Friday, December 16, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016


Hope that you're all enjoying a day off from work- spending time with family, friends, or alone to recharge. It feels good to break up my day to day routine, especially on a Monday. Be well! ~Nancy

Thursday, July 28, 2016



Worry less, and smile more.
Complain less, and appreciate more.
Expect less, and prepare more.
Judge less, and respect more.
Take less, and give more.
You’ll begin to feel better, guaranteed.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Independence Day

July 4th
Is the day of independence and freedom. Yet, this holiday brings such sadness and grief. Tragedy has struck yet again. Innocent people killed at the hands of haters, racists, and Anti-Semites. We are all affected by hate and greed. We watch this in plain sight in our towns, driving, walking and socializing. We hear hateful comments without any regard for the victims. It sickens me as it permeates our society.  Why have we become so judgmental? Let's practice kindness, generosity, peace, and humility. Please.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"To Be or Not to Be"

That is the question! What does this mean to you? To be, means to be one's genuine self. Living in the moment. Being authentic among others and feeling accepted and loved unconditionally. "Not to be"- means living in the shadow of OTHER people's wants, dreams, fantasies, goals, and desires, instead of expressing YOUR true self. 

So, would you rather BE YOU or be for someone else? Ponder that!


Monday, May 9, 2016


Are you in an unhealthy relationship? Do you feel controlled? Manipulated? Co-dependent?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Why am I So Sad?

This question is asked often in therapy. People want to know the root cause of their depression. Reasonable request, right? Of course! Depression wreaks havoc on our lives. Small tasks feel like huge undertakings, like showering or getting dressed. Putting on a smile for everyone else is a big ordeal, making us feel like imposters. So why does depression strike? For some it's obvious. We're experiencing grief and loss. Loss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of our health, or a relationship. We may also have an organic reason for being depressed. Diabetes, cancer, steroid medications, auto immune disease, etc. Life transitions can cause depressive reactions- moving, divorce, midlife, college. Knowing the cause helps us find solutions. Anti-depressant medication may help reduce symptoms of depression. Psychotherapy and  cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) provide insight and real tools to reduce depression and anxiety. Sharing our inner thoughts and experiences with a therapist is cathartic, freeing us of dark feelings and isolation. Whatever the reason for being depressed, ask for help. You don't have to suffer, hide or pretend you're fine. 
~Nancy Shertok, MSW, LCSW

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sunrise Chicago

My view when I am in Chicago.
It's the little things in life that I truly appreciate.
Nature, family, health.
What about you?