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...

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...

by Dr. Bianka Hardin ​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...

by Dana Thomas, Ed.S, CPDCE, CPDPE​ Let’s face it, parenting is hard. Kids can be very challenging and we, as parents, don’t always make the best parenting choices. Think, for a moment, about a regularly stressful time in your house. Is it bedtime? Trying to get out the door to school or work on time?...

by Dr. Bianka Hardin In the past month, I made the choice to get away from the office and unplug. During this time, I have reflected on lessons from Rick Hansen’s book, “Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice At a Time.” I have focused on how I remember to be good...

by Dr. Bianka Hardin​ When initiating a conversation, it is common for people to comment on how busy they are when I ask them how they are doing.  I have to admit, I am guilty of feeling so busy and overwhelmed and telling everyone about it as if I were competing in a competition on who...

​by Jennifer Gibson, Psy. D. Although the holidays are a time for celebration and connection with the ones we love, they can also be a time of increased stress.  It is important to be mindful of our stress levels and the potential for adding to existing stress, so that we can makes sure to truly enjoy...

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