5 Easy Ways to Make Your Mental Health a Priority

May is National Mental Health Awareness month. We all know the importance of healthy eating and exercise for a healthy body. Recently, some high-profile people have spoken out about their struggles with mental health issues. Carson Daly (anxiety disorder), Ariana Grande (depression and PTSD), Demi Lovato (bipolar disorder), Leonardo DiCaprio (OCD), and Michael Phelps (ADHD)...

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...

The Benefit of Somatic Therapy

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...

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...

The “Whats” and “Whys” of Therapy

by Dr. Bianka Hardin​ What is Therapy? Therapy can help people of all ages work through personal, relationship, family, and/or work/school challenges so that they can move on and enjoy a life that is productive and fulfilling. It is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and their therapist. Therapy is effective...

Just Unplug. You can do it!

by Dr. Bianka Hardin In the past month, I made the choicest only to get away from the office as much as I could, but also to unplug. Sometimes it’s hard to do that with everything going on in the world, especially with a worldwide pandemic going on and politics and a national election on...

How To Self-Care During A Stressful Election Season

November’s a funny month. Seems there’s always an election coming up when November is on its way. And thanks to the fact that we live in a democracy, that month can be stressful, sometimes even dreadful. But rest assured, there are some easy things you can do to take care of yourself during election season...

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. ...

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...

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