Elliott Counseling Group





Dear Community,

Here it is, October of 2017, and we are celebrating the fifteen year anniversary of Kevin Elliott Counseling, or Elliott Counseling Group, as it is now known. What began as my solo private practice in 2002 is now a collection of about thirty-five therapists and fifteen administrative staff members. We are now located in our own beautiful office building near downtown Champaign, with an additional campus office on University Avenue, another auxiliary office in Tuscola, and sights on expanding further.

When we celebrated our ten year anniversary, I wondered what to write about to commemorate this adventure and what it has meant to me. As is often the case, my brainstorming notes became a stream-of-consciousness list of ideas. Perusing the list, I realized that this list WAS what I wanted to say about my experience, which has now spanned fifteen years, but is still changing and growing. In fact, I have transitioned into semi-retirement and other life roles (including my favorite, what I call “stay-at-home-grandpa”), with the leadership reins handed over to my wife and partner, Sandra Ahten. However, with all of the growth and changes, I find that this list is still as apparent today as it was five years ago, so I will share it again.

As we celebrate this fifteen year anniversary, here are some of the things that I have learned:



1. All you really need to do is to be nice and smart.
2. But, if you can't be nice and smart ... try to be nice OR smart.

Thanks to everybody ... friends, family, clients, employees, and colleagues! I think that the next fifteen years are going to be even better. I'm glad we're in this together ... Kevin


Kevin Elliott
LCPC & Founder of Elliott Counseling Group

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



10 Attitude Changes to Move from
X Perfectionism to Excellence

By: Janelle Hall, LCPC

If you are a perfectionist, you are probably finding it very difficult to relinquish some of the attitudes that you feel are necessary and beneficial to your success in life. The following comparison between excellence and perfectionism may clarify the difference between striving for the best and being a perfectionist. Read more here.

America Recycles Day

When: Sat, November 4, 11am – 3pm
Where: Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, USA (map)
Description: Rub-a-dub-dub, 3 R's in the Tub! How can you Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the bathroom - the most overlooked room in the house when it comes to recycling? Join U-Cycle and the Urbana Park District to learn what you can do with toiletries and bottles at the America Recycles Day event at the Anita Purves Nature Center (1505 N Broadway Ave) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Here are the details:
•For this event only, a drop-box will be available where you can recycle toothbrushes (including electric) and empty tubes of toothpaste (squeeze out all of the toothpaste first!)
•Bring your own empty tube of toothpaste and transform it into a coin pouch during the event!
•Donations of new/unopened toiletries such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo will be accepted during the event and donated to C-U at Home.

Activities include: Arts & crafts projects, recycling games, and entry into the fourth annual Creative Reuse Competition! Visit www.urbanaparks.org/programs/nature-programs/ for competition rules and a link to sign up. The entry deadline is Saturday, October 28, 2017.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/2ucycle/ 





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