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.

10-week group, starts again October, 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....

Starting October 30, 2018 Sign up now!


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!


MODERN MEN'S PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP

Modern Men is an ongoing group for all those who identify as male. We address several specific topics that men face, including relationships, communications, role expectations, work stress and more.

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

We are now reading “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach.  Come read with us, share your reflections and stories to accept life “as it is” without resisting or running away.  Learn to free yourself from the pain of “something is wrong with me” by accepting each present moment exactly as it is.  Experience a sense of expansion in yourself and in your life by saying “yes” to the life you are living.

The second Saturday of each month.  Starts again Saturday September 8, 2018, 10-11:30am.  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!


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.  


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.


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.

August 7, 14, 21 and 28 - 4 week series


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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