Life Lessons from Ellen Degeneres at the Oscars

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the Oscars this year. Most people would agree that this year was much more entertaining than in years past, largely due to Ellen Degeneres’ unconventional approach to hosting such a formal event. There is something to be learned from the stark difference in the…

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Make Your Own FUN!

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I primarily work with child and adolescent clients and their families. I am always on the lookout for new books and resources to help improve coping skills, understand difficult diagnoses, as well as new and different ways to spend time either together as a family, as siblings or individually. In…

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The Friendship Woes

In the words of Neil Sedaka, breaking up is hard to do. And, sometimes, the most painful yet necessary separations are with our closest friends. But how should we go about it? Disappear? Make excuses until they get the hint? Breakups are never perfect, but here are some ideas to keep in mind if you…

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The Valentine’s Day Blues

Valentine’s Day. How many of you immediately thought “ughhhhh” and felt your stomach tighten? Those two little words bring up a range of emotions in everyone. For those in relationships, they think about how what to celebrate and what they might buy their partner. Those of you who are single may be anticipating feeling lonely…

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Happiness or Wholeness?

We all have days when we don’t feel our best… when we begin the day or end it on a down note. Maybe there was an argument with a spouse, a disagreement with a friend, a poor academic mark, difficulties at work, the possibilities are endless and can be experienced on a rather mundane basis.…

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The 411 on Biofeedback!

Would you like to be able to use your mind to be more aware of and control your body? Sounds magical! But it’s actually something you can learn to do. Biofeedback is a technique that allows one to gain greater awareness of their physiological functions with the purpose of being able to manipulate them at…

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Beat the Winter Cabin Fever

Many Chicagoans have been stuck inside for the past few days from the -20 degree weather and snowpocalypse, causing some pretty heavy cabin fever. Having multiple days off work or school sounds nice in theory, but it’s a lot less thrilling when you can’t even leave your apartment. Maybe you’re running low on good food…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Spend, Spend, Spend

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, right? So why do many of us feel stressed? There are many reasons why one may feel stressed over the holidays… having to travel, visiting relatives, and spending money. How many of you felt your stomach tighten at the thought of spending…

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