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Behavioral healthcare is becoming increasingly recognized in the media as an essential component of wellness and healthy living for people of all ages. Connections Wellness Group addresses many of these conditions in our locations in Texas and Tennessee. Furthermore, we invite you to see how various mental health disorders are reflected in the media – the stigma surrounding mental health treatment is lessening. Connections Wellness Group news postings are drawn from a diverse selection of credible sources and demonstrate that everyone struggles and needs help at times.

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Connections Wellness Group In the Media

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Matt Morgan, Blended Health Founder & CEO
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Connections Wellness Group – Rockwall
Shanna Dugan, MS, LPC, LCDC, BBA

By Annette Brooks

New Rockwall Location Opens


Connections Wellness Group – Prosper

By Annette Brooks

Are you or a loved one struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, an eating disorder, self-harm, grief, loss, or trauma and wondering where to turn? Award-winning Connections Wellness Group is here to help.


Connections Wellness Group – McKinney

By Annette Brooks

Learn About the MindFULL Eating Disorder Program


Connections Wellness Group – McKinney
Syed Nizami, MD

By Annette Brooks
Meet Dr. Syed Nizami

Connections Wellness Group - Connecting Your Teen Back to What Matters Most

By Meredith Knight

That’s one of the things the mental health professionals at Connections Wellness Group love to hear. The internet is filled with such passionate testimonials from parents who found the help they needed, when they or their adolescent were in crisis. And they found it thanks to the psychiatrists, therapists, and counselors at Connections Wellness Group.


Connections Wellness Group – Prosper
Shivani Patel, MD

By Annette Brooks

Meet Dr. Shivani Patel


Connections Wellness Group – Arlington
Catherine Kwarteng Nyarko, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

By Annette Brooks

Meet Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Catherine Kwarteng Nyarko


Connections Wellness Group – Frisco
Sri Uppalapati, MD

By Annette Brooks
Meet Sri Uppalapati, MD

Connections Wellness Group – Rockwall
Ieshia Kimble, MSN, PMHNP-BC

By Annette Brooks

Meet Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Ieshia Kimble


Connections Wellness Group – McKinney
Angela Culbertson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

By Annette Brooks

Meet Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Angela Culbertson

'Mommy Wine Culture' Is Toxic. Here Are Better Ways To Deal With Parenting Stress.

By Tessa Flores · March 2, 2022

Much has been written about the toxicity of “mommy wine culture.” In some circles, like Facebook groups with names like “Mommy Needs Wine” and “Mommy Wine Time,” it’s not just alcohol, it’s “mom juice.” It’s ever-present at parent gatherings, reinforced in popular culture and emblazoned on T-shirts with phrases like “wine mom goals.”

Feeling Lonely? Here’s What You Can Do To Cope, According to Experts

By Karla Walsh · May 5, 2022

If you’re wondering how to cope with loneliness, rest assured that, truly, you are not alone in these feelings. In fact, thousands of others are dealing with loneliness and searching for answers, just like yourself. Here’s what experts recommend.

How to Create Your Own ‘Healthy Aging’ Community

By Krissy Brady · May 15, 2022

As we grow older and our day-to-day responsibilities pile up, our social lives are usually one of the first things to take a backseat to other priorities considered more important or urgent in the present moment.

6 Ways To Stop Crying When It Isn’t Helping You, From Therapists

By Georgina Berbari ·
May 16, 2022

Crying is a natural and beneficial bodily process that can be cathartic at times and completely overwhelming at others. So, why does crying sometimes feel like such a release, while other times all you want is to soothe the flood of emotions threatening to send you into full panic mode? Let’s explore both the benefits of crying and how to stop the tears when things start feeling out of control.

10 smart, simple ways to sneak in alone time as a single parent

By Liz Regalia ·
March 7, 2022

We spoke to experts to get the scoop on how getting time alone as a single parent — even just five minutes a day — can help, plus tactics for finding a way to make it happen.


How to Calm Anxiety: 23 Ways to Reduce Stress

By Stefanie Groner ·
April 27, 2022

It’s been a rough few years. So we asked mental health experts for their favorite ways to find some calm. We are in the midst of a global anxiety crisis—one that didn’t just disappear once we hit 2022—so naturally, we’re all wondering how to calm anxiety.


Tackling Mental Health and Wellness At Work

May 5, 2022

The last two years have been incredibly stressful, by anyone’s standards. Anxiety and depression are up worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. And maybe not surprisingly, nine in 10 (91%) Gen Z candidates say it’s important for them to be comfortable discussing mental wellness at work, according to Monster’s latest Gen Z Survey.


How to Shut Down the Sunday Scaries and Reclaim Your Weekend

By Megan Falk · March 24, 2022

Your weekend doesn’t have to be riddled with anxiety. Mental health experts break down how to combat the Sunday Scaries and prevent them from occurring in the first place.


If You’re Working to Improve Your Relationship With Food, Try These Tips

By Chelsea Dolan ·
March 26, 2022

Negative relationships with food and eating patterns can be challenging to change. But with this advice from dietitians, you can start to see food in a new light.


7 Things You Should Never Say to Someone with Depression

By Sarah Stiefvater ·
March 30, 2022

If you’ve never experienced depression, knowing what to say to a loved one who’s struggling can feel like a minefield. That’s why we checked in with Shanna Dugan, LPC at Connections Wellness Group, for seven things you should never say to someone with depression–along with some suggestions for what to go with instead.


The ‘chill girl’ persona isn’t aspirational. But it shouldn’t be mocked either, experts say.

By Sara M Moniuszko ·
March 2, 2022

A “chill girl,” similar to a “pick me girl” or a girl who’s “just one of the guys,” is described as someone who puts on an easygoing front, typically in order to appeal to men. Per Urban Dictionary, the chill girl is “not actually chill.”


Aaron Rodgers’s Panchakarma ‘Cleanse’ Is a Dangerous Play

By Amanda Loudin ·
March 1, 2022

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently made headlines when he said he finished a 12-day detoxification process that is said to cleanse the body from within. But experts warn that this process — known as a Panchakarma cleanse — can have dangerous consequences should fans follow in his footsteps.


Mental Health Champions: Why & How Awstin Gregg of Connections Wellness Group Is Helping To Champion Mental Wellness

By Yitzi Weiner ·
February 27, 2022

As a part of our series about Mental Health Champions helping to promote mental wellness, I had the pleasure to interview Awstin Gregg.

The 10 Best Stress Balls, According to Experts

By Natasha Burton ·
February 23, 2022

Stress balls are therapeutic tools for helping people manage stress through the physical act of squeezing, rolling, or tossing a ball.


How Can Aromatherapy Ease Your Stress Levels?

By Nashia Baker ·
December 23, 2021

Stress can feel like a never-ending plague, even when you are in the safety of your own home. Aromatherapy is a helpful tool for this very reason, says Tracey Kim, the founder of Ojas & Woo, since it can be used to ease your mind and more.

Here’s What the Term ‘Love Bombing’ Actually Means—and How to Know If It’s Happened to You

By Emily Laurence ·
February 4, 2022

The start of a new romantic relationship is always exciting. Finally, after swiping left on a lot of duds, you meet someone who you actually like. Sometimes, these early days can be pretty intense. Maybe you’re showered with gifts or the idea of taking a vacation together comes up just three dates in. You’re being called names like “soulmate” and the L word has even come up. Is a whirlwind romance like this too good to be true?


Addressing Mental Health in the New Year

By Connections Wellness Group ·
January 28, 2022

While many people look forward to wrapping up the year and setting goals for the next, it’s not uncommon for others to find themselves lamenting missed goals or opportunities both personally and professionally as the current year ends.


You Should Be Taking a Deeper Look at Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Catherine Wendlandt ·
December 27, 2021

So we chatted with Angela Powell, a licensed professional counselor with Connections Wellness Group, which has locations across the DFW area, about how to make healthy and realistic resolutions come January 1.


How to Develop a Growth Mindset to Pretty Much Conquer Life

By Gabrielle Kassel ·
December 21, 2021

Growth mindset may be a phrase you’ve heard gurus such as Glennon Doyle, Brené Brown, and Mark Mason use off the cuff. But far more than a woo-woo filler phrase, a growth mindset is a specific approach to the world (and yourself) that can set you up for success in all avenues of life.


Mental Health Transparency: A Provider That Shares Its Clinical Results

By Will Maddox · January 28, 2022

North Texas has experienced an influx of inpatient and outpatient mental health providers over the past three years. The explosive growth of Connections Wellness Group and other facilities throughout the region are products of increasing awareness, decreased stigma, an expansion of remote care, and revolutionary transparency.

Here’s How to Drink Less Alcohol—but Enjoy It Even More

By Camille Noe Pagán, Alexandra Kay, Maggie Seaver ·
February 15, 2022

Whatever your reasons, if you’ve decided it’s time to adjust your drinking habits and approach alcohol with a newfound quality-over-quantity mindset, you’re in for a healthy challenge that will definitely be worth your while.


10 Things to Do If You’re Feeling Lonely, According to Therapists

By Casey Clark ·
February 3, 2022

Have you ever felt lonely? Whether it’s lonely in regard to not being around people or getting in our own heads, chances are each of us has felt lonely at some point in our lives.

What Grieving People Really Want During the Holidays this Year

By Nicole Pajer ·
December 9, 2021

After losing someone close to you, certain milestones can be tough. So while the holidays are joyous for many, they may also be a time of sadness.

All About Body Image: How Psychologists Define It and How It Affects Health and Well-Being

By Moira Lawler · February 2, 2022

How do you feel about your body? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see imperfections? Do you see strength? Do you feel appreciation? Do you feel shame? Do you feel frustration? Do you feel capable?

I’m ignored by my step-dad, who spoils my sister with Christmas gifts. Should I tell him how hurt he makes me feel?

By Julia Naftulin ·
December 17, 2021

Gift-giving and family dynamics can both be fraught with misunderstandings. But communicating your needs and setting your expectations for your father accordingly can help, therapist and Connections Wellness Group CEO Awstin Gregg told me.

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Father and Son Dead, 1 Female Wounded in Fort Worth Shooting

May 16, 2021

NBC DFW talks with Connections Wellness Group’s Alejandra Dozal about family violence.

The Pandemic Created a Perfect Storm for the Plastic Surgery Industry Amid the ‘Zoom Boom’ Phenomenon. Doctors Are Expecting Another Boom This Holiday Season.

By Emily Rella ·
December 21, 2021

Spending time locked up in our homes with a seemingly never-ending number of Zoom happy hours and video calls with loved ones glued to our phones and social media have made the last year and beyond one of the most self-critical time when it comes to our appearance.

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Impact of Education Unknown on Children

By Cheryl Alexander ·
July 17, 2020

There’s so much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year, we know thousands of North Texas children will start school online, but whether they’ll head back into the classroom this fall is still unknown. NBC 5 health reporter Bianca Castro talks to licensed clinical social worker Awstin Gregg about the impact the uncertainty is having on children and advice for parents navigating the unknown.


Excellence in Healthcare Awards 2021 – Finalists Announced

By Will Maddox ·
September 17, 2021

To recognize those individuals and organizations keeping North Texas healthy, D CEO has named finalists for its 2021 Excellence in Healthcare Awards.


Healthcare Roundtable

By D Magazine ·
July 15, 2020

D CEO talked with some of the region’s notable healthcare leaders to get their assessment on the state of healthcare in North Texas.


Achieving Zero Percent Turnover

By Connections Wellness Group ·
July 20, 2020

Many employers in all industries don’t understand the hidden costs of turnover. Connections Wellness Group approaches hiring from the perspective of how to attract and retain forever employees. How do we earn that? We are proud of the investment we are making in our employees, which has paid off in many ways.


Best of Denton County 2020

November 20, 2020

CWG makes the list of Denton County’s top businesses.

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Mental Health Expert: ‘Hopeful’ 2021

By Maria Guerrero ·
December 31, 2020

“It seems like COVID-19 has been that ever-present villain, if we could characterize it as such,” said Awstin Gregg, CEO of counseling services provider Connections Wellness Group in Dallas and Denton. “It has kind of stolen our routine, stolen in some degree our control, our happiness at times.”


31 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up in 2021

By D Home Editors ·
February 24, 2021

From flower subscriptions to virtual book clubs, these local finds from our D Home editors will make for a happy, fulfilling 2021.


Connections Wellness Group

By Cheryl Alexander

Connections Wellness Group, with several metro area locations including a new location in McKinney, offers meaningful, life-improving solutions resulting in positive changes to patient wellness. The care they provide is convenient, cost-effective, accessible, and holistically enriching.


Start your Journey to Recovery and Wellness Today

By Annette Brooks

If you or a loved one has substance abuse issues, suffers from mental illness, or both, and are wondering where to turn, award-winning Connections Wellness Group (CWG) is here to help. They offer life-enhancing, personalized, cost-effective solutions conveniently close to home for adults ages 18 and up.