Annie_DinwoodieHello, my name is Annie Dolan and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and specialize in Couples and Family Counseling here at LifeWork Counseling. I began my clinical career here as a clinical intern in 2009 while I was pursuing my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Governors State University in University Park, IL. Prior to that I worked in the  corporate sector in sales and marketing before finding my true calling as a counselor. For some individuals, choosing to seek counseling can be overwhelming. One of my main goals is to create an environment that is safe and comforting.  I want my clients to feel relaxed, as if they are having a conversation with an old friend. Although my approach is relaxed, I do not sit there quietly.  I engage my clients to make positive decisions that are needed to create the outcome that is best for their life journey. Many of the people I work with are highly motivated, intelligent, and caring individuals who happen to struggle in one or more areas of their lives. Theses challenges often come from loss of a loved one, couple issues, parenting, family or work-life imbalances.  I take a holistic view with my clients, looking at all areas of their lives and tailor my counseling approach to accommodate their needs. As a couples and family systems counselor I believe real change occurs when we work with those closest to us.  I have a passion for helping couples and families resolve conflicts that interfere in their relationships.  I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds. While I work with a number of life’s concerns I specialize in: Couples/Marital concerns Adjustment disorders (things just not going as we wish they would) Grief/Bereavement Loss of a child and other complex losses Anxiety Depression I believe that when we are the best person we can be, we can be better for those around us! When not practicing, I enjoy an active life in the Chicagoland area with my family and friends.  I am married and have four children; a daughter who passed in early infancy, along with two sons and another daughter who continue to renew life’s hope and promise. Read my latest article on moving forward after a loss by clicking DINWOODIE-DOLAN ARTICLE 2012-1. Contact me: annie@lifeworkcounseling.net

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What To Do When You’re Feeling Scared

 “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt Last week my daughter, Danica, and I took a gorgeous afternoon to ourselves to visit Lake Katherine Botanical Gardens in Palos Heights for hiking and canoeing.  After we hiked, took photographs, and visited with the wildlife I suggested canoeing in the...

Yoga for Relieving Anxiety

As a mental health provider, in addition to being a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Reiki Practitioner, I treat many clients who are struggling with anxiety on a daily basis. We have the normal issues from children experiencing anxiety when making new friends, to the adolescent trying to figure out...

How To Help Kids Express Themselves Through Art

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The Worry Monster: Art Therapy for Children Ages 3 – 7

  Sometimes our children come to us, or other adults, when they are feeling scared or worried about something.  They may tell us through trembling bodies, their words, insomnia, emotional instability, and, maybe, even through silence that something just isn’t right in their world.   One way we can have...

Serving Teens in Our Communities

As part of my graduation requirement for my Yoga Teacher Training I had an opportunity, along with my group of talented women, to develop a Seva Project to bring yoga to our communities.   “Seva” in Sanskrit means ‘selfless service.’  Seva Projects are based on classic yoga principals, such as self-exploration,...

A Simple Way to De-Stress the Holidays

  During my yoga training to become a certified yoga instructor I came across a meditation technique called Yoga Nidra.  Yoga Nidra meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce several psychosomatic diseases such as:  hypertension, stress, diabetes, migraine, asthma, ulcers, digestive disorders, and skin diseases that are caused by the...

Yoga For Children

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Helping Children Cope With Going Back to School

The end of summer is upon us which means, for many of us, school is right around the corner.  Last minute vacation get-aways, getting the kids (or yourself!) to bed a little earlier,  and the ritual of buying school supplies, clothes and picking out the perfect backpack are what many...