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Parenting Affluent Teens

By Lisa Kuiper MA The following information comes from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. This particular blog post focuses on the challenge of parenting kids in today’s busier and more affluent society. The infographic and article include concrete tips for raising healthy kids. Our society is the most affluent in the history of the […]

Illinois Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists Signed into Law!

By Dr. Marlin Hoover PhD, MS, ABPP, ABMP The Prescriptive Authority Bill has been passed and signed into law in Illinois, allowing psychologists to prescribe medications related to mental health! After a long and difficult battle, I would like to add my perspective on what this bill will achieve.  For those who do not know who […]

What to Expect in Counseling

If you haven’t been in therapy before, you might have some questions about what to expect. Each therapist and office has their own approach to getting you started in therapy.  Here is a description of what you can generally expect at Hoover and Associates, although it may vary from client to client, based on your […]

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are doctors of medicine who specialize in disorders of the brain/mind. They can prescribe medication, and many of them do not do traditional talk therapy. A majority of psychiatrists see patients prescribe and monitor medication, though some may provide talk therapy. Clinical Psychologists are doctors of psychology trained in talk therapy, including behavioral forms […]

Can I expect to feel better right away if I come in for therapy?

Some people begin to feel better as soon as they make the appointment to meet with a psychologist or at the time of their first session. There is a sense of relief when you make the commitment to address an issue that has been problematic. More often, however, people do not feel better immediately. Therapy […]

I understand there are different styles of therapy. How will I know which one will be right for me?

One factor in deciding on a specific style of therapy is effectiveness. You will want your therapist to recommend a style of therapy that has been shown to be effective for your specific problem. In the evaluation session, ask your therapist why he/she is recommending a specific model of therapy. If interested, ask if there […]

Do you have evening hours and/or Saturday hours?

Most of our psychologists have evening hours on weekdays, and a few have Saturday hours. Be sure to state any scheduling requirements you may have up front so that we can direct you to a therapist who can meet your needs.

What can I expect from my first appointment with a clinician?

Frequently Asked Questions What can I expect from my first appointment with a clinician? For persons who have not been in therapy before, thinking about meeting for the first time with a psychologist can be unsettling. You may wonder what the psychologist will ask, and if you should tell personal things about yourself. Most people […]