Chicago based therapy and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy practice specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for individuals and couples offering dialectical improvisation group mindfulness sessions, meditation, depression, bipolar, anxiety, relationship conflict, family conflict, Buddhist psychology, class, PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder, Andersonville, substance abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, addictions, treatment, DBT, trauma 

Group Therapy & Classes

How one group member describes their experience: "Group therapy has become, for me, an essential supplement to my individual therapy.  Getting to know people who are uniquely able to understand my experience has been invaluable, and has really broadened my own understanding and perspective.  I genuinely look forward to group throughout the week!"

COME JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!  WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU...


We are continuously developing new programs so check back to see our most current offerings.

 

Women's empowerment group

How do I stop making the same mistakes?  How do I realize my positive potential? Why do I judge myself as better or worse than others?  Why is there no one right answer to so many of my big, life dilemmas? 

In this group, we discover together how to get what we want and change behaviors that don’t reflect who we really are.... Saturdays 8:30-9:45am, join now!


Well fed: Mindful Eating

  • Are you a chronic dieter or chaotic eater?
  • Do you habitually under-eat or over-eat?
  • Does food and eating take up way too much head space?
  • Tired of feeling guilty about what you're eating or NOT eating?
  • Are you caught in a never ending cycle of binging and purging?
  • Do you experience incessant self-defeating thoughts about your body?
  • Is it all too often a struggle to get your body moving?
  • Do you freak out if you have to miss a day at the gym?

If you answered “yes” to any or all of the above questions, then Well Fed might just be perfect for you.  Sundays, 4:30-6pm.


mindfulness for grief and loss

Grief is not a pathology or illness, it’s a natural part of life that can bring much suffering. The goal of mindfulness practice is to ease suffering. This group will bring grief and mindfulness together in a format that will offer support, compassion, understanding, and meaning to your process.

8-week group, starts again Monday, February 26, 2018.  Sign up now!


The Classic Course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

This is the Harvard-based curriculum in learning targeted meditation strategies to reduce stress, physical pain and emotional suffering.  8 week group with one full day retreat....

Next round TBD...


I Love You And You Make Me Crazy

Do you ever feel like you're walking on eggshells around your loved one?  Feel like you can't say anything right? Ever get your buttons pushed? You're not alone! This group is support, education and pragmatic skills for people in especially challenging or toxic relationships-romantic, family or otherwise.

Next class date TBD.  Click on register to show us you're interested and get more info!


finding financial ease - money management workshop

Feel stressed by money, or always behind on bills?  Want to live with more freedom and ease and without the weight of financial decisions hanging over your head?  Start the new year off right, and learn easy, quick strategies to budget wisely and remove this anxiety from your daily life...

One time workshop on Thursday, February 17, 2018.  Sign up now!


MODERN MEN'S PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP

Modern Men is an ongoing process group for all those who identify as male. Modern Men debunks those antiquated social constructs of what it means to be a man and recognizes that ALL people (even men) have masculine and feminine aspects in the way they move about in the world.

Thursdays, 7-8pm, join anytime!


refuge recovery from addictions

Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. We are a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

The path of practice that we follow is called the Four Noble Truths of Refuge Recovery: • Meditation • Generosity • Kindness • Renunciation

Weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, and group sharing and discussion. Open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths, these meetings are appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. No prior meditation experience necessary.

Thursdays, 8:30-10pm, just drop in!

Free, but donations welcome. Come as often as you can!


Monthly "Giving Readers a Voice" Book Club

Do you have every good intention to implement all the great ideas in self-help books, but forget about them in "real life"?  So do we!  Our book club is a fun, social place to read, discuss and together implement ideas that are meant to enhance your life and teach you something. So much easier to do things with other people than alone!

Starts again Saturday March 9, 10-11am.  We'll go deeper with applications to real life...


Mindfulness For Couples

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of whatever's happening in the moment with nonjudgment, curiosity and equanimity. Can you imagine maintaining this level of calm in the midst of a raging argument with your partner?  We either!  HOWEVER....

One-time workshop, Saturday, May 5, 2018.  Sign up now!


Bodies at ease 6-week group

When was the last time you gave your body the gift of your mindful attention? Our bodies do so much for us in a day, and often they do it all on autopilot. As we drive our cars, shop for groceries, sit at our desks, and play with our children, we may only notice our postures and movements when our muscles begin to ache with fatigue. If you experience chronic muscle pain, feel out of touch with your body, or struggle with body image, then this group is for you.

Will start again spring 2018.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Feeling overwhelmed and out of control? Years of research shows that DBT is a powerful and proven intervention that provides you with real-life, take-home skills in 4 areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness....

On-going group, can join at the beginning of each module.  


latina women's support group

Are you a Latina woman who has stress around relationships, family, work, or school?  Come join us for support, connection and skills to feel more relaxed, happier and at ease.


More Mindful Parenting

As Feris Bueller wisely said, "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't slow down and look around once and a while you could miss it." This is a great reminder for us as we face modern parenting.  The days are long but the years are short. We are pulled in a million direction and must content with an every increasing number of distractions. It can feel like there is never enough time to just be.

Join us as we explore the union between mindfulness and parenting.  This 4 workshop series will give a solid introduction to mindfulness meditation, basic neuroscience and human nervous system development, compassionate parenting, and ways to bring all of this to our busy modern lives. We can practice mindful parenting moment by moment-anywhere, anytime. So simple even a parent can do it!

This group is currently on hold.  Check back for the next one in the spring, 2018.


Mindfulness Through Improvisation Group

Everyone is talking about mindfulness, but what is it? How can you find out, without a robe or a cushion, or the gentle recorded sound of babbling brooks, or sitting cross-legged until your feet fall asleep? The games of the Mindfulness in Improvisation series allow an immediate, dynamic experience of the freedom and non-judgment inherent in mindfulness.

  • Remain present in moments of uncertainty
  • Be open to the “unknown” emerging
  • Recognize and let go of the need to control

On hold for now.  Look for the next series in the summer of 2018!


Yoga for Anxiety Relief

This class will help you calm the body and quiet the mind.  

We will explore how the breath helps regulate the nervous system and then practice breathing techniques to lower stress response. The practice will also include soft yoga postures coordinated with the breath (suitable for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners). Class will end with a mindfulness-based body scan to increase the mind-body connection and encourage deeper relaxation.

Please bring an extra layer or blanket for the final relaxation.

This group is on hold for now.  Look for the next 4-week series in the summer, 2018!


SEMINARS/PRESENTATIONS

CMP does presentations in the following areas:

  • Crisis de-escalation
  • Suicide assessment and intervention
  • Mindfulness and its clinical applications

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop or presentation, please call 773-368-9619 or email info@chicagomindful.com to discuss.

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