The Use of Home Work in Couples Counseling

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist The Family Institute at Northwestern University Homework for couples As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I assign homework between sessions to the couples I counsel. Homework will not solve conflict, communication or resentment issues. Those issues need to be addressed in session. Home work will, however, help and typically addresses the following: …

James E. DelGenio offers Tele-therapy with BCBS PPO Insurance accepted

The Family Institute at Northwestern University James DelGenio LCPC is a senior staff therapist who offers teletherapy and accepts BCBS PPO Insurance.  Teletherapy is HIPAA approved via Zoom.com  His services include: Individual and family counseling, marital and premarital counseling, and treatment of mood disorders and dependence. Locations: Millennium Park (Michigan Avenue), and Westchester.  Teletherapy anywhere via zoom.  HIPAA approved and …

How to improve communication in the family?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Family meetings for better communication Once upon a time, families ate dinner together. There was no eating in front of the TV; no texting or answering the phone and no internet. This was a time when families discussed what was going on in the household i.e. news, upcoming events, behavior issues and general discussions. Dinner …

How to parent effectively after a divorce?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The answer is as simple as it hard. What is in the best interest of the children? Remember, it is not about you or your ex! It’s not about who lied, was uncivil, disrespectful or unfaithful. It’s about making this difficult time in your children’s life as easy as possibly under extremely difficult circumstances. It goes without …

Finances are a frequent cause of conflict in marriages?

James E. DelGenio LCPC Arguments over finances are a common issue in many relationships. Here are some tips that will help avoid conflict over finances. Set Goals and Objectives for your finances. Share detailed financial information regularly. Make financial decisions together. Create a budget. Go over your finances together at least monthly. Who will pay the bills? What is your …

Weekly Family Meetings address many common child behavioral issues.

James E. DelGenio LCPC Senior Therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University Address common child behavior issues and improve your relationship at the same time!Once upon a time, families ate dinner together. There was no eating in front of the TV; no texting or answering the phone and no internet. This was a time when families discussed what was …

What you should know about premarital counseling?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPCSenior Staff TherapistThe Family Institute at Northwestern University Premarital Counseling is a really good idea!  Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship. This will give you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. Premarital counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that may become larger …

Issues to discuss before marriage?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Issues premarital couples should discuss before marriage.  Check it out! Finances You may not realize it now but this is a big one.  Do you know the extent of each other’s Assets? Debts?  How do you view the sharing of these assets? Do you have the same attitude toward saving? Will one of you …

Homework for couples

James E, DelGenio MS, LCPC Homework for couples. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I assign homework between sessions to the couples I counsel. Homework will not solve conflict, communication or resentment issues. Those issues need to be addressed in session. Home work will, however, help and typically addresses the following: Civility and Respect This one is a must. Civility and …

How to become a good listener?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Be a good listener and improve your relationships. Poor Communication Many marital problems are rooted in poor communication. Effective communication between partners can be learned and developed. When communication is poor and feelings go unsaid or unaddressed, the couple feels disconnected, even resentful. Over time, this leaves them feeling distant. Resentment creates further distance …