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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Try a Cry to Relieve Stress

“Crying does not indicate you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” – Charlotte Brontë Have you ever felt uncomfortable, vulnerable and embarrassed when you cry? Many people worry that if they cry, others will think they are being dramatic, “losing it”, or can’t handle...

How To Fix What Isn’t Working In Your Life

Maintaining a healthy balance is important in every aspect of life, whether it be perspective, attitude, eating habits, work/life or relationships. In order to see things as they are and to not overwhelm ourselves with the “small stuff”, we must learn to improve on our unproductive reactions and thought patterns....

Recovering From the Shock of Bad News

What’s with that moment when you find out terrible news? It’s like time stops and you know it won’t start again until you wrap your head around the news you just heard, whether it be about you or someone you love. I had one of those moments a few days...

Coming into your own, freeing or stressful?

Many people assume that one’s early 20s is the most freeing and fun part of life. No kids to take care of, and all of the world is at your fingertips! Sounds great in theory, but I have found in my personal experiences as well as through many of my...

Keeping Anxiety in Check with Numbers

A very specific strategy to help you interpret whether your worries are anxiety is to step out of yourself and assign them a number based on intensity. While this may sound like a very logical strategy in a very emotional situation, it can help to keep your worries in perspective....

Anxiety in Relationships

When I began my work in helping clients cope with anxiety, I figured it would be mainly working on their inner dialogue and thoughts they have about themselves and the things that are occurring in his or her life. In a short time, I realized a huge impact that anxiety...

To be or not to be…a career mom?

That seems to be the question for many of my generation’s women.  The number of hours that I have spent talking about this with friends would shock the men in our lives, but we never seem to find a definite answer. I suppose that is because everyone’s life is different,...

Healthy Ways to Start a Marriage

Some new statistics surrounding marriage caught me of guard this week.  The divorce rate among 25-29 year olds is on the rise although the overall divorce rate is dropping! As a 26-year-old who will be married this year, I want to know why this is. A theory that has recurred...

A 20-something’s Survival Guide to High School

It wasn’t so long ago that I was in high school (I haven’t even had my ten year reunion yet!) and I hear from my young clients that it is still a difficult time both personally and socially. They are supposed to be “the best years of your life”, but...