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 Discover a First-Rate Method of Overcoming Stress:  Using the New Self-Help Cures!



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Do you suffer from debilitating anxiety and stress? Millions of Americans do. Stress, panic and anxiety are toxic and tears on you, leaving you tired, depleted, and hopeless.

Over time, stress grows, like a cancer, causing you to feel futile, confused, tense and unhappy. You probably have trouble focusing and staying alert because stress can make it tough to concentrate.

Relieving stress is an urgent need if you want to live a happier, more relaxed life. Recovering from stress can help you achieve more, prevent illness and enjoy life more fully.

Red Flags:  Do you feel sluggish or do you feel focused and alert in the mornings? Do you enjoy waking up or would you rather continue sleeping as long as possible?

Until recently, the only treatment options for those feeling stressed out have been counseling, psychotherapy or medication. Also, some people suggest lifestyle modifications, including exercise, breathing exercises, or special diets.

Unfortunately, some of these require a burdensome investment of time and effort.  Others obligate you to spill your guts to a stranger, while others are very expensive and others expose you to the possibility of dangerous side-effects. That's why the development of cognitive behavioral therapy is all the more amazing.

A variety of mood-enhancing psychological tools currently exist, but none has proven more impressive then the new technique called cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT. It is the one technique that is recommended by researchers and insurance companies alike because of its remarkable effectiveness. 

Research has demonstrated dramatic results in reducing anxiety.
CBT works by combining the most effective mood-enhancing interventions available with several new state-of-the-art techniques that have demonstrated impressive results in clinical studies.

CBT provides much-needed improvements in your thinking and in your ability to accurately evaluate troubling issues. When this unfolds, you will start to view issues calmly, accurately and in perspective, rather than in an extreme, panicky or catastrophic way.

This dramatically reduces the effects of your stress, and helps to regulate your sleep and appetite in a healthy direction.
Using Self-Therapy Kits, or STKs, CBT is delivered to you, using a first-rate self-help format. 

CBTs proven interventions are delivered in a self-contained multimedia format  which may include any or all of the following:  DVDs, MP3s, e-books, workbooks, videos etc. They are self-paced, inexpensive and can be used anytime in the privacy and comfort of your own home. 

There are no strangers to spill your guts to and no exposure to the dangerous side-effects of medication. It takes only a few days for STKs to begin working and the results can be dramatic.

STKs provide psychological education and use guided imagery, behavioral exercises and methods to accurately monitor your progress in order to reduce the impact of your stress.  These are educational materials and, therefore, there are no side-effects, prescriptions or doctor visits with which to contend. 

What if you are already in some form of counseling?

If you're already in counseling, using them simultaneously could shorten the time required for your symptoms to be eliminated.  Using an STK while engaging in treatment may boost both the speed and quality of your recovery.

How do you find these inexpensive self-therapy kits? 

Just go to the internet and search; then be sure to study the brochures carefully.  The benefits of STKs are wide-ranging and include improved focus, alertness, and an enthused and positive mood. 

Rather than feeling drowsy or spaced, your stress and anxiety is replaced with an optimistic, energized and positive outlook.

Some of the benefits of STKs include:

-Dramatically relieves stress and anxiety

-Deepens relaxation and deeply calms your mood

-Energizes your focus and alertness

-Promotes a long-lasting positive mood and outlook on life

STKs are remarkable therapeutic and educational tools that transform your thinking patterns into an uplifting and positive trajectory. There are no unwanted side effects and unlike other therapies, they are inexpensive, convenient and easy to use.


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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, Coventry, United Health Care, Aetna-Allied, 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).

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