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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]