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 […]

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 […]

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

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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.

Is Excitement The Best Way to Defeat Stress and Anxiety?

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What makes a person excited? How is it that excitement is one of the most effective tools against stress, anxiety and public speaking? Here is our full guide to the science and psychology behind one of our mind’s most powerful resources — enthusiasm — and how you can actually utilize it.

At Last! A Tip That May Actually Solve Procrastination Once And For All

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What is the unbelievable solution to procrastination? If being a procrastinator means that you are lazy, then almost all of us are in trouble. Putting off important tasks seems to be something the majority of people struggle with, despite how illogical it really is. I’ve found myself completing a task at the absolute last minute, […]

3 Things That Are OK To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

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What are things you can say to someone struggling with a mental illness? There will be times when you’ll be confronted with a person who needs help. They’ll come to you specifically for comfort, reassurance or just someone who will listen to them. Are you prepared for these moments? Perhaps you’ve experienced this before and […]

7 Tips For Staying Positive During Unemployment

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Steps to tackling the mental health challenges of unemployment. You’re in between jobs, and with that fact comes an air of uncertainty that is likely weighing down on you. Many times, people who are struggling with unemployment fight hard to stay positive in order to encourage the people around them, such as their spouses, friends […]

4 Reasons Why Smiling Should Be a Relentless Habit

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Facts about smiling that will turn you into a grinning enthusiast. You’ve probably heard the old cliche, “it takes more muscles to frown than smile!” And a lot of us have trouble accepting that point. Still, there are plenty of other reasons why this upbeat gesture is pretty much the best one out there. Below […]

5 Myths About Mental Illness

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What are some myths and misconceptions about mental illness and health? I have spent most of my childhood and adult life around friends and family who suffer from different types of mental health problems. It took me a long time to realize that not everyone has had these experiences, and I am saddened whenever I […]

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 […]

5 Studying Habits Successful People Have

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Not all studying habits are created equal.  Whether you’re an undergrad, working for your master’s or receiving new training for your career, studying is essential for success in any industry. If you’re like me, however, you may not have or know about the best studying habits, and that can be a serious hurdle to achieving […]

Is it Wrong to be Motivated by Fear?

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Fear Can Be A Great Motivator Fear and motivation are often approached as two separate things. This makes sense because we often view what’s in front of us as something we are motivated by positively, or something that is negative, such as fear. Positive=good and negative=bad right? Well, not so fast. Fear is a type […]

Learning How to Relax

We All Could Learn How To Relax From Stress Stress is simply a fact of nature, forces from the outside world affecting the individual. Sometimes stress can be positive (excitement, opportunity, or better performance in athletic events). Other times stress may have a more negative effect (intense pressure, muscle tightness, or anxiety and nervousness). Your body […]

3 Types of Music That Can Improve Your Life

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Music Makes Things Better Most of us are aware that music can have a bit of an effect on our emotions. Typically, we use our tunes to foster emotions we already have. If we’re feeling energetic, we like to listen to energetic songs. When we’re upset, we like to listen to mellow melodies and so […]

4 Apps That Can Make Your Life Better

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Our smartphones have become essential little devices and are definitely getting more and more integrated into our daily lives. We use apps for everything: social media, games, news, and sharing pictures. One hidden benefit to them, however, is their ability to actually improve your life across multiple levels, so I did a bit of research […]

Why Millennials Need Counseling More Than Ever

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What is a millennial? This generation consists of individuals between the ages of 18 and 33. These days, millennials are typically seen as upbeat individuals who are confident and technologically savvy. Unfortunately, that perception doesn’t hold up to the reality of what this generation is really experiencing. Going through the data, few contest that millennials […]

Think Happy Thoughts: How to Stop Negative Feelings about Yourself

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Solving Negative Thoughts In various situations, you start to develop thoughts around what you are experiencing. Your emotions arise from your interpretation of the situation based on your thoughts.  Sometimes, you may find that your thinking is distorted. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, or other negative emotions. The use of cognitive-behavioral […]

Preventing Burnout for Mental Health Professionals: Self-Care

It was early and the sun was just peeking through the bedroom window.  I begrudgingly dragged my exhausted body out of bed and hastily shoved my eye mask onto my forward.   As I padded barefoot across the just sun-warmed hardwood towards the kitchen, I found myself sighing deeply.  My eye mask sat crookedly on […]

Getting Rid of Guilt: Steps to Forgiving and Moving On

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Moving on from Guilt Almost everyone in their life at some point experiences the emotion of guilt. There is not one general explanation of guilt due to the nature of what guilt is. It depends on what the person is dealing with. One thing that can be generalized is -that if one does not rid […]

Comfort Animal – Therapeutic Tool or Tool to Scam Landlords?

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I recently received a call from a colleague who works in property management. He manages an upper-scale apartment complex that doesn’t allow pets. One woman in the building had either a cat or a small dog (I don’t recall), and management had contacted her about the violation. They approached the woman living in the apartment […]

Helping to Stop Suicide: Life-coach radio hosts commit suicide together

Two life coaches in NYC who hosted a radio show “The Pursuit of Happiness” committed suicide in their Brooklyn apartment. Our thoughts go out to John and Lynne. If you or anyone you know is struggling with this issue, please seek help. To remember their memory, here is a clip of their show “The Pursuit […]

3 Tips to Reduce Anxiety

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3 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Anxiety is one of those unnecessary but common struggles in life. In most cases it is something that can be reduces with the right advice and lots of practice. Here are three tips to help you on your journey to overcome anxiety. Try not to think about events too far […]

4 Benefits to Online Counseling from the Client’s Point of View

4 Benefits to Online Counseling from the Client’s Point of View You’re reading this because you’ve heard of online counseling and the benefits of it. These are the big benefits that we see come from online counseling. Convenience You’re a busy person and you have no idea how counseling sessions will fit into your already […]

Why Bodywork: When Talking Is Not Enough

Why Bodywork: When Talking Is Not Enough Freud didn’t have to be a genius to discover his famous “talking cure.” Women have known about the value of talking it out for hundreds, if not thousands of years. In times of trouble, it is not uncommon for both men and women to turn to their closest […]

Thrive Boston to offer Free Counseling Sessions for Victims

From Thrive Boston: Dear friends, We are shocked and saddened by the recent events that have affected residents of Boston and greater Boston areas. Thrive Boston Counseling is offering free counseling sessions to victims of, and those experiencing trauma and grief caused by, recent events related to the Boston Marathon bombing. We are also working to quickly develop […]