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Danielle Laban

About Danielle Laban

Danielle is the Director of Student Experience at National Louis. She's an experienced student affairs professional who is focused on student success. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado and her Master of Arts at Roosevelt University.

How to be Merry & Bright During the Holidays Valuable Advice from the NLU Counseling Center

snowmansandThe holiday season is filled with expectations of cheer and bliss.  From decorations and carols to gift-giving and time with family, the messages we receive are that we should be jolly during this time of year.  For many people, however, the holidays can bring about a great amount of stress and anxiety. Oftentimes there is an unspoken pressure to buy just the right gift to make your loved one happy.  Other times it’s reconnecting with family that brings up difficult feelings, unhealed wounds.  Just beneath the surface of society’s messages of abundant bliss and good cheer is the reality that with joy comes sorrow.

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Meet the National Louis counseling team; they are here to help you!

Did you know that National Louis offers counseling services? With free support groups and mental health workshops, as well as affordable individual, couple and family counseling, there are plenty of ways to get extra support this school year.

Ask Us Anything
One quick way to get support is to send an email to counseling@nl.edu with any question that you have. Your question will be answered within 24 hours by our trained counselors and you may find the answers, resources or relief that you are looking for. No question is too strange, and you might be surprised that you’re not the only one with the same concern!

Meet Your Counselors
The counselors at the NLU Counseling Center are well trained and dedicated to bringing lasting change to people’s lives. They are empathic, creative and focused on helping individuals, couples and families develop insight and health. Any of them are available for consultation. Simply email counseling@nl.edu for more information.

Counseling1David Klow, LMFT
David is the owner of Skylight Counseling Center and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. David works creatively and collaboratively, drawing on ancient wisdom and modern practices to bring lasting transformation to people’s lives.

Counseling2Kristen Snell-Anzalone, LPC
Kristen works with adults, children, and couples.  Her focus is on individuals with histories of trauma, depression/mood disorders, parent-child attachment problems, spirituality, and women’s issues, particularly perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, work-life balance, and mind-body-spirit integration.

Counseling3Kathleen Farrell, AMFT
Kathleen believes that change comes from within.  As an experienced, compassionate therapist she has had tremendous success at empowering clients to effect positive change.  In addition to being a therapist, Kathleen is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. She values the connection between the mind and body and enjoys working with clients to strengthen this connection.

Counseling4Kevin Lanham, LPC
Kevin focuses on empathically tuning into the client’s story and collaborating with the individual to create transformative change. Kevin aims to meet the needs of each client and discover how therapy will produce change in his or her life. Kevin’s interests include working with men, couples, anger management, depression, communication skills, and developing a sense of self-worth.

Counseling5Kate Engler, AMFT
Kate works with couples, families and individuals from diverse populations who want to live more fulfilling lives by addressing and helping to solve relationship challenges. She has a particular interest in working with those experiencing life transitions such as adolescents, couples moving into new phases of their relationship, and women exploring the “what’s next” in their lives.

Counseling6Johanna Davenport, Clinical Intern
Johanna works with adults, couples and families from diverse backgrounds who are seeking therapy to improve their lives. She focuses on individuals who have a history of trust issues, problematic relationships, substance abuse, work-life balance, depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, and transitions, particularly with twenty-somethings.

Our Next Event
Please join us for the next Mental Health & Wellness Workshop on Monday, October 27th from 4pm-5pm in the Chicago Campus Atrium. This month’s topic is on how to deal with feeling alone. When we can relate deeply and effectively with others, we become more effective in our lives, academics and work. Yet most of us don’t know the skills to be our best in our relationships with others. Learn how to instantly touch, move and inspire others and become more effective in your relationships with teachers, classmates and loved ones. More information is online available here.

This is a Free event. RSVP and join us for a chance to win a $25 e-campus gift card.

Why I Love NLU Students

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Wow. What a start to Fall 2014. I just love our students. Honestly, they are the reason I get up in the morning, bounce along on the train and take a lovely walk from Union Station. I’ve been in Student Affairs for close to 15 years and I still get excited each new school year, including goose bumps of excitement as the buzz of returning students infects the campus.

I’m proud to say that I hope to be the NLU Difference. In a previous blog, I shared some of my vision for the National Louis Student Experience this year.  Last week, the Student Experience Team visited each campus with gifts, food and excitement to tell you all about our plans for this year. We had such a great time conversing with students, trying out a little Zumba (don’t worry, we won’t quit our day jobs), and displaying our blue and platinum pride.

Here are the top 3 reasons why I love NLU students:

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Find Balance and Support through NLU Counseling Services

With the start of a new school year it is important to create healthy beginnings.  Yet, even with good intentions of being productive, procrastination can kill academic success. When we put things off, we become less effective and often stressed at the notion of completing the task at hand. Distractions can creep in and we are left to scramble to stay on track. This pattern can lead to burn out and becoming fried as a student.

It is possible to end this pattern! Connecting to your motivation is the one secret to permanently ending procrastination once and for all. As the school year starts it is important to connect to why you are in school in the first place! Can you clarify what is important to you and why you want to succeed? Reminding yourself of your intentions and staying motivated will eliminate procrastination once and for all!

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Experience a fresh new school year with the NLU Student Experience Team.

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Jose Reyes, Amanda DaSilva, Danielle Laban and Jose Marroquin

I recently went to Target, seeking a pool toy for my daughter. A simple “splasher ball” was my quest. Little did I know, Target had decided that it’s no longer summer, but “back to school” season. Even as an adult, I still get excited about the energy and planning that goes into preparing for a new school year. Much like the first of the year, and our tradition to set New Year’s resolutions and start fresh, I feel that a new school year opens the door for a new and exciting year of learning. Now, when I walked up to the school supplies where the summer seasonal items were just one week prior, I had a moment of panic. Summer is just slipping away, and my panic quickly turned to excitement. Here’s why. I have some exciting things planned for National Louis this year.

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Fostering a child’s dream to learn

shutterstock_69781339In my February blog, I shared and reflected on how my childhood memories of my parents pursuing their education played a critical role in my love of learning and my career choices. Now that I am a parent, I feel the significance of my child’s education and the significance to build a life for my child that centers on education. I recognize that my family has a fortunate advantage due to my career choice; however, this does not lift the weight of importance in each of our roles to educate our children.

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Striking a balance between student and parent

shutterstock_64834870My father graduated with his Bachelor’s when I was 10 and my mother successfully completed several art classes throughout my childhood. Their dedication and effort to grow through education is one of my strongest childhood memories.

Both of my parents pursued their education while I was a kid. It was a different time then, and I was fortunate enough to join them in class often. I would sit in the back, reading, drawing or doing Mad Libs. I strongly believe that their modeling played an integral part in my desire to pursue my education but also to serve in higher education. It is possible to involve your children in your learning and be a successful student while striking a balance as student and parent. This balance can become an art form with some of these helpful tips:

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Make a New Year’s resolution to use student services

shutterstock_158970188They say that hindsight is 20/20. I think of this each time I speak to new students and gush about the many services available to them. I always wish I could get these students just as excited as I am. Why? Because hindsight is 20/20, and I wish that someone had encouraged me to use all available resources when I started my own studies.

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