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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting increased happiness counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Abingdon are booked, but we have 95 other therapists in VA available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Increased happiness counseling

What is Increased happiness counseling?

Increased happiness counseling from our Thriveworks therapists in Abingdon, VA guides clients in cultivating gratitude, resilience, and a deeper understanding of their own values and goals. The aim of increased happiness counseling is to empower individuals to lead happier and more fulfilling lives by promoting a greater sense of personal satisfaction and emotional equilibrium.

How does Increased happiness counseling work?

Therapists who specialize in increased happiness counseling can utilize a diverse array of methods, such as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies, mindfulness exercises, and the principles of positive psychology, to assist you in nurturing qualities like gratitude, resilience, and a deeper comprehension of your values and aspirations. The primary objective of increased happiness counseling is to empower you to live a more joyful and satisfying life, fostering an enhanced sense of personal contentment and emotional balance.

Is Increased happiness counseling conducted in person or online?

Increased happiness counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Increased happiness counseling last?

Some individuals may achieve their objectives with just a few sessions to gain insights and strategies for enhancing their happiness. In contrast, others may opt for an extended counseling journey to address deeper emotional concerns and establish lasting happiness and well-being. The frequency and duration of your sessions during counseling in Abingdon is typically determined through collaboration between the client and therapist.

Need more help deciding?

A quick Internet search on becoming happier will lead to thousands of tips about how to increase happiness: try these power poses, avoid that food, sleep in this position, have at least five friends, and on, and on, and on. Of course, everyone wants to increase their happiness, but do these random tips really work?

Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don’t hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don’t waste your time
Here’s why: Because I’m happy…
—“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

We all know people who do not seem to miss a beat—they are always happy, no matter what life throws at them. They may have a hard day here and there, but they always make a comeback. They always find their happiness again. How can some people be so full of joy no matter what they go through?

The good news is that happiness is not a fixed quantity. No, quite the opposite, happiness is like a muscle that anyone can strengthen with the right exercises. When people practice happiness, they often grow happier. More than that, happiness can come from within oneself, so external circumstances and other people cannot easily steal it.

If happiness is an emotion that can be cultivated, what actually increases happiness and what tips are just clickbait?

That is why Thriveworks Bristol, VA offers increased happiness counseling. Living a happy, fulfilling life is possible. Our counselors have helped many clients separate fact from fiction when pursuing their personal happiness.

Happiness Killers

Many (if not most) people point to forces outside of themselves that may be stealing their happiness and holding them back. Once they make more money, have that vacation, form a certain relationship, or fill-in-the-blank, they will be happy. Without a doubt, circumstances and other people play a part in happiness, but they are not the whole story. More importantly, people often cannot control certain circumstances or other people, but they can make their own choices.

Increasing happiness may begin by identifying one’s own actions that are keeping happiness at arm’s length. The following are a few, of many, that may be keeping people from experiencing more happiness in their lives:

  • Comparison: Looking at what others have/do instead of what you have/do leads to feelings of resentment or superiority, not happiness.
  • Entitlement: Happiness often comes from an active posture toward life, not a passive, entitled posture.
  • Control: People often think, when this happens, I’ll be truly happy … unfortunately, they may have little to no control over whether that event occurs. Instead, there are many things people have control over that affect their happiness.
  • Blame: Pointing the finger at people instead of the problem disempowers people. There are always options, choices, and actions that can be taken to increase happiness.

Cultivating Happiness

Many people are working with a mental health professional to pinpoint which changes may be most effective in their lives. For most people, they may need to counteract these negative habits, but more importantly, pursuing happiness may mean pursuing small, daily changes that make a big difference, such as…

  • Practicing mindfulness – paying attention to the moment. Notice feelings, thoughts, sensations without judgment. Mark their presence.
  • Changing one’s mindset – being open to new growth: learning new talents, skills, knowledge, habits, feelings, and more
  • Promoting thankfulness – looking for what is good and right in one’s life, noting it, and focusing upon it.
  • Striving toward a goal – being forward focused. Choosing goals well and proactively working toward them can lead to great happiness.

There is no silver bullet for happiness. There are no short-cuts or magic potions that allow people to feel happy instantaneously. However, cultivating happiness often does not take a herculean effort either. Small, consistent attitude or routine changes can make a big difference in a person’s overall enjoyment of life.

Increasing Happiness Counseling at Thriveworks Bristol, VA

Happiness is an emotion that anyone can capture and increase within their lives. When people learn how to create their own happiness, life’s circumstances can come and go, but their happiness will remain relatively steady. Achieving that level of joy takes intentional effort, but no one has to pursue happiness alone. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Bristol offer counseling for increasing happiness.

If you are ready to work on being happier, Thriveworks Bristol is ready to support and guide you along the way. When you call our office, here are a few things that may be helpful to know:

  1. A person will answer your call (not a voicemail, not an automated response).
  2. Weekend and evening appointments are available.
  3. Most insurance plans are accepted.
  4. There are no waitlists.
  5. New clients often see their counselor within 24 hours of their first call.

Are you ready to prioritize your happiness? Call Thriveworks Bristol today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (DC) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Abingdon
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Abingdon reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Read more I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Bristol Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Read more Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Bristol Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Abingdon is located in the same building as Caris Healthcare. Across Russell Road NW is Empire Ford Used Car & Truck Center 2, and A Step Ahead salon, as well as All Things Custom and Sunshine Sewing & Screen Printing. Down the road is Figaredo’s restaurant and Northgate Pharmacy. We are located right near Porterfield Highway and Route 19, as well as Route 58.

Phone number

(423) 556-3873

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