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See Our Newly Expanded Oak Brook Counseling Office

Phase 2 of our office renovations have been completed. We extended our waiting room, added a billing office, an additional therapy room, and a calming room. The calming room is great for people who want a different therapy experience or atmosphere. It is a great sensory calming space for all ages.

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Staff Spotlight: ⭐️Nicole Clarizio, LPC⭐️

Nicole is currently accepting new clients at our Oak Brook location and via Telehealth on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Call our office at 630-560-1100 to schedule an appointment with Nicole. Here is a short Q&A with Nicole: Q: What are your specialties and why did you choose them? Nicole: I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults on a variety of issues including life transitions and stressors, building healthy communication, anxiety, depression, relationships issues, domestic violence, social skills, self-esteem, …
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New Years Resolutions and You

by Kaylin Thompson, MA, LPC As we come to the end of one year to celebrate the arrival of the next, resolutions for 2023 are emerging everywhere. Whether the resolutions are about forming new habits, diet and exercise, or saving money, it is difficult to escape them. Social media and advertisements are especially heavy hitters for encouraging people to make New Year’s Resolutions. I have already seen countless ads for gym memberships or products to learn new skills. Having goals …
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The Holidays And Your Mental Health

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By Samantha Boone MA, LMFTA During the holiday season, the month of December brings the joy and excitement of parties, gatherings, shopping, and last but not least, the food. Most of our attention is centered around menus, gift lists, host options, and schedules. We race through the holidays checking off our to-do lists frantically, making sure we have all the gifts for cousins, nieces and nephews, and parents. We rabidly plan the menu for a dozen meals. We focus on …
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Holiday Blues

By Jennifer Knox, MA, LCPC, NBCC As people around us may feel excited during the holidays, it can also be a very challenging time for others. It can be a reminder of lost loved ones, family tension, and lost traditions. Grieving things that once were can make holidays difficult for some. If you are feeling overwhelmed or down during this time of year, know that you are not alone. Holidays can be difficult for many people. Creating new traditions, finding …
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What Really Is ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder’?

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By MCHH Therapist Intern ALEXANDRA KOWALEWSKI Narcissism is a term that seems to be commonly used in the media lately. Along with its popularity exist subjective views as to what it means to define an individual as a narcissist. It’s important to point out that the DSM-5 or Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders does not define Narcissism as a disorder in itself. Rather, it is categorized as a Cluster B Personality Disorder formally defined as Narcissistic Personality Disorder or …
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Treating Addictions

By Kaylin Thompson, MA, LPC, who works at MCHH’s Oak Park and Lombard office. Addictions involve fixation on something that ultimately hinders one’s ability to focus, be present, and enjoy other areas of life. While addiction can come in the form of substances that are more common to consider as addictive such as drugs or alcohol, addiction comes in a wide variety of forms. Sometimes people become addicted to more socially acceptable formats like work, hence the term “workaholic.” In …
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Anger Management Counseling at MCHH

Anger is an emotion we all have, and sometimes it’s justified and necessary. But sometimes anger can become unmanageable, rearing its head at the smallest provocation or misunderstanding. When you think of someone who struggles with anger, you might imagine someone who shouts or storms off during conflict. But anger can take on many forms. Sometimes anger can be passive, as someone isolates themselves from people they love. Often it’s directed towards oneself when a person is overwhelmed with guilt …
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New At MCHH This September: Managing Grief Group

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Loss is a difficult part of life that can lead us to react with heightened anxiety, sadness or anger and make moving forward feel like a struggle. Having space to feel supported and to work through loss can help.  This 6 week group will aim to:  Offer emotional support and validation about grief  Identify and understand the stages of grief  Explore the anxiety, depression and other emotions may that arise after experiencing a loss  Reflect on the impacts of grief …
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New at MCHH This September: Women’s Empowerment Group 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t  have any.” (Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple”)  This 7-week group will focus on:  Self-Esteem &Validation: Believing in yourself! Setting Boundaries: Learning how to block criticisms, say “no” and take control of your own life  Healthy Relationships: Believing that you are deserving of good treatment and how to communicate your expectations Assertiveness: Explore and learn effective ways to  communicate your needs and wants Led by …
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CONTACT US

To schedule a therapy appointment or to obtain additional information about our services, accepted forms of insurance, our facility, or our therapists, please contact us at 1-630-560-1100 or fill out the form below and someone will get back to you.