It’s common knowledge. Those who value physical health prioritize annual doctor visits, routine dentist appointments, daily exercise, and healthy diets. But emotional well-checks? Not so much.
Instead, many wait until their relationships, careers, education, family dynamics, and quality of life are in crisis before investing in their mental health. Imagine the amount of unnecessary pain one could avoid with a proactive approach.
House of Thrive’s creative workshops, one-on-one therapy, and support groups limit or reduce the impact of mental and emotional distress. Still, even with preventative care, unexpected challenges are part of life. Anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness don’t have to be managed alone. We tailor our treatment plans to each individual’s needs with the goal of helping communities and their members thrive.
Amy Neufeld is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and parents.
She has spent over 20 years in the fields of education and psychology. Amy graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and earned a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her clinical practice, Amy strives to nurture a sense of psychological safety that allows clients to do the difficult work of therapy, while simultaneously finding enjoyment in the process of reflection and growth. She brings her genuine self, with compassion, thoughtfulness, and humor into her therapeutic work.
Amy lives in Laguna Beach, California with her three boys where she balances nurturing them, herself, and those that come into House of Thrive.
Lisi Harrison has worked with tweens and young adults for over twenty years. A New York Times Bestselling author since 2003, Lisi’s forty-plus novels focus on adolescent angst and complex relationship dynamics. The Clique series satirized materialism, social hierarchies, and mean girls. Its spinoff, The Alphas, tackled school pressure and high-stakes competition. Monster High addressed racism and belonging. Pretenders was about the lies we tell ourselves and others to fit in. Recently, Lisi launched Girl Stuff and The Pack. Both deal with friend drama and power clashes. She and NYT Bestselling author Daniel Kraus are currently writing the Graveyard Girls series about five friends who tell eerie tales by night and navigate middle school drama by day.
Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California, with her two teenage sons. She is currently developing House of Thrive’s workshops to help parents and kids have healthy, drama-free relationships with themselves and others. For more information on her novels, visit LisiHarrison.com
Laura Silver earned a BA in Psychology from University of Hartford and an MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University with a credential in secondary English. Laura is currently a middle school teacher with over 24 years in the classroom. She predominantly teaches English/Language Arts, but over the years has taught classes in computers, executive functioning, and creative writing. Laura is a UCI Writing Project fellow and a member of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Laura wears many hats for House of Thrive. She creates our social media posts, curates the book shelves, and facilitates various workshops.
Professionally, we maintain that regular mental health checks minimize crises’. Personally, we made a pact to always speak up. If we feel something, we say something. This prevents small issues from becoming big.
Professionally, we create programs and protocols specific to our clients’ individual needs. Personally, we make time to share the ups and downs of our personal lives. We practice connection.
Professionally, we teach that balance is the antidote for burnout, overwhelm, and anxiety. Personally, we encourage each other to have full lives outside of the office. Where one leaves off, the other picks up, and it all evens out in the end. We practice balance.
Professionally, we value missteps and mistakes. Self-reflection, humor, humility, and honest work are the cornerstones of improvement. Personally, there’s nothing two open-minded people can’t fix.
Professionally, that means striving to do a little bit better than you did last night, last week or last year. Personally, it means we’re going to keep preventing, connecting, balancing, communicating, and growing.