ilyssa marks, lcsw

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois

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you've probably pictured your ideal life at some point.

You've thought a lot about where your life should be right now.

And planned exactly how it should look in the future.

you're going through all the right motions.

You work hard in your career or your education.

You value your relationships, and try your best to make everyone around you happy. 

You might even practice some *self-care* every now and then. 

But that's all it has been feeling like lately.

You're tired of just going through the motions.

life comes in a series of waves.

Like the ocean, life can be tough.

Stormy. Turbulent. Uncertain. 

In reality, life often looks different than we think it should.

You know you want more, but you've tried it all.

Nothing seems to change, and you’re tired of being knocked down. 

pause. take a breath. unclench your jaw.

You're not alone.

life's waves can be tough.

We can’t stop them from coming, but I can help you learn to ride them!

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 “When tough times come your way, you really only have two options. You can either fight the waves or you can ride them. You can spend all of your energy wishing things were different and wishing that situations and people would change. You can spend your precious time fighting against reality and all that is - or you can let go and ride the waves. You can soften. You can accept that life brings waves, and some waves will be undoubtedly wonderful but others will be incredibly tough. My lovely friend, I hope you learn to ride your waves.”

- Nikki Banas

Let’s Work Together!

340 West Butterfield Rd. Suite 4B

Elmhurst, IL 60126

(708) 419-4786

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