New CBT Group

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well researched effective therapy method for anxiety and depression. Share this post with ones you think may benefit from this new group.

Group Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Mondays, 5pm (for teens only) 6:30 (for adults only)
Christian Psychological Associates
3716 W Brighton Ave, Peoria, IL
Jennifer Morrison, PsyD

This is a weekly group devoted to helping people understand depression and anxiety, manage their symptoms, and pursue a full and meaningful life. This group uses education, skills, and exercises to learn more about their symptoms and how to manage them. Additionally, this group incorporates mindfulness and group discussions to help members of the group become more psychologically flexible and pursue their valued lives

For more information, please call (309) 692-7755. Cost of attending the groups is $25 per group.

What can I expect?

  • This will be a confidential, interactive group comprised of short educational components, group discussions, and lots of skills and exercises.

  • We will use mindfulness strategies as our primary tool for relating to depression and anxiety.

  • You’ll be asked to practice some skills at home.

  • Groups are forming now!
  • You will be expected to do your best to attend all group meetings.


Identity: It’s a Wonderful Life – Yours

Identitiy (Quote)

Each year at Christmastime, my family watches the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. When George Bailey, (Jimmy Stewart) encounters hardship, from a place of despair he mutters, “I wish I’d never been born.” An undercover angel, Clarence, grants his wish, enabling him to see what life would have been like if he had never existed. He had no idea how profoundly his life had affected everyone around him. In the end, he was given the miracle of seeing how “wonderful” his life really was. Continue reading



Take the following public domain quiz, then read what follows:

The Trait Hope Scale

Directions: Read each item carefully. Using the scale shown below, please select the number that best describes you and put that number in the blank provided.

  1. = Definitely False
  2. = Mostly False
  3. = Somewhat False
  4. = Slightly False
  5. = Slightly True
  6. = Somewhat True
  7. = Mostly True
  8. = Definitely True

___ 1. I can think of many ways to get out of a jam.

___ 2. I energetically pursue my goals.

___ 3. I feel tired most of the time.

___ 4. There are lots of ways around any problem.

___ 5. I am easily downed in an argument.

___ 6. I can think of many ways to get the things in life that are important to me.

___ 7. I worry about my health.

___ 8. Even when others get discouraged, I know I can find a way to solve the problem.

___ 9. My past experiences have prepared me well for my future.

___10. I’ve been pretty successful in life.

___11. I usually find myself worrying about something.

___12. I meet the goals that I set for myself. Continue reading

Surviving Death

Art by Natalia Maroz

This is not a primer on how to become an immortal, Marvel hero, for as we all well know, this is unfortunately, not possible. Death is an inevitable part of life. I was reminded of this when my mom died unexpectedly just over one year and three months ago due to an enlarged heart. While it was true that she had a huge heart, we never thought that it would kill her.

I find it somewhat humorous when clients are surprised that we, as therapists, often face some of the same trials as they do. We are far from perfect and immune when it comes to the realities of everyday stressors, one of those being death. Here is my story. Continue reading

Depression and Suicidality


Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Each year about 6.7% of U.S adults experience major depressive disorder. Women are 70 % more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime. The average age of onset is 32 years old. Additionally, 3.3% of 13 to 18 year olds have experienced a seriously debilitating depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.

Genetic factors (what we inherit from our biological parents) account for about 1/3 of the predisposition toward depression. Environmental factors account for about 2/3 of the predisposition toward depression. Common factors contributing to depression include early life trauma, child abuse and neglect, the experience of later traumatic events, and poverty. Continue reading

“Love is Not a Feeling”

Love tree

Over and over again I have heard statements such as – “I have fallen out of love” or “I have fallen in love”. Unfortunately, these statements most of the time have nothing to do with real, true love. Scott Peck in his book, The Road Less Traveled, wrote – “Love is not a feeling (p. 116)”. He further writes – “The misconception that love is a feeling exists because we confuse cathecting with loving (p. 117).” Webster’s New World Dictionary tells us that Cathecting is to concentrate psychic energy on a person or object (p. 224). Scott Pecks tells us that “Cathecting . . . is the process by which an object becomes important to us. Once cathected, the object, commonly referred to as a ‘love object’ is invested with our energy as if it was a part of ourselves, and this relationship between us and the invested object is called a cathexis (p. 117).” Webster’s New World Dictionary tells us that Freud uses cathexis and that it is a concentrating of psychic energy on some particular person, thing, idea, or aspect of the self (p. 225). Scott Peck also tells us that – “The process of withdrawing our energy from a love object so that it loses its sense of importance for us is known as decathecting. The misconception that love is a feeling exists because we confuse cathecting with loving (p. 117).” Unfortunately this feeling of love seems real. Continue reading


courage cat

I was recently watching a movie where the lead character was asked when was she going to stop running from God. I thought about this. How am I running from God? Is it in the busy lifestyle I lead? Not facing the pain of my past?

How do you run from God?

What are you running from?

Pamela J. Heil in her book, My Hero, wrote, “Great strength and power come as you face the pain. If you run from it, you will be permeated with fear. As you run faster, strongholds of fear will be established in your emotions. If you run towards the pain, God promises he will meet us there.” God promises to journey with us in our struggles but we have to let go and turn to God.

When we lean-in to our fears, pain, and negative emotions that is where we will find the healing that we all desperately want.

Mary Jennifer Meister, MS LCSW