something a child struggles with. At […]

Top 10 Movies to Watch on Christmas

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Nothing complements the holidays quite as nicely as a good movie to sit down and watch with your family. With all of the hustle and stress that usually goes along with a busy December, most of us are ready to sit back and enjoy a great story. Hollywood discovered a long time ago that even […]

How to Find a Job on a Budget

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Job-hunting can be expensive, but you can find a job without breaking the bank.  Sometimes, it takes a while to figure out what you want to do. Other times, it takes a while to get a job…doing what you want to do. Whether you are looking for a new career or just want a change, […]

5 Ways to Survive Grief During the Holidays

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The loss of a loved one can make even the most joyful celebrations difficult to bear, no matter how much we used to enjoy them. If you prevent grief from having a hold on your yearly traditions, then consider these tips for managing grief during the holidays. 1. Do less The last thing you want […]

7 Steps to a Budget Christmas (For Years to Come)

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Times are tough, now more than ever. With the holidays coming into their stride, the stress of preparing the festivities may have you coming to a financial standstill. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some simple, applicable steps you can take to fostering a joyful Christmas on a reasonable budget. Step […]

3 Ways to Know If You Are A Psychopath


Are You a Psychopath? The term “psychopath” is one you’ve probably heard tossed around in conversation, sometimes flippantly. But what is a psychopath, really, and how can you tell if you fall under this classification? Psychopathy is a personality disorder that is associated with individuals who are very antisocial. They show little remorse for their […]