Routines – Healthy or Not?


Healthy or Not? With the end of summer comes the return to old familiar routines in many families. The comfort of school bells and calendars (for our children and quite honestly ourselves), the launching of our fall sports programs and the return of volunteer commitments which encroach on family and free time. Routines do indeed […]

Meet Thriveworks Counselor Kate Elenbaas, in Grand Rapids, MI

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TRANSCRIPT: My name is Kate Elenbaas, I’m a new therapist here at Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching here in Grand Rapids. I’m very excited to be a part of th te team here. I got my LMSW from Western Michigan University, and I’m also a certified, advanced addiction drug counselor here in town as well. Like […]

Birmingham Counselor and Yoga Teacher Explains her Approach to Therapy

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Introducing Dawn Gaden in Birmingham, Michigan Dawn Gaden, M.A., LPC, NCC, is a counselor with more than 15 years experience. She is also a certified yoga teacher. In the above video can watch Dawn explain her philosophy to counseling and some of the techniques she uses with her clients. TRANSCRIPT: Hi, my name is Dawn […]

Mindfulness for Managing Stress (free workshop in Michigan)

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A free mindfulness workshop is being offered Wednesday, May 6, 2015, by licensed professional counselor Dawn Gaden, of Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling. Join Dawn for an informative and practical lesson in understanding how stress affects your body and mind. You will take home tools and knowledge that will help you to begin incorporating mindfulness in everything […]

7 Tips for Reducing Stress While Driving in Traffic

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“How can you stand all this traffic!” My close friend, Lisa, visits Austin frequently for her job. And with every visit she notices the increasingly more difficult traffic patterns. We have all heard about the 110+ net arrivals moving to Austin every day, per the Austin Business Journal. Our roads are congested, and clearly the […]

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

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You’re reading this because you’ve heard of online counseling. Maybe you have an idea of why it would be advantageous, or maybe you think the entire idea is crazy. To give you a better understanding of what online counseling looks like, here are a few benefits, provided from the client’s perspective. 1. Convenience You’re a […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Ways to Be in The Moment, with Atlanta Counselor TJ 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 […]

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

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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?


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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 […]