Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services


“ ABSOLUTELY no headaches. NO forms to fill out.   We bill your insurance directly.  Just make your small co-payment and you'll NEVER receive a bill from us-Ever!  Guaranteed!"  Since 1976.


Subscribe to Latest Free Articles from Dr Michael Shery



Ads By CbproAds



 DR. Michael Shery, clinical psychology

    2615 Three Oaks Rd. Ste 2A; Cary, IL 60013  847 275 8236 (24 Hrs);




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




Go to:  Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools


Case Study: A Teacher Battles Depression and Social Security


Armed with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in early childhood education, Arlene Weiler began teaching in Georgia.

She later returned to Milwaukee area to teach kindergarten in the Cudahy school system.

One of the first members of the National Teacher Corps, Ms. Weiler is proud of what she has accomplished as a teacher.

Outgoing and personable at 50, Ms. Weiler describes herself as having been a "perpetual student. I used to be a sponge when it

came to learning... life has so many wonders to explore," she says. Her enthusiasm for teaching is evident as she remembers her

two decades in Kindergarten classrooms.

"The children were scientists and explorers, and I was their environmental engineer and research assistant," she said.

 "We had a framework of daily activities, stories, songs and games in reading, math and science.

We learned that it can be lots of fun to eat your way through the alphabet and counting Cheerios and M&Ms.

"Because I know how important the kindergarten years are to building a foundation, I did everything I could to make myself a better teacher,

" Ms. Weiler continued. "My forte is creativity, but I took a lot of courses in science, nature, history, geography, and many other

 things-anything else to keep up with the kids' interests."

A model teacher, perhaps, but Ms. Weiler no longer spends her days spinning creative tales and lighting the fires of learning for her

 wide-eyed youngsters.

"For some years, teaching became more difficult and demanding of my time," she said. "It became increasingly difficult to pick up the pieces and

get things ready for a new year in what seemed to be a shorter and shorter summer vacation."

Her problems increased when her school involuntarily transferred her to teach the second grade.
"The second grade wasn't my field of expertise," she said. "When the transfer order came, I lost the whole shooting mach.

"I loved being a kindergarten teacher. I was allowed to be creative because kindergarten is a bit 'mysterious,' and most administrators don't

understand it and leave you alone. Second grade is different because it is so highly structured. Well, I just couldn't do it.

I couldn't get organized. I did my best, but I was in a catatonic state by the Christmas holidays. I had to quit work and begin therapy."

Ms. Weiler reflected on her slide into deep depression.

"I made the mistake of investing my life in my profession and trying to satisfy the needs of others," she said. "Instead of taking an

objective to look at a profession that came before more difficult and more demanding each year, I tried to live up to all the expectations.

 I attempted to live up to the demands of the children, their parents, and the administration until there was nothing left of me."

She added, "I feel like an artist who has worked with every ounce of her energy to create a masterpiece just to see the effort of a lifetime

demolished. My depression culminated one day at home while I was doing the dishes. For some reason, I suddenly started crying.

I was a sad and mournful little girl wailing for her mother."

Adding to, or perhaps as a result of, the depression, Ms. Weiler developed several sub-personalities.

She describes one as a "two year old tank commander who pushes everyone around."Another is an "eight year old who is r

esponsible and loving." Reluctant to talk in detail about her depression, she does say "I'm not sure how many personalities are

involved; they're not distinctive. They are persistent, but not consistent."

Despite intensive therapy, Ms. Weiler found herself unable to function. Battling her depression was painful enough, but when

she applied for Social Security disability benefits, Ms. Weiler waged a war on two fronts.

"I bared my soul to Social Security on my initial application. With my depression, it was sheer agony to fill out all those confusing forms,

" she said. Her discouragement quickly turned to bitterness when SSA denied her application.

"I was ready to quit," Ms. Weiler continued. "Even when my insurance company referred me to you, I didn't want to

pursue my claim. I just didn't feel I could cope with this ordeal again. I didn't believe anyone could help me."

Later, Ms. Weiler appointed Karen Tretter, our claims consultant, as her representative.

"I was very apprehensive," she said.

"I've never needed help before. I've been a helper all my life, but no one has ever helped me before.

Why should I believe a complete stranger would enter my life just to help me with this problem?"

When Ms. Tretter accepted the case, she began what eventually became a lengthy and complex appeals process.

SSA denied her initial application. When Ms. Tretter filed for reconsideration, it was again denied. When the administrative law judge

denied the appeal at the hearing level, Ms. Tretter forwarded it to the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council remanded the case

back to the ALJ, who again issued a denial.

Following customary procedures, Ms. Tretter refused to stop pursuing what she thought was a legitimate depression disability.

She again asked the Appeals Council to review the case.

The Council did so, and remanded the case to a different ALJ. Finally, an administrative law judge in Milwaukee approved

Ms. Weiler for full disability benefits for her depression.

"This case took longer to decide than most because of the lengthy dispute between the Appeals Council and the ALJ,"

Ms. Tretter said. "I knew from the outset it wasn't going to be easy because of the complexity.

"Depression disability is always difficult to determine. The fact that Ms. Weiler is well educated and obviously intelligent

made it an even more difficult decision.

"The ALJ who eventually awarded the claim took the time to be fully prepared," Ms. Tretter continued.

"The judge had a knowledgeable psychologist on hand at the hearing, and he went out of his way to examine every angle on all the issues."

Ms. Weiler's initial doubt about a &quotstranger" being able to help her was replaced with gratitude and admiration.

"Karen did a super job!" she said. "It was as if the Social Security Administration dumped 10 tons of gravel on me, and Karen dug me out,

brushed me off, and said she'd take care of me."

At first bitter about the application ordeal, Ms. Weiler is now grateful.

"Thank God for an America that allows a company like Allsup to exist. Some people think the American system doesn't work,

but I'm here to tell you it does."

Today, Ms. Weiler continues her depression therapy. She looks forward to someday returning to work, but she knows

much progress must be made before she'll be able to do so.

Arlene Weiler's name has been changed to protect her identity.


To receive:  Preliminary Evaluation for Disability Benefits

Go to:  Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools

To return to:  Our Nationwide Disability Office




Dr. Mike Shery is a licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated with almost all health plans, including:  ValueOptions,

Medicare, Cigna, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Aetna, 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.



To make an appointment> New Patient Registrationor to learn more about the psychological services he provides

call him at 1-847-275-8236 (24 Hrs.



Go to:  Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools




Ads By CbproAds

New Patient Registration

Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools

Recommended Self-Help Treatments


Psychology and Counseling

Listed in the provider directories of:


Aetna Behavioral Health




Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO


United Health

United Behavioral Health

Cigna Behavioral Health

PPO Next

Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)



First Health




Beech Street



Union Local plans

School District plans


Preferred Mental Health Management (PMHM)

Mental Health Network (MHN)

Magellan Health





the Mental Health Provider Directory

the Provider Directory

Most Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

All Motor Vehicle Insurers (for auto accident trauma)

All Workers Comp Programs (for work injuries)

and many more...


Services for:

Panic Disorder

Post-Concussion Syndrome


Addiction Counseling

Adult ADHD Treatment

Anger Counseling Management

Anorexia Bulimia Treatment

Counseling Management Stress

Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Management

Stress Management

Anxiety Depression Treatment Center

Psychiatric Hospitalization

Suicide Prevention

Center for Psychotherapy

Center for Counseling Services

Child and Family Counseling

Counseling Marriage

Centegra Horizons

Horizons Behavioral Health

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health

Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Treatment Center

Marital Counseling

Online Phone Counseling

Phone Counseling

Psychological Test

Teen Counseling


Psychiatric Medication

Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory


Social Security Disability

Workers Compensation

Victim of Malpractice

New Patient Registration

Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools 

Recommended Self-Help Treatments
Self-Help Kits: Consumer and Professional Reviews


New Patient Registration
Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools
Recommended Self-Help Treatments
Self-Help Kits: Consumer and Professional Reviews

New Patient Registration


Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools

Recommended Self-Help Treatments
Self-Help Kits: Consumer and Professional Reviews


New Patient Registration

View Appointment Calendar

Map to Cary Office


How to Find the Right Counselor-the FIRST Time
Counseling Services
Marriage Counseling and Individual Psychotherapy
Counseling: Injury and Car Accident Trauma
Telephone Counseling
New Patient Registration
Store: Unique Psychological and Motivational Tools
Recommended Self-Help Treatments
Self-Help Kits: Consumer and Professional Reviews
NURSING HOME MANAGERS: Drug-Free Ways to Eliminate Resident Depression
Counselors-Psychologists in Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois: Drug-Alcohol Treatment Locator
page template
Articles: Mental Health and Counseling
Before Weight Loss Surgery: Your Psychological Fitness Exam
Marriage and Relationship Articles
Articles: How to Find the Ideal Counselor for You
Depression and Anxiety Articles
Substance Abuse: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Adoption and Birth Surrogacy Evaluations
Motor Vehicle Accidents, Job Injuries and PTSD
Psychological Assessments for Law Practices
The Psychiatric Disability Office
The PI Law Miracle: StressScreen
"The Provider Directory:" Find a Counselor Covered by your Insurance Company
The Psychology of Success Tool Box
Up-to-the-Minute News
Links to Mental Health Services and Information


Subscribe to Latest Free Articles from Dr Michael Shery

In-Office Services are located in Cary, Illinois and are convenient if you're coming from: 

  • Algonquin,
  • Northern Kane County, Illinois
  • Cary,
  • Crystal Lake,
  • Lake-in-the-Hills,
  • Barrington,
  • Elgin,
  • Dundee,
  • Gilberts,
  • Fox River Grove,
  • McHenry 
  • Southern McHenry County Illinois



Depression treatment

Couple counseling

Family and Marriage Counselor

Counseling Therapy

Counseling Services

Counselor Marriage 

Depression Treatment Center 

Divorce Counseling

Adolescent Counseling

Drug Abuse Treatment

Child ADHD Treatment

Drug Addiction Counseling

Eating Disorder Treatment 

Family Counseling

Drug Counselor

Relationship Counseling

Family Counselor

Family Psychiatric Treatment



Bipolar Treatment

Anxiety Treatment

ADHD Treatment

Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Pre-Marriage Counseling

Pre-Marital Counseling

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Behavioral Medicine

Personality Testing

ADHD Testing

Counselor Psychotherapist

Partial Hospitalization

Drug Treatment Program

Intensive Outpatient Therapy

Intensive Therapy

Bereavement Counseling

Grief and Loss

Geriatric Psychotherapy

Geriatric Psychology

Geriatric Psychiatry


More Services:

Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder

Alcoholism Treatment

Psychological Counseling

Psychiatric Treatment

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy