Workshops

Accessing therapeutic resources doesn’t have to be costly or out of reach. Thrive Therapy offers workshops throughout the year to provide practical ways to manage anxiety and negative self-talk so you can stay fully engaged in your life and relationships. Please RSVP for the workshops of your choosing as seating is limited.


Undoing Perfectionism

Finding strength in our flaws

Perfectionism can drive us to go above and beyond and hold us to a higher standard. Unfortunately, perfectionism rarely comes with a sense of accomplishment for what we’ve achieved, because it always “could have been better.” Additionally, our efforts to be perfect seem to be directly connected to our feelings of insecurity around our perceived flaws. We put so much energy into keeping our imperfections out of sight by trying to look or be perfect. This keeps us in a cycle of striving, comparison and disappointment.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

How do we let go of perfectionism, embrace our flaws and still feel good enough? How do we manage our expectations while understanding that we are imperfect by nature? Join Matt Sutera and Ashlee Secord as they build awareness around the limitations of perfectionism and expose the freedom of flawed authenticity.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Understanding of our own version of perfectionism
  • Strategies to reduce all-or-nothing thinking
  • Facing (and embracing) insecurities with compassion
  • Discovering strength in mistakes and flaws
  • Ways to reduce critical, comparative and competitive thinking

Reserve your seat

CALENDAR:

SATURDAY, March 9th , 2019  from 11:00 – 2:00 pm

PRESENTER:

Matt Sutera is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services in Burnsville, Minnesota at Thrive Therapy. Matt has worked extensively with adolescents and adult males with chemical dependency issues and trauma. His experience also includes providing therapy for those struggling with relationship issues, abuse and neglect, gender identity, substance use/abuse, grief and loss, and sexual concerns.

Ashlee Secord, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Burnsville, MN. She has worked alongside hundreds of women through the process navigating their inner critic in a way that promotes confidence and integrity, instead of shame and self-criticism through therapy and in her Confident Women workshops. She has also authored an ebook by the same name, Confident Women.


Clear Communication

Effective communication is the cornerstone to a rewarding relationship. However, communicating clearly when we are upset or hurt can be tricky. We brush off or bottle our frustrated feelings to avoid confrontation. We edit and minimize our hurt only to blow up at a later date. Our words become weapons and our desire for validation and support is met instead with defense and retaliation. This vicious cycle erodes trust and prevents us from feeling safe with those who matter most to us. How do we stop this cycle and start communicating better? How do we put anger and frustration aside to engage in the conversations we really need to have? Join Matt Sutera, MHP, to learn how to express your anger in a way that doesn’t push people away in his Clear Communication workshop.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Reduce reactivity and trigger points
  • Create a safe environment where honesty can be fostered
  • Align words with non-verbals (tone, body language, etc).
  • Tools for enduring emotional discomfort without reacting
  • How to foster closeness and validation
  • COST:  $20

Reserve your seat

CALENDAR:

SATURDAY, March 23rd , 2019 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm

PRESENTER:

Matt Sutera is a Mental Health Practitioner providing therapeutic services in Burnsville, Minnesota at Thrive Therapy. Matt has worked extensively with adolescents and adult males with chemical dependency issues and trauma. His experience also includes providing therapy for those struggling with relationship issues, abuse and neglect, gender identity, substance use/abuse, grief and loss, and sexual concerns.

 


Thrive Therapy Book Club

There are countless of #1 New York bestseller self-help books on the market that are so relatable and engaging. Authors we’ve never met manage to communicate how we feel in such a succinct and articulate way that it helps us better understand our own experience. However, upon conclusion of the final chapter it can be difficult to determine how to move apply what we learning from the book to our own lives. Where do we go from here? Thrive Therapy’s self-help book review creates an opportunity to explore self-help content with mental health professionals and practitioners. Together we sift through the chapter, discuss any shifts in perspective and/or determine if the book prompts any practical changes in our lives. Join us at our next Thrive Therapy book review for coffee, connection and chance to unravel some questions from your favorite books and authors.

Please reserve your seat in advance, as only 12 seats are available.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Lead by Mental Health Professional or Practitioner
  • Considerate discussion around the themes and concepts of the book
  • Exploration of new perspectives while challenging old ones
  • Coffee and welcoming environment!
  • Cost: $15

GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE by Rachel Hollis

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SUMMARY:

“Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie. As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.


With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

Reserve your seat

CALENDAR:

 SATURDAY, February 23, 2019 from 10 to 12 pm

HOST:

Ashlee Secord, LMFT, Thrive Therapy

Ashlee Secord, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Thrive Therapy in Burnsville, MN. She has worked alongside hundreds of women through the process navigating their inner critic in a way that promotes confidence and integrity, instead of shame and self-criticism through therapy and in her Confident Women workshops. She has also authored an ebook by the same name, Confident Women.


YOUR BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

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SUMMARY:

“A global movement guided by love.

Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world—for us all.”

Reserve your seat

CALENDAR:

 SATURDAY, March 16, 2019 from 10 to 12 pm

HOST:

Ashlee Secord, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Thrive Therapy in Burnsville, MN. She has worked alongside hundreds of women through the process navigating their inner critic in a way that promotes confidence and integrity, instead of shame and self-criticism through therapy and in her Confident Women workshops. She has also authored an ebook by the same name, Confident Women.


THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION: Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are

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SUMMARY:

“A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts”  are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can’t hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.”

Reserve your seat

CALENDAR:

 SATURDAY, April 27, 2019 from 10 to 12 pm

HOST:

Hannah Hill is a Mental Health Practitioner at Thrive Therapy in Burnsville, MN. For nearly five years Hannah has worked extensively in the therapeutic community, specifically with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, case management for adolescents with mental health diagnoses, and eating disorders. Her experience also includes providing therapy and skills practice to families who have concerns with neglect, abuse, and substance use.