How Individual Therapy Can help Couples Therapy

If you are struggling in your relationship, couples therapy can be an incredible tool to build communication skills, closeness, and intimacy. Couples therapy gives both you and your partner a space where the focus is on your relationship. This approach to therapy can help both you and your partner join forces to improve your relationship…

When Should We Come in for Relationship Counseling?

One of the most common questions I hear early on in relationship counseling is, understandably, “Can you help us? Is there hope?” The feelings of fear and doubt are clearly present behind these questions, and the answer is never a simple “yes” or “no.”  One of the biggest determinants of positive outcomes in couples therapy…

Conflict in Relationships: The Importance of Language

There is simply no way to avoid conflict in a long-term relationship with an intimate partner. Conflict is an intrinsic part of relationships. You are two different people who are spending a lot of time together. As you are each your own person, you are bound to find things about your partner that do not…

Therapist Spotlight: Jennifer Piwnicki, MA, LPC, RYT

Jennifer a psychotherapist at Wildflower. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and her Master’s degree in couple and family therapy from the University of Colorado Denver. Her personal and professional development emphasizes evidence- and systems-based therapies in the treatment of trauma, grief and loss, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety issues. Jennifer is also…

Demystifying Gottman-Based Couples Counseling

We are inundated with relationships-focused books that offer a variety of often contradictory advice. The multitude of perspectives can be overwhelming. It is easy to feel paralyzed. Which advice is right? What will actually make a positive, sustainable difference in a committed relationship? The Gottman Method of couples therapy provides couples with accessible, evidence-based blueprint…

Therapist Spotlight: Victoria Stroz, MA, LPC

Victoria is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University and Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Villanova University. Victoria is an integrative therapist who calls on various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her clinical work. Prior to becoming a…

Therapist Spotlight: Marco Renzi, Advanced Clinical Intern

Marco is an advanced clinical intern at Wildflower for the academic year of 2019-2020. He is in the process of obtaining his Master’s degree in clinical social work at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Marco works with individuals and couples and is receiving extensive training and clinical supervision from senior staff…

Therapist Spotlight: Kate Ernstrom, MSW, LCSW

Kate is a psychotherapist and Director of Clinical Operations at Wildflower. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. She has extensive training in treating mood and anxiety disorders as well as trauma through evidence-based practices,…