Teaching Resiliency

Resilience is the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad has happened. It is the ability to overcome challenges or trauma. This is an ability that comes in varying levels in people. Some people show incredible resilience despite horrific circumstances, while others can crumble under much less. Since some people are…

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Is Happiness Attainable?

What is happiness? It wouldn’t seem that this would be a difficult question to answer, but it is possibly one of the most difficult questions there is. Everyone talks about wanting to be happy, if they are happy, who is happy, if happiness is real. But very few people actually focus on what happiness is.…

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Only The Stigma Is Crazy

About the Author:  Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Creekwood Associates in St. Charles, IL.  She is a speaker, author, and gifted therapist.  Please see below for her Call To Action. #onlythestigmaiscrazy     The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) mandated that mental health conditions be treated…

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How is CBT Used in Depression Treatment?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is one of the most effective tools in depression treatment. At it’s core, CBT assumes that a person’s mood is directly related to their patterns of thought. With this belief, it makes sense that negative or dysfunctional thinking would lead to a negative mood, sense of self, or behavior; in…

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What Will You Gain In Your Life This Year?

We have all done it. January 1st comes around and we make resolutions to conquer those things that have been pestering us or that we have been putting off…only to be broken a few months later. Well, we are not alone. According to the University of Scranton, only 46% of people maintain their resolutions for more than 6 months. This year, I would like to challenge you to think about resolutions from a different perspective. One that just may help you reach those big goals you have for yourself!

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Navigating Stress Through the Holidays

The staff at The LodeStone Center offers some suggestions and insights on managing stress through the Holidays. Gathering with friends and family can bring great joy, though can also add on pressure and at times re-kinde old conflicts. Think through your strategies this year, and draw all the warmth and cheer you can from this wonderful time of the year!

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Halloween Fun for Kids With Food Allergies

With more awareness and prevalence of food allergies, many kids are not getting to experience the fun of Halloween. I know, personally, we have so many close friends whose children have been able to dress up and go trick-or-treating, only to have to give away most or all of the candy they receive.

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The Power of Validation in Marriage

If I could get one message across to every couple I come in contact with, it would be “validation always wins”. Get good at saying “you’re right”, or “you have a point”, and avoiding the tendency to simply debate, and your life at home will get radically better. Validation, as a communication tool, refers to acknowledging the…

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Silver Linings Playbook: A Therapist’s Review

Silver Linings Playbook; an example of how when life can’t seemingly get any worse, it really can get better. The two main characters of this movie face a number of personal turmoil. Pat Solantano (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) face a number of life’s challenges. Pat lost everything; his house, his job, his marriage…

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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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