Elliott Counseling Group



My grandma died with Alzheimer’s and my amazing mother didn’t want the same thing and so she did everything she could to stop the onset. But it looks like it is happening. Or does she just have an aging brain? It’s an intense period for me and my family as we grapple with more questions than answers. And it has set off a lot of feelings inside of me. Primarily, at 56, just 20 years behind my mom, how can I get the most out of what poet Mary Oliver calls, “our one wild and precious life”?

My therapist suggested reading “Life Reimagined” by NPR journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty.  If you are in mid-life, I’d like to recommend it to you, too. Here you can find a short review of the book.

Take care of yourself and please let us know if we can help you discover how to get the most out of your one wild and precious life.


Sandra Ahten
CEO, Elliott Counseling Group
Spouse of Kevin Elliott
& editor of this newsletter


Out of the Darkness Walk

Did you know that Champaign-Urbana has a Suicide Prevention walk to raise funds and awareness? On September 9, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)  will host an hour long walk for fundraising teams at Crystal Lake in Urbana. Join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

The AFSP has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. This goal is made possible by the support from donors and participants of Out of the Darkness Walks. More information can be found at CU’s Out of the Darkness Walk Website

Elliott Counseling Group will be volunteering at the event and sponsoring a team. Follow our Facebook for updates and pictures!

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Parents of Children of All Ages with ASD & Executive Functioning Issues Group

Elliott Counseling Group is offering a group for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Executive Functioning Disorders.  This group is an opportunity for parents to come together to share their personal experiences as well as to gain information related to specific challenges they may be facing, such as developing a better understanding of executive functioning and to gain knowledge of community resources for themselves and their children.  This group is for parents of children of all ages (including adult children), specifically parents of children with ASD (including former diagnoses of Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger's Syndrome) and executive functioning issues including ADHD, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, and Executive Functioning Disorder.  Parents will gain knowledge of issues related to all areas of life for themselves and their children including school, home, and personal self care. Registration is now open, sign up here.

LGBTQ+ Resources In Our Community

Within our community, we are fortunate to have various organizations, support groups, and other resources that offer a place to connect. A compilation of resources for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and their families are available here. The great thing about the resources in our community is that they are accommodating – we have centers that provide education, health services, therapy services, and more whether online, over the phone, or in person. Elliott Counseling Group provides therapy services with counselors with expertise in supporting those within the LGBTQ+ community and their families.

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