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Thank You, First Responders From Trevor Kendrick

Trevor Kendrick LMFT 1st Responder Video Intro

(Click here to watch the Thank You Video on YouTube.)

 

Trevor Kendrick, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and Senior Therapist with The Rock Counseling Group shares a message of encouragement for our first responders.

 

 

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WCIA News 3 Motivational Monday with R.J. McNicholl : Growing Closer, Not Apart

R.J. McNicholl, LCSW with The Rock Counseling Group of Champaign, IL and Mahomet, IL visited Christie Battista of WCIA News 3 via video interview session during COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed how to grow together with your partner during isolation instead of growing apart.


(Click here to watch the pre-recorded Motivational Monday segment.)

Growing Closer, Not Apart
With Your Marriage Or Relationship While Sheltering In-Place

 
At this time many are spending more time than ever with their partners than ever. Whether you’ll be at home for two weeks or two months, your attitude and approach can make all the difference. 
 
• Ask Yourself Will this time be filled with frustration and tension, or will you use the time to strengthen your marriage?
• You will annoy each other, so give loads of grace. Keep asking yourself if the issue is a ‘big deal’ or a ‘little deal.’. Let go of the little annoyances, but it is recommended that couples address bigger issues so that they don’t build into resentment.
 

Make A Plan

  • How much alone time would you like each day, and what does that look like for you?
  • What would you like us to do together?
  • What are your expectations for times you’re working from home?
  • How can we use this time to build our marriage?

Balance The Load

  • Some additional household chores may be part of the quarantine routine, and dividing chores in a way that’s a win for both of you is important. 
  • Choose the chores most important to yourself that way you know they will get done and the way you want them to get done to reduce potential conflict.
  • Grieve change and loss.
  • Your spouse may be experiencing more than just frustration, fear or exhaustion. They might also be grieving.
  • To support each other through this time, you first need to understand what your spouse is feeling. You could ask your spouse, for example, “What do you miss most during this crisis?” Make your goal to care about how the coronavirus crisis is impacting your spouse (and yourself).

Final Point

• If you use this extra time together well, you could come out of the crisis with a stronger, healthier marriage. 
• Stepping away from news and social media updates would be a good place to start. That will give you an opportunity to have some meaningful conversations with your spouse — instead of just the exchange of information when you’re running from one event to another.
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Mental Health Self Defense Webinar - COVID-19 and protecting your family

We partnered with Leaders for Life Martial Arts of Champaign, Illinois to speak with their students, families, as well as sent open invites to our community families, to join us via video to share some important tips and advice for dealing with mental health during our current guidance to self-isolate.

 

If you were unable to view R.J. McNicholl, LCSW and Co-Owner of The Rock Counseling Group, answer our communities questions live, don't worry! We recorded the whole event just for you so you can watch it at your convenience and still get the benefit of hearing answers to questions like:

1. "What can we do; as parents, to keep our children positive with all the fears that surround us now?"

2. "Do you have any advice for people that are constantly fearful of every cough or sneeze being a sign of the Coronavirus?"

3. "How should we handle children missing major events like a birthday, graduation, sport season, etc due to a quarantine?"



Huge thank-you to Leaders for Life Martial Arts of Champaign, IL for the opportunity to help our community.

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COVID-19 Update March 22th, 2020

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Dear Clients and Community,

 

Now more than ever the importance of addressing mental health and self-care are of the utmost priority. Anxiety, stress, worry, doubt, compassion fatigue, and life's uncertainties are more present now than they have ever been. We understand that perhaps your children, spouses/partners, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and especially you may be struggling with fears, emotions, and the uncertainty that the Covid-19 Pandemic has brought upon us. We, The Rock Counseling Group, are here for you. We would like to offer our services to as many people as possible during this difficult time. Our dedicated staff of clinical therapists are available to provide the emotional support and behavioral health and wellness care that can truly make a difference in this dark time. Be assured that your care will be safe, secure, and affordable--all insurance companies have coverage for telehealth services and continue to expand these services rapidly to make it easier for everyone to access and receive the services they need in the safest way possible to practice social distancing.

 

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COVID - 19 Update March 16th, 2020

The Rock Counseling Group COVID-19 Update


Valued Clients and Community,
 

Like many of you have continued to monitor and respond to the ever-changing situation regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic. Today as many of you may have seen The President of the United States issued strong recommendations regarding prevention of the continued spreading of Covid-19. These strong recommendations and mandates included the closing restricting all gatherings to less than 10 people, non-discretionary travel, and closing of restaurants and bars to the public for at least 15 days as of today. The health and wellness of our staff, clients, and their families is of the utmost importance.

 

This is why after much thought and consultation we will be closing our physical office locations in both Champaign, IL and Mahomet, IL to the public as of March 17, 2020 through March 30, 2020. We will however continue to do business and continue to offer the quality therapy and counseling services you have come accustomed to at The Rock Counseling Group.

 

We will be providing all services by phone or video sessions using our confidential and HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. We will also continue to welcome new clients to schedule appointments with us as well. If you have a current session scheduled between March 17, 2020 - March 30, 2020 your therapist/counselor will be contacting you to coordinate your preference regarding your session. You are also welcome to email your therapist to coordinate this as well.

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COVID - 19 Update March 14th, 2020

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The Rock Counseling Group COVID-19 Update Dealing With Anxiety Around The Corona Virus



Dear Clients and Community,


We understand that this can be a very confusing and uncertain time for many of us. We, like many of you, have been paying close attention to both the national and local responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last 24 hours many things have occurred that have an effect on our day-to-day lives: The President of the United States has issued a National State of Emergency; Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker issued a school closure order closing all private and public schools in Illinois through March 30, 2020; and Mayor Feinen in Champaign has issued a State of Emergency for that city.


At the Rock Counseling Group, the health and wellness of our clients, staff, and community are of utmost importance and that is why we want to inform you of how we are addressing health and wellness concerns in light of Covid-19, as well as how we continue to plan ahead as the information changes on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.

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Is your sleep cycle affecting your mood or mental health?

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Is your sleep cycle affecting your mood or mental health?

by Lynn Griffith, LCSW 


American's are known for being stressed up and sleep deprived.  Those who suffer from a psychiatric condition are more likely to be found yawning or feeling groggy throughout the day.  Chronic sleep disorder affect 50 to 80 percent of patients that receive psychiatric treatment compared with the 10-18 percent of adults within the general public.  This disorders are strongly associated with those who have diagnosis of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  (1)

Many clinicians will view insomnia or other sleep disorders as symptoms of the psychiatric disorder.  However, studies suggest that problems with sleep may in fact contribute to the development of some psychiatric diagnosis!  Research is now showing that treating the sleep disorder could also help alleviate mental health symptoms.  (1)

Neuroimaging and neurochemistry studies suggest that obtaining a good night's sleep helps create mental and emotional resilience and chronic sleep disruptions increase negative thinking and emotional vulnerability.  (1)

New study finds that poor quality sleep is associated with mood shifts in women with bipolar disorder

A new study reports that poor sleep is associated with negative mood in women diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  Those who suffer from bipolar disorder often experience unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels that can impact their ability to carry out daily tasks.  The condition is associated with manic high's and depressive lows.  (2)

Poor sleep is associated with both depressive and manic episodes but has also been found to exacerbate these episodes and even trigger mania.  (2)

The study takes into account that women and men sleep differently, therefore women may be at a higher risk for sleep disorder, especially during reproductive years.  Women and men experience bipolar disorder differently.  Women often experience more persistent and more depressive symptoms and have coexisting diagnosis such as anxiety, eating disorders or migraine headaches.  Men often experience shorter episodes and more time in between mood shifts.  (2)

The study examined 216 participants and examined the effect of sleep quality on mood outcome over a two year time period.  Mood outcome was measured by severity, frequency, and variability of depressive and manic symptoms.  (2)

For women, poor quality sleep predicted an increase of severity and frequency of depression and mania.  Among men, baseline depression and personality trait of neuroticism were the strongest predictors of mood outcome.  (2)

If you struggle with sleep, there are things that you can do to alter your lifestyle and improve your quality of sleep!  Sleep is a hormone dependent process, therefore anything we can do to impact healthy hormone balance can also impact the quality of sleep.  Hormone problems can cause sleep disturbance that can be fixed by addressing them not only at night but during the day.  Proper melatonin production depends on proper hormone functioning during waking hours. (3)

To optimize sleep, it's important to consider the food, supplements and exposure to the light or outdoors during the day.  (3)

Eat to sleep:

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