Connecting… With the Secret Sauce (and my Award Ceremony)

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My husband sent me an article recently, a short read by Brené Brown.  He knows I co-led Rising Strong and Daring Bravely groups of hers, and she often talks about the same topics I talk about with clients in therapy. I read it immediately, then sent it to a few clients I hoped it would resonate…

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Connecting Collaboratively

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When I was a new mom, I was also a school social worker.  I found myself saying here and there as I witnessed child interactions that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.  One of my sons as an elementary age boy teetered on this line himself.  We all do at times. How…

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Connecting and… OMG!!!

PRESS RELEASE:  Skokie Social Worker (Lynn Zakeri) Recognized as Social Worker of the Year The appreciation I had to even be considered for this award had me… astonished, and then to be selected as the recipient has me… GOBSMACKED A big THANK YOU to all my clients for providing me the opportunity to work with…

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Connecting Transformatively

In the early 2000s I worked as a school social worker and there was a problem in the school that my principal and I spent hours talking about.  The kids were changing, the families were changing, and our staff was not. We went from 10-15% of students who were considered to be in the low…

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Introducing David!

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Introducing David!   David Krzysko, LCPC, EMDR trained, began his work with Lynn Zakeri LCSW Clinical Services, PLLC in 2022 but his counseling background began well before this year.  His resume had me really interested, but his experiences with homeless veterans and clinical experiences in mental health were not what was so eye-catching.  David has…

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Introducing Rebecca!

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Rebecca Stern She/Her/Hers, LCSW, PEL, MAT, began seeing clients with Lynn Zakeri Clinical Services, PLLC in 2022, but she is far from “new” to being a therapist. Rebecca brings years of diverse experience with her to the practice. In fact, she keeps surprising me with all the hats she has worn. From early intervention to…

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Connecting with Yourself…2022 here we go!

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Who are you? Like me, you have most likely gotten to know yourself better the past year. The uncertainty and disruption and fear that has been so present has also forced us to spend a lot more time in our heads. I am not different from any of you. I wrote a very personal piece…

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COVID-19 Staying Connected: Weeks 10-12

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Week 12 (First 11 Weeks below) Business first:  I unexpectedly had to move my website and in the process re-design it.  If you want to subscribe for infrequent updates, please do!  These weekly emails I am sending will not be weekly as we move into Phase 3, and I will likely return to blog posts, here and…

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Connecting After Intoxication

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Black Out Thursday.  Maybe you had Black Out Friday.  Or maybe your nickname was Black Out Bobby, or Black Out Bauer, or Black Out Bitch.  Whatever the name or designation, blacking out after consuming alcohol is not only more common, it seems to be a whole lot less scary to adolescents today. When I was…

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