Raising Confident Daughters in a Princess Culture

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The Princess Culture Effect As the parent of two girls, I have had my share of princess things in my house. The movies, the dress- up clothes, the dolls, the books, the shoes, pink, pink and more pink, plus countless things with glitter! I was faced with the challenge of raising well-rounded, confident, kind and […]

7 Tips for Reducing Stress While Driving in Traffic

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“How can you stand all this traffic!” My close friend, Lisa, visits Austin frequently for her job. And with every visit she notices the increasingly more difficult traffic patterns. We have all heard about the 110+ net arrivals moving to Austin every day, per the Austin Business Journal. Our roads are congested, and clearly the […]

Yoga Heals the Body and the Mind

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To reach our true potential and tap into our greatest abilities, we must heal on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.” When asked about our health, we tend to think of our physical bodies. As humans, we seem to identify more easily with the “physicalness” of our humanity. But in reality, we are more […]

How to Have More Fun: Counseling and Life Coaching Tips

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Have a Picnic, not a Panic Develop your own style, embrace your quirks and laugh at the people around you who stress out trying to be perfect. They (not you) are missing out on the fun of life.” Have more fun. It sounds so reckless. So childish. So irresponsible. But what if having fun is […]

How to Forgive Yourself: Letting Go of Past Regrets

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How to Forgive Yourself? Let it go. Forget about it. Move on. Forgive yourself. It’s easy to say, but so much harder to actually do! We all mess up sometimes, whether it’s lashing out at a friend, engaging in a self-destructive behavior or cutting corners at work. And with those mistakes often come overwhelming feelings […]

4 Benefits to Online Counseling from the Client’s Point of View

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You’re reading this because you’ve heard of online counseling. Maybe you have an idea of why it would be advantageous, or maybe you think the entire idea is crazy. To give you a better understanding of what online counseling looks like, here are a few benefits, provided from the client’s perspective. 1. Convenience You’re a […]

Is the Self “Fixed” (or Can I Change)?

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Born to Grow Happiness and well-being, then, are realized to be skills to acquire and a path to take, rather than an inviolable nature. Misery is not our destiny.” If I’ve heard it once over my 25 years of professional practice (give or take), I’ve heard it a thousand times: “I can’t change; that’s just […]

9 Key Factors for Thriving through Cancer

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“You Have Cancer … .” Life is a wild journey — embrace it with a smile!” The words “you have cancer,” send shivers down the spine. And each time you brave yourself enough to share your story, you see the looks of terror in people’s eyes that mirrored yours on that life-changing day. Maybe you […]

How Do I Embrace the Now?

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It Starts with a Thought … In order to change where we want to be we must first embrace where we are right now.” We have thousands of thoughts that run through our heads every minute of every day. There are thoughts we do not even realize we are choosing. The truth is, we choose […]

Making the Best of a Seasonal Business Slowdown

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Season’s Beatings: 3 Tips for Overcoming Profit Slumps Some businesses are heavily seasonal. Some so seasonal that they’re only open during specific times of the year, like the costume store that opens only for the month before Halloween or the ice cream stand that opens in May and closes in September. Many businesses you might […]

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 […]