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 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…”




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The Success Toolbox

 by: Dr. Mike Shery

I'm sure a lot of.  These pages contain time-tested articles and proven tools by people who are gifted with seeing the delicate nuances of life that average folks like us, fail to notice. They are exemplary at helping you to get from where you are…to where you want to be.


The first article emphasizes the importance of paying attention>Paying Attention to Life


After all, t's easy to maintain a one-track mind.


But by doing so, we shut off our feelers and lose our ability to gather the pieces that we need to understand the whole.


If we pay attention to the gentle nuances of the things that happen around us, we may yet learn to grasp the true meaning of life.


The second article exhorts us to be bold>To Be Bold


Many lessons about boldness can be learned from friends, family, and co-workers whom we've known for many years. In these cases, we can observe the fruits of well-placed boldness first-hand.


However, for those of us who don’t have a doting family or friends, an important benefit may be the rapid development of our senses of independence and boldness.


The next article emphasizes the importance of goals>Setting Good Goals.  Those of us who are good learners know we need to set goals.  Whether you’re just starting to set goals or you've been setting them all of your life, it’s important to know the criteria for an effective goal statement:  A good goal must be a) written, b) challenging, c) believable, d) specific, e) measurable, and f) have a specific deadline.


There are several techniques that can facilitate your goal achievement.  The next article speaks to one of them, affirmations>The Power of Repeated Words and Thoughts.


For example, words and thoughts that are repeated often get stronger by the repetitions, sink into the subconscious mind and affect our behavior, actions and reactions.


The subconscious works diligently to make these words and thoughts a reality in one’s life.


If you consciously choose the thoughts, phrases and words that you repeat in your mind, your life will start to change.


Affirmations are sentences that are repeated often during the day, and which sink into the subconscious, thereby releasing its enormous power to materialize the intention of the words and phrases in the outside world.  One example might be:  “With every inhalation I am filling myself with happiness.”


There are many motivational tools to help us achieve the success that is ours!


No matter how many years you spend in a classroom or from what social class or lifestyle, motivation is the common factor among those who are high achievers.


Finding the tools to put meaning and purpose in your life, developing a vision, and becoming highly motivated can lead you towards a successful and exciting life.


Failure is a fantastic teacher:  It teaches us to keep trying until we get it right.


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About The Author

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 providescall him at 1-847-275-8236 (24 Hrs).



To make an appointment: New Patient Registration

For phone counseling>Telephone Counseling

For>Counseling: Injury and Car Accident Trauma

For info on counseling services>Counseling Services

To find a counselor covered by your insurance>"Counselor Find:" Find a Counselor or Psychologist Covered by your Insurance Here

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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


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

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  • Crystal Lake,
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  • Barrington,
  • Elgin,
  • Dundee,
  • Gilberts,
  • Fox River Grove,
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  • Southern McHenry County Illinois



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