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  DR. Michael Shery, clinical psycholoGY

  2615 Three Oaks Rd, Ste. 2A, 

  Cary, Illinois 60013  847 275 8236 (24 Hrs);



“Since 1976, state-of-the-art counseling which treats the problem, not just the symptom…”




 Doctoral degree: University of Southern California, 1975







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Latest Recommended Treatments: Free yourself from PTSD almost Overnight!


I am a board-certified counselor practicing in Cary and Crystal Lake, Illinois and, with over 30 years experience, I have treated hundreds of cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a crippling psychiatric condition, characterized by agonizing emotional symptoms, that can be produced by any number of traumatic events.

If you have PTSD you may often experience terrifying thoughts and intrusive images. Sometimes, you may also feel emotionally blunted, particularly with those with whom you were or are close.

This frightening disorder was initially brought to the attention of the public by the emotional agony experienced by veterans of war. However, it can rear its ugly head as a consequence of any number of frightening and traumatic events, civilian or military.

These include criminal violence, such as physical assault, rape; being abducted, beat or humiliated. These traumas also include child physical or sexual abuse, serious crashes such as auto or boat collisions or serious work accidents.

Weather disasters including hurricanes, floods or tornadoes, also precipitate PTSD. The crisis triggering your PTSD may have been an event that threatened the your life or that of someone close to you.

Or, perhaps, it was something you witnessed, such as death or agony caused by a car wreck or plane crash. PTSD affects over 7 million Americans and women are more likely than men to develop it.

A person can be susceptible at any age and some professionals opine that such vulnerability may run in families. PTSD often leads to depression, alcohol or drug abuse, or any number of other anxiety disorders.

If yours is a severe case, you may even have problems functioning at your job or getting along with others. If the situation that triggered your PTSD was deliberate --such as a rape, torture or forced captivity, your symptoms may be particularly severe.

Ordinary situations that are non-traumatic, but similar to the triggering event in some way, actually may trigger more flashbacks or intrusive thoughts. A flashback can come in the form of pictures, sounds, thoughts, or physical or emotional feelings.

You may detach from reality to an extent and even feel as if the triggering situation is repeating itself. However, importantly, not every victim of a trauma experiences PTSD.

You will be diagnosed with it only if your symptoms have lasted at least 4 weeks. One's symptoms may resolve in less than 24 weeks, but could last much longer.

In some instances, the symptoms may be long-lasting and chronic and occasionally, they may not appear until years after the triggering situation. If you have PTSD, you should be treated by some of the latest medications, types of psychotherapy and self-help programs.

For example, EMDR, a newer treatment modality, is becoming more widely used. EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, is based on certain types of eye movements which the therapist harnesses that, in some cases, appear to reduce the intensity and frequency of the symptoms.

CBT, cognitive-behavioral therapy is another effective treatment method. It is based on the principle that traumatic experiences cause us to develop certain subconscious thought patterns and beliefs about ourselves, the world and the danger inherent in it.

As I use CBT, I identify, re-frame and replace many of the dysfunctional beliefs and thought patterns many patients unknowingly have about themselves. Then their symptoms start to disappear, because they were based on these irrational thoughts and beliefs which were triggered by the trauma and now eliminated.

Concurrently with the cognitive therapy, I also direct the patient to use an STK, or self-therapy kit at home to consolidate the gains made during the sessions. They are powerful packages in several formats, including MP3, CD, DVD, e-book etc.that re-teach, reinforce and consolidate the principles of cognitive therapy learned in the consultations.

After all, repetition of healthy principles and habits of mind is crucial to one's success; using mental and behavioral practice is the key to your recovery! To help you achieve this, STKs use images, role-playing, exercises and lifelike examples to drill the healthy beliefs and thinking patterns into your head.

This serves to accelerate the rate at which your distressing symptoms are eliminated. Once the thought patterns resulting from your traumatic experiences are isolated and replaced, you are then become free of the distorted cognitions or beliefs that were triggered by the traumatic event.

You now are able to develop a more realistic belief and perspective about yourself and your world. Why?

Because the original perspectives and thoughts triggered by the traumatic event and then triggering the painful symptomatic emotional charge, has been removed.

What about medications to treat your symptoms? Doctors prescribe various types of drugs to treat the symptoms of PTSD.

They can include anti-anxiety drugs and anti-depressants. Anti-anxiety medications often have the potential to lead to addictive behavior, which, of course, can make things worse.
They must be carefully monitored.

On the other hand, the newer anti-depressants, such as Celexa, Lexapro and Zoloft, are not addictive and can be quite helpful. However, they can have unpleasant side effects in some people, including drowsiness, sexual dysfunction, emotional numbing and lethargy.

Regardless of the therapies you select, get treatment now before your symptoms become unnecessarily resistant and your life becomes even more impaired!


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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, 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 24 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 Counseling Association.


The office is located in Cary, IL and in select cases phone consultations are available for those who don’t live locally> Telephone Counseling.

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