1. The Importance of Intimacy in a Relationship

    At New Transitions Counseling Center, we often work with couples and individuals with intimacy issues. Intimacy isn’t easy. It requires showing someone parts of yourself that you prefer to hide from the world, and for many people, due to past trauma or dysfunctional family dynamics, intimacy has always been something to be avoided. That being said, it is absolutely worth the effort to be intimat…Read More

  2. 5 Benefits of Art Therapy

    Art brings meaning to life. Whether you enjoy a day trip to the Art Institute of Chicago on a regular basis or not, there is a visual masterpiece that speaks to you. This is because art isn’t simply made to be beautiful; it is designed to provoke an emotional response. On the other side of that process, making art also has an emotional impact on its creator. This is why art therapy, also known a…Read More

  3. How to Take Things Less Personally

    It’s normal to feel hurt when others wrong you. However, oftentimes, people’s actions have nothing to do with you, yet they can still sting. Sensitive people in particular often find that any sort of criticism or perceived slight is enough to devastate their self-esteem. The depth of feeling you experience makes it much harder to not take things personally. While you may know intellectually th…Read More

  4. 5 Relationship Red Flags To Watch Out For

    Relationships take work. As much as you might love your partner, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a healthy partnership. Over time, if communication is not open and there is a lack of trust, it’s common for these red flags to present themselves. When this happens, it’s important to address them immediately. While the thought of facing your relationship problems might scare or overwhelm…Read More

  5. How to Show Your Partner That You Care

    At New Transitions Counseling Center, it’s not unusual for our clients to express that they feel their partner just doesn’t really care anymore. Life gets busy, and it can be easy to accidentally take your partner for granted. In order to foster a deeper and more meaningful relationship, it’s important to show your partner that you care every day. This doesn’t mean that you need to go the …Read More

  6. How to Be Productive When You’re Depressed

    Perhaps one of the most frustrating symptoms of depression is lack of motivation. You want to thrive at work, go after your personal goals, and take care of your health, but this is difficult for emotionally healthy people, let alone someone with depression. You might look at your to-do list in the morning, and have to actively fight the desire to crawl back into bed. Yet when you do this, you may…Read More

  7. 4 More Benefits of Support Groups

    Many people are unsure about joining a support group, but there are many ways you could benefit. Though talking about your problems to a room full of people may sound intimidating, support groups have proven to be an effective treatment method for a variety of mental health issues. In our previous blog, we started going over some of the ways you can anticipate benefiting from your support group. T…Read More

  8. 4 Benefits of a Support Group

    At New Transitions Counseling Center, we offer several different support groups because we sincerely believe in their benefits. While individual therapy offers many advantages, a support group can be a great option for treatment, whether on its own or in conjunction with one-on-one time with a counselor. Support groups are an incredible tool for your care; however, you may have hesitations about o…Read More

  9. Is Your Teen Depressed?

    Adolescence is a difficult time in life, from changes in your body to questions about your identity to navigating relationships with your peers. With the amount of uncertainty and turmoil that teenagers face, it is sometimes difficult to discern whether moodiness is the result of normal growth during this time in life or something more serious. Depression affects about 20 percent of teenagers in t…Read More

  10. 8 Signs You’re In A Codependent Relationship

    People often fall into a certain negative pattern when it comes to romance, finding themselves having the same problems over and over again, even with new partners. For people who are codependent, they seem to always be in one-sided relationships in which they are always giving and receiving very little or nothing in return. When you hear the term “codependent” in regards to relationships, you…Read More