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

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


Mindfulness-Based Sobriety Group

Support from others who care and understand is critical to maintaining sobriety.  And being mindful - present and accepting of whatever is happening in the moment - is PROVEN to be a crucial skill in maintaining sobriety...

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.

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.


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.

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

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!

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 can't picture ourselves either!  HOWEVER....

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.


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....

latina women's support group

Are you a Latina woman who has stress aroundrelationships, 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!

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First Workshop Saturday, 9am-12pm
First workshop will:

  • Introduce mindfulness meditation practices that can easily fit into the daily life of busy, modern parents
  • Practice and discuss how mindfulness can reduce stress
  • Practice and discuss reducing emotional reactivity in your kids
  • Learn how mindfulness can increase harmony in your family.

Second workshop: The Science of Flourishing, Saturday, 9am-11am

Now is the best time to learn to meditate! It seems like new scientific evidence supporting the benefits of mindfulness meditation are being published everyday. We will:

  • Explore fascinating new findings from neuroscience;
  • Link them to our own and our childrens' brain and nervous system development;
  • Practice and learn targeted mindfulness techniques to impact our own and our children's development, in areas of emotional regulation, coping with stress, and increasing resiliency and executive functioning

Third workshop: More Compassionate Parenting, Saturday, 9am-11am

Cultivating compassion is simple, but not necessarily easy. In this workshop we will learn about the various ways to develop and practice compassion, a crucial ingredient for a more joyful and less frustrating parenting experience. Often we are very hard on ourselves as parents and this attitude can ripple out to those we love. Luckily, kindness and compassion are also contagious. Participants will learn how to train the mind to become more compassionate toward oneself, one’s children and one’s co-parents.

Fourth workshop: Short Times, Many Times, Anywhere, Anytime, Saturday, 9am-11am

This workshop will focus on bringing informal mindfulness techniques for the whole family into everyday life. Meditation happens everywhere, not just on the cushion. Participants will learn how to bring mindfulness into routine experiences that will make moments of kindness and awareness as accessible as your smartphone! We will provide concrete instruction and provide the opportunity to practice the techniques together so you will feel comfortable introducing them to your own kids and partners.

$60 per person per workshop.  This series is usually offered twice a year.  Next one in the fall, 2017.

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.

Led by Kathleen Ochipinti, PhD.  Dr. Occhipinti has over 30 years experience in mindfulness and advanced training in MBSR under the direction of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at The Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts. She also studied mind/body health and resiliency under the direction of Dr. Herbert Benson at the Harvard University Medical School, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. She is a warm, engaging and real teacher, meditator and therapist.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, with one retreat Saturday, 9am-3pm, $500 for the class

On hold at the moment. Look for the next series in the fall, 2017.

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

4 Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

On hold for now.  Look for the next series in the fall, 2017!

$195 for the full series

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 and education for people in especially challenging or toxic relationships, romantic, family or otherwise. We'll focus on:

  • Staying calm instead of exploding
  • Not taking on your loved one’s emotion as your own
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Understanding what’s going on inside your loved one
  • Avoiding emotional “traps” the just lead to fights
  • Learn from the experts and others in similar relationships!

Tuesday evenings from 8pm - 9pm.

This group is on hold for now.  Look for the next series in fall, 2017.

$30/group with at least a six-week commitment, rolling admissions

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.

Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm

This group is on hold for now.  Look for the next 4-week series in the summer, 2017!

$80 for each 4-week series


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 to discuss.


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