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Do you know the power of gratitude? {Tuesday Topics}

TuesdayTopics (1)What are you grateful for?

When was the last time you made time to think about all that you are grateful for?

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it seems counter-cultural to think about all the blessings we already have rather than all of the things that we need. It’s easy to feel perpetually behind schedule and generally behind in life. Though we may not be able to change our circumstance we are able to change the way we view our circumstances and how we see ourselves. The transformation begins with thoughts of gratitude.

So, I challenge you today, before you go to bed instead of rehearsing all of the things you didn’t accomplish, think about all the things you did. Instead of focusing on what when wrong during your day, think about what when right and then… be grateful.

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What are your favorite budget friendly summertime activities? {Tuesday Topics}

Can you believe it’s already August?!

With just one month left to summer I can’t help but think about all my warm weather favorites.

In my opinion, summertime freebies and budget friendly finds are the absolute best. I love good summertime adventures that leave both me and my wallet feeling happy.  They’re perfect for some me-time, a family fun day, or even a romantic date!  Here are a few of my favorites…


I love a good museum and I love them most during the summertime when I’m out and about.

Museums are great for spontaneous visits and don’t require tons of time. When the heat index is crazy out, I welcome the opportunity to duck into a well air-conditioned building and do a little learning.

Pretty much any of the Smithsonians are my go-tos. To find museums near you click here.


Though I have not been able to visit a park yet this summer, trips to the park are a must during the summertime.

Whether it be a lazy weekend picnic or movie under the stars, parks make for relaxing low key get aways. Who doesn’t love a good picnic? To find your perfect picnic recipe check out this site.

Farmer’s Markets

Nothing reminds me more of summertime, than a good farmer’s market.

While finding some of the freshest produce around, you can also support local vendors.

If grocery shopping isn’t your thing, treat yourself by picking out a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

You’d be surprised how much a few flowers may brighten your day.

So, what are your favorite budget friendly summertime activities?

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Vote GTA as Best of Suburbia 2014

What makes a therapist the ‘best’… you decide.

We’re all familiar with the popular “best of…” magazine editions.

The best make-up… The best colleges… The best restaurants… The best mental health counseling…

Wait, really best therapist?

How do you decide who’s best when it comes to something so personal?

I’ve come to realize that the point of these surveys, besides selling magazines, isn’t really to crown a #1 therapist but to let you, the public, voice your opinion about what qualities matter most when choosing a provider.  With that in mind I want to share a new video with you.  It’s something that I don’t talk about very often but that is always on my mind.

At GTA we have a strong commitment to our vision of therapy.  If the video above fits with your idea of what it takes to be the “best” in mental health care, then vote today and let’s share our message that the best therapy is the one that takes a personalized and compassionate approach!

Vote Now for GTA as Best Mental Health Counseling in No.VA

voting ends July 31 so don’t delay… vote today!

{quick note to help you vote- you are not required to vote in every category, feel free to skip around.  Mental Health Counseling is #50 on page 4.  And bonus- you’ll be entered to win a $100 giftcard from PoshSeven just by voting!}


Exciting News! {Tuesday Topics}

We have some exciting news! Group Therapy Associates is now a Pink 365(c) partner with Tigerlily Foundation. So…what does that mean? GTA will now spend the coming weeks supporting Tigerlily Foundation, an awesome breast cancer foundation that educates and empowers women who are diagnosed with cancer. You can learn more about Tigerlily Foundation here as well as their upcoming 3rd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk. But, I am just getting to the best part…tonight you can meet Maimah Karmo, the Tigerlily founder and Esther Boykin, our CEO at an exciting fundraiser with the Limited at Fair Oaks Mall. We’ll have a DJ, an evening full of date night ideas, shopping and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to Tigerlily Foundation…a win win! Register here and receive 15% off of all your purchases too. Hope to see you tonight!


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GTA is a Posh Seven “Best of Suburbia 2014″ Finalist!

Vote Group Therapy Associates "Best Mental Health Counseling" in Northern Virginia

Group Therapy Associates is a finalist for Posh Seven’s annual “Best of Suburbia” survey for mental health! All of us at Group Therapy Associates are humbled and would like to thank all of you for nominating us! If you haven’t already, please go and vote us #1 for 2014.

The direct link to vote is: http://www.poshseven.com/best-of-suburbia-2014-final-nominees.html


You can win $100 Visa gift card from Posh Seven just for voting!

We would greatly appreciate your vote! You don’t have to select a winner for each category if you don’t want to. Our category is #50 on page 5 of the survey!


Voting ends July 31! Spread the word!


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What do you do for “me time?” {Tuesday Topics}

07.08.14I have a confession….I have a never ending to do list. I’ve always been what my parents would call a “busy body”. Really, it’s not a bad thing because prioritizing has become my best friend. However, my to do list only becomes a problem when I let it define me. I find that I have to check myself when I feel on top of the world one day and then down the next all because I have or have not completed all that I’ve wanted to accomplish. Recently, I’ve discovered the joy of chucking my to do list for a few hours during my “me time”. This past summer, I’ve rediscovered one of my favorite activities, Zumba!

I welcome the opportunity to let my hair down, exercise, and just have fun. But I’ve found the best joy comes from stepping away and forgetting about the next thing on my agenda for an hour or so. What about you? Have you taken some “me time” this summer? Do you make the time to step away from your to do list?

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