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Summer Self-Care Tips:

It’s summer! Hello to BBQs, pool parties, movies in the park, vacations, and family adventuring. But — take deep breath here — goodbye to the relief you felt during the school year knowing that your children would be taken care of for at least a few hours every day. For many parents of young kids, […]


Anger is identified as one of the most powerful emotions known in our world. There are many things that can trigger anger in an individual. It could be anything from not getting the job you want, having an argument with a significant other or family member, not being able to have control in or over a […]

Carol Carpenter, LCSW

Carol is a Licensed is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has lived in Chicago for 20 years. Following her graduation from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, Carol has worked with adults living with depression and anxiety in addition to other mental health issues. Carol brings to her work a drive to assist individuals in reaching their […]

Gianne Shah

My name is Gianne. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I have always been passionate about helping others as far back as I can remember. My passion for the field was solidified when I took a Psychology 101 class in 2011 at Harold Washington College. It was there I fell […]

Self-Respect Effectiveness to Detach with Love

DBT Skill of the Month #4 Luckily for some, February is the shortest month of the year, as, unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is sometimes viewed as The-Day-That-Must-Not-Be-Named. Love is wonderful and, in the spirit of being dialectical, love hurts. And this includes all kinds of love-romantic, familial and friendly. Sometimes, when love is especially challenging, we […]

25 Ways Men can Prevent Gender Differences From Sabotaging Their Modern Marriage

We are at a point in history that women are increasingly less happy in their marriages. Consider the fact that, of the educated women in the U.S. who divorce, the wife initiates 90% of those divorces. There are a variety of reasons that this is becoming more of the norm, but one factor from the […]

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence 

What is Emotional Intelligence? It is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. What does it look like? Those with high emotional intelligence are unlikely to trust their first impulses. They are more likely to question their initial emotion and dig deeper to […]

Radical Acceptance

Holiday time often equals stressful times, and that’s when DBT skills come in handy! Radical Acceptance is a Distress Tolerance skill that shows you how to manage situations that are undesirable and completely out of your control. To radically accept means to utterly and completely accept a situation as reality and not try to change […]

Hattie Holland, LPC

We all have an innate desire to be our best selves. Of course, we’re also human and often face obstacles that throw us off our path. Therapist Hattie Holland gets to know your unique story so that you can discover new perspectives and reconnect to yourself. The goal? Lasting change. Holland collaborates with clients of […]


Effectiveness is a Mindfulness skill that shows you how to practice being mindful. Mindfulness is the act of paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment, without judgment. Mindfulness is helpful because it teaches you to control your mind. And that is desirable because often we unwittingly allow our mind to control our actions. Feeling […]

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