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Category: Staff Articles

Hope and Kindness

I wish that I could say that I had been perfectly kind in high school.  I wasn’t.  I wish I could say that what other’s thought of me didn’t matter. It did and it does.  We are all imperfect and make mistakes, but how can we choose to be our best selves everyday…even in the

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What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

There are a multitude of therapy “styles” available in the mental health field, and it can be difficult to know which one is a fit for you. The primary treatment model at The LodeStone Center is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or “CBT”. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a present-oriented therapy, meaning the focus tends to be on

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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Depression This Week

Today was the first major snowfall of 2012, which had me remembering how difficult the winter can be for the people I see that have recurrent bouts of depression. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression, there are several areas of functioning that we always assess to help improve depression symptoms. These are the areas that

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The Top 5 Tips for Changing Child and Teen Behavior

From the The LodeStone Center Staff 1. Pick Your Battles Many times that we have parents seeking advice on changing behaviors in their children or teens, they want to tackle everything at once. Pick one or two problematic behaviors and focus on those until you get them under control. Early successes with one or two

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Strategies for Moderating Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Dr. Jeremy Bidwell Today is the first workday of Standard Time for this fall, and we are all noticing an astonishingly early sunset in McHenry County. For some, this part of the year marks the loss of many coping mechanisms that maintain mood and ward off depression. In the winter season, we are less

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5 Simple Habits That Will Improve Your Marriage

While the problems facing many of the couples we help are complex, there are simple steps that we at The LodeStone Center consider relatively easy ways to start rebuilding closeness and intimacy in a marriage. If you are contemplating seeing a marriage therapist and wish you could start working on things right away, these suggestions

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