Helping Your Child with ADHD Transition Back to School:

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Summer is officially over and so are the days of trips to Carowinds, Discovery Place, and the swim club. Sending the kids back to school can be one of the most bittersweet times of year for parents, especially those with children who have ADHD. Part of you screams, “Yes! I finally get some respite from […]

Understanding Grief & Loss in Adoption


Understanding Grief & Loss in Adoption  Are You Feeling… Loss, Frustrated, Anxious , Sad, Angry, Jealousy, Denial, Shame, Relationship Stress, Lack of Control? The experience of adoption is often bitter sweet. Adoption can be a new baby for the adoptive parents, a new family for the adoptee and the solution to the crisis of an […]

Routines – Healthy or Not?


Healthy or Not? With the end of summer comes the return to old familiar routines in many families. The comfort of school bells and calendars (for our children and quite honestly ourselves), the launching of our fall sports programs and the return of volunteer commitments which encroach on family and free time. Routines do indeed […]

Free Addiction, Parenting Workshops in Grand Rapids

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Join Us for Two Free Workshops! Thriveworks Counseling in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be hosting two free workshops in August 2015 — one on parenting and the other on addiction. Both workshops will be held at our office, located at 4079 Park East Court SE, Suite C. Directions: Take the Cascade Exit (40A) and turn […]

Role Models: What Happens When the Good Go Bad?


My 15 year old daughter, has had three role models in her life: Hannah Montana, Taylor Swift and, now, Lana Del Ray. I say “Hannah Montana” (and not Miley Cyrus) because this was when she was a sweet actress/singer who played a double role similar to the role played by Patty Duke in The Patty […]

Three Tips for Surviving Grand Rapids Summer Road Construction

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It has been said that the beauty of Michigan is experiencing its four seasons — fall, winter, spring and construction (although some would argue the seasons are more like almost winter, winter, still winter and construction). On some days, construction and road work seem to pop up rather suddenly and you can’t plan for it. […]

Tips for Choosing the Right Therapist in Grand Rapids

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Choosing the right counselor or therapist in Grand Rapids can seem like an overwhelming task. There are hundreds of therapists listed on various referral sites, and numerous facilities within Google’s search pages. Here are some ways to narrow down the search field. 1. Find a counselor that has experience with what you need Some good […]

Five Tips for Combating Loneliness in Grand Rapids

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As the City of Grand Rapids grows and changes, it is providing more opportunities to get out into the community and meet like-minded individuals for networking, friendship and romantic relationships. If you are stuck in a “social isolation” rut and are looking for some fresh, new ways to get out into the community, here are […]

Meet Thriveworks Counselor Kate Elenbaas, in Grand Rapids, MI

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TRANSCRIPT: My name is Kate Elenbaas, I’m a new therapist here at Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching here in Grand Rapids. I’m very excited to be a part of th te team here. I got my LMSW from Western Michigan University, and I’m also a certified, advanced addiction drug counselor here in town as well. Like […]

Interview on Parenting an Oldest Child

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Q&A on Firstborn Parenting 1. What are some typical behaviors of the oldest child? Oftentimes, oldest children tend to be driven and ambitious. In addition, they can have a strong sense of responsibility, along with a healthy amount of self-confidence. 2. How does an oldest child tend to interact with siblings? When interacting with siblings, […]

Is the Media’s Coverage of Hoarding Normalizing the Behavior?

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Q&A Q: Is the media’s coverage of hoarding normalizing the behavior in a way that would prevent one from getting help?. A: Interesting question. Culture can play a role in many disorders. Regarding hoarding specifically, many people who hoard don’t have great insight into their own hoarding behaviors. Hence, a person with hoarding disorder might […]

Can OCD and Hoarding be Diagnosed Together?

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Q&A Q: According to the DSM-5, hoarding shouldn’t be diagnosed if the behavior can be better explained by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Is it possible for both hoarding and OCD to be diagnosed together? A: Great question! Yes, a therapist can diagnose them together, but one should avoid diagnosing hoarding disorder (HD) if the behaviors […]

Birmingham Counselor and Yoga Teacher Explains her Approach to Therapy

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Introducing Dawn Gaden in Birmingham, Michigan Dawn Gaden, M.A., LPC, NCC, is a counselor with more than 15 years experience. She is also a certified yoga teacher. In the above video can watch Dawn explain her philosophy to counseling and some of the techniques she uses with her clients. TRANSCRIPT: Hi, my name is Dawn […]

Creating Culture in Your Group Counseling Practice

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The Impact of a Positive Office Culture Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, is author of the bestselling book “Delivering Happiness.” The book is a quasi-autobiographical account of Tony’s entrepreneurial successes, including an Internet-based company “Link Exchange” that he sold to Microsoft for $265 million. Tony recounts that he decided to sell Link Exchange when […]

5 Emotional Regulation Tips for Women in Addiction Recovery

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Don’t Cope with Your Troublesome Feelings — Regulate Them Emotional regulation — learning to control and tolerate emotional distress — is a fundamental part of addiction recovery. A lack of emotional regulation skills is often what contributes to the development of addiction, since addicts turn to substance abuse as a means to cope with difficult […]

Online Counseling Advantages and Disadvantages

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You might be asking “What are the advantages of online counseling?” — and that’s a valid question. To answer, I’m going to begin with a question of my own. Did you know that only a limited number of people who are referred by a physician to seek mental health services ever receive those services? Why […]

The Most Important Part of Counseling — Taking the First Step

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An Introduction and Encouragement to Seeking Counseling In this short video, Dr. Timothy Giannoni, a counselor at Thriveworks Marietta Counseling, gives a brief word of insight about what you must do when seeking counseling services. TRANSCRIPTION: Hello, my name is Tim Giannoni, a counselor here at Thriveworks. I want to thank you for taking the […]

Helping Adolescents Understand Healthy Relationships and Intimacy


Let’s Talk About Love With the emergence of adolescence comes the emergence of intimate relationships. Intimacy can be a scary word for parents because our mind goes right to physical intimacy, and who wants to think of their child in a relationship like that? Intimacy, however, is also a feeling of emotional connectedness, acceptance, belonging, […]

Finding the Gifts in Our Difficulties: Meditation and Awareness

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Identifying “What Is” Awareness is an essential tool we bring to the task, and is itself something we must cultivate. It does not spring fully-formed from our minds, like Athena from Zeus’s head. It’s as much a fruit of the garden as it is the sieve we use to sort and the spade to dig. […]

Mindfulness for Managing Stress (free workshop in Michigan)

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A free mindfulness workshop is being offered Wednesday, May 6, 2015, by licensed professional counselor Dawn Gaden, of Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling. Join Dawn for an informative and practical lesson in understanding how stress affects your body and mind. You will take home tools and knowledge that will help you to begin incorporating mindfulness in everything […]

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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Our lives were meant to be joyful and full of love. Counseling, coaching, energy work and yoga, are all tools that will keep our feet grounded, our minds clear and our hearts grateful.” When asked about our health, we tend to think of our physical bodies. As humans, we seem to identify more easily with […]

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 […]