The Dawn of Spring in the Age of the Coronavirus

It seems so long since the burgeoning excitement for springtime swept through Illinois. The relief of longer and sunnier days has quickly given way to immense anxiety in this age of Coronavirus. Folks are fearing for their health and safety…

What is Strength-Based Therapy?

Strength-based therapy focuses on your natural strengths rather than your shortcomings or perceived failures. The goal is to implement a positive mindset that helps you build your best qualities and shift into a more optimistic worldview. This powerful “switch-around” of…

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) combines cognitive and behavioral therapies to transform negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes. While DBT started as a method to treat borderline personality disorders, it has since shown to be an effective treatment…

Tips to Avoid Common Blended Family Issues

Blended families are common, but they aren’t easy. It takes about two to five years of intentionality for a blended family to get established. Also, statistics can be incredibly daunting for any blended family; between 60 and 73 percent of…

What is the Gottman Method for Relationship Therapy?

Criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, contempt – these behaviors often signal the end of most relationships. But how does a couple overcome these challenges and reestablish their bond?  Based on research and practice on thousands of couples, the Gottman Method may be…

Mental Health Benefits to Volunteering

There is a Chinese proverb that says: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness…