Coming back from the holidays

Yipian Yang After slicing the turkey on Thanksgiving, gathering with families at Christmas, and saying goodbye to the year of 2015, the holiday season has come to an end, and many of us are back to our regular daily routines. It is not easy to get back to work even after a nice, relaxing weekend,…

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Staycations

by Megan Oliverio, M.A. There is something about the beginning of March that makes it the most challenging time of year for me. The holidays and my birthday (things I typically look forward to) have come and gone, and I feel particularly stressed and unusually pessimistic. While the end of March sees the official beginning…

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Synchronicity: Witnessing Flow

by Matt Jones, M.A., LPC, CADC Like most people, I’ve had days where almost everything seems to go right – I woke up feeling rested, hit all the green lights on the road and at work, and enjoyed my evening before falling asleep. I’ve also had days in which everything appeared to go wrong –…

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Women in Comedy

By Collin Shotts, M.A. Over the past decade many have noticed a change in the landscape of comedy. Female comedians have been on the rise, not simply in quantity, but also in the types of roles they’ve taken on. Recent shows such as 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation have utilized female talents as lead…

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Social Skills and Personal Growth

by Matt Jones, M.A., L.P.C., C.A.D.C We learn at a very young age the social rules of society, which often means that we can’t always share exactly what we’re thinking. The brilliant and often misunderstood Freud stated that children must learn to restrict their desires and learn to act in a socially appropriate manner. As…

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The Grass is Always Greener

by Matt Jones, M.A., L.P.C., C.A.D.C Life is uncertain, but we pretend otherwise. We seek out certainty by telling ourselves over and over again that we’ll be happy at some point in the future. We look forward to moving to a new location, landing a new job, or purchasing those cool new shoes that you…

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Do you have a place for Sadness in your headquarters? (Inside Out)

by Yipian Yang One can surely argue that the biggest hit of animation this summer goes to the Pixar movie Inside Out. As of August 6th, this “kid movie” has obtained over $330 million from the North American box office, an 8.6 on IMDb, and a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Having seen the movie…

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One Step to a Better Commute

One Step to a Better Commute by Matt Jones, M.A., L.P.C., C.A.D.C. Do you get sick of looking at the same things each day while communing to and from work? As a Chicago commuter, I’ve observed many people including myself that spend a significant amount of time distracting themselves. Whether by catching up on some…

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Why Does the Hulk Smash?

Why Does the Hulk Smash? By Karl Southgate I love comics. I have dedicated an embarrassingly large percentage of my income to expanding my collection and keeping up with the newest titles. Not surprisingly, I also love (most) superhero movies. It is not uncommon for me to see the same comic book movie two or…

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Jeff Van Den Bussche, M.A., L.P.C., Staff Counselor

Jeff VanDenBussche holds a Master of Arts degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Illinois. His primary focus is individual therapy with adults, as well as couples and family treatment. He completed a Bachelor…

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