Making the Best of a Seasonal Business Slowdown


Season’s Beatings: 3 Tips for Overcoming Profit Slumps Some businesses are heavily seasonal. Some so seasonal that they’re only open during specific times of the year, like the costume store that opens only for the month before Halloween or the ice cream stand that opens in May and closes in September. Many businesses you might […]

3 Reasons Why Online Counseling Services Don’t Work (and How to Make Yours Work)

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Understanding the Keys to a Successful Online Counseling Practice You’re planning to offer online counseling. You’ve crunched the numbers and determined there are at least a billion people on the Internet. To be successful, you need to attract about 30 of them. This should be easy, right? Maybe not … . Here’s why. 1. Most […]

Counselors: Take the Thriveworks HQ Tour!

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A Look Around Thriveworks HQ Thriveworks Director of Clinic Operations Michael Reffner came in before we opened for the day to shoot this video for our clinicians, which provides an updated perspective on what the Thriveworks corporate office looks and operates like since we moved locations in November 2014. We were in a fine space […]

Understanding the Reality of Unconscious Prejudice

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What Exactly is Unconscious Prejudice? Unconscious prejudice, also known as implicit bias, is an automatic, natural bias that is hidden from our cognizant thoughts. Because it resides outside of our awareness, this type of bias remains easy to deny. In primitive days, our ancestors relied on implicit bias for survival. Early humans used categorical thinking […]

Boston Psychiatrist’s Straight Talk About Addiction and the Brain

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Addictions: The Big Picture Drug addiction has remained a stubborn problem for individuals, families and societies for thousands of years. It is only in the past 20 years that science has been able to clarify one of the factors: addictions cause lasting changes in the human brain that are difficult to reverse. Although we have […]

How Deductibles Work with Medical Billing and Insurance Companies

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We get lots of questions from healthcare providers wanting to know how to handle patients/client deductibles. If you are in network with an insurance company, this is how deductibles work—at least for behavioral health. Scenario ONE: Client A has Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) with a deductible of $500, and plan with a $15 co-pay. […]

Prepare your Clients for These 9 Issues — or Else!

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A Focus on Counseling Client Education Expectations are everything; and getting buy-in for how things work at your practice is an important part of facilitating happy, satisfied, clients. However, too often client education and informed consent resembles the oft-ignored “terms of use” contract in iTunes. Clients are handed a sheet with 2,000 words of 10-point […]

When Building a Counseling Practice, Brand Extensions are Not the Answer

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Maintaining Brand Consistency for your Counseling Practice A counseling center in Nashville, Tennessee — called Healthy Mind* — is struggling to fill their clinicians’ caseloads. Management looks are their data and notices three alarming trends: Not enough people are calling Of those who call, not enough schedule Of those who start counseling, few stick around […]

How Much Money Can A Counselor in Private Practice Make?

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Building a Six-Figure Counseling Practice: How Much Money Can A Master’s Level Counselor in Private Practice Make? According to, the average Licensed Professional Counselor working in Cambridge, MA makes $39,778 per year*. That’s beyond bleak. For a city where a 900 square foot apartment can run you half a million dollars, it’s dismal. Is […]

New Austin, Texas, Location Walkthrough (Before)

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Thriveworks is Opening a New Counseling and Coaching Location in Austin, Texas Our brand new Bee Caves Road franchise location in Austin, Texas, is getting close to opening day! To update you all on the progress, we’ve posted a video walkthrough, where we discuss what’s to come. Enjoy! Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching is opening up […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding Independent Mental Health Evaluations

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As part of a wider series, we will be discussing different elements of counseling and coaching practices. Michael Pilcher, owner of Thriveworks Knoxville and Thriveworks Bristol Counseling and Coaching, talks about the kind of work he does as a professional counselor, and, specifically, independent mental health evaluations and navigation of the civil and family law […]

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 […]

A Counselor’s Intro to EMDR Therapy

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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 […]

If You Hate Networking (and Marketing), Try “Colliding” Instead

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Introverts and extroverts misunderstand each other. They’re oil and water. They can be downright derisive to one another. The extrovert sees the introvert as frigid and snotty; the introvert sees the extrovert as loud, pushy, and off-putting.” It’s a paradox that for all the time we counselors spend communicating with persons in session, many of […]

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 […]

How Long Does it Take to Open a Counseling Practice?

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Zero to One Client in Seven Days I was speaking with a licensed counselor and she asked me “If I wanted to get started in private practice, how long would it take me to open my doors and see my first client?” I thought about the question for a minute, and replied “With a couple […]

The Neurological Effects of Mindfulness


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 […]

Practically Speaking (On Mindfulness)


Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC What is mindfulness? I like the definition of Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, 
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” It really is as simple and as difficult as that. Why is it difficult? Because our minds are geared […]

8 Tips for Naming your Counseling Practice


What’s in a Name? A Guide on Branding Your Practice Naming your practice is like getting a tattoo. It’s painful. And, excluding expensive surgery, it’s something you’re stuck with for life. In this month’s column, I’ll provide some pointers on picking a good name for your practice. 1. You don’t need a name to open […]

Chesterfield Counseling Center Grand Opening


Thriveworks Chesterfield had it’s official grand opening today. Hosted by business location owner Christie Blaylock, dozens of persons from the community, Thriveworks headquarters representatives, and the local chamber of commerce attended. Thriveworks is a growing chain of premium counseling offices, with offices in 7 US states. Chesterfield marks the opening of the Thriveworks’ 12th office […]

5 Beginner Tips (and 5 Pro Tips) For Counseling Websites

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Giving website tips is tricky. While some counselors are overwhelmed by the thought of managing a website, others are quite savvy. Still, I wanted to share some thoughts because, in general, counseling websites tend to be a little soft when compared to other small business industries like private practice attorneys, yoga studios, and realtors—to name […]

Can a Counselor Ethically Officiate a Wedding?

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Question Dear Anthony, I have a dilemma that I am wanting to work through. I would benefit from your insights. I have been working with a couple who have been experiencing some anxiety and pre-marital concerns. We have worked though their problem issues and I am about to begin termination process with them. My dilemma is […]

Counselors’ Top 10 Marketing Mistakes

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We all make mistakes. Below are the top 10 marketing mistakes that are commonly made by mental health professionals. 10) Taking a Big, Blind Swing Too often, novice advertisers overspend on ineffective advertising. I’ve seen this happen time and time again: A counselor takes a $9000 dollar gamble on an event sponsorship, television ad, or […]

Warning: Your Employees are Quitting! Are you Ready?

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If you’re like many entrepreneurs, when you start your practice you’re doing just about every job: You’re the counselor, manager, bookkeeper, interior decorator, and janitor. In short, you do anything and everything your business requires. However, as you find success and your caseload grows, multitasking is pushed to its limits. If you’re in session, you […]

Welcome Lisa Shankman


We would like to welcome Lisa Shankman, LMFT to our Thriveworks Atlanta location. Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. She works with individuals, couples and families who seek change and have a desire to build upon one’s own strengths and resources in tackling life’s challenges. Lisa draws upon her […]