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10 Benefits of Therapy for Anxious Teens

Therapy for anxious teens can increase confidence

If you're considering therapy for your anxious teen, remember how hard it is to be a teenager. The teenage years are a time filled with many changes, where they're in the process of understanding themselves and their place in the world. Additionally, it's a journey filled with highs and lows, self-discovery, and personal growth. In a whirlwind of changes, challenges,...[ read more ]

The Perfectionism Depression Cycle and 10 Tips to Get Unstuck

The perfectionism-depression cycle can feel impossible to break free from, especially for people pleasers, over achievers, and other type A folks. Our Atlanta Therapists at Empower Counseling can help you identify the thinking patterns behind this and help you resolve them so you can get unstuck and feel confident.

The Perfectionism-Depression Cycle The perfectionism-depression cycle involves a series of interconnected stages: All-or-Nothing Thinking: Perfectionists hold the belief that anything worth doing must be done flawlessly. This rigid thinking pattern sets unrealistic standards and fosters a fear of failure. Insatiable Drive: Perfectionists obsess over flaws and setbacks, constantly striving for an unattainable ideal. This focus on imperfections erodes the satisfaction...[ read more ]

Why SMART Goals are better than New Year’s Resolutions (and how counseling can help reduce anxiety and depression!)

New Year's Resolutions can take a toll on your mental health, increasing anxiety and depression. Counseling can help you set meaningful SMART goals instead. New Year's Resolutions Hello New Year! It seems that you can barely set foot into a new year before the topic of new year's resolutions comes up. I'm sure I'm not the first to ask: "What...[ read more ]

Trade Holiday Stress for Joy (ditch anxiety and depression, too!)

ditch holiday stress and enjoy the holidays

Holiday stress can ruin your mood. This guide will help you fill your holidays with joy.  The holidays can be a wondrous time filled with spiritual meaning and reunions with loved ones. Despite the merriment, holidays can cause a great deal of tension. This year, trade holiday stress for holiday joy by using these simple tips. Let Go of Expectations...[ read more ]

Don’t Let Holiday Anger Get the Best of You With your Family

don't let holiday anger get the best of you

The build-up of stress and emotions can lead to holiday anger. Don't let it get the best of you with these tips.  For many of us, spending time with family can be a grab bag of emotions. While you may feel love and familiarity, there's also decades-long dynamics between you and your family members that may not be the most...[ read more ]

Anxiety? Stress? Yoga Counseling can help.

yoga counseling can help with anxiety and stress

Modern life has tricked us into thinking that anxiety and stress are normal.  Life is full of moments that cause us to feel stressed and nervous. From the unexpected big stuff like pandemic, elections, and life changes to the usual stuff like speaking in front of a large group of people, starting a new school, and trying to ace that...[ read more ]

Looking past pandemic stress to opportunities for simple living

pandemic stress aside, we can benefit by learning lessons of simple living

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily routines, but it hasn't only brought pandemic stress. Hopefully, you've been able to enjoy a few positive effects. Perhaps you've simplified your life, re-committed to your health, or re-connected your relationships. For example, 59% of fathers said they feel closer to their children as the result of complying with coronavirus restrictions. That’s according to one...[ read more ]

Breathing Techniques to Calm Anxiety

breathing can help calm anxiety

When you start to feel your anxiety build, it's hard to not get swept away. Instead, try these breathing techniques to calm anxiety. Being able to calm yourself with breathing techniques can really help ease your mind and emotions. Many people don’t realize that they have the internal capacity to breathe through the feelings of stress and anxiety.Emotions are valid...[ read more ]

Why your mind-body connection matters when you have anxiety, depression, or trauma

woman demonstrates yoga as part of yoga-informed trauma counseling

Your mind-body connection is the basis for feeling whole. Therapists look for patterns. We look for patterns across situations and relationships. Further, we explore what impacts clients and how they respond. Above all, people who have complex mental health issues often have a disconnection between their mind and body. Mind-body Disconnection Some common signs that someone has a mind-body disconnect:...[ read more ]

Calm Anxiety with These Five Simple Strategies

Use these five simple strategies to help you calm anxiety.

When you live with an anxiety disorder, calm sometimes seems out of reach. Any moment can become one that creates a slow-rising panic within you. Life is normal one second and the next, you feel your chest tighten and your heart begin to race. You may begin to hyperfocus on future events and find yourself getting lost in “what-ifs.” To...[ read more ]



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