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 […]

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

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

A Journey to Mindfulness

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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 […]

The Surprising and Powerful Influences Behind First Impressions

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We rely on first impressions for more than we realize. It’s not just job interviews and blind dates that we should worry about – first impressions rule every potential relationship ahead of us. That said, we are not slaves to first impressions. We just need to better understand the numerous ways in which the mind forms an impression so that we can react accordingly.

Yes, It’s Possible to Be Both Extroverted and Introverted

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When we think of introversion and extraversion, we pit the concepts against each other, categorizing individuals as being one or the other. And yet more and more people will vehemently shout that they are “a little of both” or within some kind of gray area. If the two concepts are so dissimilar, then why do so many people feel this way?

The Pros and Cons of Office Romance (INFOGRAPHIC)

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When it comes to office romance, some think of Jim and Pam from The Office, while others think of harassment in the form of Mad Men. Differences aside, we now live in a time when romance in the workplace is more prevalent than ever, and the research points out some alarming shifts in what we now find culturally acceptable. Office romance is here to stay, but how do you know if it is a good or bad idea?

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, […]

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! […]

3 Habits That Are Making You Lonely

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Here are a few habits that might be making you lonely. Do you have trouble making and keeping friends? Almost everyone gets lonely once in a while. Even the most social people you know get lonely, even if they don’t wear it on their sleeves. That being said, one of the main causes of loneliness […]

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, […]

Why Every Relationship Needs Courtship

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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

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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 […]

3 Steps to Surviving a Breakup

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How to survive (and thrive) through a difficult breakup. Chances are you’ve been in a relationship where everything seemed to be going fine, but then your partner confronts you with those four dreaded words. We need to talk. Few other word combinations can reverse our emotions so dramatically, but the truth is that breakups happen. […]

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. […]

How to Survive the Beginning of a Relationship

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Insights on how you can effectively manage the beginning of a relationship. In many cases, the start of a romantic relationship sets the tone for the rest of your time with that person. As fickle human beings, we are able to discern the importance of our relationships early on. One might observe a relationship 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 […]

How to Navigate (And Survive) A Long Distance Relationship

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Are you considering or already in a long distance relationship? Working in Boston, I have met with lots of clients in these situations (Boston, like many major cities is very transient). My clients in long distance relationships tend to fall into 2 groups: The partners have never had much (or any) in-person interaction. The partners […]

Having a Healthy Teenage Relationship

Enjoying a Healthy Teen Relationship With summer ending and school fast approaching new relationships are both beginning and ending for teens. It’s almost as if I can hear Justin Bieber singing in the background as I type : )  It can be difficult to form and keep new relationships. Many times teens start dating someone […]

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 […]