Understanding ADHD for Adults: What It Is and How to Treat It

What ADHD Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with functioning or development. ADHD affects both children and adults, though it often manifests differently across age groups. Approximately 4.4% of adults in the United States have ADHD.  Key symptoms include: What ADHD Isn’t […]

Why New Parents Should Consider Psychotherapy

Becoming a parent is a profound and transformative experience that brings immense joy, love, and fulfillment. However, it also comes with significant challenges and stressors. New parents often face sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and the immense responsibility of caring for a newborn, all while navigating changes in their relationship and personal identity. These factors can […]

Understanding PSYPACT and the Benefits of Teletherapy

What is PSYPACT? The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) is an interstate agreement designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and temporary in-person psychology across state lines. Established to address the growing demand for psychological services and the limitations posed by state-specific licensure laws, PSYPACT allows licensed psychologists to provide services in other participating states without […]

Understanding Anxiety: What It Is and How to Treat It

Anxiety is a normal response and can be a healthy emotion. It is the body’s natural reaction to stress and can bring about a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. It can signal to you that you are in danger or in need of more support. However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming or […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): What Is It and What Is It Used For?

When searching for a therapist in Chicago, you may have stumbled upon a few common psychotherapy treatments and techniques, but one of the main therapeutic approaches is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The reason for its popularity is the breadth of evidence-based research that makes it known for its effectiveness in treating a range of psychological issues. In […]

Understanding Insurance: A Guide to Premiums, Deductibles, Copays, Coinsurance, and HSAs.

Dealing with health insurance can feel daunting. It’s filled with confusing jargon and ever-changing details. However, understanding the fundamentals of insurance is crucial for making informed decisions about your coverage and health care. Being fully informed about your insurance benefits will help prevent you from being surprised with an unexpected bill. Below are some of […]

The Right Fit: How to Find The Best Therapist for You

Seeking help from a psychotherapist is a positive step towards self-improvement and emotional well-being. However, finding the right therapist can be a daunting task, as it involves not only finding someone with the right qualifications but also someone with whom you can build a trusting and supportive relationship. Below are some essential tips and considerations […]

How to Get the Most Out of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” can be a powerful way to enhance your well-being, promote personal growth, and address a range of emotional, behavioral, and relationship challenges. Whether you’re seeking support for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply aiming to improve your overall psychological health, psychotherapy can be a transformative experience. To ensure you get the […]

Nurture Your Mental Health: 10 Reasons to Start Seeing a Therapist

Maintaining your mental health is paramount to leading a fulfilling life. Just as we visit doctors for physical ailments, it’s equally important to seek professional help when facing psychological challenges. Below are some of the most common reasons people seek support from a psychotherapist. Manage Emotional Distress: Life often presents us with emotional challenges such […]

Radical Acceptance

By Carolyn Simon, MS, LPC One thing has become clear in the mental health field: the more we try to fight against our feelings and emotions, the stronger and more prominent they can become. We are quick to label our feelings and situations as “good” or “bad” and can take a judgmental stance when it […]