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 […]

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 […]

Living with ADHD: Man Gives First-Hand Account

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Living with ADHD: Early Diagnosis I vividly remember, when I was ten years old, sitting in a fifth-grade classroom waiting on a message over the intercom. Every day right before lunch, I would be summoned to the main office. Once I walked in the office, our school secretary would reach into a file cabinet and […]

Three Relationship Trends Every Couple Should Know

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Trending: Learn to Anticipate Love’s Ups and Downs When it comes to relationships, clinical counselors are exposed to an amazing variety of situations. We see new relationships steeped in love and passion. We see mature relationships rooted in trust over time. We see struggling couples and desperate couples. We see the typical as well as […]

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 […]

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 Year’s 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


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


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 […]

The Importance of Trust in Therapy, with Atlanta Counselor 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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


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 […]

Surviving the Holidays After Divorce


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, […]

Why Every Relationship Needs Courtship


Courtship, to some, may be an unpleasant concept that is associated with words like “old-fashioned” and “antiquated.” When we hear the word, we may think of how it was used it in the past as a way for parents to oversee the process of uniting their children. In the past. Not that long ago, marriages […]

8 Ways to Make Your Relationship Thrive


My least favorite part of a relationship is the very beginning. Although the early stages are new and exciting, they’re also difficult to navigate due to the intangible barriers we either face or put up ourselves. I prefer that stage in the relationship when I am first becoming comfortable around a person, and we are […]

Are Love and Addiction the Same thing?

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Is there a real difference between love and addiction? A colleague brought up an interesting topic for discussion the other day. He asked the simple question, “Is love the same as addiction?” This is one of those questions that, on the surface, I believed I had thought of before, though I honestly never entertained the comparison. […]

The Importance of Premarital Counseling

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With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, premarital counseling should be sought out when couples are considering getting married (in fact, some states require it for people under 18 years of age). In premarital counseling, couples will learn how to develop the skills to communicate in marriage, identify potential conflict areas, and learn […]

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 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 […]

How to Have a Happy Marriage

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The Healthy Marriage Quest Everyone wants to have a successful marriage. Who gets married thinking, “This is probably going to end in a divorce, but let’s give it a shot?” When we get married, we envision growing old with our spouse and looking like one of those older couples walking hand in hand in the […]

Keeping the Love in Your Marriage

Keep Love Alive In Your Marriage We all remember the check yes or no card. Just a simple mark in the right box and you knew someone loved you. It seems so simple, direct, and complete. I mean come on, a third grader can do it! What starts as a simple note continues in various […]

Stopping Domestic Violence in Marriages

Marriages with Domestic Violence For those of you who remember the TV show called “The Honeymooners”, you remember the character Ralph Kramden. He spent most of each episode with his good friend Ed Norton trying to scheme and strike it rich. His wife Alice was always there to bring him down to earth when his […]

Netflix Infidelity: Cheating on Your Spouse with TV

A brief interview on the topic of “Netflix Infidelity” With Dr. Anthony Centore Is “Netflix Infidelity” a Real Issue in Counseling? A couple has never come in with this as their only issue. But, yeah, it’s come up in counseling. It’s obviously not like traditional infidelity. For some couples it’s a non-issue—it’s all out cheating […]

Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay on why 30 is not the new 20

Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay was featured on TED talks this past week for her talk on twentysomthings. According to Meg, there are 50 million twentysomethings in the United States right now. That’s about 15 percent of the population, or 100 percent if you consider that no one’s getting through adulthood without going through their 20s […]

6 Warning Signs of Emotional Blackmail: Couples Counseling Tips

When does it become emotional blackmail? It’s not entirely uncommon to acquiesce to your partner’s requests. After all, you can compromise as well as the next person. But when does healthy compromise turn into something else–something more sinister and harmful? If you often find yourself giving into demands of your partner and feel fear if […]

Couples Counseling Tips: Five Steps to Make Your Spouse Your Best Friend

Five Steps to Make Your Spouse Your Best Friend Couples Counseling Tips: Fiery romance born from physical attraction is the basis of many engagements and marriages. But stop and think about it: What attributes describe best friend relationships? Honest and open communication, trust, acceptance, support, affirmation, empathy, and enthusiasm for shared interests…the list could go […]

10 Ways to Encourage your Partner to Attend Couples Counseling

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10 Ways to Encourage your Partner to Attend Couples Counseling Thriveworks counselors help thousands of couples improve their relationships every year. Working with couples on such a regular basis, it is not unusual for us to receive phone calls from couples where one partner is reluctant. Sometimes this is because the partner doesn’t believe in […]

The Top 10 Websites that Destroy Relationships and Marriages

The Top 10 Websites that Destroy Relationships and Marriages The Internet provides many opportunities for creating new relationships through social networking and online dating. However, some websites may be just as effective at destroying relationships. Below are the top 10 websites that can contribute to relationship problems, distress, and sometimes relationship crisis. For some couples, […]