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Welcome to the Millennium Counseling Center Podcast! As one of the leading counseling centers in Chicago, our goal is to help people rise above shame and pain to reach heights they never thought were possible. In this podcast we will help people find a way out of the bondage of self-hate, shame and pain often caused by addiction, mental illness and trauma. We believe that with hard work and dedication, people can reclaim the hope that these diseases insidiously strip away. Come celebrate healing, hope, and recovery with us. Hope is yours, it's time to soar.

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Welcome to the Millennium Counseling Center Podcast! As one of the leading counseling centers in Chicago, our goal is to help people rise above shame and pain to reach heights they never thought were possible. In this podcast we will help people find a way out of the bondage of self-hate, shame and pain often caused by addiction, mental illness and trauma. We believe that with hard work and dedication, people can reclaim the hope that these diseases insidiously strip away. Come celebrate healing, hope, and recovery with us. Hope is yours, it's time to soar.

    SportsEpreneur Podcast Appearance | Montee Ball, Transfer Portal, NIL, Antonio Brown

    SportsEpreneur Podcast Appearance | Montee Ball, Transfer Portal, NIL, Antonio Brown

    Wisconsin Badger Superstar Running Back Montee Ball and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and nationally board-certified counselor Derek Bylsma are the featured guests of this SportsEpreneur podcast — hosted by Eric Kasimov, founder of SportsEpreneur.

    They talk about the complexities surrounding Antonio Brown, the college football transfer portal, and NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness).

    Montee and Derek bring insight, experience, compassion, and much-needed dialogue to these important sports topics related to athletes’ mental health. Eric Kasimov is the host of the SportsEpreneur podcast — the podcast where sports, entrepreneurship, and now mental health collide.

    About | Montee Ball





    Montee Ball played college football for the Wisconsin Badgers and was then drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. His NFL career came to an end after two seasons due to issues stemming from his alcoholism, anxiety, and depression.









    Montee now sits on committee boards for recovery organizations in the state of Wisconsin and also nationally. He aims to tear down the stigma that surrounds substance use disorder with a strong focus on peer support. His goal is to continue enhancing engagement within the recovery community and also to teach the importance of strengthening the foundation. He is now a certified recovery coach, recovery coach trainer, public speaker, author, the co-host of his sobriety podcast Untapped Keg, and provides peer support for those who are struggling with what he faced.

    Connect with Montee Ball on Twitter





    Useful web pages from this episode:



    * Montee Ball | website | book: Nowhere to Run | podcast: Untapped Keg

    * Millennium Counseling Center | Sports & Performance Wellness Division

    * SportsEpreneur



    Connect with SportsEpreneur:



    * SportsEpreneur: Twitter, Instagram

    * Eric Kasimov: Twitter, LinkedIn

    * Check out more from our content platform: SportsEpreneur. The platform where sports, entrepreneurship, and now mental health collide!



    Intro Music, “escape” was provided by Pluto Tracks. 

    • 44 min
    Mental Health During Chaotic Times & the Trauma of COVID-19

    Mental Health During Chaotic Times & the Trauma of COVID-19

    ABOUT THIS PODCAST EPISODE ON MENTAL HEALTH DURING CHAOTIC TIMES

    As we all deal with the trauma of Covid-19, we are seeing a rise in mental health awareness. We are grateful that we have a leader in mental health tackling this topic and more in this essential Society of Financial Service Professionals talk and gathering. Derek Bylsma is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a nationally board-certified counselor. Derek will talk about mental health, the trauma of Covid-19 and outside stressors including the market, demanding clients, politics, the 24 hour news cycle, and being isolated.

    ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

    Derek Bylsma is the Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center and heads our 3A and Sports divisions. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a nationally board-certified counselor. He is also fully trained in EMDR Therapy.

     

    In addition to two bachelor degrees, one from Kalamazoo College and the other from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Derek also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. After a successful career in business and with strong family ties in the helping professions, it became apparent that Derek’s true calling was to help those struggling with life’s many challenges.

     

    Derek specializes in recovery-related work, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders and issues unique to athletic performance. He is particularly enthusiastic about leading the sports division at Millennium Counseling Center as it marries two of his life-long passions; helping others and athletics. As a soccer player, Derek was a two-time college All-American and All Big Ten player and after graduating, went on to play professional soccer in the U.S. More recently, Derek’s ties to athletics shifted from player to coach and he has been recognized as one of the top High School soccer coaches in Illinois. His experience as a high performing athlete and coach, as well as his extensive experience in the mental health field, provide clients in our Sports division unique benefits.

     

    Derek draws from his own life experiences and insights to help others see the power of having choices in life. He believes “It all works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end”.

     

    If you have any questions about dealing with mental health during chaotic click here to send us a message.

    Thank you for listening to this episode: “Mental Health During Chaotic Times & the Trauma of COVID-19.” And a big thank you to Society of Financial Services Professionals (SFSP) in Charlotte, NC for allowing me to speak on this topic.

    Connect with us: 



    * Millennium Counseling Center Website

    * Derek Bylsma: LinkedIn

    * Oren Matteson: LinkedIn



    Relevant Links:



    * Coping with Stress by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    • 53 min
    Untapped Keg Sobriety and Mental Health Podcast with Derek Bylsma

    Untapped Keg Sobriety and Mental Health Podcast with Derek Bylsma

    Derek Bylsma was a featured guest on the Untapped Keg Sobriety and Mental Health Podcast to discuss his own sobriety and recovery. The hosts of the Untapped Keg podcast are Montee Ball and RJ Zimmerman. 

    About the Untapped Keg podcast show: Former NFL and Wisconsin Badger Superstar Running Back Montee Ball and his brother-in-law RJ Zimmerman, your average blue collar worker from small town America, discuss their sobriety and recovery journeys from alcoholism, mental health, and offer hope. They share their vulnerability to build a community, offer peer support, and show that you are not alone. They tackle how each is trying to gain emotional intelligence, figure out how to be a good parent, and allow a platform for others to share their story with the world. 

    In this episode, the conversation gets into mental health and how Derek helps those in recovery from addiction, substance use, and mental illness.

    Derek Bylsma is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Derek specializes in mental health of athletes, as a former athlete himself. 

    This podcast originally appeared on the BLEAV podcast network.

    Connect with us: 



    * Millennium Counseling Center Website

    * Derek Bylsma: LinkedIn



    Untapped Keg:



    * Podcast

    * Twitter

    * Montee Ball | Twitter

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Blind Spots: Exploring What We Cannot See

    Blind Spots: Exploring What We Cannot See

    In this episode on the Blind Spots podcast, Dr. Chantelle Thomas talks with Derek Bylsma about working with athletes and redefining strength through connection.

    If you have any questions about dealing with pain and uncertainty, click here to send us a message.

    Thank you for listening to this episode: “Blind Spots: Exploring What We Cannot See.” And a big thank you to Dr. Chantelle Thomas and the Blind Spots Podcast for having Derek on the show.

    Connect with us: 



    * Millennium Counseling Center Website

    * Derek Bylsma: LinkedIn

    * Oren Matteson: LinkedIn

    * Dr. Chantelle Thomas: LinkedIn



    Relevant Links:



    * Blind Spots Podcast

    • 1 hr 22 min
    It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

    It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

    It isn’t unique to suffer from what is going on in the world and in our own lives. Pain is within all of us at some level. In this episode, Oren Matteson and Derek Bylsma talk with Rahsaan Nurullah about how it’s okay to not be okay.

    There is so much uncertainty in the world and it is common for most people to mask their pain and to mask what they are really feeling. People cope with pain in many ways, whether it is Netflix, alcohol, food, and more. What many people don’t realize is these are pauses in pain, not solutions. These distractions may temporarily treat the symptoms, but in reality, it is just delaying the pain until you confront it. What people are slowly becoming more aware of is that it’s okay to not be okay.

    If you have any questions about dealing with pain and uncertainty, click here to send us a message.

    Thank you for listening to this episode: “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay.”

    Connect with us: 



    * Millennium Counseling Center Website

    * Derek Bylsma: LinkedIn

    * Oren Matteson: LinkedIn



    Relevant Links:



    * Rahsaan Nurullah: LinkedIn

    * Mastery of Self

    * 4 Agreements

    Millennium’s “Helping Ourselves” Group

    Millennium’s “Helping Ourselves” Group

    As therapists, we need therapy too. In this episode, Devona Alleyne and Alexandra Bourlas discuss Millennium Counseling Center’s new group called Helping Ourselves.

    Helping ourselves is a group mindfulness experience that offers support and learnings that may be absent when practicing. For our helping professionals. We are ready to support you!⁣

    The term “mindfulness” is a particular way of paying attention to our present-moment reality, without judgement. We will use mindfulness to gain a wider perspective about the ways our experiences relate to our inner world. ⁣











    The groups’ focus is to learn about various meditative practices, how to self-care, take note of our mind-body connection, and be conscious of our feelings, thoughts, and associations in relation to what is happening in the group.

     











    If you have any questions around Helping Ourselves, send us a message HERE. 

     

    Connect with us: 



    * Millennium Counseling Center Website

    * Devona Alleyne: LinkedIn

    * Alexandra Bourlas: LinkedIn

    • 18 min

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