One who knows others is wise. One who knows self is enlightened.
Tao Te Ching
Michael Schneider, Ph.D.
Licensed to Practice in Illinois and Missouri
Individual therapy can be useful for many adolescents and adults, and sometimes children. If your life is not going the way you want it to, or if you simply are not happy with how you feel and nothing you have tried has helped, then individual therapy might help you regain control of your life.
What kinds of problems can be addressed in individual therapy? I help my clients deal with a variety of personal life issues. Life does not take a "time out" so that we can figure out how to feel better. Examples of personal issues can include stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, urges to self-harm, anger management, identity and sexual issues. Other issues can involve family conflicts, traumatic experiences such as sexual assault and accidents, financial stresses and stresses from legal issues. Other related concerns might be stress management, difficulty with motivation, concentration problems, conflicts with co-workers, associates and neighbors, among others. When it feels like your life is out of control, it might be time to try something different. Individual therapy or counseling might be the right approach to regaining more effective control over your life.
Marital therapy: If your marriage is not allowing you to enjoy life or your relationship, then it might be time to invest in some marital therapy. Marriage is potentially one of the most effective ways to meet our personal needs for love and belonging. It is also the most effective way to encounter ourselves. Rejuvenating or repairing a marriage involves an openness to personal growth as well as a renewed acceptance of each other's individuality. Marriages often falter when one or both partners unknowingly slip into poor relationship habits. Fortunately, most habits can be changed, especially if you are dedicated to saving your relationship.
Parenting Support: Is your family not functioning in a way that allows you to enjoy going home? Are you constantly on edge or stressed because of the behavior of one or more members of your family? Parent counseling may be the key to your getting more enjoyment out of your family life. When children, especially younger children, are involved parent counseling might actually be the most efficient way to improve your family's functioning. This is because it is the natural order for parents to be in control of the family environment and children have a natural inclination to follow the lead of parents they love and respect. If you feel you have lost control of the environment, figuring out how to regain it will quite often be the solution to your children's behavioral or emotional problems. (Note: Controlling the family environment does not mean "controlling" your children. Learning the limits to what you can control and learning to use the power of your influence are key issues for effective parents.)
I am also on the Illinois Attorney General's Sex Offender Management Board's (SOMB) list of approved providers of adolescent sexual behavior assessments.
At this time I no longer conduct traditional psychological evaluations for personality, intelligence, etc., however, I do maintain a referral list of other providers in the community that perform such testing, as well as neuropsychological testing.
Are you or your group or organization looking for an engaging speaker for your next meeting? I specialize in presentations that focus on a number of different aspects of stress and stress management. Stress impacts all of our lives in an unfortunately large number of ways. All too often the results of stress can be debilitating, emotionally and physically. Learning how stress works and how you can manage it more effectively might be just the thing you need to get your life back on track.
If you have or work with children or adolescents and have been concerned about behavior that appears sexualized, your group or organization might benefit from the Kempe Center's Perpetration Prevention Project. This two hour training program is designed to help you recognize and evaluate sexual or sexualized behavior and determine what type of response will be the most helpful. I am a certified trainer for the Perpetration Prevention Project.
I am also available for public speaking engagements to provide a variety of Wellness and educational programs. Examples of Wellness programs might be stress management (see above), relaxation training, mindfulness and learning to meditate. Educational and skill building programs might focus on responding to parenting issues, abusive relationships, understanding and improving motivation, self-injury, anxiety, depression and anger management.