One given about life is that time keeps marching forward, regardless of whether we’d like it to slow down, stop or even go back a little bit. Another given is that things change as time moves on and some of those changes can be really difficult! Sending the first or last child off to college, ending a relationship, entering a new decade, graduating college at 22 or 52, a pregnancy, or moving to a new city can all be good things, but they can also bring a little bittersweet into life. Transition coaching and therapy can be helpful in understanding transitions and learning to navigate them with grace. It can also be a rewarding experience to help you figure out, ok, what now?
Trauma is the emotional response we have to a a deeply distressing or disturbing experience and is usually classified into two categories: Big T and Little T traumas. Big T traumas are those that would challenge the coping ability of most people. Things like being a victim of violence, witnessing an awful accident, rape or a life-threatening experience will often come with some level of emotional distress and possible PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Little T traumas are much more about the individual’s response and what may be traumatic for one person, may not be for another. Childhood neglect, emotional abuse, failures in school or work, bullying and losses can all lead to life long struggles with depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Whether it is a Big T or Little T, counseling is a very helpful tool to recognize the impact of trauma begin to lessen the hold it has over our lives.
“Life is relationships, the rest is just details.” Gary Smalley
The quality of our relationships, be it with peers, family, or intimates is in direct proportion to our life satisfaction, but sometimes they’re not always easy to navigate. If you would like to increase social confidence, be better in relationships or have deeper, more meaningful connections, we can help. Please contact us below to learn more about our family and relationship counseling services.
Depression is like a weight that we carry around all the time and it makes everything about life more difficult. Sometimes depression looks like we would expect; sadness, hopelessness, not experiencing joy, or suicidal thoughts. Other times depression shows up as a lack of motivation, low sex drive, changes in sleep patterns, changes in eating habits, or low energy. Depression can be situational and/or related to neurochemicals in the brain. We offer many different modalities of depression treatment. We can help you figure this out and get on the path to feeling better.
There are large numbers of women and men, girls, and boys, who suffer from eating disorders and the cluster of issues that often go hand in hand like negative body image, feelings of shame or guilt and low self-esteem. An eating disorder is an ineffective coping skill where one uses their relationship with food and body to manage life. From restricting to bingeing, over exercising and purging, counting calories or hiding food, all of these behaviors make life exhausting and harder to live. Eating disorders can be life-threatening and effective treatment requires an expert in the field and most often includes psychological help as well as medical or nutritional support as needed. We treat the range of eating disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. We also work with people who don’t fit a diagnosis, but know they could have a healthier relationship with food and/or their bodies.
We feel anxiety in our minds and bodies; constant worry or feeling sick to your stomach, an inability to slow down thoughts or focus, always feeling overwhelmed or fearful when you walk down the hall. Anxiety can be all of these things and more and it’s a rotten way to live each day. Sometimes we know the root cause of anxiety, like witnessing a traumatic event, but many times it’s a general feeling that is always hanging around. It’s exhausting to be in the grasp of anxiety, but for many people, therapy can be helpful in learning to understand and manage anxiety. Types of anxiety treatment that we offer: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), fears and phobias.
How many times have you truly felt understood? More than anything, I want my clients to feel understood and supported. Let’s look at how you got here; what has impacted your life and played a part at creating who you are today. More importantly, let’s figure out how to help you live the life you desire. There was a point for me when I was not living a good life. The day I realized that regardless of circumstance, I was the one in charge of my happiness, it all changed. Everything we need to live a good life is already inside, but sometimes we all need a little help getting there. I’m here to help because I get it.
Life Insight offers psychotherapy, mental health counseling and coaching services for adults, adolescents, and couples in Chicago's western suburbs. From navigating relationship dynamics to managing anxiety and depression, our compassionate team of experts specializes in helping you live a good life!