Mindfulness is More Than Just Breathing

Mindfulness is often perceived as an act that involves concentration and focus, which is generally directed inwardly, typically on your breathing. Mindfulness, however, is more than concentration, and is better defined as a presence of mind. The focus of mindfulness practice is centered on being aware and attuned to the present moment. A multitude of…

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Got Guilt?

I am not a fan of guilt. I believe guilt is a plague on the house of our mental health. The genius of Sigmund Freud taught us that we are primarily driven by both sexuality and aggression. He maintained that when we attempt to disavow, repress, or avoid these two primary drives, we end up…

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Is your child struggling with Anxiety?

Anxiety is something we all experience; it is hardwired in our brain and is intended to act as protection against harm. However, as you can imagine and have likely experienced, anxiety often times shows itself even when nothing around us is a direct threat to our physical safety. Anxiety has many presentations and can grow,…

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What is Diagnostic Assessment? What Should I Expect?

Diagnostic assessment is really just a fancy word for saying psychological testing. Sometimes, you might hear a psychologist call it a “battery.” A battery simply refers to all of the data compiled from different tests about one person. When people hear the word “psychological testing” it often gets paired with anxiety and fear. You might…

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Regularly Seeing A Therapist Is Just As Important As Seeing Your Physician

Most people are familiar with the necessity of annual physicals or periodic medical visits to track your physical health. However, the concept of a regular mental health checkup is far less common. The doctor checks your blood pressure and monitors your weight, but when was the last time you had a mental health checkup? A…

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Mind Over Matter

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” -James Thurber Our thoughts and feelings often dictate our perception of ourselves and situations in our lives. Without careful evaluation of these thoughts and feelings, we can begin to accept these experiences as truth, allowing them to dictate our moods…

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Bullying: It’s not just for kids

Childhood bullying is one of the major problems facing our society today. There are celebrity advocates, non-profit organizations, and bully prevention paraphernalia everywhere to try and educate people about the dangers and consequences of bullying. All of this awareness, however, is focused on child and adolescent bullying. Bullying is extremely common in the workplace among…

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Oh the Places You Will Go

What do you think of when you think of fall? Halloween? Pumpkins? Thanksgiving? Changing leaves? Football? High School applications? That’s right, it is high school application time for many middle school students in the Chicago area. The high school application process can be akin to the college application process, and can be very stressful for…

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What is ADHD, Really?

ADHD is the abbreviation for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This is a disorder found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which is the manual all psychologists use to diagnose disorders. Years ago, ADHD used to be two separate disorders; there was ADD, which was for distractibility and inattention, and ADHD, which was…

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