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Polaris Welcomes a New Counselor!

Polaris Counseling is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Dubiel has joined our team! Elizabeth Dubiel is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a licensed educator/counselor with professional experience working with individuals, groups, couples, and families. Elizabeth specializes in working with clients struggling with anxiety, grief, social phobia, school phobia, bullying, stress management, adjustment issues, self-esteem […]

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Now Accepting Applications For a Child Psychologist, LCPC and LCSW!

We are looking for a PsyD, LCPC, LCSW or LMFT to work either part-time or part-time with a focus on building a full-time caseload. Unlicensed or LPC’s and LSW’s will NOT be considered for this position. Starting hours would be 2-3 evenings a week from around 4:30 to 9:00 and some hours over the weekend […]

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Free Media Management Workshop for Parents!

Technology: It’s become the fabric of American culture, yet it’s availability and influence on youth is more widespread than ever before. Children and youth spend an average of 40 hours per week in front of a screen, and more than 50% of surveyed parents report being concerned about the amount of time their child uses […]

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Truly Amazing At What She Does

“Dr. Deb’s approach to counseling has changed my life. I was referred to Dr. Deb for help with depression, anxiety and traumatic events in my childhood. Her approach as a new client was very gentle, and she was very easy to talk to. She was very natural and non-judgemental. Through our counseling together, I can […]

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Naperville Sun Times Interviews Our President On What Makes Marriages Work!

Our founder and president, James Smithers, was interviewed by the Naperville Sun Times and Aurora Beacon on the secrets to making marriages work. As an experienced couples counselor and expert in his community, James shared his thoughts on the fundamental necessities in making a marriage work and the toxic pitfalls that couples have to avoid […]

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Polaris Counseling is Now Offering Teen and Parenting Groups!

Do you have a 6-12th grader that is struggling with low self-esteem, poor academic performance, acting-out behaviors, depression or anxiety? Are you at a loss about what to do, and how to help? If so, you are not alone! At Polaris Counseling, we understand the value of combining professional guidance with the support of your […]

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Daily Herald Interviews Our President On Temper Tantrums!

Our founder and president, James Smithers, was interviewed by the Daily Herald last week on the topic of temper tantrums . As an experienced child and adolescent counselor and expert in his community, James shared his thoughts on when temper tantrums are more than just a normal part of child development, how to be proactive […]

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ADHD – An Epidemic?

Recent studies show that an alarming 11% of children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. These statistics raise legitimate concerns regarding the over-diagnosis of this mental health disorder and, in turn, the over-prescribing of psychotropic stimulant medications for children. Positively speaking, these numbers represent an increase in awareness among parents and professionals […]

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Polaris Welcomes Two New Counselors!

Polaris Counseling is pleased to announce that Julie Barbosa and Jennifer Loughran have joined our team! Julie Barbosa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Although Julie tailors her approach to the needs of each client, she finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family […]

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What To Tell Our Kids About The Sandy Hook Shootings

In the aftermath of the horrific events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week I felt it important to address how we as parents can help our kids process what happened to the 20 beautiful children and 6 teachers that lost their lives in this unimaginable tragedy. Our first instinct, as parents, […]

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