Three Things I Like About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Daniel Smith

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of therapy. The fact that CBT is concrete and easy to understand allows individuals to integrate the concepts into the way they [...]


Stress and Relationship Problems – Chicago Relationship Counseling

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Robert J. Smith

Individuals and couples often begin therapy with a concern or complaint about their partner. Blame, anger, resentment, decrease in affection or sex, arguing about parenting or money, and [...]


Using Motivational Interviewing In the Treatment of Addiction and Other Change Processes

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Robert J. Smith

Many clients come in to see me who have been in addiction treatment and 12 Step programs, but continue to relapse. They have difficulty following through [...]


Conquering Insomnia

Posted on January 05, 2013 by Robert J. Smith

A common sleep disorder, insomnia, has become a significant problem in our stressed-filled world. According to a report of National Commission [...]


The Importance of Personal Counseling

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Robert J. Smith

Feeling like your head is up in the clouds and like your life is on hold? You can learn how to form a new life road map for yourself. [...]


Relationship Counseling - Communication Styles that Work Well and those that might Get You Into Trouble

Posted on July 19, 2012 by Robert J. Smith

People who enter into counseling or psychotherapy do so for many reasons. Some are unhappy and don't know why. Some are in an immediate crisis and need to [...]


Chicago Relationship Counseling - Instilling Hope and Resilience in Marriage after an Extra-Marital Relationship

Posted on February 14, 2012 by Robert J. Smith

Instilling Hope and Resilience in Marriage after an Extra-Marital Relationship Many couples come to marriage counseling after one partner has had an extra-marital affair or relationship.  Both spouses may be expressing anger, [...]


Chicago Relationship Counseling - What Is Psychotherapy?

Posted on February 7, 2012 by Robert J. Smith

I view therapy as a partnership between myself and those coming in to see me for treatment. How therapy is implemented is different for each person coming in to see me.   Everyone has [...]


Marriage Counseling and Affairs

Posted on by Robert J. Smith

In light of recent media attention given to Anthony Weiner, Arnold Characterized, and Tiger Woods, among others, I wanted to offer a perspective on this topic. In my work as a couples therapist [...]


Moving From Darkness to Seeing the Light in Marriage

Posted on by Robert J. Smith

Married couples who come in to see me for therapy are considering entering the door into the world of divorce. The experience of feeling empty, pained, fearful, lonely, angry, hurt, unloved, ambivalent, and [...]


Chicago Relationship Counseling - How to Manage Your Anxiety

Posted on November 8, 2011 by Robert J. Smith

Many patients arrive at my office experiencing heart palpitations, negative automatic thoughts, difficulty with concentration, inner nervousness, tingling or numbness in the extremities, hyper- verbal speech, catastrophic thinking, insomnia, and muscular pressure and tension. [...]


Couples Therapy for One: To Fix a Marriage, Some Go Alone

Wall Street Journal Article - March 6, 2012

Many couples in troubled marriages wait too long to get help. By the time both spouses agree to counseling, the relationship has often been strained to the breaking point. Some spouses, though, have found a way to work on their marriages [...]


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