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Why Black Teens Need Black Therapists

Therapy for black teens

I became a social worker for lots of reasons. Specifically, I wanted to be able to provide therapy for Black teens. Why? Because when I was a teen, Black figures I weren't related to meant a lot! They gave me guidance, support, hope, and a vision for the kind of successful, happy, healthy, and whole Black person -- Black woman...[ read more ]

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 ]

10 Signs You Might Be a “Highly Sensitive Person”

Are you a highly sensitive person (HSP)? If so, you’re not alone. It is estimated that roughly 15 to 20 percent of the population is highly sensitive. In fact, scientists now believe there is a gene behind this trait.But what does it mean to be highly sensitive? The HSP is generally defined as someone with “acute physical, mental, and emotional...[ read more ]

Spotting Teen Depression: Six Signs Your Teen May Be Depressed

How do you tell the difference between normal teen angst and teen depression?

When does normal teen angst become teen depression? As teens struggle through the tough transition period of childhood into young adulthood, it can be difficult to decipher a teen’s behavior. Are their out-of-control emotions and conduct a result of the natural process of adolescence, or is it something more serious?According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2016 approximately...[ read more ]

Mental Health Habits for 2021

We live in a society that seems obsessed with physical health and weight loss. A majority of people have tried one or more diets to lose weight. People join gyms, juice, and take supplements, all in an effort to optimize their physical health.Sadly, most people don’t give their mental health a second thought.The problem is, no matter how good you...[ read more ]

Does It Really Work? – The Science Behind Hypnosis

You’re getting sleepy… very sleepy……and when you wake up you will cluck like a chicken.This is what many people think of when they think of hypnosis. But hypnosis is much more than a funny party trick.Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries. In fact, in ancient times priests and shamans used altered stated of consciousness as a way to bring about...[ read more ]

The Truth About Perfectionism

We live in a society that values things that appear perfect. And I suppose there are things that can be perfect. Architects can draw the perfect straight line, mathematicians can solve an equation with a perfect calculation, and a chocolate cake can be perfectly moist.But as human beings, we can never reach a state of perfection because we will always...[ read more ]

Benefits of a Mental Health Day from Work or School

We’ve all had those days when the alarm goes off and we lie in bed, feeling depleted of our energy, and maybe even our good mood. We think to ourselves, “I’m not really sick, but I just need a break from real life today.” While taking a sick day is common when you are feeling physically unwell, what’s not as...[ read more ]

Should You Date If You Have Depression?

Dating is challenging for everyone. But when you suffer with depression, dating can feel scary and overwhelming. Not only do you feel particularly raw and vulnerable to possible rejection, but should a connection be made, you have the added burden of figuring out how and when to tell the person about your depression.Should people with depression date? If the person...[ read more ]



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