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

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

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 Years 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 […]

A Tip for Making Life Changes, with Counselor Justin Hall LPC

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By Justin Hall, LPC — Thriveworks Knoxville When looking to make changes in your life, think about the healthy or new things in your life you want to include instead of focusing on the areas of our life that you want to quit. This approach will help you to take a more active and positive […]

A Counselor’s Intro to EMDR Therapy

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Thriveworks Bristol counselor Patricia Starbird, LPC, gives a quick intro to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. The first in what will hopefully be a series of intro videos on EMDR, and just part of a wider range of topics we will be addressing in video form. Also, check out the Bristol counselor’s page […]

Stop Yelling at Your Spouse! Try this Couples Coaching Communication Technique Instead.

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It happens every night. It might be the man or it could be the woman, but one of you comes home and plops down on the sofa in front of the TV or hides away in the computer room. At the end of the day you or your partner or both are just whipped from […]

Mindfulness Counselor’s Thoughts on the Observing Mind, Thinking Mind

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Writings on Mindfulness by K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Victor Frankl There once was a young man who lived with his wife and two young children out […]

5 Communication Patterns that Will Kill a Relationship

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For better of for worse, every relationship has patterns of communication. Here are 5 (unfortunately common) communication patterns that can kill your relationship. Discuss – Ignore One partner believes that issues and problems should be “talked out,” while the other partner feels that “hashing out” every little thing is like picking at a scab. While […]

Accepting Resistance: Exercise for the Brain

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC The buzzword in neuroscience has been “neuroplasticity” for about 40 years. This simply means that the brain is able to change itself. That brain functions can change with new information and practice, especially practice, is no longer simply an interesting idea. Some studies even indicate […]

When Your Past Calls, don’t Answer. It has Nothing New to Say.

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC Our pasts haunt us, especially those of us who tend to experience depression. It is the nature of the brain to remember. It is also the nature of the brain to predict so there are those of us just as haunted in the present by […]

The Neurological Effects of Mindfulness

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC There is a science to all of this, and in the absence of science there really is nothing to any of it. How would lasting changes occur in anyone unless neurology was involved? It is my contention that unless spiritual practice touches neurology then no […]

How to Help a Son who’s Smoking Pot and Getting Arrested

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My question is: My 23-year-old son has a drug addiction. First it was marijuana and alcohol for many years, and now he seems to be smoking something called chop out of a bong pipe (tobacco and marijuana), but his behavior has changed he’s become more violent and very angry. He recently was arrested last week in […]

Practically Speaking (On Mindfulness)

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC What is mindfulness? I like the definition of Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, 
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” It really is as simple and as difficult as that. Why is it difficult? Because our minds are geared […]