Moving Foward: Wellness One Step at a Time

April 4, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Serena Wadhwa

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What is wellness? Join us as we talk with Dr. Michele Kerulis about that question. We'll explore the broad category of wellness, areas of wellness, misconceptions, what gets in the way of being well, and potential steps to move forward in becoming well. Find out if you can be well in one area and not others.

Moving Forward: Wellness One Step at a Time

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This show is about creating wellness, one step at a time. It’s about being curious and seeing what happens with doing something different, being different, or embracing what is different. It’s about cultivating possibilities and creating a rippling effect of change. It is about being the change one wants to see. We provide straightforward information and steps for you to try. The show provides the encouragement and nonjudgmental space to try something that is going to help you move forward.Resources may also be available.This program will cover topics relating to all areas of wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual, social and behavioral areas.

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Dr. Serena Wadhwa

Serena Wadhwa, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from ISPP-Chicago, specializing in health psychology. Dr. Wadhwa is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has a Master’s in Human Development Counseling and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is an assistant professor/program coordinator at Governors State University and an adjunct faculty member.She provides individual therapy at the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, Outpatient Group Practice and runs a DBT group. Dr. Wadhwa has presented on various topics in the Midwest and published various articles on a variety of topics. She is a member of several professional organizations and currently chairs the Webinar Task Force for the ICA (Illinois Counseling Association). She currently has a two-volume book entitled “Stress in the Modern World” set to be published in December, 2014 and has several e-books in the works. An interesting, ambitious, brave, generous and emphatic individual, Serena loves humor and often brings these qualities into conversation, with her sometimes dry sense of humor. She is passionate about helping others move forward and create excitement in various parts of their lives, including but not limited to, physical, emotional, mental, behavioral, sexual, financial, social, spiritual and environmental areas of wellness.

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Dr. Michele Kerulis

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Derick Lengwenus

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Dr. Cheryl L. Mejta

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Marie Murad-Feldman

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Dr. Lisa Page

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Karla Steingraber, Psy.D

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Dr. Maristela Zell

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David Zuniga, Ph.D.

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