How to Recognize Signs of Anxiety in Children Under 10

You can already predict the scenario as you begin the bedtime routine with your child. Baths are done, stories are read, and now it’s time for bed. Your child needs exactly the right things in bed that are positioned in just the right way. Then you are peppered with questions about how you can be sure that the animals you just read about can’t…

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Culture Doesn’t Teach Grit Anymore

I don't know about you, but I'm frustrated. The more I look around, the more I see young people not being able to tolerate struggle and adults who believe its their duty to remove struggle from the lives of young people. It's ridiculous. Let's start with young people (ages 14-22). They are growing up in an informational age; that's not their fault. Their life…

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Counseling for Couples: 5 Signs It’s Time to See a Therapist

Even healthy relationships experience difficulties. This is where couples counseling can help equip you with the tools you need to get your relationship back on track. Below, we will discuss 5 signs it’s time for a couple to see a therapist. Times to Seek Counseling for Couples: 1. YOUR COMMUNICATION ISN’T HEALTHY. Does it feel like everything is “off” when you and your partner…

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How to Address School Refusal

It’s that time of year again where we prepare our children and teens for another school year. It feels like we just settled into warmer weather, but the school supplies are popping up in stores, family vacations are wrapping up, and students are picking up their schedules in the next couples of weeks. With the transition back to school approaching, families might start to…

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A Guide for Parents: How to Handle Playdates That Go South

SMACK. Things were going well the last time you checked, but now it seems that everything has rapidly turned south. A raised voice quickly escalated to altercation, and your child is the culprit of the resounding smacking sound that was clearly heard from the other room. What do you do now? Do you give him a talking to? Do you send his friend home…

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How to Find Counselors in Naperville

Whether it’s your first time seeking counseling services or you’re a longtime counseling veteran, finding a new therapist can feel like a daunting task. If you’re trying to sort through different counselors in Naperville, here are a few tips that can help make sense of your search. Education When looking through different counselors in Naperville, you may notice that their credentials are not all…

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“Because I Said So!”: Strategies for Managing Problem-Solving with Your Child

How many times have you found yourself saying, “because I said so!” in response to your child’s demands? Especially in frustration after hearing the same question over and over? I get it. Those four little words roll easily off the tongue and aim to shut down the situation as quickly as possible. But, on a second thought, does it actually solve the problem for…

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3 Marriage Counseling Tips for Healthy Communication

Good communication is immensely rewarding in marriage. You feel connected. Valued. Cherished. Loved. When communication turns south, it’s the exact opposite. No matter what you say, it feels like your spouse is not truly hearing you or seeing your perspective. When communication breaks down, it can leave both spouses feeling disconnected and unloved. While there is no simple fix to communication problems, there are…

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The Importance of Finding Quality Medication Management

Weight gain. Drowsiness. Nausea and vomiting. The list goes on. Every FDA-approved medication has the potential for unwanted side-effects. Mental health medications – such as antidepressants, stimulants, and mood stabilizers – are no exception. There are dozens of medications commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health concerns, but finding the right medicine can be a difficult battle. Negative side effects…

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Three Distinct Differences Between Psychiatrists and Psychologists

When looking for the right mental health provider, you may find yourself wondering whether to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Often times, the terms psychiatrist and psychologist are used interchangeably. Though they have overlapping responsibilities, there are three district differences between psychiatrists and psychologists. Understanding these key distinctions will help you make the best decision for your situation. Education and Training While both…

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