Dr. Colleen D. Cira, Psy.D.
Available in Illinois
Dr. Colleen Cira received both her Masters and Doctorate from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.
  • Dr. Cira is the Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health, PC, a boutique group practice with locations in Chicago and Oak Park
  • She was named one of the “Top 100 Women in Chicago Making a Difference” by Today’s Chicago Woman
  • Dr. Cira is a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, activist, wife and Mommy to two little ones
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BIO: Dr. Colleen D. Cira, Psy.D. received both her Masters and Doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been practicing in the field since 2001. Dr. Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health, PC a boutique group practice with locations in Chicago and Oak Park that specializes in Women’s Issues/Health and Trauma. Dr. Cira is a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, activist, wife and Mommy to two little ones.

Dr. Cira on the web: Visit: http://www.ciracenter.org
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Broken Can Be Beautiful

Broken can be beautiful.

Does that sound strange to you? Do you believe that it’s actually true or that I’m just trying to spin something?

Initially, it sounded strange to me too, but it doesn’t take more than a minute or two when I really think about what that means, for it to make perfect sense to me. If you haven’t already read my last post, read it here and then carry on with this one. It’ll all make more sense that way. . . .

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Brock Turner Is Not the Problem

Chapped, rough lips covering my entire mouth. Hungry, wet tongue slamming into the back of my throat. My chest heaving, gasping for air that is hard to find. A cold hand forcing it’s way up my shirt. Awkward, hard fingers frantically pulling at my bra to grope at my breast. His hot, ragged breath in my ear. The gravel from the concrete digging into my thighs. The tree in front of me, preventing me from seeing the world and the world from seeing me. Tears spilling from my eyes. My body betraying me, unable to move—unable to even speak—completely rooted to the ground in shock and fear. . . .

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Why Do We All Judge So Much?

. . . She clearly has an eating disorder. Why is it that we are so hung up on physical appearance in America that this woman feels like she needs to stay stick thin even though she’s carrying a child! Dear God, what if she has a girl and passes this clearly disordered body image crap onto her kid?! On and on and on. And these thoughts, as not nice as they are, are MILD in comparison to the comments that were provoked in response to these pictures by others. To be fair, there was some nice comments along with the nasty ones, along the lines of “good for her” and “I hope I look like that when I’m pregnant!”, but for the most part it was a lot of hostility, which I am obviously not immune to either. . . .

You May Have Experienced Trauma
(And Don’t Even Know It)

Sounds like a funny thing to say right? I mean, you would know if you experienced trauma. Right?? 
Not necessarily so.

So let’s start at the beginning. When I use the word “trauma” lots of things probably come to mind: war, rape, a tornado, a car accidents. Am I hitting some of them? 

And you are right! Those things are often traumatic for folks that experience them. 

We in the psych world call those events “Big T trauma”. It’s a terrible name, but all that it means is that these are things that happened ONCE. . . .

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