Resources to grow with…

The Daring Way™: ”The Daring Way™ is an empirically based training and certification program for helping professionals, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. We offer curricula that focus on the topics covered in Brené’s books, including courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Our methodology is designed for work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.”

The Gottman Method: “The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory…” “The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.”

Couples in Recovery: A website link to Dr. Bob Navarra’s program and resources for couples on the roadmap to recovery.

HMR: “In an HMR session, the provider works with the person seeking to resolve trauma by providing support and neutralizing the pain through reframing. Typically, HMR begins with energy work. A gentle hypnotic trance is induced to allow the person's conscious mind to relax and access the subconscious. Therapists frequently use guided visualization to identify the history of the presenting issue and its emotional associations, making use of color in this process.HMR practitioners assist individuals in identifying areas of the body where difficult memories are stored and help them release these memories through emotional reframing. Individuals are encouraged to visualize events and describe the emotions experienced through colors and symbols, reimagining painful or challenging events until they no longer have the same traumatizing effect.” 

The EMDR Institute: “EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.”

The National Institute of Mental Health: “The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, offers basic information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research.”

The Divorce Coalition: “Colleen Honquest works with men and women throughout the divorce process by offering strategic planning and guidance. She specializes in dealing with High Conflict Divorce and difficult spouses. Colleen enables you to break down the path to filing for divorce into manageable steps. Colleen’s first priority is to help you get through all the preliminary steps and requirements before you walk into an attorney’s office. This makes you a better client and saves you a lot of money and time spent stressing about what you should be doing to prepare for the process. Read her blog for great tips and information on the divorce process and what you need to know.”

The Branch Moms: “The Branch Moms community was created with a single purpose. To help local moms connect and make sure they always have a home.” Serving Naperville, Plainfield and Oswego.

The Hobson Cooperative Nursery School: Taken from the website, “Hobson School is focused on teaching the whole child with a balanced emphasis based on social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. The intent of Hobson’s program is to develop confident learners. We achieve this by encouraging a sense of wonder and curiosity through playful exploration.” The Hobson Co-op is near and dear to owner and therapist, Lisa Pisha’s heart.

The Prairie School of DuPage: “Our mission is to educate and inspire the whole child, and to prepare each student for a life of discovery by cultivating a strong sense of self, compassion and respect for others, and a deep connection with the natural world.”

The National Association for the Education of Young Children: This link will take you to a numbers of articles on choosing high quality programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary children.

The Naperville Magazine:

The Naperville Park District

The Naperville Public Library