BOSHARDY COUNSELING & CONSULTING

How does postpartum impact new mothers?

One of the most vulnerable populations are those of new parents. It is also no secret among women that issues that crop up during pregnancy or postpartum are often overlooked by medical professionals. After multiple appointments throughout pregnancy to check the health of the mother and baby, only one appointment six weeks after delivery is […]

How to Find a Therapist in Chicago: A Comprehensive Guide for US Residents

Finding a therapist in Chicago can be a crucial step in your mental health journey. It’s important to understand your therapeutic goals and needs, explore different therapy types and approaches, and evaluate therapist credentials and specializations. On another blog we explore different types of mental health providers. Consider factors such as compatibility, location, insurance coverage, […]

The Difference Between Different Mental Health Providers

There are so many different specialties, training and licenses when it comes to finding a mental health provider. Let’s break it down so you can distinguish what each person does, their training, and who you might go to depending on your needs. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor/Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC/LPC) Clinical counselors are some of the […]

How Social Media has Altered the Therapeutic Landscape

Social media

The emergence of Instagram and TikTok have shaped the way consumers of mental health services digest and understand clinical information. The profession of psychology is still learning, growing and de-stigmatizing mental health over the course of almost two centuries. Advocacy for mental health to be taken as seriously as physical health continues to change perceptions […]

What to Look for in a Therapeutic Relationship

As a therapist and consumer of therapy services I would argue the most important aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. This is the connection and trust you have with the therapist and the respect and positive regard the therapist gives in return. Therapy cannot due its true magic without that trust and respect between […]

Five Reasons to Pursue Couple’s Therapy

As a therapist, I tend to recommend couple’s therapy to many of my individual clients in relationships. I make these recommendations for a variety of reasons, but the thing that always strikes me is the response I get from clients. “We aren’t there yet,” or “I feel like couple’s therapy is for people who are […]

Identifying Stress Versus Anxiety

Both stress and anxiety can be challenging to cope with on a day to day basis. I’ve noticed that people often use the terms interchangeably or incorrectly, and although they share similarities, there are key differences. Let’s break it down.  Stress occurs when an external event causes a physiological and mental strain on the body. […]

3 Ways to Survive the New Year Slog

         The holidays are over, which for some is a cause to celebrate and for others feels like a giant hangover. Regardless, if you live in the Midwest, or even the tundra that is Chicago, January is not a month people get excited for, especially if you experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (or better known as […]

And Breathe

Just take a deep breath and relax. When your head is full of fear and anxiety, know that we are here to listen to you and provide you with guidance and support to overcome the obstacles that life throws your way. We understand that life can be a challenge, but together we can find a […]