7 Simple Ways to Make Sure You Have a Terrible Holiday Season

terrible holiday season

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

types of depression, depression counseling, seasonal affective disorder

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

conway counseling, conway therapy, conway coaching

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 […]

This animation perfectly shows what addiction is like

addiction counseling, addiction therapy, addiction life coaching

“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 […]

Self-involved Kids? Grandmas Are Taking Selfies Too

grandmabetty33feature

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

Barbara-Rubin

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

Twilynn-Jourdain

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

Lisa-Shankman

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

Thomas-Prince

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

Chris-Waters

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 […]

Crisis Is Not a Disaster; it’s an Opportunity for Change

crises are opportunities, counseling

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

mindfulness, breathing, knoxville counseling, knoxville mindfulness

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

make changes, knoxville counseling

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

emdr therapy, counseling, bristol counseling

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 […]

Accepting Resistance: Exercise for the Brain

mindfulness-practice thriveworks counseling

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.

calm-lake mindfulness

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

mindfulness-lake-woman

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 […]

Don’t Let Summer Get the Best of You — 3 Ways to Take Control of Your Life

get control of your life

3 Tips for Taking Control of Your Life this Summer It’s summertime again! You’ve been waiting since Labor Day for the warm rays of the hot summer sun to come back. It’s time for swimming pools, beach vacations, and backyard cookouts. But don’t lose sight of what’s most important. Here are 3 ways to take […]

A Counselor’s 4 Tips For Surviving Eternal Life

Tips For Surviving Eternal Life

Your Guide to Living Forever A number of recent research studies suggest that scientists are getting closer to extending human life, or eliminating aging altogether. Most recently, a study (using mice) suggested that transfusions of young blood could prevent aging. This begs the question; how will you handle eternal life once it becomes a scientific reality? […]

All I Really Need to Know I Learned … in the 12 Weeks of Summer!

Steps for a Renewed Perspective

12 Action Steps for a Renewed Perspective Hard to believe, but the summer months are fast approaching. Whether you’re a recent graduate, maybe taking summer school classes, looking for a summer job, or perhaps anticipating having some vacation time, your thoughts are likely turning to questions about how you might spend the long twelve weeks […]

6 Tips for Overcoming Your Anxiety of Going to the Chiropractor

Overcoming Your Anxiety of Going to the Chiropractor

Chiropractic Care is Nothing to Fear Are you anxious about visiting the chiropractor for the first time? You’re not alone. It’s completely normal to fear the unfamiliar. But going to chiropractor can be a very positive and therapeutic experience that can improve your overall health. It doesn’t have to be stressful. Common reservations and questions […]

A Journey to Mindfulness

journey to mindfulness

Starve Ego, Feed the Soul Challenge Day 21: Fessing up to Being Flaky I’m typically a very dependable person. But unfortunately, not so much today when it came to paying at the end of my hair appointment! It slipped my mind that the hair stylist only takes checks or cash. I didn’t have a check […]

Personal Improvement for a Healthy Life – Part 3 Communication

Communication

Part 3 – Communication I cannot think of a topic that is more important or one that we take for granted more than communication. Specifically, I wanted to discuss interpersonal communication…you know between you and your spouse or kids or even your boss and coworkers. OK, first let’s do a little test. So how many […]

The Stigma Associated with Counseling in the Black Community

black folk don't go to counseling, stereotypes

On average, White Americans are two times more likely to go to counseling than their African American counterparts (source). This disparity isn’t only because African Americans believe mental health services are expensive or costly, either. There is a stigma associated with going to therapy in the black community. People view you as “crazy” or “weak” […]

5 Questions to Ask and 4 Questions NOT to Ask to Help You Find the Right Counselor

Ben

A number of people never get counseling because they are afraid they won’t get a counselor that helps them. This fear could cost them an opportunity to get the help they need or the opportunity to simply better themselves. Finding a counselor you feel comfortable with can be a daunting task but not a difficult […]

5 Ways to Get Your Friends Off The Couch

friends

Everyone deserves a little relaxation time built into their day. There is, however, a difference between relaxing and being flat out lazy. So what’s the solution to cure this chronic laziness that seems to have hit each of us at some point? Here are a few suggestions to get your friends (and you) off the couch:

It’s All In Your Imagination: How Your Brain Creates False Memories

false memories

Have you ever wondered whether or not the memory you are recalling actually happened? Probably not. We generally trust ourselves to have accurate memories, especially at a young age. But false memories are a phenomenon that no one is completely safe from. Our minds may be powerful, but they’re not always reliable.

The Mystery and Energy Behind Every Touch

touch

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, […]

Wondering how the ACA (Affordable Care Act) Will Affect Mental Health Care?

Mental Health Care Reform Impacts

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Let’s start at the beginning: 2008. The Mental Health Parity Act is signed into law in 2008; it required insurance groups that offer coverage for mental health issues (or substance use disorders) to provide the same level of benefits that they would for general medical treatment (such as […]

Violence in our School Systems

Shannon

The New Reality for School I love the beginning of fall. School has just begun, with all of the excitement and anticipation it brings. It is like the children’s version of New Year’s Eve, but with all of their promises and resolutions for the new school year. While many of us remember the initial first-day-of-school […]