Why see a Psychologist?

Why see a Psychologist or Therapist? This promotional video from the American Psychological Association  is part of a campaign aimed at encouraging people to seek out long-term skills and strategies to address psychological concerns in addition to, or in place of psychiatric medication.        

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Book Review: Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, or Body Image Issues

As a psychologist, I get asked all the time for book recommendations. Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder) can be particularly difficult for the friends and family of patients to understand. The best book I have found to help is called Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge…

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Recent Screening of the documentary “Finding Kind”

Recently, I was privileged to be a part of a very special event.  On January 8th, I saw the documentary, Finding Kind, for the first time.  It immediately sparked an interest and a desire to spread the message about girl-on-girl “crime” (physical fighting, name-calling, threats, power struggles, competition, manipulation, secrets, rumors, and ostracizing other girls,…

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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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The LodeStone Center Psychologist to Serve as Social Media Chair of New Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

The LodeStone Center, an outpatient counseling and psychological services agency in McHenry, Illinois announces the participation of Psychologist Michelle Bidwell, Psy.D. on the board of the newly formed Heartland Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. IAEDP’s Heartland Chapter McHenry, IL (PRWEB) November 7, 2011– The LodeStone Center is proud to announce one…

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The Mindful Way through Depression

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zin – Reviewed by Jeremy Bidwell, Ph.D. Mindfulness Training, which has been gaining increasing popularity in recent years, refers to learning the ability to take your mind off of “autopilot” when it is unintentionally ruminating about anxiety-provoking, distressing,…

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