Dear friends + family,

At the height of our busyness at Simply Bee, I could not be more proud of the work our team is doing for the community. Each clinician is lending their hand to help others beyond the walls of our office. We are excited to affirm that we have moved into a space in Oak Brook and are beginning to see clients in September. As always, if there is an opportunity to serve you please reach out to Kate Kelley, Director of Business.

The September Buzz
September 8th - Happy Holistic Mamas Monthly Meet Up
Are you a mom who is looking to pursue a more happy and holistic lifestyle? If so, then this new FREE Happy Holistic Mama's group is what you've been waiting for!

Dr. Rachel Miller, Physical Therapist of The Pilates PT has teamed up with Simply Bee's very own Anna Netzel, Licensed Therapist and other healthcare professionals to provide a holistic approach to mental and physical health specifically for Moms. Each month you will receive education, resources and answers to all your questions in each healthcare professionals given field of expertise.

By joining this group, not only will you gain access to an online Facebook community but you are also invited to participate in a play group that meets in person on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Gymboree in Hawthorn Mall. The first group starts on September 8th!

Click HERE to join the Happy Holistic Mamas North Chicago Suburbs Facebook Group for more details. 
September 27th - Audrey Speak at Lake County Counselors Association Fall Workshop
Now that school is back in session, the Lake County Counselors Association is hosting a Fall Workshop. Keynote speakers Matt Steiner of Compass Education Group and Audrey Grunst, Licensed Therapist & Owner/Founder of Simply Bee Counseling will provide timely and relevant information on Demystifying Testing and Reducing Test Anxiety and Practicing Failure: Helping Teens Fail with a Purpose.

If you are a school counselor , join us to learn more on these topics on September 27th at 1:00pm at the CLC Southlake Campus: 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. The event is free for any LCCA members or $10.00 for any non-members.

Click HERE to register for this event
September 27th - Audrey Speaks At Women & Wellness at Orinoco
Join us for a glass of wine & light appetizers on September 27th at Orinoco Fitness in Libertyville at 7:00pm and hear from Audrey Grunst, Licensed Therapist & Owner/Founder of Simply Bee Counseling to learn how to quiet your inner critic and take ownership of your life. 

Tickets are $20/each in advance or $25/each at the door and space is limited.

Click HERE to reserve your spot or check out our event page on Facebook.
Here's What Happened in August
Simply Bee Sponsors Fox & Trove World Changer Camps
Did you know that there is over 20 years of research dedicated to proving the significant benefits of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum?

Each year kids ages 4 - 7 can experience Fox and Trove's World Changer Camp! Each day centers around 1-2 social-emotional learning skills: empathy, emotion regulation, resiliency, bravery, conflict resolution, inclusiveness, acts of kindness and how to be a world changer. They use age-appropriate teaching methods and activities to introduce and enhance these concepts and to encourage and foster positive connections with fellow campers. They also teach self-calming and mindfulness techniques, which enable children to be more available to learn and ready to engage in the classroom and at home. The games and activities are so much fun and the skills the campers develop are profound and life-changing!

This year Simply Bee was thrilled to be one of the sponsors for the Fox and Trove World Changer Camp. Fostering children's social-emotional skills from an early age is something we are super passionate about and we love to partner and support other local groups who feel the same!
August 15th - Simply Bee Volunteers to Help SafetyTown in Lake Forest
On Thursday, August 15th, Stephanie Bersh, our resident yoga teacher, spent the afternoon at SafetyTown teaching kids mindfulness. They participated in a yoga class where they learned breathing tools and yoga poses that helped them find stillness and listening skills. They also created a mindfulness craft to take home. 
How does Yoga help kids be safe when it comes to bullying?
Yoga and breathwork teaches kids to connect to their feelings and learn self awareness. When kids have a tough day or a disagreement with a friend or family member, their first reaction is to take out their feelings on someone else. Yoga creates space to sit with those feelings before reacting or taking out our feelings on others. When we move through yoga postures, kids learn how to be present moving their bodies with their breath.The postures gives kids confidence and build strength. Kids tend to bully as they work through their own insecurities. Instead we can teach them to use the practice of yoga and breathwork to build more self awareness and confidence. Then kids begin to recognize how their emotions effect their behavior and how someone may feel unsafe in how they treat them.  

If you're interested in bringing a yoga and mindfulness workshop for kids to your school, please reach out to Kate Kelley at to schedule.
August 25th - Stand In Your Power Workshop at The Dailey Method Lake Forest
On August 25th Simply Bee teamed up with The Dailey Method Lake Forest to empower 25 girls grades 4-7. Simply Bee's Monica Bullock, LCPC and Stephanie Bersh, RYT 200 talked with the girls about kindness, confidence, inclusion and strength. They participated in a variety of activities including yoga, learning how to replace negative self-talk with kindness towards themselves and focused on tips for heading into the school year with an inclusive mindset and not to tolerate bullying.

We were thrilled to bring this event to the community as we are passionate about empowering girls from a young age on how to stand in their power. Tickets for this event sold out and there was a waitlist so we're excited to announce it will be back again soon! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for information on the next date and grab your spot fast. We will sell out again and this is an event your daughter will not want to miss!
Here's What's Coming Up
October 3rd - Practicing Failure Public Event for Parents + Kids
CATCH Keynote speaker, Audrey Grunst, Licensed Therapist & Owner/Founder of Simply Bee Counseling on October 3rd from 7:00 - 8:30pm at the Northbrook Public Library as she explores how and why children are lacking resiliency and what parents can do differently.

Audrey is an expert therapist who specializes in anxiety, performance and perfectionism in athletes and adults.

This event is FREE to the public but click HERE to let us know you're coming!
October 4th - Eating Disorders and Athletes: Achieving Balance in Mind and Body at Amita Hospital, Professionals Event
Join Audrey Grunst, Licensed Therapist & Owner/Founder of Simply Bee Counseling along with a handful of other healthcare professionals as they share on various topics related to Eating Disorders and Athletes: Achieving Balance in Mind and Body.

Athletes struggle with risk factors such as perfectionism, over-exercising and disordered eating. Both males and female athletes are at risk for eating disorders, often driven social, cultural and relational factors. This workshop is designed to give participants access to experts in the fields of sports and eating disorders with a special focus on mind/body connections and encouraging healthy approaches and coping styles for athletes. Audrey will specifically be speaking on "Overcoming Perfectionism in Female Athletes Using Relational Theory and ACT"

There are 6.0 CEUs available for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, LMFT, CPDU (School Personnel) Psychologists and Nurses. The cost is $65.00 and a Continental Breakfast and Lunch included. The event will be held on October 4th from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Northern Illinois University.

Click HERE to register!
October 20th - Simply Bee Booth at NEDA Fundraising Walk
The Simply Bee team will be fundraising and walking on October 20th to support the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). The funds we raise will support those affected by eating disorders. Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that affect millions of individuals and families every day. Despite their prevalence, eating disorders are still widely misunderstood and underfunded mental illnesses.

By supporting us with a donation, you will also be supporting life-saving prevention and support programs (like NEDA's screening tool and national helpline), advocacy efforts, and research initiatives. Will you help us make a difference in the fight against eating disorders?

You can make your tax-deductible donation online using this link to  HERE  and clicking “Donate Now”. If you are interested in joining our team and participating in the NEDA Chicago 2019 Walk, please contact Kate Kelley at to find out event details.

Everybody knows somebody who’s been affected by an eating disorder, but because of NEDA, there is hope for prevention, cures and improved access to quality care. Every dollar makes a difference in the fight against eating disorders!
October 30th - Audrey Grunst + Andy Duran Do It Again!
Ask Us Anything at Gorton Center
It's back by popular demand! As a parent, you have please join LEAD's Executive Director, Andy Duran and Audrey Grunst, Licensed Therapist & Owner/Founder of Simply Bee Counseling for answers.

You can anonymously submit your question to have it answered. Andy & Audrey will be talking all things teens, substance use, adolescent mental health, why young people do what they do, and how parents can have effective relationships with their teens.

So join us on October 30th at the Gorton Center in Lake Forest from 7:00 - 8:30pm for a night where no question is off limits!

The event is free but space is limited so please reserve your spot HERE
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