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What is Resilience?

May 26, 2020

Eric Dean Having worked with many clients who are struggling with addiction and decide to enter treatment, I have seen numerous examples of remarkable courage, strength, and resilience. When I talk with others about how they define resilience, I often hear a similar response: “the ability to bounce back.” This is partially correct. Absolutely, resilience is the ability to bounce back from adverse situations and experiences. But resilience has another component in addition to the ability to…

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How to Stick to New Years Resolutions

November 18, 2018

Stores are starting to sell holiday decorations, which means that the 2019 will be here before we know it. You might have thought of some resolutions for 2018, but honestly, how long did those resolutions last? I am assuming for a few weeks or maybe a month or two. You probably cannot recall what they are now. Well, 2019 is a new year and we can start again. But this time, instead of calling them “resolutions,” why…

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It Isn’t Always Personal

September 20, 2018

Madissyn Fredericks, Licensed Professional Counselor, Symmetry Counseling Have you ever felt like someone was rude, judged, or criticized you and it just ruined your day? You may spend the rest of the day thinking to yourself, “What did I do to deserve that?”, “Did I do something wrong?”, “Why did they treat me like that?”. While the statement “Don’t take it personally” is said often in these situations, it is much more difficult to think about as…

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8 Simple Steps for Choosing the Right Therapist in Chicago

September 14, 2018

When feeling depressed, anxious, or struggling with your personal relationships, it can be very tricky to pick yourself up and to start to feel better. One way to move toward that goal of feeling better is initiating therapy. If you’ve made the decision to start feeling better, congratulations! You are one step closer to feeling better! Initiating this big step in your life can be stressful as is, but picking the right counselor can also be overwhelming,…

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Supporting a Loved One with Mental Health Disorder

September 5, 2018

Being diagnosed with an “illness” is never a good thing. There are always complications that come after, including going to maybe see a specialist, getting medications, changing your lifestyle, etc. There are not many differences after being diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Being able to see a psychiatrist can allow some clarity, but then the questions about medications and talk therapy might arise. Also telling your loved ones about this can also be challenging. In the…

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10 Effective Ways to Be Successful Moving In with Your Significant Other

July 16, 2018

You and your significant other have had the conversation about moving in with each other and have finally set a move-in date. There can be a mixture of emotions: excited, nervous, anxious, stressed, anticipation, joy, happy, and perhaps even a little scared. All of these emotions are very normal to experience while making the next step in your romantic relationship. Moving in with someone requires a lot of reflection and neither partner should attempt this next step…

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Anne Malec Featured on “CNN Money”

May 17, 2018

At Symmetry Counseling, one of our most sought-after services is financial therapy. Many people do not consider the emotional aspects of their money until they are experiencing conflict with their spouse over their budget, or they find that their spending has gotten out of control and they can’t stop it. Money can cause major interpersonal and internal struggles in our lives, and at Symmetry Counseling, we have a full perspective of just how impactful money can be…

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Transforming the Effects of Trauma

April 7, 2017

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 to assume that something is traumatic but instead to look at the effects that the trauma has on the person; namely on their brain and nervous system.

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Choosing Holistic Self-Care to Cope with Difficult Emotions

April 5, 2017

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 grow and change with knowledge of healthy coping tools, understanding of oneself, awareness…

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Engaged to Shared Finances: Designing an Appropriate Wedding Budget

April 4, 2017

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.

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