Affiliated COUNSELING AND REFERRAL
DR. Michael Shery, clinical
2615 Three Oaks Rd, Ste. 2A,
Cary, Illinois 60013
|“Since 1976, state-of-the-art counseling which treats the problem, not just the
Doctoral degree: University of
Southern California, 1975
Referrals accepted from Alexian Brothers, Good
Shepherd, Centegra, Loyola, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and the Mayo
Clinic hospitals and physicians.
Expert Evaluations for:
Anxiety - Depression -Marriage
- ADHD - Alcohol -Substance Abuse -Anger - Fitness for Duty - Disability -Adoption - Weight
Questions? Call Dr Mike NOW:
847 275 8236 (24
2 of My Most Successful Patients Do This
Everyday To Enhance Their Self-Esteem. Do You?
Almost everyone feels inadequate when things go bad. With a chronic self-esteem disorder, though,
these thoughts are with you on a daily basis. They occupy the real estate in your head and entirely distort your
view of who you are and your capabilities.
Cognitive therapy is a proven treatment that can defuse and even reverse those thoughts. When used for enhance your
self confidence and self-esteem, cognitive therapy provides a unique set of tools that can be used to reverse your
thinking processes from those of insecurity to those of self-confidence.
Over time, cognitive therapy can actually reverse the way you view yourself and the world. My experience suggests
that it works better than psychiatric medications in helping those with mild to moderate feelings of
Treatment with cognitive psychotherapy can greatly enhance your self-confidence and reduce your feelings of
inadequacy and insecurity. Cognitive therapy uses a number of tools that help you start thinking and feeling more
Cognitive Therapy for Low Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence: It Changes the Way You Think.
Cognitive therapy was originally developed as an alternative way to treat symptoms of depression. The central
principle underlying its effectiveness is that thinking processes influence one's moods.
Using this model, feelings of inadequate self-esteem and serious insecurity are produced by a process of ongoing
and daily negative and pessimistic thinking. These little demons are known as automatic thoughts (ATs).
They occur to us, automatically, without any conscious effort or volition. For example, a person with a high degree
of felt insecurity might have these types of automatic thoughts:
- "I never succeed at everything."
- "I'm terrible at my job."
- "I am doomed to fail at whatever I try."
As in most forms of manipulation, automatic thoughts too may have a grain of truth. However, the person with low
self-esteem seriously and negatively exaggerates the pervasiveness and depth of his situation which continues to
fuel burgeoning feelings of inadequacy.
Cognitive therapy teaches and tutors you to identify and restructure your negative thoughts so that they become
more positive and more in tune with reality. With practice, you will then be able to identify and reverse the
strong but distorted beliefs fueling your low self-esteem.
The emphasis is on thinking "with perspective" or with a heightened sense of balance and objectivity. People find
that when viewing things more objectively and realistically, they usually experience an enhanced sense of
Cognitive Therapy for Low Self Esteem Works this Way:
Most problems have discrete components or elements. They include:
- the conflict as is viewed by the person
- the persons specific conscious or subconscious thoughts about it
- the persons emotional feelings about it
- the persons bodily sensations
- the persons specific behaviors that took place before, during and after the conflict situation occurred
In cognitive therapy, you learn to dissect problems into their components. Once a person dissects them into their
parts, problems that were previously viewed as overwhelming, become much more manageable.
During consultations, the therapist teaches you how to use cognitive therapy's many tools. Then between
consultations, you will do homework that has been assigned to help you learn how to correctly apply the cognitive
therapy tools to your own issues.
The goal is to make small changes in your thinking and behavior each day. Then over time, these small adjustments
lead to lasting improvement in self-confidence and self-esteem.
In addition to consulting a therapist, one way to learn and practice these cognitive skills is by using
self-therapy kits (STKs). They are compact self-help programs that tutor you on how to identify and restructure
negative automatic thoughts.
They teach these skills by using: CDs, DVDs, MP3s, e-books, workbooks, audios, videos etc. and are used at home and
are self-paced. They provide psychological and cognitive therapy tutoring and use behavioral exercises and employ
ways to monitor your progress.
Two of my patients use them every day. They are cognitive skill builders and have improved both the pace
and quality of their cognitive therapy results many times over.
>How to Find the Right Counselor-the FIRST Time
Drug-Alcohol Treatment Locator
> " Provider
Search:" Find a Counselor Covered by your Insurance
>Counselors-Psychologists in northern
Health and Counseling
>Anger Management and
Depression and Anxiety Articles
> Up-to-the-Minute News
Dr. Mike Shery is a
licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated
with almost all health plans, including:
ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Coventry, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care,
Aetna-Allied, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ComPsych, Magellan
Health, Meridian, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district plans,
Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network, United
Behavioral Health, PPONext, Private Health Care Systems, Humana-Military and Beech Street
He has practiced
clinical psychology for approximately 30 years and is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral
Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the director of Affiliated Counseling and
Referral Services and is a member of the American
The office is located
in Cary, IL and in select cases phone consultations are available for those who don’t live
locally> Telephone Counseling.
To make an
appointment> New Patient Registration or to learn more about the psychological services
he provides call him at 1-847-275-8236 (24