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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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Coping with Change and Transition

Written by Barbara Tamkin, MMFT 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…

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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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Guardians’ Guide to Teen Substance Use Prevention

Written by Jeremy Sublett, LPC-MHSP 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…

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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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Speaking of Therapy

Written by Pam Brown, Executive Director Media misrepresentation and what we can do about it Since joining Insight Counseling Centers in January, I've become more attuned to the ways in which therapy and therapists are portrayed in the media. Here are two examples I recently noticed. 1. A couple was meeting with their therapist for marriage counseling. The actor playing the therapist approached the part as a loopy, clueless character whose suggestions elicited eye rolls from the husband and wife.…

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Survivors of Suicide: Moving Through Grief

Written by John Ray, MA It is estimated that over 40,000 deaths by suicide occur in the United States every year. Suicide leaves in its wake a host of family, friends, and others affected by tremendous and sudden loss. How can these survivors of tragedy move forward with their lives? First must come the understanding that one will never "get over" such a loss. Rather, the aim is to "get through" it, accepting that life as you have known it…

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Interactive Mood Walls in Williamson & Rutherford Counties

“Vulnerability begets vulnerability, so when you open up and you have that conversation with somebody it validates those emotions in somebody else. What we've seen in this campaign is that people start talking, and it's good and it's healthy and it's fun! It's encouraging, and you know that someone else out there in your own community is feeling the same things that you're feeling.” Insight’s Director of Development & Marketing, Taylor Cochran, was live on Facebook with Williamson Source today,…

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100 Days of Insight

Executive Director 100 Day Report I recently observed my 100th day with Insight Counseling Centers. Since January 3rd, I have been meeting with agency stakeholders including staff, board members, former board members, and people who were involved in the agency’s founding 32 years ago. I quickly assessed that Insight is blessed with counselors who provide exquisite, spiritually integrated psychotherapy; a “lean and mean” administrative staff of three who approach their development, marketing, communications, and finance responsibilities with extreme dedication; an…

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