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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 […]

A Meaningful Life is Not Pain-Free: Creating Meaning in the Aftermath of Trauma
Author: Courtney Wells, PhD – Associate Director of the Trauma Program

A Meaningful Life is Not Pain-Free: Creating Meaning in the Aftermath of Trauma Author: Courtney Wells, PhD – Associate Director of the Trauma Program There are many ways in which trauma has been defined since it first emerged in the mid- to late-19th century as a term applied, not just to medical events, but also […]

Learning in the Digital Age: How are Screens Affecting Our Child’s School Experience?
Author: Heather Bragg – Education Specialist

Learning in the Digital Age: How are Screens Affecting Our Child’s School Experience? Author: Heather Bragg – Education Specialist Smartphones, social media and technology are getting a lot of attention in the press lately, especially in connection to anxiety and depression. Last fall’s New York Times article Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering […]