The expectations of being a parent are the source of great joy. It can also be the source of overwhelming stress that can become unmanageable. Seeking the help of an experienced counselor can help address the issues that are challenging your ability to be a successful, nurturing parent.
Family dynamics are more stressed than ever before. With more dual-income households, jam-packed kids’ schedules, and societal pressures, the family “system” can break down. We can help your family to heal and find solutions that help make you a stronger, happier family.
Anger is a natural emotion that everyone experiences. Excess anger can lead to both psychological turmoil and a myriad of chronic health issues. So, when anger seems to be out of your control, it might be time to turn to a licensed clinical professional counselor for help.
Its perfectly normal to have random times when we feel like we’ve eaten too much. These occasional bouts of overeating happen to us all, occasionally. But, when overeating turns to binge eating and feels as if it’s out of control, it might be time to seek help. An experienced professional counselor can help you address and manage the emotions and eating behaviors.
As we go through life, changes and transitions are part of the journey. But there are times when these changes are more than just a bump in the road. They might require us to adjust to new situations or address feelings that we might not be ready to handle. A licensed clinical professional counselor can help you manage the stress of these transitions.
Nearly one in 70 people have Asperger syndrome, or Asperger’s. It is an autism-spectrum condition that affects how someone interacts with the world and results in communication and social difficulties. An experienced, professional counselor can help you devise coping strategies and provide encouragement and support that will enable you to live a full and productive life.
Most children develop the social and emotional skills needed to lead a happy, healthy life. However, in today’s complex environment, some children and teens struggle with these skills. They can benefit from the help of a professional counselor who can provide a safe environment where they can share their thoughts and feelings.
Balancing academics with extra-curricular activities can be daunting for any student. Add the demands of playing a varsity or elite sport and life can seem overwhelming. An experienced, licensed clinical counselor can help you manage the added stress that being an athlete can pose.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a lifelong condition that affects nearly six million adults in the United States. An experienced, professional counselor can help you manage your symptoms, reduce the intensity of manic and depressive episodes and give you the opportunity to live a full and productive life.
Life can get complicated and, at times, present us with challenges that may seem unmanageable. Challenges that range from life stressors such as the death of a loved one or a career change, to struggling with depression or anxiety. Counseling services are an effective option for navigating through these challenges. No matter the challenge, as an understanding behavioral therapist I can help you through and get you back on track.
Initially, you and I will work to build a strong and trusting relationship. I believe this is the foundation of all effective counseling services. Establishing a strong relationship will allow for collaboration and personal growth. As an experienced counselor and behavioral therapist, I use a variety of treatment methods. I will guide you to a better understanding of yourself. I will also help you build upon life skills, distress tolerance and coping strategies.
We will work together toward common goals. Some of the therapy tools I use include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. I will help you identify the obstacles and barriers that have prevented growth in the past. We will work towards turning them into opportunities for positive change.
As a former elite college athlete and coach, I gained invaluable sport psychology experience. I use this to help athletes improve the mental aspects of being competitive, and cope with performance anxiety, athletic-related stress disorders and overcoming athletic injuries.
It takes courage to begin counseling services, but taking the first step is always the hardest. I am ready to help you overcome the struggles you are facing and discover a happier, more joyful life.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has provided the best integrative medical care including behavioral health services in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. Conveniently located off I-90 near Golf and Arlington Heights Roads, First Health serves patients from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Palatine and Des Plaines.
Behavioral therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor Katrina Christie, MEd, LCPC, has more than 18 years of experience helping people who struggle with personal and outside issues. Our behavioral health services are effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety.
Behavioral therapist, counselor Katrina Christie and First Health’s counseling services are top rated in the Chicagoland area.
Meet Katrina Christie, MEd, LCPC – Behavioral Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Arlington Heights