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How to Get Help and Why People Don't https://youtu.be/v1HW12aaF2g?si=CdQNnNmGPnOHu8zn Discover the struggles many people face around getting help for mental health. Uncover the different types of help and where to get it, especially for people who might not know where to start. Address the common reasons people feel unsure about seeking help and how we can all help change that. Watch until the end for a mental health exercise! Thank you to the Putnam County Public Library for inviting us…

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Murfreesboro Office Open House

You're invited to an Open House at our Murfreesboro counseling office! Please join us on Monday, June 17, 2024 from 1 pm - 3 pm. See our space, visit with Insight therapists, staff, and board members, and learn more about our counseling services. Monday, June 17, 20241 pm - 3 pmInsight Counseling Centers - Murfreesboro200 East Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130Located inside First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro

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Free Webinar | Mental Health & HR: The Elephant in the Room

Tuesday, May 7 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am Central on Zoom It is estimated that more than 20% of the population will experience a mental health concern in any given year. It's reasonable to expect that this will affect the workplace. Yet supervisors often feel inadequate when a staff member discloses a mental/behavioral health issue. Insight Counseling Centers hosted an informative, one-hour webinar designed to support HR professionals, department directors, and CEOs in navigating employee mental health concerns while…

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Focusing on the Future: Men’s Mental Health

https://youtu.be/fTgZ4ewxiQo?si=jpEEsakAX37IWxL2 Hi! I'm Richard Gutierrez. I specialize in men's mental health, and I'm a clinical mental health counselor. I believe in focusing on the future instead of the past. I like to encourage my clients to work on finding the exceptions to the negatives in their stories, building on those exceptions in the present, and growing with them. Overall, the counseling process has 3 major steps: Learning who and where we are in the here and now. Understanding how major…

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Cheatham County Counseling Center Open House

On Wednesday, December 13, 2023, Insight Counseling Centers hosted an open house at their new Cheatham County counseling office, located inside the Church of Christ at Cheap Hill in Chapmansboro, TN. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! We loved meeting new friends, sharing information, and showing you our new space. In order to do the work of therapy, you need to meet in a space that's inviting, comfortable, and safe. Thank you to the Church of Christ at Cheap…

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Insight Counseling Centers Opens a New Center in Cheatham County

Therapists will provide mental health counseling services in the office located at the Church of Christ at Cheap Hill Insight Counseling Centers is opening a new office in Cheatham County. Therapists will provide mental health counseling services in the location, hosted by the Church of Christ at Cheap Hill. Insight Counseling Centers (Insight) is a nonprofit organization founded in Nashville in 1985. The Cheatham County office is the newest of the organization’s ten locations in Middle Tennessee. Insight's professionally trained therapists…

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Myths about Grief

https://youtu.be/XCSCan4325Y Dr. Dwight Hughes, therapist, does some myth-busting of the myths about grief. Watch the whole conversation: Grief, Loss, and the Holidays recorded webinar. Myths about Grief Transcript Well, I'm sure there are numerous myths. I'd like to bring our attention to five of them:  Grief is the same for everyone - Resoundingly not true. Some people cry, some run, literally or figuratively. Some laugh, some busy themselves. Not to mention the influence of one's cultural location and the impact…

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What does success in therapy look like?

Untangling emotional reactions and getting unstuck by Carol Smith, LMFT A person came to me beginning to have so many emotional eruptions, getting angry too fast, or crying too fast, or having fear kind of overtake them at different points in their life: in the home, in the workplace. They just couldn't make sense out of why all this emotional dysregulation was happening in their life.  They began to unravel their story to me over time about how, where they…

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Cassie’s Story

https://youtu.be/h0phSpTnRlg We're so grateful to Cassie for sharing her powerful story of healing during Journey to Wholeness, a breakfast supporting Insight Counseling Centers, on September 14, 2023. Watch the video to hear her message about finding purpose in life after trauma.October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Advocates from the National Domestic Violence Hotline are here to listen without judgement and help you begin to address what’s going on in your relationship. Their services are always free and available 24/7. Get…

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5th Annual Journey to Wholeness

A Breakfast Supporting Insight Counseling Centers You're invited to our 5th annual Journey to Wholeness breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, September 14! The event will take place in McWhirter Hall at West End United Methodist Church, Nashville. Staff, board members, and therapists from Insight Counseling Centers will present an inside look at the work that your donations make possible -- plus, we'll hear a story of healing from someone who has directly benefited from therapy at Insight! Check in is at…

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Stress, Burnout, and (Not) You

Friday, September 29 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Free Workshop Stress is a normal part of living, but when we carry it with us, life gets heavy. This free workshop is designed to teach participants about the risk factors and early warning signs of the kinds of stress that lead to compassion fatigue and burnout, how to heal from the burdens of undue residual or cumulative stress, and what to do to prevent…

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The Mental Health Challenges of New Parenthood

https://youtu.be/ROnHtdxj40Q Hannah Feliciano, LMFT, shares highlights from her presentation, "The Hard Truths of New Parenthood." The Mental Health Challenges of New Parenthood Transcript Hello, everyone! My name is Hannah Feliciano, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here in Tennessee. I've been practicing for a little over five years, and I currently work at Insight Counseling Centers in the Nashville area. If you weren't able to join me for the presentation about the mental health challenges of new…

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Living Your Best Life Now

Panel Discussion on Mental Health for Older Adults https://youtu.be/c_xxrQd-9D4 How do we bridge generational gaps and connect with the people in our family? What can we do to heal from the mental and emotional wounds from our past? Can seeing a therapist really help us live our best lives now? In this panel discussion, we explore the unique struggles faced by adults aged 60 and over and the resources that are available for building mental, emotional, and spiritual strength and…

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Look Around, Look Within

Where a person lives, as well as their economic stability and social connections, are part of what is called “social determinants of health." The more these factors work in your favor the more likely you are to have better mental well-being. However, when it seems like the world is working against you, your mental health can suffer. While many parts of your environment can be out of your control, there are steps you can take to change your space and…

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In the Aftermath of a Tragedy

It might seem counter intuitive, but the easiest time for those struck by tragedy can be in the immediate aftermath. Environmentally or socially, communities rally around those affected with an outpouring of support and resources. Psychologically, overwhelming circumstances are met with numbing and shutdown in the individuals affected, like an in-built pain killing mechanism. However, just as with medication, it wears off. It is in this readjustment period that the brunt of the tragedy is understood, and the scope of…

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Tiffany’s Story

https://youtu.be/2tEdePQMHz8 Tiffany is a Black woman of faith, a wife, and a stay at home mom of a young daughter. She also suffers from depressive episodes. Because she wanted to take good care of her new family, she sought therapy to treat her depression and ended up finding her authentic voice. Tiffany's Story Transcript I am a Nashvillian, born and raised. I am a stay-at-home mom. I love to write and be creative, and, of course, spend time with my…

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Free Training: Exploring Mental Fitness

Friday, March 31 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Central) at Forest Hills Baptist Church Insight Counseling Centers hosts a Fifth Friday Mental Health Training on Exploring Mental Fitness: Understanding Your Inner Judge and Its Sneaky Saboteurs | Strengthening Your Sage. Did you know everyone has an inner judge? Even you? Each person’s judge is supported by sneaky Saboteurs. Shirzad Chamine, best-selling author and creator of the Positive Intelligence/Mental Fitness program has identified nine Saboteurs that exist to some degree…

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This is the most popular 2023 New Year’s resolution in Tennessee

Last month, the job search website, Zippia, released results of a survey showing the most popular 2023 New Year’s resolutions, by state. I expected Tennessee’s top resolution to be “stop smoking,” “lose weight,” or “exercise more.” I was pleasantly surprised to see that along with 11 other states, Tennessee’s top resolution for 2023 is “therapy.” While we can debate the effectiveness of new year's resolutions (studies tell us most are forgotten by Valentine’s Day), the fact that beginning therapy topped…

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How to Start Therapy

Written by Joshua F. Medeiros, MS             As this year comes to a close, many minds turn to reflections of the past year. Fond memories, big changes, obstacles overcome, and victories won abound, yet all too often the focus turns to the negative. Regrets, things we wish we had accomplished, broken promises to others, but more subtle and possibly more painful are the promises we have not kept with ourselves. Invariably, the resolution to do better in the coming year…

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National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month -- celebrated each November -- is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. More than 50 million Americans provide crucial care and medical assistance to parents, children, siblings, or other loved ones. If you are a family caregiver, we want to connect you with information and resources that can help you maintain your mental health and better serve your loved ones. Caregiver Toolbox: https://www.caregiveraction.org/family-caregiver-toolbox Caregiver Help Desk: https://www.caregiveraction.org/helpdesk Family Caregiver Services in…

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Mary’s Story

https://youtu.be/kQ41Tgylx74 When Mary moved from Philadelphia to Nashville, she knew she needed to find a new therapist who could help end the cycles of pain from her childhood wounds. Mary's Story Transcript I recently saw a photo on Instagram. Its heading says, 'This is what depression looks like,' and underneath it had photos of celebrities that have committed suicide: Robin Williams, Kate Spade, Lee Thompson Young. What was jarring was the contrast between their smiling faces and the struggles that…

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Living with Mistakes

And learning from them  Written by Jared Porter There’s no mistake about it: My daughter is quite the artist. She lives for art. During the early days of the pandemic, it became a wonderful outlet for her. Her style and technique flourished. She learned to make it her own. Like her dad, she’s also a perfectionist. I saw it clear as day a couple of years back. She was working on a drawing and she made — that’s right —…

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4th Annual Journey to Wholeness

Join us for our 4th annual Journey to Wholeness event! You're invited to breakfast on Thursday, September 29 from 7:45 am - 8:45 am in McWhirter Hall at West End United Methodist Church, Nashville. Staff, board members, and therapists from Insight Counseling Centers will present an inside look at the work that your donations make possible -- plus, we'll hear a story of healing from someone who has directly benefited from therapy at Insight. Guests will have an opportunity to…

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Therapy Is for Everybody

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Therapist Panel Discussion https://youtu.be/WIiMx4Cf41I July is recognized nationally as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In this one-hour panel discussion we explore the unique struggles faced by minority and marginalized populations and the resources that are available for building mental, emotional, and spiritual strength and well-being. Our featured panelists include Monét C. Shell, LMFT, Meadow Alsobrook, LPC-MHSP(Temp.), Hannah Feliciano, LMFT, and Amanda Gibson LPC-MHSP(Temp.).

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One Step at a Time: Navigating Life’s Twists and Turns

Written By Jared Porter “I love that thing!” my daughter said, pointing. That “thing” was a small, hedge-lined, grass field stretching out before her under a brilliant blue sky. Birds were singing. The sun was shining. It was a beautiful summer day. We’d been here before: the picturesque Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. One of my favorite parts of the Scarritt Bennett Center is the labyrinth, a circular formation outlined by bricks pressed into the ground near the International Peace…

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Grief & Remembrance

Written by Joshua F. Medeiros, MS Benjamin Franklin once quipped that, “in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” While many Americans spend an entire season worrying about taxes, there are precious few days where we collectively reflect on death. In this post, I would like to begin by giving a very brief history of Memorial Day and then transition into a discussion on grief and the grieving process, of which, days of remembrance like today can play…

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Matrescence: The Transition to Motherhood

Reflections of a New Mother Written by Hannah Feliciano, LMFT I became a new mom last year, and while this past year has been the most incredibly rewarding, it has also been one of the most difficult and draining years as well.  The transition to motherhood is one that is celebrated for its beauty and awe, but many times it is also a transition fraught with anxiety, depression and even sometimes anger and disappointment.  The transition to motherhood is something…

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Accepting the Things I Cannot Change… Including My Family! 

https://youtu.be/Z4n7_UKxK_E We come by our habits honestly. Whether it's been a few years since you left home or you're retired, the family that raised you matters. How you manage relationships, what you expect from life, and your view of God have been shaped by home. Dr. Amanda W. Myers, LMFT, examines the Serenity Prayer from the lens of acceptance and the context of changing those family nuances that are detrimental to your health in this recorded webinar.

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Mental Health for Faith Communities

https://youtu.be/jh0InB7USVc How can faith community leaders and mental health practitioners work together for the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the people they serve? In this hour-long webinar, we discover how mental health concerns can impact faith communities, how faith communities can impact mental health, and how to determine when it’s appropriate to refer someone in your faith community to mental health services.  Presenter: Carol Smith, M.Div., LMFT serves as Director of Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Training at Insight Counseling Centers. Resources…

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Three Questions with Monét Shell

What drew you to the field of counseling? I wanted to be able to better serve the people I worked with. At that time, I worked in Human Resources and interacted with several hundred people per week. I chose Psychology as my minor as I pursued an undergraduate degree. After my first semester, I knew that learning how and why people interact the way that we do was more than an add-on. I needed to receive all of the knowledge…

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Monét Shell Named Director of Clinical Services

Insight Counseling Centers is pleased to announce the selection of Monét C. Shell as Director of Clinical Services beginning January 2022. Monét is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate of Lipscomb University, where she earned a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her relationship with Insight Counseling Centers began with a Master’s-level clinical internship and continued with a contract therapist position after earning her degree. Monét joins Executive Director, Pam Brown, and Director of Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Training,…

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Leslie’s Story

https://youtu.be/Ey_J7JLWRsc Leslie's Story Transcript My marriage of 27 years was collapsing. My husband and I could no longer communicate, and a good close friend of mine told me about Insight. I felt really inspired, touched by the Holy Spirit, to give it a try. I felt emotionally paralyzed and very stuck dealing with the problems in our marriage, which led to incredible frustration. Dealing with it on our own only made the situation worse.  The first session was really refreshing,…

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Introducing Insight Ambassadors of Rutherford County

“Each Rutherford County ambassador is a long‐time supporter of Insight’s mission. It is wonderful that this group has come together in an official way to help make sure those who live and work in Rutherford County know about our agency’s mission, and that we stand ready to provide professional counseling to individuals, couples, and families.”Pam Brown, executive director of Insight Counseling Centers Insight Counseling Centers is pleased to announce its newly formed group, Insight Ambassadors of Rutherford County. The members…

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Grief, Loss, and the Holidays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btoKl9iu_gw Insight Counseling Centers presents a therapist round-table discussion on grief, loss, and the holidays. Speakers: Carol Smith, LMFT, Dr. Dwight Hughes, LMFT, Jordan Malone, Meadow Alsobrook, LPC-MHSP(Temp) Grief Resources Therapist-Recommended Books A Decembered Grief: Living with loss while others are celebrating (1999 & 2011) by Harold Ivan Smith Seven Choices: Finding Daylight after Loss Shatters Your World (Neeld, E. H., 2003) The Empty Chair: Handling grief on holidays and special occasions (2001) by Susan J Zonnebelt-Smeenge & Robert C. DeVries…

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Rediscovering Your Abundance

Using Your Spiritual Resources to Improve Your Mental Health https://youtu.be/Ei2eDGFvu8o Your spirituality, faith, or religious tradition are part of the whole you. In this recorded webinar video, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Carol Smith, guides us through the questions: How can therapists help us heal from past spiritual wounds? What is spiritually-integrated psychotherapy? And how can we use our own spirituality and religious traditions to help strengthen and improve our mental health? Presenter: Carol Smith is a Licensed Marriage &…

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Kayla’s Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x0uVIyTpwY First-time therapy client, Kayla, was amazed at how meeting with her therapist at Insight Counseling Centers improved her life and relationships! Kayla's Story Transcript I’m originally from Indiana – Fort Wayne, most people don't know it. I'm the first-born and only daughter; I have two brothers, and we're stair stepped, so they're like a year and two years apart. We all grew up real close. What keeps me busy? I love reading. I'm definitely a homebody, especially with COVID. …

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Trauma: The Pain We Still Carry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCkD1g2b9ts Reflections of a Black Therapist A trauma event is one that the mind, body, and/or soul carries and translates into defense mechanisms. Those mechanisms can include defenses such as Repression, Internalization, Projection, Rationalization, and Denial. Monét C. Shell, therapist at Insight Counseling Centers, explores the types of traumas presented by Black clients in therapy during this online presentation. Presenter: Monét C. Shell practices marriage and family therapy at Insight Counseling Centers and sees clients through telehealth. She holds a…

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Aging Matters: Opioids & Addiction

Free documentary screening and expert panel discussion with audience Q&A Thursday, September 2nd from 9:30 am - 10:30 am Online Adults over age 50 are one of the fastest-growing groups for substance misuse and abuse. NPT Reports Aging Matters: Opioids & Addiction explores how older adults and their families deal with the medical, social, and economic challenges of this public health threat. Insight Counseling Centers invites you to an online documentary screening on Thursday, September 2nd from 9:30 am –…

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Insight Returns to Vine Street Christian Church

Thirty-six years ago, a group of visionary people from Vine Street Christian Church set a plan in motion that led to the formation of Insight Counseling Centers, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to restoring lives to wholeness by providing spiritually-integrated psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples in Tennessee. We are so grateful to Vine Street for their continued support of our mission, and we’re excited to announce that we are returning to a newly renovated counseling office in the church…

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Webinar Video: Yours, Mine & Ours – Building Healthy Families

https://youtu.be/zvvriBsXLxU Change can create chaos for families, especially for teens and parents. Two tools that can help strengthen family relationships and calm chaos are healthy boundaries and communication. Insight counselor, Ed Barron, shares tips to reduce family strains in this recorded webinar video. Presenter: Ed Barron, LPC-MHSP(Temp.), provides counseling to adults, couples, children, adolescents, families, and groups, specializing in divorce, children of divorce and blended families. He works with those experiencing a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, individuals…

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Webinar Video: What’s Next? Mental Health for Your Quarter-Life Crisis

https://youtu.be/dR2wZBnxJ7c You're likely familiar with the popular image of a mid-life crisis presenting itself in the form of a man in his mid-forties buying a car way out of his tax bracket and attempting to wear the latest fashion. You may be less familiar with the quarter-life crisis, affecting individuals between the ages of 18-25 who find themselves at a loss between childhood and adulthood. This stage of life doesn’t have to be a time of fear and turmoil. Insight…

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Webinar Video: Self-Sabotage

https://youtu.be/62fOrV03odU Self-sabotaging behaviors create problems for us in daily life and ultimately prevent us from achieving our long-standing goals. The most common self-sabotaging behaviors include procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting. In this webinar, Dr. Amanda W. Myers teaches us how to identify our self-sabotaging behaviors and shares tools for overcoming them. Presenter: Amanda W. Myers, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and sees clients at Insight Counseling Centers’…

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George Bailey & Me

I think about my old friend George Bailey from time to time. You probably remember him. Tall guy, born and raised in Bedford Falls, spitting image of Jimmy Stewart. Beautiful family. I grew up with George. We’ve spent many an hour together over the years, typically at the holidays. In fact, that's really the only time I’ve seen him—but what he represents is something that stays with me all year long. I know, I know. "It's A Wonderful Life" is…

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Free Event: Companionship & Intimacy

Free Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Thursday, May 13 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am Online We know loneliness can negatively impact our health, but what do we do about it? This NPT Reports: Aging Matters episode explores the benefits and challenges of developing relationships as we age. Insight Counseling Centers invites you to an online documentary screening on Thursday, May 13 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am. An expert panel discussion with audience Q&A will immediately follow the screening.…

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Webinar Video: Telehealth for Your Mental Health

Friday, April 16 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm https://youtu.be/PnGLAL2NUmg Technology allows us to connect with each other in a lot of ways. Throughout the pandemic in particular, many people have been receiving mental health counseling online through telehealth. What is telehealth, and is it really as effective and secure as meeting with a therapist in person? Presenter: Amanda Gibson is a counselor at Insight Counseling Centers’ Murfreesboro location and sees clients statewide via telehealth. She holds a Master’s degree…

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Finding Gratitude in 2020

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of hearing and using the term “unprecedented times.” But really, how else can we describe 2020 using language appropriate for polite company? I recall this time last year when we were about to say “goodbye” to 2019. Businesses were gearing up with their “2020 Vision” themes, and many people were approaching the new decade with optimism. And then came March, which came in like a lion, but didn’t go out like…

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Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

For me, the time between early November through the end of December holds special place in my heart and mind -- a season of reflection filled with hope for our best life. In addition to hope there are three other components of living a healthy life: they are peace, joy, and love.And while the holiday season this year will be a different than in years past, we are learning to be flexible and adapt our activities to remain healthy, safe…

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Provide the gift of comfort, hope, and perseverance

For some, the holiday season is not always met with the richness of love and joy surrounded by family and friends. Instead, it may be a time of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. However, your gift provides comfort and hope to many individuals knowing they can receive affordable counseling from our compassionate therapists. In addition to making a year-end donation, this season we offer you the opportunity to join our Compassion Circle, Insight's monthly giving circle. Your recurring monthly gift will create…

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Tayllor’s Story

https://youtu.be/77pCo3hFttM Family relationships can be tough, so when Tayllor moved back near her hometown and her family after college, she knew she would need support. Thanks to encouragement from her friends, she sought out therapy. Her counselor at Insight Counseling Centers met her with the warmth and kindness she needed to work through anxiety and enter a new chapter in her life. Tayllor's Story Transcript I am 100% on the therapy and counseling training. I think that anyone can benefit…

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Katie’s Story

https://youtu.be/m8D3wvuDhlY As a self-employed artist and single mom, Katie assumed counseling was a luxury she couldn't afford. When she found out about Insight Counseling Centers' income-based fee scale, she discovered that not only was counseling affordable, but her mental and emotional health was completely worth the investment. Katie's Story Transcript My name is Katie, and I am originally from southern Louisiana, but I've been living in Murfreesboro for 30 years, so I definitely call Tennessee home. I am a self-employed…

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Insight Hosts ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Training Program

Insight Counseling Centers is proud to host a 30-hour training program for mental health professionals and graduate students on working with clients' spirituality in session. The Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Training Program was developed by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education and consists of ten 3-hour courses. Participants who complete the 30-hour curriculum are eligible to pursue certification in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy by completing 20 hours of consultation with an ACPE SIP Trainer. The pilot training program at…

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Save the Date: Journey to Wholeness on Oct. 8

We’re livestreaming on October 8! Throughout this difficult year, Insight therapists have supported their clients through each unique challenge. Join us for Journey to Wholeness – a free 30-minute online event to celebrate and support the clients and therapists of Insight Counseling Centers. Hear the impact Insight Counseling is making in the lives of individuals, families, and couples in Middle Tennessee, and learn how you can become involved! There is no cost to attend. There will be an opportunity to…

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Webinar Video: The Importance of Practicing Self-Care & Gratitude

Watch the webinar recording and learn how to maintain and improve your mental health using self-care and gratitude https://youtu.be/JiO2gnwVfjE With 18% of Americans facing an anxiety disorder, and around 40% of Americans expressing anxiety about contracting the new coronavirus, now more than ever it is important to talk about ways to tend to our mental health. Sharing current research, practical tools, and personal anecdotes, Insight counselors Hannah Feliciano, MMFC/T, and Amanda Gibson, MA, illuminate how practicing self-care and gratitude maintains…

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Millennials + Therapy

Millennials have been called the therapy generation. It’s undeniable that people in their 20s and 30s are a lot less hesitant to go to therapy and actually talk about it than their parents and grandparents have been. We have always known just how important our mental health is, but now more than ever, it is paramount to care for ourselves and our emotional well-being. In this episode, we explore how millennials are embracing their own mental health journey, some of…

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How Gratitude Improves Mental Health

Gratitude is all about the expression of appreciation. We appreciate people, things, and experiences that we come across in our lives; and, as it turns out, this expression of gratitude can benefit us mentally, physically, and emotionally. Several studies over time have shown the benefits that come along with openly practicing gratitude. People who are grateful are happier, sleep better, and even live longer. We don’t practice gratitude because we live happy lives; we live happy lives because we practice…

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Finding Gratitude, Even in Grief?

Written by Jared Porter Several years ago, on a Saturday, I went for a walk at Nashville’s scenic Percy Warner Park. There’s just something rejuvenating about trees, birds, squirrels, and trickling water. I don’t do it often enough, but that day, I made time for it. Up the long, winding path I went, around a bend, trees overhead, nature all around me. Every step was taking me closer to Something. I didn’t know what, but for me, that’s part of…

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Good Friendships Improve Your Mental Health

Written by Bailey Huckaby I will never forget the moment my best friend Cassie looked at me and said, “You are depressed, and I’m tired of us not talking about it.” I was shocked. I had spent the last several months trying to portray the positive, upbeat person that most of my friends knew me to be. I was determined to keep up the façade that everything was great, I was happy, I was okay. For the most part, it…

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Recovering from Trauma

It's likely that trauma has touched all of our lives, whether through our own experiences or the experiences of people we know. Over 70% of adults in the United States have experienced trauma at some point in their lives. Trauma can be caused by a range of experiences, whether they are single incidents or experiences that happen over a period of time. Some examples of situations that can cause trauma are natural disasters, losing one’s job, experiencing infidelity in a…

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Owning Your Feelings

Start by identifying your feelings. It can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you’re feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with, but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. Fast Facts The English language has over 3,000 words for emotions.People who are good at being specific about identifying and labeling their emotions are less likely to binge drink, be…

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Denise’s Story

https://youtu.be/ktO1wPddxy8 Denise was feeling stuck in her life, like the well of her encouraging presence had run dry. Using a model of therapy called Restoration Therapy, her therapist at Insight Counseling Centers helped her find new perspectives and truth that led to peace. Denise's Story Transcript I like to say that I am an Insight Counseling success story. Life before I came to therapy was okay, not good or exceptional, but it was okay. It was mainly because I had…

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Leaning into Your Strengths & Resources

When life gets difficult, where do you find peace and hope? What sustains you? Is there anybody who truly understands your situation? All of us have strengths and resources we use to get through hard times, to feel good, and to flourish. Taking time to identify and remember these resources will benefit your mental health! Leaning into your strengths Your strengths are your internal resources, and they are always with you. Leaning into your strengths is just a matter of…

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Teletherapy Services at Insight

We’re here for you. Insight is offering quality and compassionate mental health counseling services via teletherapy. Our therapists are available to help with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, and relationship issues, among others, or to assist you in processing the rapidly unfolding current events. Teletherapy allows you to speak to a therapist in the safety and comfort of your home. We are able to provide this service to anyone in the state of Tennessee. When you reach out to schedule…

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The Keys to a Healthy Relationship

What does it take to have a healthy relationship? We asked our experienced couples’ therapists and discovered some key areas of focus to grow our relationship skills. In healthy romantic partnerships, both parties feel safe to be vulnerable with each other because their intimate relational needs are known and nourished, versus shut down or cut off.  Essentially, partners are respected and assured they can count on the other. Most people think of romance as sending flowers or preparing a fancy…

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What helps us through Depression?

“…This incredibly isolating experience called ‘depression’—and it’s isolating to a greater extent than I imagined survivable—ultimately reconnects you with the human community in a deeper, wider, and richer way.” -Author, Parker Palmer, on making meaning after depression. Depression is common, but the experience of depression doesn’t feel common. In depression, you feel lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, and afraid. This state of being is exhausting. The everyday tasks of maintaining your life become unbearably painful. Vitality is lost and you feel like…

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Free Documentary Screening in Nashville on February 4

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM First Presbyterian Church of Nashville 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220 Decades of research have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. On this edition of Aging Matters, we will explore how growing older can be an isolating experience and the difference between being isolated and feeling isolated or lonely. We’ll also look at innovative ways to create communities that prevent…

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Psychotherapy for Latino Immigrant Communities: Dr. Adrianne McKeon

Dr. Adrianne McKeon and Hannah Feliciano, MMFT, at a conference in 2019 Clients who have immigrated to the United States face some unique challenges. Often, they are survivors of abuse, natural disasters, depression, anxiety, and immigration trauma. Using their clients’ own values, personal faith, and caring natures, bilingual therapists Hannah Feliciano and Dr. Adrianne McKeon create safe spaces for Latino immigrants to care for themselves and heal from trauma. Listen to the Episode Show notes:  EPISODE GUEST Adrianne McKeon, Ph.D.…

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Holly’s Story

https://youtu.be/crthZuZRQHw When Holly noticed that her anxiety was starting to affect her relationships, she reached out to Insight Counseling Centers to find peace.Through the care of her therapist, she found tools to give herself compassion and feel less overwhelmed. Holly's Story Transcript I didn't realize until I was in my early 20s the dysfunction of my family and what effect it had on me growing up. Anxiety started to really build, and I began to understand what it was as…

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Jake’s Story

https://youtu.be/n6_UtQ3M08I When Jake moved to Tennessee to play music, he quickly realized he could use some help settling into this new life transition. Years of sober living have taught him the importance of healthy community and mentorship. Regular meetings with his counselor help Jake continue leveling up in his life. Jake's Story Transcript When I treat myself like a valued customer, I start to get those rewards back and have value for myself and my own life. My name is…

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Carolyn’s Story

https://youtu.be/Q5kbQ_ZQapA Singer/songwriter, Carolyn Kendrick, often encouraged her friends to seek out a therapist to help them work through their troubles. After continual high anxiety and stress from her work as a musician, she realized it was time to take her own advice. Carolyn's Story Transcript A lot of times when I'd be talking about their issues, I'd be like, "Why don't you go to therapy? Why don't you find some counseling? Why don't you find somebody that you can talk…

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Restoration Experience on Oct. 5, 2019

Therapists Share about Healing Spiritual Wounds Oct. 5: Insight Counseling Centers offers a conference on healing faith-based hurt Insight Counseling Centers is presenting Restoration Experience, a free 90-minute conference taking place on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm at The Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood. The aim of the event is to acknowledge that hurt and isolation sometimes occur in faith communities, and to give people much-needed resources for moving forward. Spiritual wounds are real, and unfortunately, common. They range…

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Journey to Wholeness: A Breakfast to Support Insight Counseling Centers

You’re invited to breakfast! Join us for the Journey to Wholeness Breakfast on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at West End United Methodist Church (McWhirter Hall), 2200 West End Ave, Nashville, TN.  Check-in begins at 7:45 am, breakfast from 8 am - 9 am. Hear the impact Insight Counseling Centers is making in the lives of individuals, families, and couples in Middle Tennessee, and learn how you can get involved. There is no cost to attend, and the event will include…

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“People want to be remembered.”

Written by Pam Brown, ACC, CFRE Last week I visited with a long-time supporter of Insight Counseling Centers. Her support goes all the way back to our agency’s founding more than 30 years ago. Insight recently received a shipment of coffee mugs and I wanted her to have one. I put together an arrangement of flowers and greenery from my garden so that the mug could serve as a cute little vase. When I arrived at the appointed time, her…

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Free Documentary Screening in Donelson on August 29

Thursday, August 29, 2019 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church2846 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 Decades of research have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. On this edition of Aging Matters, we will explore how growing older can be an isolating experience and the difference between being isolated and feeling isolated or lonely. We’ll also look at innovative ways to create communities that prevent…

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Our Stories: How Spiritual Experiences + Relationships Shape Us

Hannah (the newbie therapist) and Eric (the former pastor) share about their faith backgrounds and discuss the future of faith. Listen to the Episode Show notes: EPISODE CO-HOSTS Eric Schaefer | A transplant to Nashville from Southern California, Eric Schaefer received his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in Communications and Master’s of Divinity from Columbia Seminary. He has worked as a principal at an inpatient adolescent  psychiatric hospital, done family and youth ministry, and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.…

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What does success in therapy look like?

A new perspective that freed him from depression and negative thinking by Dr. Dwight Hughes, LMFT I'll pull from a recent story. This is a pastor who came about 8 weeks ago, and his presenting issue was depression. Of course, he wasn't sure that he was depressed; his wife sent him, and he came willingly. By the 8th session, he comes in, and not only does he come in, but he brings his wife along with him. I saw them…

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The Integration Podcast Sponsored by Insight Counseling Centers

Insight Counseling Centers is proud to sponsor The Integration Podcast, a place to discuss difficult but relevant topics, where issues of spirituality, psychology, the arts, and society all intersect. The Integration Podcast is hosted by Hannah Feliciano and Eric Schaefer. The inaugural episode features an interview with therapists Carol Smith and Dwight Hughes on the topic of spiritually-integrative mental health counseling. Listen to the episode above, and find more information at theintegrationpodcast.com. You can also listen and subscribe to The…

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Ashley’s Story

https://youtu.be/1obfaSDP2Ro Finding herself unhappy after moving to Nashville, Ashley decided she didn’t want to keep running from her issues. Ashley's Story Transcript Before counseling, I was in a really unhappy place. I had moved to Nashville from Clarksville, so it was a pretty easy move. I was amazed at how downtrodden I became after coming here to Nashville. I developed poor relationships with people and partners. I think it was just one of those times of life where all the…

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Free Documentary Screening in Murfreesboro on May 21

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM St. Clair Senior Center 325 St Clair St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 Decades of research have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. On this edition of Aging Matters, we will explore how growing older can be an isolating experience and the difference between being isolated and feeling isolated or lonely. We’ll also look at innovative ways to create communities that prevent…

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Free Documentary Screening in Clarksville on May 16

Thursday, May 16, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Trinity Episcopal Parish 317 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN 37040 Decades of research have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. On this edition of Aging Matters, we will explore how growing older can be an isolating experience and the difference between being isolated and feeling isolated or lonely. We’ll also look at innovative ways to create communities that prevent isolation and…

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Psychotherapy + Spirituality: Carol Smith, LMFT, and Dr. Dwight Hughes

What is spiritually-integrative therapy? Hannah (the newbie therapist) and Eric (the former pastor) interview two experienced therapists who dare to invite clients’ spiritual beliefs, values, and faith traditions into the therapy office. Listen to the Episode Show notes: EPISODE GUESTS Carol Smith, M.Div., LMFT | Carol Smith is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of Tennessee and serves as Director of Clinical Services & Training at Insight Counseling Centers. In addition to a Master of Marriage &…

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Maggie’s Story

https://youtu.be/ZMmgrVoaxr8 As a young adult out on her own, and after experiencing a disorienting family situation, Maggie discovered therapy as a path to wellness. Maggie found Insight Counseling Centers through a partnership with her place of employment. Maggie's Story Transcript I think in my mind, people who needed therapy, you know, before I went to therapy, were people who just were sad all the time, really depressed. And I always just saw myself as someone who thought, 'I can figure…

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Bernie’s Story

https://youtu.be/LMBv5k94sak After years of supporting other women who struggle with co-dependency, Bernie suddenly recognized the pattern in her own life. Bernie reached out to her congregation for help, and they recommended Insight Counseling Centers. Bernie's Story Transcript I've worked with women in 12-step programs, but this relationship was never hit upon.   My name is Bernie, and this is my story.   I have had a long-standing, very difficult relationship with my daughter. Being codependent, you sort of divide yourself, and…

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Insight Counseling Centers Offers Counseling in Donelson

New location at Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church will serve Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Madison, Lebanon, East Nashville Insight Counseling Centers has opened a new location at Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church, 2846 Lebanon Pike in Donelson. With this key addition, Insight will expand its reach and services to communities across Middle Tennessee. “We are grateful to Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church for their hospitality. The church is centrally located so that we not only serve clients…

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Something All New Clinicians Need

Written by Krystal LaCoy, MMFT My time as a master’s intern at Insight Counseling Centers was a phenomenal experience. The first thing that stood out to me was the professional community that the other counselors, supervisors, and staff created. The second thing that stood out is the development opportunities provided by Insight. The group and individual supervision that I received was instrumental in my development as a counselor. I was given the space to explore who I am as a…

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Murfreesboro’s 25th Annual Luncheon & Fundraiser

Thursday, August 30, 2018 First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center 265 West Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN Doors open @ 10:30 am Lunch served @ 11:30 am Program and Live Auction to follow $25 per Seat | $200 for a Table of 8 Reserve your seat now or purchase at the door. SPONSORED BY: Presenting Sponsor: Rachel and Justin Holder, Parks Realty, Murfreesboro Advocate: Ellen K. Slicker, PhD Supporters: Central Christian Church, First Tennessee Bank, RAI Advisors, Saint Thomas Rutherford,…

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Free Screening of NPT’s Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation

Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Insight Counseling Centers - Nashville 678 Brook Hollow Road, Nashville, TN 37205 Decades of research have shown that social isolation and loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking or obesity. On this edition of Aging Matters, we will explore how growing older can be an isolating experience and the difference between being isolated and feeling isolated or lonely. We’ll also look at innovative ways to create communities that…

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Lectio Intima and Passionate Partnership

Friday, August 31st 8:30 am – 11:30 am Insight Counseling Centers - Nashville 678 Brook Hollow Rd., Nashville, TN 37205 Insight Counseling Centers invites you to a training on Lectio Intima (Intimate Reading) and Passionate Partnership. A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30 am, program to start at 9 am. Purchase tickets ahead of time online by credit card or at the door by cash or check made out to Insight Counseling Centers. 2.5 CEUs available for Licensed Clinical…

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Coping with Change and Transition

Robert Frost once said, “The best way out is always through.” This is so true about life’s transitions. The only way to grow in life’s transitions is to move through them. Transitions and change are facts of life. When life closes a door, change is inevitable. This can be a good thing. Transitions force us to make a move or a decision. They force us to flex muscles we may never have known we had and to move on to…

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Insight Now Offering Psychological Evaluations

At Insight Counseling Centers we strive to provide our clients with a diverse range of services to meet their needs. In that spirit, we are proud to announce that our Bilingual Psychologist, Dr. Adrianne McKeon, will be offering psychological evaluations in both English and Spanish. Dr. McKeon uses a variety of tests to determine the presence and severity of mental health diagnoses for children and adults. As part of the evaluation, clients receive an official report explaining findings and providing…

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Intro to Internal Family Systems

Friday, June 29th 8:45 am – 11:30 am Insight Counseling Centers - Nashville 678 Brook Hollow Rd., Nashville, TN 37205 Insight Counseling Centers invites you to an introductory training for clinicians on Internal Family Systems therapy. A light breakfast will be provided at 8:45 am, program to start at 9 am. Purchase tickets ahead of time online by credit card or at the door by cash or check made out to Insight Counseling Centers. CEUs available for Licensed Clinical Pastoral…

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Pancake Breakfast

Join us on Saturday, April 14 from 7 am - 11 am at Grace Lutheran Church in Clarksville for pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and tea! Tickets are $5 each at the door, and proceeds benefit the healing work of Insight Counseling Centers in Clarksville. We hope to see you there! Sponsored by: First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Grace Lutheran Church.

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Ask a Therapist: Depression

Millions of individuals in the U.S. each year suffer from depression, making it one of the most prevalent mental health concerns. It’s likely that you know and love someone who is affected by it. Maybe you have experienced firsthand some of the symptoms, when handling daily activities becomes a struggle, affecting every aspect of your life. Depression robs individuals of joy and fulfillment. Insight Counseling Centers helps clients recognize and utilize effective tools to work through depression. Brooke Lamb, MMFT,…

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How is your year going so far?

January gives us time and space to pause, reflect on where we’ve been, and look forward to where we want to go. Even though the term "New Year's Resolutions" has fallen out of favor with many, as the popularity of choosing a "Word of the Year" shows, the concept of setting intentions at the beginning of the new year remains important to many. Certain times, like New Year's Day and birthdays, offer us an opportunity to reorganize our lives. Sarah…

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Holding Hope

During counseling sessions, as therapists practicing Spiritually-integrative Psychotherapy, we are always listening for our clients’ source of ultimate hope. Hope is what will help a client get better, and knowing the source of hope helps us navigate to a place of healing. In the case of a client who has attempted suicide, it is essential to know the source of hope which keeps them grounded. One client, Beth*, came to Insight Counseling Centers referred by a good friend who saw…

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Guardians’ Guide to Teen Substance Use Prevention

This month, let’s take a few minutes to review Substance Abuse and Prevention together: Substance Abuse Points to Consider Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive use despite the negative and harmful consequences. Brain changes occur over time with drug use. The challenge brought to an addicted person’s self-control interferes with their ability to resist the urge to take drugs. This is also why relapse occurs. Drugs affect the brain’s reward system by flooding it with the chemical…

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Suicide Prevention Starts with a Conversation

Suicide is a word we hear about through the news, friends, or pop-culture, but a majority of us feel it won’t affect our lives. We feel distant from this subject, not recognizing the devastating and vast effect it has nationally and here in our own state. According to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, suicide was the 9th leading cause of death for all age groups in Tennessee in 2013, claiming approximately 950 lives per year. This number, however, does not…

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