Do Something Hard

It may come as a surprise to those who know me or rely on me for their emotional stability, but from time to time I too suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety. Every therapist does, just as every healthy person experiences mood vacillations. Like waves in the sea,...

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Are We Wired to Drive in City Traffic?

Someone once said, “In the land of the free it’s my right to have an open lane in front of me at all times, and Lord help the person who transgresses.” This sentiment seems to say, That’s my roadway and I was just about to use it. Or to...

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Is Sleeping with Your Stuffed Animals into Adulthood a Problem?

According to licensed therapist Robert (Bob) Ryan, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR), not really. There are “thousands” of reasons adults might choose to sleep with stuffed animals. “It’s a sign of a need,” he said. “If you’re alone in life and you have a...

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Social Emotional Retreat at Little Village Academy

Social Emotional Retreat at Little Village Academy This year I had the pleasure to be a presenter at a wonderful program for Chicago Public School middle school students at Little Village Academy (LVA) in the primarily Latino Southwest Chicago neighborhood. The school, faculty and students face a multitude of...

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What to Expect in Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is often a more directive process than individual therapy, meaning simply that the counselor has more direct input into how the session progresses. What I tell couples who first seek me out is that couples counseling in my practice is a structure-based, communications-focused method of reaching out...

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Art Therapy: What is it.

Two recent events prompted me to write down some thoughts on the growing field of Art Therapy. First came Andrea Watkins’ informative article on the Adult Coloring Craze, its benefits and its limitations. The second being the death of one of Chicago’s own, Art Therapy pioneer Harriet Wadeson. Ms Wadeson...

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The importance of finding balance

This article was initially conceived as an advice piece for business owners and executives – individuals who by their own choice eat, sleep, and breathe their businesses – and the positive effects counseling can have on productiveness at work. As so often happens, however, when a topic is examined...

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Raising adolescents in a society that limits options.

If your high school aged students are lucky enough to attend one of our area’s more affluent high schools, you’re familiar with the pressures to excel placed on many students within these schools and how the phrase “failure is not an option” has long been replaced by an attitude...

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Developmental Effects of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

Talking about abuse and neglect in children is such a difficult topic. Until roughly 20 years ago the professional literature including the DSM took a stance that abuse and neglect were very rare occurrences in the United States. So it is understandable that as a nation we have little...

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