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Maintaining Treatment Gains Post-Discharge: A Recipe for Success – Author: Louann Toscano, LCSW – Young Adult Group Therapist & Resource Therapist

Maintaining Treatment Gains Post-Discharge: A Recipe for Success Author: Louann Toscano, LCSW – Young Adult Group Therapist & Resource Therapist Completing a PHP- or IOP-level treatment stay at Compass Health Center is an effortful task. A successful discharge from our program requires a significant investment of time and energy, demands vulnerability and openness, and is […]

What’s Behind a Tantrum?
Author: Rachael A. Levine, PhD

What’s Behind a Tantrum? Author: Rachael A. Levine, PhD – Associate Director of Child Programs It is common for children to have meltdowns, tantrums, and emotional outbursts when they are young. There are many potential contributing factors: being hungry, tired, hearing “no,” and experiencing something that feels “unfair” are only a few. People are rarely […]

Destigmatizing Self-Injury: What to Know and How to Help
Author: Steven Topper, LCPC – Young Adult Group Therapist

Destigmatizing Self-Injury: What to Know and How to Help Author: Steven Topper, LCPC – Young Adult Group Therapist While so much of mental illness is stigmatized through movies, television, and news, few topics are as divisive as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). In critically acclaimed movies such as Black Swan and The Wrestler, depictions of NSSI often […]

Exposure and Response Prevention
Authors: Jennifer Smith, MA, LPC – Exposure Therapist & Kristin Kohn, LCSW – Exposure Therapist

Exposure and Response Prevention Authors: Jennifer Smith, MA, LPC – Exposure Therapist & Kristin Kohn, LCSW – Exposure Therapist Everyone experiences anxiety. Though anxiety has a bad reputation, its purpose is to help us in times of stress and danger, and typically centers on uncertainty related to the future. It’s normal to be afraid of […]

Jamie Lowe’s Memoir Captures the Unrelenting Nature of Bipolar Disorder
Author: Jon Butz, MA, LCPC – Adult Group Therapist

Jamie Lowe’s Memoir Captures the Unrelenting Nature of Bipolar Disorder Author: Jon Butz, MA, LCPC – Adult Group Therapist Jaime Lowe’s memoir Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind is a vulnerable, brash, and brutally honest portrait of Lowe’s struggles with her bipolar I diagnosis.  The memoir begins in 1993 whilst Lowe was experiencing her […]

Finding a Common Humanity: A Young Adult’s Guide to Making Group Therapy Worthwhile
Author: Jacqueline Diggs, LCPC – Young Adult Group Therapist

Finding a Common Humanity: A Young Adult’s Guide to Making Group Therapy Worthwhile Author: Jacqueline Diggs, LCPC – Young Adult Group Therapist At the start of treatment, I often hear my young adult patients insist that therapy won’t work for them. Some young adults worry that their struggles are so much worse than their peers, […]

Destiny versus Growth Beliefs: Thinking Your Way to a Better Marriage
Author: Lisa Gordon, PhD – Family Therapist & Staff Development Specialist

Destiny versus Growth Beliefs: Thinking Your Way to a Better Marriage Author: Lisa Gordon, PhD – Family Therapist & Staff Development Specialist “Our universe grants every soul a twin – a reflection of themselves – the kindred spirit – And no matter where they are or how far away they are from each other – […]

Prevention Strategies for Online Bullying
Author: Lee Dal Pra, AM, LCSW – Director of Child Programs Chicago

Prevention Strategies for Online Bullying Author: Lee Dal Pra, AM, LCSW – Director of Child Programs Chicago Computers, smartphones, and gaming systems have emerged as a permanent and unavoidable part of child development. Technology is an exciting playground in which children can learn, create and connect. In fact, for many young people, social media and […]