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How to talk with young children about war

How to talk with young children about warWhen my six years old daughter saw me tearing up viewing a triggering image on social media from the current war in Ukraine, my first tendency was to reassure her that everything is ok, “mommy is fine.”  And then she said, “is...

What Does it Mean to be Compassionate?

What Does it Mean to be Compassionate?David offers a hand of friendship to the new kid at school who is alone and desperate to fit in. Sarah provides a warm meal for the homeless man who sleeps under the viaduct that she passes on the way to work everyday. Jenny...

Toxic Positivity: It’s ok to not be ok

Toxic Positivity: It's ok to not be okA phrase I often tell my clients in the first few sessions is: “People don’t often come to therapy because they feel bad; they come to therapy because they feel bad about feeling bad.” In other words, if we could easily accept our...

Winter Blues: Winter Plans

Winter Blues: Winter PlansWinter is here and so are the Winter Blues for some. Winter is a difficult time of year for many with shorter days and colder temperatures. Many people feel extra fatigue, irritability, and trouble with motivation in the heart of winter....

Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving During the Holidays

Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving During the HolidaysAlong with all the wonderful festive elements of the holiday season, this time of year brings a unique opportunity to teach your children about the importance of generosity and giving. Learning that giving goes...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Tribute to Our Veterans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Tribute to Our Veterans It is only fitting to be writing about PTSD, given that November 11 is Veteran’s Day, a time in which we celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. PTSD can occur after experiencing (or...

Mental Health Stigma: Myths and Facts

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: October 10, 2021The first week of October is designated Mental Illness Awareness Week and October 10th marks World Mental Health Day!  This gives us a great opportunity to challenge the existing stigma surrounding mental illness.  Unlike many...

Summit walks for NAMI 2021

Teaming up for NAMI—and You! We did it!  On August 8th, Summit Clinical Services participated in the NAMI DuPage’s annual 5K Run/Walk for the Mind, to help raise funds for the important programs of NAMI DuPage.  Our group of 17, consisting of therapists,...

Freedom from Self-Criticism

Freedom from Self-CriticismI had just joined a gym and was taking advantage of a free personal training session. I was in the middle of my third or fourth round of lunges when the trainer began to yell loudly at me: “Do more! More! Do more! I need to see more from...

The (Really) Great Outdoors: How spending time in nature improves almost everything

The (Really) Great Outdoors: How spending time in nature improves almost everythingWarm weather and long days mean Summer is finally here!  The beginning of a new season is a great time to take stock of not only how, but also where we spend our time.  We’ve all heard...
Winter Blues: Winter Plans

Winter Blues: Winter Plans

Winter Blues: Winter PlansWinter is here and so are the Winter Blues for some. Winter is a difficult time of year for many with shorter days and colder temperatures. Many people feel extra fatigue, irritability, and trouble with motivation in the heart of winter....

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