- you will survive the loss despite the pain,
- that allowing yourself to go through the process at the natural pace (without trying to speed through it) will allow for proper healing,
- it is important express your emotions and seek support when needed.
by Meaghan Diaz
A common form of an addiction is alcohol/substance abuse. It is common for people to have a beer to unwind after a long day of work occasionally. However, a person with a substance abuse disorder is dependent on alcohol or drugs and continues to use them despite the negative impact it may have on his or her day-to-day life, such as worsening physical and mental health as well as damaging social relationships. The severity of the addiction disorder may vary, but common symptoms include the individual consuming more than originally planned, experiencing anxiety due to unsuccessful control of consumption, and spending a lot of time to use, obtain, or recover from the substance. Those who abuse alcohol/substances experience cravings and withdrawals, making it difficult to control the addiction. They may also develop a tolerance over time, thereby requiring larger doses of consumption in order to feel the effects.
“Should I seek treatment for addiction?” If an addiction is interfering with your normal daily functioning or if you are experiencing distress due to an addiction disorder, contact a therapist for a clinical evaluation to determine a recovery plan.
“What are common addiction treatment options?” Treatment involves a clinical assessment/evaluation to determine a recovery plan, detoxification, active treatment (medication, programs, support groups, residential treatment, etc.), and relapse prevention plan. The type of treatment is unique to the individual’s situation.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Group therapy
by Meaghan Diaz
Depression is characterized by symptoms such as feeling pessimistic, hopeless, worthless, anxious or guilty. People with with depression may lose interest in activities that they once found pleasurable, such as spending time with friends or family. They may experience unintentional changes in appetite, weight, and sleep patterns (such as insomnia or oversleeping). They may feel easily fatigued or experience a decline in overall energy level despite receiving a full night’s sleep. Other symptoms that are common include irritability, restlessness, and suicidal thoughts. Physical symptoms include headaches, chronic pain, and digestive issues. A person with depression may also have difficulty getting motivated, focusing on tasks and making decisions. It is normal for one to experience these symptoms occasionally, however if these symptoms occur more often than not, for a period of 2 weeks or longer, it may be a form of clinical depression. Types of depression have varying and overlapping symptoms. Depression is a complex disorder and is may be caused by a multitude of unique life factors.
“Should I seek counseling for depression?” If you have been experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek help by speaking with a therapist.
“What are common depression treatment options?” Common depression treatment options include:
- Psychotherapy (types of psychotherapy include cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, behavioral, and rational-emotive)
- Antidepressant medication
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“The Divorce Process: The Basics and How it Affects Your Clients”
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- UB’s Northrbook office is located at:
- 155 Revere Drive, Suite 4, Northbrook 60062
- 8 therapists at this office provide comprehensive counseling services, and offer complimentary therapy specialties for individuals (adults, adolescents and children), couples, families and groups.
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by Meaghan Diaz
It is common for one to experience nervousness from time to time, such as before an important interview or meeting. However, if symptoms of anxiety, such as profuse sweating, pounding heart, trembling, dizziness, and excessive worry, are easily and often triggered, it may be an anxiety disorder. For some, the source of experiencing an unreasonable amount of anxiety may be due to finances, work, or family. For others, the source of constant anxiety may be due to a multitude of reasons or just life in general.
It is not uncommon that those with anxiety disorders realize that their worry or nervousness is excessive and is not a normal response, but they feel that they cannot control or subdue it despite their best efforts. This usually results in feeling in a state of constant unease, which makes it difficult to sleep at night or relax during the day. This may contribute to tiredness and lack of focus. Physical symptoms of anxiety disorders include: numbness, tingling, elevated heart rate, headache, irritability, chest pain, hot flashes, chills, sweating, trembling hands, feeling lightheaded, feeling on edge and experiencing persistent nervousness or worry. Anxiety disorders most commonly develop in childhood or adolescence, but it can develop in adulthood as well.
“Should I seek counseling for anxiety?”
If your anxiety is interfering with normal daily activities and/or is causing distress, it is important that you seek treatment.
“What are common anxiety therapy options?”
After receiving a complete medical examination, treatment options include:
Medication: This short-term treatment option for acute anxiety will help alleviate the physical symptoms.
Individual Therapy (recommended): A therapist will help identify specific life stressors, provide feedback, and teach relaxation techniques and exercises to combat anxiety.
Anna Kultys is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience in providing adults with individual and group therapy in a variety of settings. Her key areas of clinical expertise consist of depression, anxiety, coping with trauma, concerns related to stress, work, and relationships, as well as confidence and identity issues. She is also fluent in the Polish language and culture. Anna works from UB’s Evanston Counseling office.
What made you become a therapist?
I’ve always been curious about what people do and how they feel. As I grew up, I often watched people and tried to imagine what they did in their lives, how they felt, and what their dreams were. I found myself seeking an understanding of people on an emotional level and learned that this was how I could truly feel connected to my community. My desire to connect with and support others led me to become a therapist.
What are your specialties?
My key areas of clinical expertise consist of depression, anxiety, coping with trauma, concerns related to stress, work, and relationships, as well as confidence and identity issues. I am also fluent in the Polish language and culture.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
During my undergraduate career, I worked with adolescents in an effort to help them succeed through some tough times in their lives. During my graduate career, I worked with adults with chronic mental illnesses in a transitional living program. After that, I worked in the field of forensic psychology for six years, where I completed psychological testing, in-depth record analyses, and other investigative work to complete objective and thorough psychological assessments in the context of civil and criminal litigation.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
One of the most precious gifts we can give to ourselves and others is to take the time to reflect upon ourselves. It grants us awareness, which is the key to focusing efforts of bettering one’s self. Awareness, thus, leads to agency- the capacity to act of one’s own free will to make change. The ability to value one’s self in such a profound way has a ripple effect in terms of impacting the quality of one’s life.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
Because we are important. I believe that every individual deserves the respect that counseling conveys by virtue of providing the time and space to express and explore yourself: how you feel, your struggles, your goals, and who you are. Taking this time allows for reduction in feelings of anxiety, stress, and sadness, among others, while creating a space to define and act on a new future for yourself.
Favorite Self Care Activities:
I sing loudly when I’m alone in my car. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, who nourish different parts of who I am. I value being on my own, and that usually involves deep breathing or exercising, especially by the lake. It’s important to me to check in with myself regularly about where I’m at now, what I would like to achieve in the future, and how to bridge the gap. I also seek therapy to facilitate my personal and professional growth.