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Rev Jean Kadkhodaian

Perspectives on Couples Synergy from Author, Drew Bekius

Perspectives on Couples Synergy from Author, Drew Bekius   Having been contacted after many years and after having obtained consent to talk about this experience, Jean and I are very proud to have been part of the life of Drew Bekius, author of "The Rise and Fall...
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Why Bother with Change?

Why Bother with Change? By: Dr Ray and Rev Jean Kadkhodaian So its day 254 of my journey I only have 20 days left to complete the last 122 miles to reach 1000. A question I get asked and a question I ask myself often is why. Why do this. Why put myself through this...
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Have You Ever?

Have You Ever? Have you ever felt beautiful? Have you ever felt ugly? Have you ever lost?  Have you ever won? Have you ever not had enough money?  Have you ever had money burning a hole in your pocket? Have you ever felt fat?  Have you ever felt thin? Have you ever...
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Tip of the Day! by Rev. Jean

Did you know that when your heart rate goes over 100 beats per minute that your brain goes into fight of flight? When we are in fight or flight we can not longer think logically we just respond emotionally. Fight or Flight reduces our ability to process what we hear logically or worse not allow any information in at all. This is why when you are fighting with someone you or they only hear one or 2 key words out of context and become irrational.

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Is your relationship in trouble? 3 Signs That You’re Heading in the Wrong Direction!

A couple waits an average of 6 years between first feeling dissatisfied with their relationship and seeking help.  The greatest problems are normal life transitions that they do not successfully adapt to such as having a baby, moving, changes in employment, and...
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Rev. Jean Kadkhodaian is an enthusiastic learner who is just as passionate about teaching. Her model for working with clients is to use any tool that is available to help a person understand, learn and grow. Her ability to develop new skills and techniques has been what has kept her clients coming back for years, anytime they feel stuck or are in pain in their lives. She has been referred to as “The Stevie Nicks” of therapists because of her dynamic and eclectic approach. Her passion for growth and development in her own life make her an ideal role model for helping others.
                                                                                                                                                                                            She grew up in Mt. Prospect, Illinois with her 8 siblings. Her adventurous spirit led her to joining the Army Reserves after high school where she served as military police for 13 years. After becoming a single mom as a young adult she decided to earn her Bachelors degree in Psychology at Northern Illinois University. When her son, Ale,c  was 9 years old she met Dr. Ray. After an exciting year of dating they married in 1998. They soon had their second son, Dinyar, while they both continued to pursue their Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. In 2002 they co-founded The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center where they developed a unique and effective way to work on and improve relationships called “Couples Synergy”. She later became certified in Hypnotherapy, Reike, Electromagnetic Field balancing and Biofeedback and learned many other techniques and tools to help her clients progress. In 2008 she completed a 10 day course in Vippassana Meditation and teaches and practices this form of meditation as well as many other meditative modalities.
                                                                                                                                                                                               In addition to empowering couples to enhance their marriages she brings a deep wholistic approach with her individual clients.  Her curiosity about anchient religious and spiritual practices has led her to become an expert at helping her individual clients develop emotional regulation and spiritual growth.  For the past 14 years she has been teaching spiritual development workshops and more recently has begun a training program to help fellow therapists learn and intergate techniques such as meditation and other wholistic modalities.  She has helped many people through the most difficult transitions in life including divorce, the loss of a loved one and coming to terms with terminal illness.  If you have to go through something difficult in life Rev Jean is deffinetly someone you want by your side.
                                                                                                                                                                                            She is often setting lofty goals to push and develop herself further. In 2016 she committed to hiking 1000 miles and spending 40 nights in the wilderness. This led her and Dr. Ray to spend 19 days hiking 180 miles on the John Muir Trail in the High Sierras which included 10 mountain passes. This year they are planning on hiking in the Swiss Alps and running a marathon in October. But most of all she is looking forward to the upcoming wedding of her son Alec to Angela and officially gaining her as a daughter! You can learn more by following them on their facebook blogs “On the trail with Dr Ray and Rev Jean” or “Dr Ray and Rev Jean”.

“My husband Jeff and I are forever grateful to Jean and Ray for helping us navigate a particularly challenging rough patch in our marriage. My individual sessions with Jean were especially valuable as she helped me reflect upon aspects of my own inner journey, clearing a path for me that allowed for increased awareness, clarity, compassion, and healing. I know I would not be in the space where I am today had it not been for the caring, thoughtful, introspective enlightenment that Jean offered me during our sessions and I feel tremendously fortunate for that life-changing experience.”

“WOW –I’ve lost track of how long I’ve known you. But, the quantity of time really does not matter! It’s the quality of our time together and it has been such a treasure full of gems!  You have been such a an important and pivotal part of my journey. You’ve shared your knowledge, your skill and your heart wisdom. You’ve encouraged and challenged me to go deeper and face my inner-most fears. All the while, you’ve provided a loving and nurturing space to do my hardest life’s work. I feel nothing but the warmest appreciation for you and your work! From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU! God’s Blessings for the rest of your days on this beautiful journey!! Love and Namaste,  -Deb”

Jean has impacted my life in so many ways. Too many to describe in a short paragraph.  I owe so much of my evolution as a person to her.  She has helped me with self awareness, insecurity, and am so much of a happier person because of the path she helped me on. Learning meditation was so hard but so rewarding.  I share the books she had me start reading with others and I can honestly say the world is so much of a better place because she does what she does. I will be a huge lifelong fan!!!

-Matthew

“Jean-

I am very grateful that my life path led me to your office! Between counseling, meditation, and the spiritual group, I have found hope and light in my life again. Your guidance has been invaluable during the past year and I find myself reflecting on and using all that you have taught me on a daily basis.”

-Amelia

“Jean has had such an impact on my life and my marriage.  She has given me so many tools to cope with anxiety and depression.  She has helped me battle an eating disorder that no longer has any control in my life.  She has worked with my husband and I to become better companions and have a successful relationship.  Her and Ray even married us and performed the most beautiful cermony EVER!  I can say with utmost certainty that my life would not be the same without her.  I’m so very thankful for the imprint she has left on Scott and I.

With love,”

-Tanya

“Jean reminds me that I am far more than the sum of painful moments of my past.  She challenges me to see meaning in every experience.  She shows me the way to transcend my own judgement of myself and others.  She helps me forgive myself for old stuff and also for the new mistakes I will always continue to make. She sees through my BS and holds me accountable to my own vision for myself.  She validates me when I need to be heard, and she calls me out when I need to hear myself.  She sees me. She teaches me.  She leads by her own strong, brave, audacious example.”

-Jennifer

“Dear Jean:

You have been an incredible gift in my life. When I thought I was dying from cancer, you guided me on an emotional and spiritual journey of healing and self discovery and remission from cancer. You are an amazing healer, teacher and spiritual guide who has help awaken my spirit. Thank you.”

-Theresa

“My family & I have been privileged to work with you. We have gained greater personal insight and peace through your vast knowledge. Thank you!”

“Jean, I can not even put into words how much of an impact you made in my life! I am eternally grateful for your patience and guidance.  You are a truly gifted therapist.  Working with you was like magic! I found my voice, my strength, and myself, thanks to you.  If that wasn’t enough, you also sparked this new and exciting career path I have decided to pursue.  Thank you will never be enough, so I intended to pay it forward and hope to help others find healing! Cheers to an amazing human being!”

-Ashley

“I honestly can’t remember when I first started seeing Jean, but it’s been over 10 years now. She was literally a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I had been suffering for years with grief from losing both parents and had seen therapists, joined help groups…not much helped. My very first session with Jean she explained how things worked and she said that I would be further along with her in 6 months than I had come in all those years of therapy. I didn’t believe it, but she was right. I could go on and on and probably write a short story about all my experiences, but without Jean’s help (and Ray’s on occasion, too :), I would not have the coping skills and self awareness that I have today. She has contributed to who I became in my adult life. Just when I think I’m done learning or growing spiritually and mentally, another hurdle arises and I turn to Jean to help me overcome them. Or at the very least, provide me with the tools I need to deal with them. If I had to sum it up I would say that Jean literally freed me from myself.”

“Jean helped me change my life.  If it weren’t for her I would have continued the miserable life I was living.  She pointed out my responsibility in my situation and I was able to make a change.  I am forever grateful to her! You will always hold a special place in my heart! Love and happiness always!” -Nancy

“Hi Jean, I had been searching for a therapist that I felt comfortable with for years (on and off). Then, when I met my boyfriend, I realized I wanted something more… I wanted someone, or a place, that would allow each of us to work on our own “stuff” while also working with us together. In my head, this was my best-case scenario. Eventually, I found The Lighthouse. =) From the start, I felt comfortable with you and because of that I’ve been able to work on my self in a different way than I have ever been able to. Jean, I have a long way to go, but I thank you for the connection you’ve made with me to feel comfortable in sharing, along with feeling comfortable enough to be vulnerable; thank you for the growth I’ve been able to work towards because of that. I look forward to our continued work together in understanding myself as well as understanding my partner. Enjoy your special day, and may that joy continue everyday! Thank you,”

=) Stacey

“You know how they say ‘ you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, well, that’s no longer true. Jean has taught me that it’s OK to be ME. Because of Jean I have learned to accept myself. I’m still a work in progress but I now have the tools that I need to find my happiness. Thanks Jean.”

-Leslie

“Meeting and working with Jean has been such a blessing in my life! Jean has been my counselor and also, my spiritual teacher. She has taught me how to sit in the dark pockets of my life while allowing all my feelings to be present.  I now know that there are important lessons waiting for me there. I am extremely grateful for all the experiences I’ve had with Jean.  And I feel lucky to always have The Lighthouse as a place of comfort for myself. ♥ ♥♥ I wish you much love and happiness this year. And always!”

-Kristina