New: Here Are My Seven Solutions to Eliminating Anxiety and
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DR. Michael Shery, clinical
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Cary, Illinois 60013
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New: Here Are My Seven Solutions to Eliminating Anxiety and
As a therapist in Cary, Il., I have found that many of my patients benefit from using seven
methods to reduce their stress and anxiety. When you are stressed-out, experiment with them.
These solutions are very effective. Be sure to be diligent when putting them to use:
Set aside time to process the toxic event to realistically assess its impact. It is crucial for you to step back
and acquire some realistic perspective.
In doing this, you will also start regaining your composure. Regaining perspective and composure enables you to
concentrate on what you learned from the problem situation so that the next time, you will be able to significantly
improve your response.
Remember that unpleasant emotions are an inherent part of life. At times, everyone feels upset,
frustrated, overwhelmed or largely misunderstood.
Talk yourself down: Remind yourself that, in spite of your plans and expectations, life often has its own plan, can
take unexpected turns and can even ambush you when you least expect it. Remember you are not alone in dealing with
unpleasant conflicts, therefore, you are a normal part of the human community.
Clear thinking, perspective-taking and reflecting often works most effectively when done between two
people. Initiate a conversation with a confidante or a friend who you know is a good listener.
It works best if it is someone who can relate to your situation because of having been there. In this way,
participating in online groups can facilitate your normalization process by helping you to finally feel
4. Balance your mental critic against rational objectivity.
This process is part of the proven technique of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). To implement it, use this
1. Identify the critical thoughts you have about your situation, your abilities and your potential. Then write them
2. Write out the actual facts of the situation. Then evaluate the extent of the realism manifested by your
dysfunctional thoughts and conclusions.
3. Restructure the unpleasant thoughts you have written down so that they are more realistic and consistent with
the facts. Write those healthier thoughts down and meditate on them daily.
Discriminate between what you need and the needs of others. Do you find that others dictate what you
do, even at your own expense?
If yes, then you must re-establish firm boundaries and enhance awareness of your own requirements and wishes. You
might even decide to gently educate others by sensitively and diplomatically disclosing your needs and preferences
6. Feel enjoyment, rewarded and satisfied.
Reflect upon what generates feelings of satisfaction in you. Look for things that, in the scheme of
things, are relatively insignificant, such as taking a class, writing poetry, taking a weekend getaway, reading a
favorite magazine, building a website, taking a drive or calling home.
When you are feeling uncomfortable in your own skin, engage in one or more of the above activities. Doing so will
likely enhance your mood and sense of well-being.
7. Use Self-Therapy Kits (STKs) at home.
Self-therapy kits (STKs) are compact self-help programs that provide valuable psychological help and
education. Many of them use cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT, noted above, to teach psychologically healthy
attitudes and beliefs.
CBT produces dramatic results in reducing anxiety. It works by combining cognitive mood-enhancing interventions
with several other state-of-the-art techniques.
These methods are designed to enable you to start to view conflicts calmly, rather than in an extreme, panicky or
catastrophic way. This dramatically reduces the effects of stress.
CBT is contained and delivered directly in these new Self-Therapy Kits. When using these tools, it is delivered in
a rich multimedia format which can include any, or all of the following: DVDs, MP3s, e-books, workbooks, videos
STKs are particularly helpful if you have limited financial resources; they typically cost anywhere from $9 to $95
or so but the fee is only a one-time event. It is not a recurring or weekly fee that you would pay for private
counseling and there is no risk as there is in private counseling because it is unconditionally refundable.
STKs are inexpensive, self-paced and can be used anytime in the privacy of your home. People who have private
personalities or severe time constraints find them ideal because there are no counselors to consult and no exposure
to dangerous medication. In a sense, using them is like having your own private therapeutic consultant at your
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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, 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 providescall him at 1-847-275-8236 (24