Advice to Couples Affected by Addiction

Introduction: Addiction can negatively affect relationships with friends, coworkers, children, parents, siblings, and other family members. But addiction can cause the greatest divide between the addict and his or her spouse or significant other. When addiction causes issues in a marriage or any other committed relationship, couples often wonder how to get help not only […]

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What is PTSD?

Here’s a quick YouTube video to help you understand what is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Bein’ With the Squad

Intro Well, the weather is finally getting warmer. And you know what that means… the social calendar starts to fill up. Well, for some people. But what about those who might find it a little more difficult to fill up that calendar? Maybe you don’t have as many friends as you would like. Or maybe […]

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When It’s a Dark Day, I….

Today in Chicago, I woke up to a gray, cloudy day. It seemed like from the moment I woke up, I was in a terrible mood. Ever have those days? First, I’m glad I recognized my gross mood; but second, I questioned how on earth I was going to have a good day if I […]

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Happiness: Part 3

Happiness This is Happiness Series Part 3. Now that you have completed Part 1 and Part 2, it’s time to finish off this happiness series. If you missed the last 2 parts, click here. Now for the final steps: Step 1: Before you start, please rate how you feel: Unhappy 1   2       3 […]

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Happiness Series: Part 2

Part 2 Okay, I hope you completed Part 1 of this Happiness Series. I know it was a lot of questions to answer. If you missed it, click here. Now that you have completed Part 1, let’s move on to part 2. First, let’s answer these questions:     What qualities or habits would you like to […]

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Happiness Series: Part 1

A friend of mine flew into today from out of state and brought me a book. It’s not just any book. It’s a book entirely devoted to happiness. With the cold winter (for those of you who live in Chicago like me) lingering for the next few months, I thought I would write a three-part […]

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Find the Joy in Life

I think we often get so caught up in our everyday lives that we don’t take a second to enjoy life. Maybe you had a stressful week or maybe life just isn’t going your way at the moment. Regardless, it’s important to take a step back and see all the good in your life. Here […]

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Is that the Sun?!

If you are like me and living in a cold climate, seeing the sun in the middle of winter is a miracle. For the most part, we wake up to a pitch black sky, go throughout the day with a grey sky (with all the lights still turned on), and end our day with a […]

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Enough Already. Just do it.

Counseling is an ever changing discipline that requires education, patients, and clarity.  Yesterday, I looked fear directly in the eyes. Do you know how hard it is to do something that everything inside is telling you not to? The image of the Roadrunner slamming on his “breaks” while in the sand comes to mind. At […]

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