Symmetry Counseling

  1. Transforming the Effects of Trauma

    By: Andrea Gargano, LCPC, Symmetry Counseling Chicago Trauma is an event that causes psychological injury or pain. What is traumatic for one person may not be traumatic for another. Trauma is not always necessarily the effects of being in a combat zone, surviving a car accident, or suffering from physical abuse. While it can be those things, trauma shows up in a variety of ways. So it is best not …Read More

  2. Choosing Holistic Self-Care to Cope with Difficult Emotions

    Written By: Rachel Koutnik, LCSW What have you been doing to take care of yourself? This is the most important question I ask my clients. However, I am not only asking about what is done to take care of the physical body. When we minimize or avoid coping with our emotions there are often consequences to our minds, bodies, and relationships. Self-care consists of learned behaviors and skills that g…Read More

  3. Engaged to Shared Finances: Designing an Appropriate Wedding Budget

    Written by: Meghan Emerson, LMFT Being engaged to be married is an exciting time in an intimate relationship. Ready to move forward and actively commit to a life together, partners are soon swept into the wide world of wedding planning. One of the first and highly important decisions a recently engaged couple needs to make is setting a financial budget. The wedding industry is vast and it is easy …Read More

  4. 5 Common Misconceptions About Therapy

    By Andrew McNaughton, LCSW, CADC Symmetry Counseling Chicago The stigma of mental health treatment continues to dwindle, but there are still commonly held misunderstandings. To wit, therapy is not: Giving Advice: I have been directly asked by a patient, “What should I do?” My typical response is, “It's not my place to tell you what to do, but together we can work to identify and explore your…Read More

  5. Is Social Media Impacting our Self Esteem?

    Written by: Rebecca Hirsch, AMFT Symmetry Counseling Many people use multiple social media platforms on a daily basis, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. People turn to social media to learn about world and national news, learn about big life transitions for their social networks (such as engagements and having children), as well as to share information about what is going on their own liv…Read More

  6. Do You Have a Job or Career?

    Written by: Colleen Lennon, LCSW Would you call what you do a job or a career? Do you wake up dreading going into work or do you look forward to each day? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a job is defined as “a piece of work; something that has to be done,” while a career is defined as “a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling; a field for …Read More

  7. How to Use Basic Listening Skills to Improve Your Relationships

    Written by: Rachel Koutnik, LCSW Are you a good listener? Some people think they are good listeners, but the reality more than often is that poor listening skills are the culprit behind feeling misunderstood, disconnected and the precursor to all those unnecessary arguments. Listening is an essential skill to enhance to deepen connections with others, become more curious and clear about your own f…Read More

  8. The Rational Wisdom of the Serenity Prayer

    By Andrew McNaughton, LCSW, CADC Symmetry Counseling Chicago God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Nearly all of us know the Serenity Prayer, if not by heart then at least in some paraphrased version. We may have said it aloud as an affirmation to ourselves or in the company of others seeking mutual su…Read More

  9. How Often Should You and Your Partner Be Having Sex?

    Written by: Rebecca Hirsch, AMFT Symmetry Counseling Chicago I often get the question how often couples should be having sex. As a therapist, I dislike the word “should”, especially when it comes to sex. This is an impossible question to answer for a number of reasons. Sex is not a one-size-fits-all, and every individual and couple has a different idea of how often they want to be having sex a…Read More