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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Phenomenon Behind Childhood Obesity Isn’t What You Think

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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 Mystery and Energy Behind Every Touch

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The 22 Most Popular Resolutions and 22 Ways to Break Them

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What are your resolutions? Every year, we torture ourselves by making New Year’s Resolutions that we don’t keep. So our staff at Thriveworks thought it would be more productive to list out the most popular resolutions we all take part in and how we most often (creatively) break them. 1. Read more books this year! […]

How to Monitor Your Child’s Internet Safety and Prevent Cyberbullying (With Pictures!)

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No parent wants to be the un-fun parent. But sometimes, being un-fun means that you are being protective. Unsupervised children online, like in life, have a greater likelihood to experiment with risky behaviors. The hard reality for parents is that supervising your kids’ online activities can be extremely difficult, not to mention tricky. It was […]

Who Else Wants to Survive The Holidays? 2 Tips You Need to Know

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Tis the Season. Turkeys and Holly, family and friends, Chaos and Loudness continues; no ends. Excitement and running and joy and play, Can make for an OVERWHELMING day! I realize I will not be getting a prize anytime soon for my poetry writing skills! It’s just a fun way to introduce the dichotomy of the […]

4 Things You Need To Know About Aging in Place

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What does “Aging in Place” mean for you and your loved ones? All of my grandparents are aging in place. In fact, most senior citizens older than the retirement age do this. It’s nothing new, and as our population grows, it will become even more common. So what is “aging in place,” and why is […]

5 Rules for Managing Video Games In Your Household

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Let’s face it- video games are here to stay. With the next generation of consoles about to come out, it’s a great time to review a few ways to make gaming a positive addition to your family, rather than a negative one.  1. No gaming before bed. This includes the adults, too. Research shows that […]

Surviving the Holidays After Divorce

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When we think about the holidays, most of us are expecting a time of fun, family, and traditions we hold dear. Unfortunately, this can also be a time that is dreaded for the first time by people who have recently ended their marriage. For some, this will be the first holiday season without their spouse, […]

Your Kids are on Social Media, Whether You Like it or Not

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When we think about kids and social media, our minds sometimes go to Facebook almost instantly. I’ve talked to a lot of parents in recent years who consider Facebook to be the face of social media, so their strategy for regulating it for their kids usually hinges on whether or not the child has a […]

3 Ways to Respond to Criticism

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Tips for handling criticism in everyday situations. A major downside to putting yourself out there with an idea or opinion is that someone will always have something negative to say. In my own experiences, I’ve found that this can be a crushing, but manageable situation that requires the proper response. There are several ways you […]

How Sadness Can Actually Make You Happy

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Get In Touch With Your Emotional Side It seems counterintuitive, but sadness can lead to happiness. If you want to thrive this week, consider getting in touch with your emotional side. To be clear, sadness does not always lead to happiness. Sometimes, you are just sad. Still, scientists have confirmed that sad mediums, such as […]

Ways to Thrive: Treat A Random Day Like Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day Every Day Do you want to thrive in your relationships with your spouse, significant other, friend or family member? Treat a random day like Valentine’s Day! Here’s what you can do: open up your calendar and randomly select a few days out of the year to become alternate days for Valentine’s. Pick the […]

5 Ways to Survive Going Back to School

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Surviving Back To School For parents, sending the kids back to school can be quite a relief (or even a time of joy), but it’s definitely not that way for the kids. Here are some ways you can make the experience actually fun and enriching for them. 5. Get your shopping done early For some […]

“Science of Happiness” Experiment Reveals What Truly Makes Us Happy

Sharing Happiness SoulPancake is a media company that seeks to enrich people with positive ideas through big experiments, their latest being the “Science of Happiness” project. In the video above, the host of the experiment explains how happiness comes from gratitude, and to prove it, participants did something that is unthinkable these days: they thanked […]

5 Ways to Talk to an Angry Person

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5 Tips For Talking To Angry People Have you ever felt paralyzed when confronting someone who is very angry with you? Was this a situation where the person was extremely angry and you weren’t sure what the best way to handle them was? Though having to talk to an angry person isn’t ideal, there are […]

10 Questions To Ask Before You’re Engaged

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Ten Important Things To Consider Before Getting Engaged Are you in a serious relationship that might be leading to engagement? Perhaps a friend is contemplating marriage, and you want to provide practical, realistic advice. Whatever the case, there are at least 10 very important questions you need to ask your potential spouse (and yourself) before […]