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A B O U T
T H L H

Our Mission 

At Think Happy Live Healthy we provide a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to mental health services.  Our therapists each specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and/or adults and acknowledge the connection between mental health and physical health.   At THLH we go beyond traditional talk therapy to treat mental health issues by looking at the whole person. Our therapy includes treating lifestyle habits such as increasing movement, nurturing a healthy relationship with food, and strengthening social connectedness.  We realize the strong connection between our body and minds and use that to provide a more effective kind of treatment for our patients.

 

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Our Vision

Inspire. Motivate. Empower. 

Inspire our clients to learn about wellness and take the steps towards change.

Inspire our clinicians to become specialized and choose their own path.

Motivate our clients towards a happier and healthier life.

Motivate our clinicians towards self-discovery, introspection, and growth.

Empower our clients to start living their best lives. Empower our clinicians to follow their dreams.

Think Happy Live Healthy Story...

The idea for Think Happy Live Healthy began several years ago as I was working as a school psychologist in the Northern Virginia area.  Starting out as young as elementary school I was seeing an overwhelming amount of children suffering from depression, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, and anxiety.  By middle school, kids were overstressed, overworked, and overcommitted.  They had developed no coping skills and therefore chose unhealthy ways to deal with their suffering.

As I was referring these children to therapists, it was almost as if my office was a revolving door.  These children were on lengthy wait lists and given medication.  Children were not learning positive coping strategies or developing an understanding of their bodies and minds until they reached therapy.  Therefore, middle school became a place where kids were refusing to come and/or suffering from significant physical and mental health issues.  Undiagnosed anxiety and depression turned into Irritable Bowel Syndrome or migraines, or other chronic illness.

I began to pursue my license as a school psychologist to work outside the schools and provide therapy.  With my knowledge of real problems parents, children, and families face, I knew I could provide a unique and valuable service.

For the past 10 years or so, I have been on my own journey of health and healing from a chronic illness that was not diagnosed until recently.  I can understand the frustration and hardships people face when they suffer from a silent illness, maybe one that is chronic or undiagnosed, and must continue with their daily lives and hide it from the world.  After seeing specialist after specialist I began to feel like there was no hope and decided to undergo a complete lifestyle change.  I started learning and reading all about nutrition, changing my diet, cutting out foods, moving my body regularly, and started my own therapy.  I believe my positive mindset and healthy lifestyle are what propelled me to be able to effectively manage my chronic illness and my mental health.  Anything is possible when we learn to be curious about how we are feeling both physically and mentally and take steps towards our best self.

By learning to let go of bad habits and embrace change, I finally began to live the Happy and Healthy life I’ve always wanted to. I have taken my passion along with my training as a school psychologist to create Think Happy Live Healthy, to inspire young children, adolescents, and adults that they have the power to change and lead a healthy and happy life.  If we can help children learn these skills now, together we can change their future.

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