Relationships take work. Even in healthy relationships, partners will argue or disagree from time to time. This is completely normal, regardless of how long you and your partner have been together. Sometimes, the challenges you face as a couple can become more than both of you can handle on your own and couples therapy is needed to help you resolve your differences.
Opioid addiction is an epidemic that affects millions of Americans each year. In the US, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, and opioid addiction plays a big part in this staggering statistic. In 2015 alone, over 30,000 people overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin.
Topics: Substance Abuse
Heading back to school is an exciting time for you and your child. As you prep for this busy time of year, it’s important to consider your child’s emotional well-being and mental health. Children may have feelings like nervousness and curiosity as they start a brand new school year. They may be eager to learn, meet their teacher, and make new friends.
A big change such as starting school for the first time or returning back to an academic routine can also cause stress. It’s just as important to support your child during moments of disappointment, sadness, and frustration in the same way you celebrate moments of pride and success.
Topics: Counseling for Children
Mental health is just as important as physical health. There are simple ways you can practice healthy habits and self-care every day to improve your mental health. Practicing an attitude of gratitude and forgiveness can help you let go of past hurts, while activities, like taking a walk in nature or exercising daily, can help improve both mental and physical health.
Topics: mental health tips
Substance abuse, alcoholism, and addiction can have a negative impact on families. Families that are coping with a loved one’s substance abuse disorder can experience things such as domestic violence, physical or emotional abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, and socioeconomic difficulty as individuals struggling with addiction may have a hard time finding or keeping a job. It can disrupt a healthy family dynamic by breaking down trust, adding significant stress, and preventing healthy boundaries from forming.
Topics: Substance Abuse
Part of having a successful counseling experience is finding a counselor who is the right fit for you, your needs, and your expectations. If you are looking for counseling in the Chattanooga area, Heidi Kilmer is the Clinical Supervisor at our newest counseling center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We got together with Heidi to talk about her work with The Transition House and her experience as a counselor.
Social anxiety is a disorder that refers specifically to intense and sometimes debilitating anxiety in social situations. A person with social anxiety disorder might fear being embarrassed in front of others while speaking publicly or not measuring up to perceived expectations when they meet someone new. This fear can prevent one from engaging in social situations, and result in avoiding public speaking or meeting new people.
Unlike shyness, social anxiety affects your everyday life, and can interfere with your career or relationships. The good news is that there are effective ways to overcome social anxiety and live a more fulfilling life.
Attending a residential care program for the treatment of substance abuse can help to reduce the rate of relapse. In fact, a study published in Addiction found that individuals struggling with an alcohol use disorder who attended a residential care program were more likely to be in remission after three years, while those who did not were more likely to experience relapse.
Relationships take work. Marriage is no exception.
While disagreements are common and unavoidable, it’s important to know when you and your partner may need the help of a marriage counselor. Couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling can be successful for couples who are willing to address their differences and challenges. It’s important to note that separation and/or divorce might be the healthiest option for some couples. Whether you are looking to stay together or figuring out if your relationship is one worth continuing, marriage counseling can work for you and your partner in a number of different ways.