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In our ever-changing world, we are constantly bombarded with new information. Oftentimes, we don’t know what to believe or who to trust. Licensed healthcare providers can give us facts regarding both our physical and mental health that we may not know. In order to live our best lives, consider these facts to increase your overall health and wellness!

Registered Dietician Becky Collins, RDN, LDN with Counseling Works, says “weight does not determine health, you can have health at any size. In fact, weight stigma has been shown in research to cause more negative effects on one’s health compared to an individual’s actual weight. Health promoting behaviors are a far better predictor of future health than body size. These behaviors do not only involve food and exercise either! Health at any size is not about making everyone “healthy” by diet culture standards.” Contact Becky to learn more about healthy habits.

Did you know you don’t need a referral from a doctor to see a physical therapist? Julia Lerman, Doctor of Physical Therapy with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago says that people often suffer from pain unnecessarily. Physical therapists are licensed and trained to treat many issues including headaches, chronic fatigue, pain management, and sports injuries. When in pain, a visit to a physical therapist can teach you lifelong habits to increase your overall health. Seeing a PT can also help reduce or eliminate the need for potentially addictive pain medications.

While our physical health is often tied to our mental health, many believe you need to be “broken” to attend therapy. The fact is, we can all benefit from therapy! Counseling Works therapist Kelly McLaughlin, LCSW, says “Therapy encourages people to get accustomed to sharing and expressing their feelings. It gives them a safe person to talk to in order to sort through all of their thoughts and feelings. Every person can benefit from therapy; it can help strengthen communication skills, social skills, and healthy coping mechanisms. These skills will assist clients in living an emotionally healthy life.” Kelly works with children to help them develop these skills, and is available to clients at Frankfort and Lemont. 

Consider these facts when looking for a fresh start to a better life. Counseling Works therapists can provide you a different perspective to help guide you to a brighter future.  Call 630-281-2496 for an appointment today or schedule online at www.counselingworks.com!

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