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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

August 2, 2013

Do you ever experience troubling thoughts? Ever feel a sense of panic or anxiety? Do you ever have a feeling of worthlessness or other depressive thoughts? Do these thoughts feel as though they are the absolute truth? Do those thoughts lead to self-destructive behaviors? With the help of a therapist using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) you can challenge those beliefs. While working with a therapist utilizing CBT you will examine the relationships between your thoughts, feelings, and…

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10 Signs You May Not Be Listening To Your Partner

July 29, 2013

Are you listening? A frequent common denominator among my clients is partners being surprised by the depth of the other’s unhappiness. I often here the following exchange from clients: “Why didn’t you tell me how unhappy you were”? “I did, I told you repeatedly, and also suggested that we go to couples counseling”. A partner’s request to go to couples counseling should be seen and heard as a warning sign, an emergency about the health of the…

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Signs of Depression and Treatments Available

July 23, 2013

Do you feel sad, unhappy, and unusually irritated or frustrated? Are you having difficulty sleeping or feel fatigued during the day? Are you having trouble concentrating, remembering things, and making decisions? Have you lost interest in aspects of your life that typically excite you and bring you pleasure? We all have bad days, but when these kinds of problems persist for weeks on end and interfere with daily life, they may be signs of depression. For some,…

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The True Cost of Love

July 12, 2013

As the demand for large extravagant weddings rise so does their cost. In 2012 and Real Wedding Study concluded that the average wedding budget is $28,427. Having a dream wedding may be every girl’s fantasy but what about having a stable and fulfilling marriage? People are willing to spend their entire savings and months or years planning for the perfect wedding but what are they willing to do for a solid marriage? Premarital counseling has been shown to reduce…

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Are you connecting with your partner?

July 8, 2013

If your partner….. Mentions that they never see you anymore Tries to engage you in conversation more frequently than normal Suggests a weekend getaway Tells you they feel like you never talk anymore Plans new and adventurous activities for the two of you Complains that you are “always” working, reading, or on your computer …..They may be feeling emotionally disconnected. Don’t miss the signals. Most relationships have their inherent challenges.  We all bring different expectations, values, perspectives,…

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Milestone Celebrations

July 2, 2013

This week Symmetry Counseling will be celebrating  its 2nd anniversary. What began as a group of 6 offices has grown to include 13 offices. We are very excited to announce that we plan to expand an additional 5 offices this September. The past two years have been a wonderful journey and we are joyfully anticipating the journey ahead.

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Chicago Divorce Mediation

May 16, 2013

The process of divorce is emotionally and financially draining, often taking years to reach resolution. There is a better way: mediation allows the formers partners to control the process and the outcome.

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How To Benefit The Most From Couples Counseling.

May 14, 2013

For many couples, the decision to seek couples counseling is a tough one. Too often one spouse is resistant to bring their problems to a professional. Sometimes, if the marriage is highly strained and conflict-ridden a sense of hopelessness and resentment can run deep, causing partners to feel as though nothing or no one will be able to help them. If a couple is experiencing any of these thoughts or feelings, the time is right to seek…

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10 Ways To Stay Connected When A Partner Travels For Business

May 7, 2013

Traveling for business can be stressful for both members of a relationship, but with all of the technology available now, staying connected has never been easier. Here are some suggestions on how you can stay connected with your partner when they are traveling for business. 1. Know where your partner is. Create a shared calendar via Microsoft outlook or Google and keep your travel plans up to date. It’s reassuring to know where in the world your…

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The Importance of Being A Good Roommate In A Romantic Relationship

April 30, 2013

Our relationships call for a variety of skills to stay connected and on track with our partners.  I believe that one aspect of a healthy relationship requires that we also be good roommates for our partners.  What does it require to be a good roommate to our romantic partners?  One important skill is to develop solid communication skills.  While communication is a very broad topic, more specifically what I mean is the need to set aside time…

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