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How Can Solitude and Isolation Affect Your Social Skills May 26th, 2022

Following the pandemic, people are spending more time at home. Despite the world opening its doors, the COVID-19 crisis has left its mark. With remote working on the rise and a decrease in face-to-face social interactions, how can solitude and isolation after your social skills?  An Epidemic of Loneliness  A...

Why Looking for Your Passion Occupation Might Not Be the Best Idea May 18th, 2022

‘Follow your passion’ sounds great in principle, but there’s so much more to a fulfilling life with a great career. It’s time to retire the phrase and focus on the advice that can help you in today’s world.  From a young age, teachers and parents tell you to think about...

The Benefits of Doing Things by Yourself  Apr 28th, 2022

Have you ever gone to the movies by yourself? Or out for dinner at your favorite restaurant? Despite having people around you who you enjoy spending time with, it’s good to get out there by yourself every once in a while. If you’re thinking, “Nope, not me!” that’s okay. Doing...

Money Conversations: How to Talk About Finances with Your Partner Apr 6th, 2022

Do you have any debt? Do you contribute to your 401(k)? These are not common first date questions. For most, it doesn’t feel natural to talk about your finances. As you get to know someone, you talk about your interests, values, likes, and dislikes, but the money talk feels like...

Exercise Effects on Mental Health Mar 30th, 2022

From a young age, you hear that exercise is good for you. It’s not a secret. But as you get older, work, family, and life get in the way, and you have less time. Sometimes exercising feels like the last thing you want to do with the time you have...

What Is Stonewalling? Mar 18th, 2022

There is a common communication behavior among married couples that predicts divorce with at least 90% accuracy. This behavior is stonewalling, when a person shuts down and stops responding to their partner, especially during a heated argument.  Stonewalling can sometimes feel like a natural or necessary response, depending on the...

Why Is Dating So Hard? 5 Biggest Issues with Dating Today Mar 9th, 2022

Between the fear of fake dating profiles, commitment, and the sheer time and expense it takes to find a match, it’s no wonder that dating today is hard. Not to mention adding an ongoing pandemic to the mix. With ghosting becoming the new normal, it’s not out of the ordinary...

When is it Time to Change Jobs? 8 Signs to Look for Something New Feb 28th, 2022

When Sunday evening hits, how do you feel? Do those Sunday blues get to you and the thought of work on Monday mornings fills you with dread? Maybe you feel completely indifferent, or perhaps your anxiety is already off the scale. If you’re questioning your value at work, it’s completely...

Why People Procrastinate and How to Avoid It Feb 4th, 2022

Most of us procrastinate every once in a while, but it can become a nasty habit that robs us of productivity and interferes with our relationships. A study from 2022 found that about 25% of respondents identified procrastination as one of their key personality traits. Understanding what compels us to...

6 Ways to Build New Relationships in a City as an Adult Jan 27th, 2022

As a kid, all you had to do was sit next to someone in school, and you had a friend. It felt like you could walk up to anyone and be best friends within minutes. But somewhere on the way to being a fully-fledged adult, that changed. Now, it feels...

Should I Look Through My Partner's Phone? Jan 21st, 2022

Have you ever thought about looking through your partner’s phone? Just a little peek. The problem is that feeling like you're under surveillance can be extremely upsetting and damaging for the relationship in the long run. Nowadays, phones include your innermost thoughts, feelings, and expressions. Even if you fear your...

Why Do Humans Compare Themselves to Others (And How to Stop)? Jan 14th, 2022

Have you ever found yourself asking if you’re making as much money as someone else, or is your house as big? As humans, we tend to compare the successes. This can make it particularly difficult when everyone appears to be living perfect lives on social media. When you compare yourself...

What to Do When Experiencing a Panic Attack Jan 7th, 2022

Has your heart ever started to race for no apparent reason? Did you feel like you couldn’t breathe or think clearly? If so, you might have experienced a panic attack. At least 23% of people in the United States have gone through one or more of these episodes.  A stressful...

5 Signs That You May Be in a Co-Dependent Relationship  Dec 22nd, 2021

You may have heard the term co-dependent a lot, but what does it actually mean? How do you know if you are in a co-dependent relationship, and is it really as damaging as people say? Healthy and loving relationships are based on support and partnership. If your relationship starts to...

Conflict in Relationships Dec 16th, 2021

What’s the most troublesome conflict that most couples have? . . . No conflict at all. That’s what American psychologist Dr. John Gottman says, and he knows what he’s talking about. He and his colleagues can predict divorce with a 94% accuracy. But what does he mean by “no conflict”? ...

How to Get Through an Affair Dec 1st, 2021

Healing after an affair is painful, tough, and takes time. While a relationship can survive infidelity, both parties have to commit to repairing the damage and begin to rebuild trust. It’s not an exaggeration when you say that it can be a gut-wrenching process. Regardless of the decision to stay...

How to Overcome Public Speaking Nov 20th, 2021

About 10% of the U.S. population enjoys public speaking, and another 10% are so terrified of speaking in front of people, they qualify for glossophobia. This leaves the majority of the population who don't quite experience chronic anxiety, but still get those stomach butterflies when thinking about their next presentation....

What are the Signs You Should See a Couples Therapist? Nov 11th, 2021

If you and your partner are going through a hard time, it may be time to see a couples therapist. It can be overwhelming and daunting to delve into your deepest secrets. Speaking to an outside party for the first time can feel terrifying. When you live hand-in-hand with another...

How to Avoid Distractions at Work and Stay Focused Nov 3rd, 2021

Emails, smartphones, calls, colleagues; the list goes on. It’s no surprise that so many people struggle with distractions and staying focused at work. Some days it can feel like you are constantly being interrupted. Between meetings and conversations, it’s tough to focus on your work and get through your to-do...

5 Effective Tips for Reducing Your Stress Eating Binges Oct 25th, 2021

Stress eating is something that we’ve all done at least once at some point in our lives. However, stress eating can get so unmanageable that they have to consult with professionals and look into stress and anxiety therapy.  Now, there is a way to nip this issue in the bud...

Why Having More Sex Can Improve Your Relationship Oct 20th, 2021

Much like the pursuit of immortality, the dream of flying, and the aspirations of a utopian society, the idea of building a perfect relationship is one that many people are curious about.  Ancient human civilizations established relationships beyond necessity, and the idea of romance remains deeply embedded in the fibers...

What to Know About the Fear of Flying (Aerophobia) Oct 10th, 2021

Traveling is exciting for many of us. It allows us to enjoy a change in scenery and indulge in new experiences. However, some people experience fear and anxiety when it comes to traveling by air. There are uncomfortable aspects of flying, such as turbulence, crowded spaces, and other physical sensations...

5 Warning Signs That You May Have Adult ADHD Oct 7th, 2021

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is usually diagnosed in kids. Because of this, adults have a misconception that they can’t have ADHD now that they are older. The truth is adults may experience a more subtle onset of ADHD symptoms which makes it hard to determine if...

For Couples: How to Put the Sex Back in Your Sex Life Oct 1st, 2021

At some point in your relationship, you’re bound to hit a sexual rut. This is usually around a year-or-so down the line. And sometimes, it’s nothing more than a bump in the road, but if it goes on for too long, it can become a problem in the relation It...

Out of the Closet: The 6-Stage Model of Coming Out Sep 30th, 2021

Every gay person’s coming-out story is going to be different from the rest. But it is a process of understanding, accepting, and valuing your sexual orientation and identity. Coming out can be a gradual process or something very sudden.  It involves accepting yourself first, realizing that it’s time to acknowledge...

Tips for a Productive Financial Discussion with Your Partner Sep 24th, 2021

One of the most common sticking points in any relationship is money. It doesn’t matter whether you’re married, dating, or just starting. This aspect of your life is an essential part of any relationship, but no one wants to talk about it.  There are many reasons why someone might feel...

Why Emotional Cheating Can be Just as Harmful as Physical Affairs Sep 21st, 2021

Cheating is a sore subject for some. People who have been cheated on tend to hold emotional scars and psychological trauma caused by their partner’s infidelity. Cheating not only breaks the trust in a relationship, but it can also cause trust issues in those that have been cheated on, preventing...

How to Reach Peak Performance in Any Profession Sep 20th, 2021

Everyone wants to be the best in each part of their lives, whether it’s work, school, hobbies, or other areas. If this resonates with you, then you probably agree that achieving peak performance will allow you to maximize the joy, satisfaction, and progress you make towards each goal. Having the...

Easy Ways to Improve Your Attention and Focus without Drugs Sep 16th, 2021

Easy Ways to Improve Your Attention and Focus without Drugs With so many things happening today, it is only natural that people sometimes lose their focus. Working or studying from home does not always work well because the environment itself is meant for relaxing, not working or studying.  For example,...

Battling Depression: 5 Proven Ways to Keep the Blues at Bay Aug 31st, 2021

Depression is a silent but deadly battle that many of us face each day. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder affects more than 16.1 million adults in the US alone. It’s a debilitating condition that affects many aspects of a person’s life, such...

The Art of Arguing Fairly: Tips from Therapists Aug 26th, 2021

Any couple that tells you they don’t fight is lying. All couples fight – some more frequently than others, but all do. It’s a natural part of being in a relationship where there are two people with different qualities and beliefs. But if you’ve been fighting more often than you...

How to Manage Your Anxiety Effectively Aug 26th, 2021

How to Manage Your Anxiety Effectively Often, people experiencing different feelings and mental problems involving anxiety and depression, and other negative emotions do not require a diagnosis before seeing a therapist. If you have a past trauma, a phobia, or you’re feeling worried about life, and you don’t think you...

Are You Struggling with Financial Disagreements with Your Partner? Try Couples Therapy Aug 1st, 2021

Money. We all need it, but some of us spend too much of our time worrying or fighting about it. If your relationship with your partner is taking a turn for the worse because of financial disagreements, it’s time to try couples therapy. At Thriving Center of Psychology, our highly...

The Benefits of Online Video Therapy Jul 6th, 2021

Professional therapy gives you an opportunity to explore your thoughts and learn how to communicate with others openly and honestly. These skills can enhance your life, your relationships with others, and your relationship with yourself. However, a number of issues can keep people from visiting a therapist, such as busy...

How to Manage Your Stress So It Doesn’t Take a Toll on Your Health Jun 14th, 2021

Stress is a natural and even healthy human response. However, too much stress can have an adverse reaction on your existing and long-term health. For this reason, the skilled psychologists at Thriving Center of Psychology offer services centered on helping you identify stress in your life, so you can manage...

7 Conditions that Respond Well to Neurofeedback Therapy May 18th, 2021

If you take medications for anxiety or depression and they don’t work well for you, it can be frustrating and may even do more harm than good. At Thriving Center of Psychology, our experienced therapy team offers an alternative to medications: neurofeedback training. This noninvasive treatment can address your symptoms...

Help! I’m Afraid to Fly Apr 14th, 2021

If you’re afraid to fly, you might feel like you’re missing out on adventures or career opportunities because of your travel limitations. The good news is that with the right help, you can overcome your fear of flying and enjoy the long-term benefits of addressing your phobia head-on. Our team...

Will I Always Have ADHD? Mar 9th, 2021

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that often develops in childhood, but it can also affect someone as an adult. In fact, about 2.5% of adults in the United States live with this condition. And while some people seemingly grow out of some of their ADHD symptoms, the...

I Think My Loved One is Addicted to Alcohol Feb 12th, 2021

If someone you love is drinking too much or shows other signs of an addiction to alcohol, you can find professional help with our team at Thriving Center of Psychology. Our mental health specialists offer comprehensive care for all types of substance abuse, including alcohol addiction, to help those you love overcome addiction...

How Can I Improve My Relationships? Jan 14th, 2021

If you have relationships in your life that you realize need improvement, know that simply recognizing the need is a vital first step in making relationships better. At Thriving Center of Psychology, our team of highly skilled psychologists value the importance of healthy relationships. They offer a variety of services...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

I Keep Having Panic Attacks Dec 13th, 2020

When unexplained feelings of anxiety and fear creep up out of nowhere, they can leave you feeling breathless and overwhelmed. These episodes may be related to a panic disorder, a mental health condition that affects about six million adults in the United States. At Thriving Center of Psychology, the experienced...

How to Know When Your Anxiety Requires Professional Help Nov 10th, 2020

Having occasional anxiety is a normal response to stress. But if increasing anxiety is having a negative impact on your life, it may be time to consider professional help. At Thriving Center of Psychology, the therapy team has extensive experience helping those with anxiety live full, productive, and happy lives....

Managing Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic Oct 7th, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted many aspects of our daily lives. The coronavirus has increased our concern for our health and the health of those we love. The challenges we face about our kids, our jobs, and the future can leave even the calmest people feeling anxious. If you...

You Don’t Have to Manage A Phobia Alone Sep 7th, 2020

The experiences associated with a phobia can be overwhelming and isolating, but you don’t have to face them alone. At Thriving Center of Psychology in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, our experienced medical team understands how one or more phobias can interfere with your life experience and self-confidence. We...

How to Save a Troubled Relationship Aug 12th, 2020

Even the best of relationships can be challenging at times. If you’re struggling to see eye to eye with your partner, a family member, or a friend, the team at Thriving Center of Psychology can help. The experienced team of therapists specialize in relationship challenges and offer comprehensive individualized and...

Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Jul 23rd, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that can develop after a traumatic event. The signs of PTSD can be complex and confusing, leaving you with increased anxiety about your health and behavior. At Thriving Center of Psychology in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, our expert...

How Trauma Can Leave a Lasting Impression Jun 26th, 2020

Events from your past can leave a long-lasting impression on your future. At Thriving Mind Psychology, our experienced therapy team understands how trauma can impact your present and future physical, mental, and emotional health. Our providers are skilled in diagnosing and treating the acute and chronic side effects of traumatic...

Letting Go of Anger May 26th, 2020

Anger can stem from everyday situations or life-long struggles. While there are many reasons that feelings of anger can be triggered, it’s ultimately up to you to control how you react to certain situations. This is especially important in the day and age of social media, political upheaval, and social...

How Stress Affects Your Physical Health Apr 21st, 2020

Many people offhandedly complain about day-to-day stress, but they may not realize how much of an impact it can have on their immediate and long-term health. At Thriving Mind Psychology, the experienced therapy team offers a variety of services that can help you learn how to manage stress and prevent...

How to Deal With Uncertainty Apr 20th, 2020

What Is Uncertainty and How Does It Impact Mental Health? If you agree that uncertainty is frightening, you're not alone. The human brain is hard-wired to be fearful of uncertainty. Constantly changing and updating to predict how the world works, when your brain is faced with prolonged uncertainty, this can...

Couples in Lockdown Apr 11th, 2020

Even if you're madly in love with your partner, social isolating with them can be frustrating. Initially, it might seem fun to stay home and work in your pajamas. However, eventually reality sets in, and the limitations imposed by social distancing can get to you. Why does that happen, especially...

Therapy Going Digital Apr 9th, 2020

While so much focus has been put on our physical health lately, it’s even more critical we don’t put our mental health on the backburner. The current limitations of social isolating are not ideal for many therapy seekers, however, it should not be an excuse to push mental health to...

11 Activities that Help Promote Mental Wellbeing During COVID-19 Mar 19th, 2020

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 across the world, for many of us, life looks very different. Here in NYC, all public schools are closed, the subways are as empty as they have ever been, restaurants are take-out only, and many of us are doing our civic duty by staying...

Couples Who Communicate Well Can Find Happiness — Couples Counseling Can Get You There Mar 15th, 2020

Maintaining a healthy, happy relationship involves good communication, but sometimes couples can struggle to be both heard and understood. The therapy team at Thriving Mind Psychology is highly skilled in working with couples who want to enhance their partnership and find equal footing when it comes to communication. They offer...

Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community Mar 10th, 2020

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, and philosopher The Relationship Between the LGBTQ Community and Poor Mental Health Dealing with everything from discrimination to violence, members of the LGBTQ+ community tend...

How Gaslighting Can Burn Down a Relationship Feb 28th, 2020

Gaslighting and How it Affects Relationships "I don't remember saying that. You're getting confused." "Stop being sensitive." "You always make a big deal out of everything." Do these comments sound familiar? If they do, there is a chance you are a victim of gaslighting. When compared to other forms of...

How Exercise Affects Mental Health Feb 26th, 2020

What Happens to Your Mood when you Exercise? When someone exercises the brain is stimulated into releasing chemicals into the bloodstream that improve mood. These feel-good chemicals are known as endorphins. They relax the body and improve self-esteem and mood. Regular exercise is an easy way to give your mental...

The Importance of Self-Confidence Feb 17th, 2020

Self-confidence is a vital part of maintaining your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. However, there are many factors that can interfere with your ability to recognize your self-worth. At Thriving Mind Psychology, the compassionate mental health specialists offer integrative services that can help renew your self-esteem and assist you in...

Is Fear of Flying Keeping You Grounded? We Can Help Jan 13th, 2020

Fear of flying, or aviophobia, is estimated to affect up to 40% of the population at some level or another. Some people only have mild generalized anxiety around the idea of getting on a plane and surrendering control, while others have a clinical phobia that renders them almost completely incapable...

Why Women are More Prone to Depression and Anxiety and What You Can Do About It Dec 4th, 2019

When it comes to mental health issues, namely major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, women outpace men by approximately two to one. The reasons behind this gender gap stem from many influences, including hormonal, emotional, and societal differences. At Thriving Mind Psychology, our team of compassionate and experienced mental...

Living With OCD Oct 24th, 2019

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is very common. According to the American Psychiatric Association, more than two million people are diagnosed with a form of OCD every year. The condition is characterized by obsessive thoughts and behaviors that are all-consuming and disrupt a person’s quality of life.  Whether it’s compulsive cleaning...

Blue Light and Sleep Oct 18th, 2019

In this day and age, many of us are familiar with the concept of blue light, and that exposure to blue light can negatively impact our sleep. But how, exactly, does this happen?  Today, many professions require us to be on our computers for a good part of the day,...

When Adult ADHD Goes Undiagnosed and Untreated Oct 1st, 2019

While many children with ADHD are diagnosed and treated with medication and/or behavioral therapies, many adults have never benefited from diagnosis and treatment. If this applies to you, you might feel lost, misunderstood, and have poor self-esteem. It’s not your fault, and there is a path forward for adults with...

Just Do It Sep 26th, 2019

When partners stop being physically intimate, the tone of the relationship begins to shift. There frequently is a misconception that lack of sex is a consequence of emotional wounds and relational concerns that accrued over a period of time. However, this perspective may very well be prolonging experienced unhappiness and emotional...

How Sleep Affects Overall Functioning Sep 20th, 2019

We’ve all been there. Waking up after a poor nights sleep and having to go through the motions of a normal day. It happens to the best of us and it can make our weeks a lot more difficult than they already are. As much as we feel the short-term...

How Diet Affects Mental Health Sep 12th, 2019

Eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables and nutrients may be associated with better overall mental health and feelings of wellbeing. Just as we demonstrated in ‘Let’s Start With Sleep’ how getting enough rest is crucial for a healthy body and mind, a well-balanced diet is just as important in helping brain...

4 Drug-Free Treatments for Anxiety Sep 6th, 2019

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues Americans face. Chalk it up to demanding expectations, intense competition to succeed, constant social media presence, or exposure to traumatic events, but whatever the cause, it’s real, and it disrupts normal lifestyles and relationships.  If you constantly feel anxious, you...

Can't Sleep? Studies Show Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is Highly Effective Aug 21st, 2019

Insomnia can be a frustrating and life-altering issue to manage — and up to 25% of Americans report problems with insomnia in any given year, 10% of whom struggle with chronic sleep issues that affect their daytime function. Rather than dealing with sleeping pills, which can leave you groggy and...

Mindful Swiping Aug 1st, 2019

With more and more dating sites and unlimited opportunities to meet someone on-the-go, the whole situation can feel a little overwhelming, even exhausting. Why did you just swipe right on that guy with the awkward shirtless mirror selfie? Or swipe right on the girl who has the bio filled with...

Find the Motivation to Start Doing Aug 1st, 2019

What drives you? What are the things that push you to behave in positive ways even when you don’t feel like it? The things in your life that get you going, even when lethargy, anxiety, sadness, and overall discomfort arise? Look, we all do things that we don’t feel like doing. Do...

It's Not About You Aug 1st, 2019

Your partner wanting, and making, a decision to have a fulfilling experience, whether it be with friends after work or a jog alone, is not a rejection of you—unless it is. When we get into relationships there is a tendency to assume that because you chose each other as life...

Let's Start With Sleep Aug 1st, 2019

As you may already know, receiving enough sleep is one of the building blocks to maintaining a healthy body and mind. In today’s world, there are unlimited roadblocks that can get in the way of receiving the amount of sleep that is right for us, such as technology, busy schedules,...