Behavioral Health Blog

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 as their outlets and escapes simultaneously become eliminated. With an understandable focus on physiological symptoms, many of us are finding our resolve and mental…

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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 the human mind and its ways of thinking can help you maintain focus on what’s going well and reevaluate your expectations on yourself and…

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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 for eating disorders, suicidal ideation, stress management, and more. Along with CBT, DBT is a widely used method of talk therapy among LifeStance Health…

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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 all marriages involving children from a previous relationship ultimately fail according to research. But there's good news, too. There are steps you and your…

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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 the answer. The Gottman Method assists couples in achieving a deeper sense of understanding, awareness, empathy, and connection that ultimately leads to heightened intimacy…

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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 for a lifetime, help somebody.” This famous proverb holds a substantial amount of wisdom, and research supports the theory that volunteering benefits your mental…

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What is Art Therapy?

If you enjoy the creative process and sometimes can’t find the words to express what you’re feeling, Art Therapy may be a fit for you. Art Therapy combines the creative process with applied psychological theory to help you heal and move forward, and it’s available at LifeStance Health in both individual and group settings. What specific concerns does art therapy address? Art therapy helps…

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What Is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week?

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the “largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.” NEDA envisions a world without eating disorders. In 2001, NEDA created an outreach effort known as National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDAwareness) Week. It is recognized from February 24 to March 1, and the theme for 2020 is Come As You Are: Hindsight is…

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on approach to problem-solving. Numerous studies suggest CBT leads to significant improvement in one’s quality of life, and it’s widely used among LifeStance Health therapists to treat everything from depression to substance abuse. What are the core principles of CBT? Psychological problems are partly based on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinkingPsychological problems are…

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Get Customized Medication Options With GeneSight

Increase your chances of treatment success with GeneSight, a fast, easy genetic test that suggests medication based on your unique DNA. Learn about this innovative LifeStance Health psychiatric benefit here: What is a GeneSight test? GeneSight Psychotropic is a pharmacogenomic test that analyzes genetic variations in your DNA.  The results of the test inform your doctor about how your particular genes may impact how…

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