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Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Social Skills, Therapists

Social Skills Strategies for Children

Why are social skills such a challenge? Social skills can be a challenge for children because there are several components that go into socialization.  The following is a list of skills boys and girls utilize on a daily basis to socialize with others: Theory of Mind refers to understanding that others have a different perspective or opinion than yours and recognizing others have feelings. Executive functioning involves taking the initiative to make plans with others, following through on finishing tasks, organizing materials needed to carry out plans, remembering what others say to carry on a conversation and filtering  ones own thoughts before impulsively sharing everything. Interest and motivation to socialize with others. Reading and picking up on social cues by visually to paying attention to facial cues and body language of others. What strategies are helpful to strengthen social skills? Emotion recognition. Children need to be able to identify their own emotions. as well as others, in order to perform well in social situations.  Their skills can be strengthened...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2017 in News, Therapists, Therapy, Virtual Therapy

Now Offering Tele-Therapy Sessions

Lisa Eaton, MSW, LCSW, CADC, now offers Virtual Therapy  Sessions, also known as Tele-Therapy sessions, for Illinois residents. Phone or video sessions are available.  Tele-Therapy Sessions are a great option for those clients who struggle to make it in for regular office appointments, due to busy work schedules, commuting times, frequent business traveling, weather conditions, parenting demands, or health issues.  Imagine receiving the benefits of regular therapy support from the comfort of your own home!  Tele-Therapy allows the client to avoid taking time off of work for appointments, finding childcare, commuting to the office, and waiting in waiting rooms. Lisa structures her Tele-Therapy sessions in the same way she structures her in-person sessions. For example, during a Tele-Therapy session, Lisa explores a client’s current concerns and feelings, and teaches skills and proposes solutions in the same ways she would during an in-person session. If at any point a client feels like the Tele-Therapy sessions are no longer a good fit, Lisa will recommend a local therapist at Agor Behavioral Health...

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Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in News, Psychiatry, Staff Profiles, Therapists, Therapy

Agor Behavioral Health Services Welcomes Darrell Troupe, MD

Welcome, Darrell Troupe, MD! Dr. Darrell Troupe believes the best doctors allow themselves to learn something from their patients, colleagues and family members. A psychiatrist, Dr. Troupe has over thirty years of experience and works with patients ages 3 and up. He is accepting appointments at the Naperville location beginning February 9, 2017. Whether directly or indirectly living with a mental illness or condition, Dr. Troupe believes education and proper treatment may extend one’s potential beyond one’s perceived limitations. To achieve a mutual goal, the patient, their family, clinician and psychiatrist work together to combine compassion, education and medication to address the chemical, biological, emotional, psychological, and social imbalances of mental illness. As part of the staff at Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Dr. Troupe’s professional goal is to offer every patient safe, effective medical treatment in coordination with the care of a compassionate therapist. Schedule an Appointment To schedule an appointment with Dr. Troupe please call 630-621-5824 or visit www.doctoragor.com. Dr. Troupe is taking appointments at the Naperville office, located in the...

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Posted on Feb 15, 2016 in Counseling, News, Relationships, Therapists, Therapy

Los atajos y sus patas cortas

Los desafiaos de la vida moderna introdujeron algunos términos como panic-attack, déficit de atención, hiperactividad que se han vuelto las nuevas enfermedades. de la vida moderna. La autora, entretanto, plantea una cuestión fundamental. Revisando las soluciones que para ello brinda la medicación y los libros de auto- ayuda, surge una pregunta: ¿No serian estos atajos que revelan las tentativas del hombre de evitar la incomodidad y la incertidumbre? En la actualidad asistimos a la proliferación de síntomas tales como panic-attack, dificultades en la capacidad de concentración, múltiples inhibiciones, cuadros de depresión o ansiedad. Algunas voces en el campo de la salud mental prefieren clasificar este popurrí de manifestaciones sintomáticas como “patologías modernas”. En función de esta nueva categoría clasificadora han surgido tratamientos o estrategias que prometen soluciones inmediatas e indoloras. Una de ellas es la medicación cuando es utilizada como “chaleco químico” en casos de hiperactividad, depresión, o ansiedad. La peligrosidad radica en su abuso y no su uso; es decir, cuando la medicación reemplaza el deseo de investigar,...

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Posted on Mar 26, 2015 in Counseling, Family, News, Therapists, Therapy

The Many Benefits of Therapy

Therapy is a form of treatment that can help people better deal with their problems arising due to mental, emotional or physical conditions. Whether you seek therapy from a counselor or a psychologist or go for psychotherapy under the supervision of a psychiatrist it is a step towards your betterment. Psychologists have doctoral degrees and are licensed professionals. Counselors too have doctoral or master’s degrees that qualify them to offer counseling to others. Psychotherapists are doctors who undergo study and training to treat people for various conditions. Here are some benefits of therapy that can help you lead a healthier life. Therapy can help people better deal with mental disorders Whether it is a severe mental condition or a bout of depression after a traumatic event; therapy can help you deal with the symptoms in a much better way and overtime even help you minimize the symptoms or even heal the problem. Therapy can help people better achieve their goals Mental blocks often deter a person from achieving the...

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Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Counseling, Depression, News, Stress, Therapists, Therapy

Helping Someone With an Anxiety Disorder

If a loved one or a friend is suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is not just difficult for him or her; it is also difficult for the rest of the family. How should you respond to someone who is under severe stress and feels excessively anxious? Be supportive, not judgemental One of the first rules is to never give out an impression that you are judging him or her. Show support without being judgemental. You could tell your friend that what she is going through is no big deal, and everyone goes through it, only to trigger more anger or strong reactions. Their worries may seem trivial to you, but never tell them that. Statements like “that must be very tough for you” or “do let me know how I can help”, can help. Such statements are not judgemental and show genuine support and care. Not to panic in the wake of panic! When a loved one is anxious and panicking, it is very easy for you to...

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