Katie Lyons, LCSW - 2020 Best of Chicago Award
|Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:36 PM||comments (238)|
I am very excited to be part of a Panel Discussion on Mental Health in Sports, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2-5pm at DePaul University at 1 E. Jackson. This event will be moderated by Jon Kelley from Good Day Chicago and former Chicago Sportscaster. For more information, check out the website
|Posted on April 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM||comments (295)|
I am thrilled to announce this summer I will be cutting back my hours at Northwestern Medicine to expand my private practice. I am currently accepting referrals for new psychotherapy clients and am planning to do more Mindfulness Training, and other work I love. If you know anyone seeking growth and change in a supportive, warm therapeutic setting, please feel free to give them my number: 312-972-6711 or direct them to my website.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and make it a great day!!!
|Posted on November 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM||comments (371)|
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|Posted on October 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM||comments (281)|
So grateful to be headed to The Heartland Spa for the weekend and to be speaking on "Mindfulness" Saturday night. Looking forward to rejuvenation, visiting with new and old friends, sunrise walks, water aerobics, yoga, healthy meals, inspirational talks and more:))
|Posted on April 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM||comments (510)|
I said good-bye to Keno last Friday, April 5, 2013 in the presence of our favorite vet, Jim Dickes at Uptown Animal Hospital (shout out to Jim). As those of you who have read my postings/blog now, he was almost 16 years old and had an amazing life, thanks to yours truly. In return, he gave me unconditional love, daily companionship, fun, brief moments of frustration (he was a rescue), tremendous joy and in the end sadness. He was the first pet I have had the priviledge to care for until the very end. My dad gave our German Shepard, King away when I was a child and that was another trauma:) However, after that childhood loss, I unknownignly closed my heart to animals. From the first walk with Keno 12 years ago, my heart immediatey opened up to not only every other dog, but cats, birds, bunnies, fish, squirrels, etc. In fact, some friends call me "The Squirrel Lady."(LOL) Keno taught me many invaluable, life-changing lessons which has given my life more meaning and JOY.
In the past week, I have laughed, cried, sobbed, felt hopeful ...let's just say a broad range of emotions that most expect with grief. I have found in this process, blogging and FB posting has allowed me not only an outlet for my grief but AMAZING support, prayers, love and hope from family, friends and people I hardly know. I am realizing now, this is the 21st century version of "journaling" which we often suggest to our patients for many reasons... from getting our thoughts and feelings out of our head and onto paper (or now, some other tech device) to processing, which can often lead to a deeper understanding of where we are . This can help us gain insight and sometimes form solutions.
I would love to write more now, but I start to see private clients at 8 a.m. I will see 8 clients today and it will be the first time Keno will not be present in these sessions. This morning I feel strong, positive and ready to be the best therapist I can be. The last week has been quite a journey, but today I am positive and focused.
Thank you all for your support. If you are grieving or in pain. Try journaling. Reach out to your friends. At NMH many of our patients do not have friends. We try to help them in the process to create healthy relationships. I am grateful and feel blessed for the many loving, wonderful friends I have.
|Posted on April 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM||comments (294)|
It is with a heavy heart I share my thoughts and feelings.
I have had a cold for the past week and as a result have been spending more time at home, resting and trying to get rid of this bug. I thought I was over it and yesterday I woke up with an excruciating headache, was sick to my stomach, and needed to take another day off work. It was during this time, I noticed Keno's difficulty getting up on his own many times throughout the day. I found myself helping him stand repeatedly and then he seemed fine. I checked in with his fabulous Vet, Jim Dickes at Uptown Animal Hospital and discussed this change. We have been "mindful" of not wanting Keno to be in pain during this journey. I brought up I felt the time was getting closer to euthanise him, but stated, "he still has such an amazing appetite." Jim encouraged me to look at the whole picture and continue to journal about how Keno's days are.
When I got off the phone, I walked outside with Keno and we immediately encountered one of my favorite neighborhood dogs and his owner. I shared with the fellow dog owner I had just got off the phone with my Vet and Keno's time may be drawing near. Tears came to my eyes, as I saw Keno lay down in the grass, while the other dog wanted to play with him. I could see Keno wanting to play (best player of all time), but his body no longer allows him to.
This morning around 4 a.m. I heard Keno try to get up and he couldn't. I helped him up and to walk with quite a bit of effort on both our parts. I got him back into his comfy bed and went to work. Once again, leaving work early to see how he was. Again, like the last time I blogged on 2/19 he was able to get up (with help) when I arrived home this afternoon and enjoyed his walk, albeit a little unsteady at times.
It is clear to me now...it is time to say good-bye. It looks like I will schedule his final visit with our favorite Vet for this Friday morning. It is hard to imagine saying good-bye to him and returning home without him here. I am grateful for all the support I have in family, friends and, in particular, fellow animal lovers who have traveled this path many times before me. This will be the first time I will be saying good-bye to a pet.
In the meantime, I continue to be in the moment and enjoy every moment and thank God for all the wonderful years we had together. Also, I appreciate the clarity being home sick gave me to see the truth of Keno's decline.
|Posted on February 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM||comments (159)|
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|Posted on April 24, 2011 at 6:27 PM||comments (188)|
Just returned from The Heatland Spa in Gilman, IL where I spoke on "Mindfulness" ...one of my favorite topics. I am grateful to have been part of The Heartland's Speaker Program for several years now. Each time I speak, I spend the weekend and am blessed to bring a guest in exchange for my talk. This weekend I brought my niece, Katie. We arrived there Friday afternoon, had an excellent healthy dinner, followed by a Qi Gong class.
Saturday began with a beautiful two-mile walk, a great breakfast, a little reading and a fabulous massage. After lunch, I listened to Kim Onnen talk about Motivation, swam a mile in their pool, participated in Aqua Motion and topped it off with a yoga class. My talk was Saturday night, "Living in the Moment...The Art of Mindfulness." We had a wonderful group and a lively discussion which continued for hours.
This morning I took my two-mile walk with the group at 7am and had my last meal of this relaxing weekend with my new friends.
I am very appreciative to have had this opportunity to rejuvenate:)