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Posted on May 21, 2019 in Counseling, Education, Mental Health Awareness, News, Resources, Therapists, Therapy

How to Choose a Mental Health Provider

It is important to find a mental health provider who understands your unique needs and problems. If you have never sought out a mental healthcare professional, this can be a daunting task. Tips to help find the therapist you need Figure out what sort of mental health provider you need – Do you need – a therapist, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse, a physician or a professional counselor. It is easier to ask for help when you know where to go to ask for help. How do you pick? If you have health insurance, you will want to pick someone from within your plan. If you are not sure of the type of mental health professional you need, your primary care physician can usually guide you in this decision. Ask for referrals – Ask your general physician for recommendations. Ask your friends and family if they have anybody they can refer. Search internet and phonebook listings. You may even contact up local mental health awareness and care organizations. Websites...

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Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse, Therapists

Overcoming Substance Abuse

  Substance abuse is a chronic disease that leads to addiction. Addiction changes our brain chemistry, so it is less able to control drug cravings. Many factors play a role in shaping substance abuse patterns such as genetics, family history, psychological and environmental determinants. Although difficult, many people successfully overcome substance abuse with the help of commitment to the self, treatment and social support. Seek Help The first step towards overcoming substance abuse is to seek out help. Consult with a doctor to come up with a treatment plan that suits your condition, physical and mental health history. Detoxification, behavioral counseling, medication, evaluation and follow-up treatments may be used. A treatment plan is intended to help you prevent the use of drugs, stay drug-free and lead the life you want on your terms. If you don’t have health insurance, opt for a community healthcare clinic instead of a private clinic. Search for a cash-based medical provider or hunt out a doctor you can afford on the internet. Consider registering...

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Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Depression, Holidays, News, Therapists, Therapy

Holiday Season & Depression

  Christmas is past and the New Year is days away. Even with all of the celebrations happening, not everyone finds the holiday season one to be joyful about. The holidays can be depressing for some people. Some people have lower moods during this time for various reasons. Other people have a lower mood due to the shortening of the daylight. 11 Ways to fight holiday season depression This list is not to minimize those feelings at all. Rather, it is to acknowledge that the holiday season can be difficult for many and some may want to try to lift their mood in a healthy manner. A suggestion before looking at this list is to look at your feelings and acknowledge them; do not try to dismiss them. Set aside some time in the day to think about your feelings so that you do honor them. Then take a look at this list and choose one or two things you can do each day to lift your mood. Gratitude....

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Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Counseling, News, Therapists, Therapy, Virtual Therapy

No Time for Therapy? Try Virtual Therapy!

Virtual Therapy, also known as Tele-Therapy, is a great option for those who have busy schedules, parenting demands, health issues or commuting struggles. You can receive regular, ongoing therapy support from the comfort of your own home! Lisa Eaton, MSW, LCSW, CADC, has offered Virtual Therapy to Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc. clients since earlier this year. Lisa introduces herself in the first video on this blog post. In the second, she explains further about the benefits of Virtual Therapy. A video introduction to Virtual Therapy Benefits of virtual therapy Lisa does offer a free consultation to help you determine if Virtual Therapy will be a good fit for you. Need more information? Ready to schedule an appointment? Click here for more detailed FAQs on Tele-therapy. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a...

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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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