During the holidays, it can be so busy that we can go into automatic pilot and forget about self-care and the true meaning of the holidays.  Here are a few tips to help you stay focused and practice good self-care. Be Intentional During the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of...

I am sure I am not the only one feeling the impact of current events. We are bombarded on social media, news channels, and television with stories of community violence, mass shootings, and sexual assault. It’s hard not to feel distressed by these current events. Daily exposure to traumatic events can have a cumulative effect...

October is a scary month! There are frightening Halloween ghosts, spiders, skeletons, and zombies all around you! In the news, there is an onslaught of very real and very scary events as well as political turmoil.   During difficult times, it’s normal to experience anything from feeling nothing to feeling intense rage and fear. Recently at...

Last month, Caroline Guhde, LCSW shared her knowledge and practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  This month, Caroline provides tips and exercises that we can utilize to begin cultivating mind-body awareness and healing after a traumatic event. When we create a safe space & cultivate mindful awareness we can hold the memory of what happened with our present moment experience. ...

CTC embraces somatic therapy as an important approach to healing because we know the mind and body are connected in very important ways.  A landmark study called the Adverse childhood experiences or ACES study linked early traumatic events with the development and prevalence of a wide range of serious health and mental health difficulties throughout...

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision. On June 12, 1967, Mildred and Richard Loving received a verdict from the Supreme Court which determined the future of their lives together.   In the case of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court determined that state laws prohibiting interracial marriages were unconstitutional because they...

March in Chicago brings Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the promise of baseball home openers. The city starts to look ahead to summer street festivals, and days spent by the lake. For many people, its also a time of heavy drinking. The spring brings an opportunity to experience a feeling of renewal and being mindful...

Bianka Hardin

​Bianka Hardin, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and owner of Centered Therapy Chicago, LLC. Dr. Hardin founded CTC in 2014 with the mission to help children, adolescents, and adults improve their mental health and quality of life.

At Centered Therapy Chicago we are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones find peace, longevity, and healing. In honor of Valentines Day, we recommend taking a closer look at one of the most fundamental ways of healing and connecting with others. Hugs!​ Here are our 5 reasons to mindfully hug, and 5 tips...