People are often surprised when I tell them how much pressure many kids in DuPage County face. They picture the area as quiet and idyllic, a welcome break from the noise of Chicago. In some ways, they’re right. There are wonderful communities here filled with families and parents who try as best they can. But at the same time, I
With offices in Wheaton, Naperville, Geneva and Schaumburg, Stenzel Clinical Services provides individual counseling and therapy, family counseling, group counseling, marriage counseling, and Christian Counseling.
It’s so difficult to be the parent of child who battles depression. On top of the pain associated with the knowledge that they’re in pain, many parents also feel personal shame that their child is not “normal,” or that they might have failed them in some way. To cope with those feelings, parents sometimes minimize the mental
By: Michael Hayes MS Licensed Professional Counselor Several years ago, my wife Jain and I were relaxing on the back porch when I went inside to fetch an extra pillow for the hammock. As I rounded the foyer of our home, I was confronted by a 4-foot-long blacksnake stretched out on the stairway leading up to our bedroom. This was no
By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor When you buy a lawn mower, what comes with it? A manual. New car? Have a manual. Coffee machine for your house? You guessed it. Manual. Know what doesn’t come with one? A new baby. Parents are given this tiny, beautiful new being and expected to raise it up.
By Grant Stenzel, MS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor As a general rule, addictions are pretty much equal opportunity. Men and women are equally susceptible to them. And process addictions (gambling, eating, spending, sex) are no exception. Marnie Ferree, a pioneer in the treatment of female sex and relationship addicts,