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© 2017 Thrive Counseling Services, LLC. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Can Counseling Help Me?

The information on this page is not intended to diagnose or to replace professional help. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 immediately.

Not in an emergency but need to speak to someone right now? You can call the New Mexico Crisis Line at 1-855-NMCRISIS for free, 24 hours a day.

Please also understand that like any label, a diagnosis can be a useful tool for understanding ourselves and guiding future action but they can also harm us if used rigidly.

Please use this information to remember that you are not alone and that people get better every day. 

Depression:​

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Feeling tired, having less energy

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

  • Irritability, restlessness

  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

  • Overeating or appetite loss

  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

 
 

At Thrive, our counselors can help you understand your depression and why you may have it. They can also help you find ways to think, feel and act healthier and happier. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness are some of many options that a Thrive counselor can work to fit your needs.

Check Out our Blog to Learn More About Depression and Anxiety 

Anxiety:​​

  • Thinking too much about the outcome of events  

  • Restlessness and difficulty concentrating 

  • Problems with decision-making 

  • Worrying about feeling anxiety

  • Physical symptoms of mental stress, like headaches

  • Sweating too much

  • Palpitations, light heartedness, shortness of breath

  • Insomnia

  • Irrational fears

  • Chronic stomach issues

 

At Thrive, we provide counseling in Albuquerque that can help you learn about your anxiety and how to manage it or overcome it. We want you to be able to manage your anxiety so that your anxiety doesn't manage you.  There are many tools and techniques that a Thrive  counselor can help you learn, such as mindful relaxation techniques and coping skills, as well as identifying and reducing anxiety triggers.

Substance Use Disorders

( 2 or more )

  • Taking the substance in larger amounts and for longer than intended

  • Wanting to cut down or quit but not being able to do it

  • Spending a lot of time obtaining the substance

  • Craving or a strong desire to use substance

  • Repeatedly unable to carry out major obligations at work, school, or home due to substance use

  • Continued use despite persistent or recurring social or interpersonal problems caused or made worse by substance use

  • Stopping or reducing important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to substance use

  • Recurrent use of substance in physically hazardous situations

  • Consistent use of substance despite acknowledgment of persistent or recurrent physical or psychological difficulties from using opioids

  • *Tolerance as defined by either a need for markedly increased amounts to achieve intoxication or desired effect or markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount. (Does not apply for diminished effect when used appropriately under medical supervision)

  • *Withdrawal manifesting as either characteristic syndrome or the substance is used to avoid withdrawal (Does not apply when used appropriately under medical supervision)

Our counselors will offer ideas and insights into your substance-use, but you will always make your own goals whether they be to completely abstain or simply reduce your substance-use. Your Thrive counselor begins with the fact that you are an individual worthy of respect and then can offer insights into why you use substances, help you identify triggers and learn coping skills for overcoming urges and work on the root-causes of substance misuse, using CBT, mindfulness and many other techniques. Often, trauma, depression and anxiety are related to a person's substance misuse and other self-harming behaviors as well. 

Trauma:​​

Trauma can happen when you witness or experience an event where you or someone you care about gets hurt or almost does but there are many other things that can cause trauma. When it does occur, it often occurs during childhood. Trauma changes the structure of the brain  and is often said to be stored "in the body". It can shape our lives in ways that are imperceptible to us. A useful way to think about trauma is to think about a crystal with many surfaces. One surface may contain depression, another anxiety, another anger-problems and yet another, substance use issues: but the core of the crystal is trauma. 

 

Our counselors are trained in trauma-informed-care. We can gently and carefully help you unravel and work through painful events in your past, as well as help you learn to care for yourself in the present.  At Thrive, we believe deeply that those who experience trauma, can also experience post-traumatic growth.

Check Out our Blog Page  to Learn More About Trauma and Addiction  

Marriage Counseling and Family Therapy

At Thrive Counseling Albuquerque, we have counselors that are highly trained in family and marriage counseling. We use a variety of approaches which include Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness-based techniques and others.

When working with two or more people that are involved in a relationship, there are some common steps that couples counseling or family therapy at Thrive  includes:

  • Getting each person involved ready to work on the issues and asking themselves "what can I do to make this relationship better?'. 

  • Strengthening the connection and making it less painful

  • Learning to communicate effectively, even when you don't agree; and expressing hurt in a useful way.

  • Learning to manage intense emotions in the moment, so that you don't say or do something that harms the relationship