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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 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 diagnoses 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. 


  • 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 Counseling Services, 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 just a few of the many options that a Thrive counselor can utilize to fit your needs. 
Check Out our Blog to Learn More About Depression and 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 headedness, shortness of breath

  • Insomnia

  • Irrational fears

  • Chronic stomach issues


At Thrive Counseling Services, we provide online or in-person counseling in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho that can help you manage your anxiety. There are many tools and techniques that a Thrive counselor can use to help, such as mindful relaxation techniques, coping skills, or self-compassion.

Substance Use Disorders

(2 or more)

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

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

  • Spending a lot of time obtaining the substance

  • Craving or a strong desire to use substance

  • Repeatedly unable to carry out 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

  • *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 or the substance 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 from a place of knowing you are an individual worthy of respect. From there, your counselor 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, utilizing CBT, mindfulness and many other techniques. A person's substance misuse can often be related to trauma, depression, and anxiety as well as self-harming behaviors.


Trauma often occurs when you witness or experience an event where you or someone you care about gets hurt or almost does; however, there are many other things that can cause trauma. When trauma does occur, it is sometimes during childhood but a person can experience trauma at any time in their life. Trauma changes the structure of the brain and brings patterns of fear, anxiety, doubt and depression into our lives in significant ways that may often be imperceptible to us. Trauma is the root of suffering for many people. Think about trauma as 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 itself is trauma.


All of our counselors are trained in trauma-informed care and some are trained in EMDR. 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 Counseling Services, 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  

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