Gratitude to the Rescue

Everyday we are bombarded on social media, news channels, and television with stories of community violence, mass shootings, sexual assault and more. It’s hard not to feel distressed by these current events. Daily exposure to traumatic events can have a cumulative effect on us, even when we are not directly exposed to the event. This...

How An Emotional “Spring Cleaning” Can Improve Your Mental Health

Even though spring officially begins on March 20th, there’s no reason to wait to do some mental and emotional spring cleaning. The idea of spring cleaning has been around for thousands of years. Some research points to the Persian tradition of cleaning the entire house in preparation for Nowruz, the Persian New Year which falls...

Hugs and Your Health by Dr. Gabi Granoff

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 five reasons to mindfully hug, the benefits you...

5 Ways We Can All Reunite Again

Many of us won’t be unhappy to see the back of 2020. It’s been a dreadful year with Covid-19 still surging in most states, and plenty of cultural upheaval, economic woes, and the drama surrounding this year’s elections. This is an appalling time—one in which we should be pulling together as a nation. According to...

The Truth About Sex Therapy

by Erynn Besser, LPC, NCC We’ve all been there, someone mentions “sex therapy” and we are immediately taken to the scene in “Meet the Fockers” where Barbra Streisand is directing a room full of 80-something year old’s on how to do the reverse cowgirl. The camera then pivots to her clients practicing this move in...

How to Practice Self Care During the Holidays

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...

Parenting is the hardest job there is. It is unrealistic to think and expect that we, as parents, are always emotionally regulated!  Life is complicated and stressful.  Yet, research supports the idea that the more emotionally regulated the parent or caregiver is, the healthier the “climate” is in the family. Self-regulation is the ability to modulate the...

Our lives are jam-packed with responsibilities—between jugging the demands of work, family, and friends, it can seem almost impossible to make time to engage in hobbies or to spend quality time with loved ones. Often times, we take our closest relationships for granted and put them on the back burner while we attend to seemingly...

Loving Interracial Couples

Note: This post was originally written in 2017, shortly after the release of the widely acclaimed, award winning film Loving 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...

Coming Home by <a ” href=”https://coragecoaching.coachesconsole.com/are-you-ready-to-step-into-a-big-new-life-.html”>Sally Eames​ I recently saw the documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl, about the women who have chose to return to their homes in the Forbidden Zone, despite having been evicted after the disaster in 1988. The director of the film spoke afterwards. I mention this because she said she had...

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