Vipassana Meditation Group: Guided Learning in the Process of Mindfulness

 
Vipassana Meditation is a mindfulness meditation that teaches us how to develop insight (awareness) into the conditioned habit patterns of the mind that cause suffering. Vipassana means, “to see things as they really are”. As such, in Vipassana we learn to witness reality, not as we wish it to be, but simply as it is. Mindfulness is not an effort to achieve anything, but merely a state of noticing what is. In Vipassana Meditation, we begin to notice how the mind is influencing the body and how the body is influencing the mind; and with this we develop insight into habit patterns of the mind at the root level, which is constantly in contact with body and body sensations. As we begin to experience the connection between mind and body, we can then begin de-conditioning compulsive and fixed habit patterns of the mind that often block our ability to perceive, act, and live with intention Vipassana Meditation is a Buddhist meditation, however it is taught as nonsectarian, nonreligious and promoted as a practical method of meditation for any person of any culture, ethnicity, religion, or other orientation.
 
Vipassana Meditation:
 
• Introduction to theory of mindfulness
• Gentle movement as a way of orienting to the body & preparing for seated meditation
• Guided mindfulness practice, which includes development of concentrative & awareness   
   based skills
• Introduction to compassion meditation practice
• Discussion time for questions & processing meditation experience
• Support integrating mindfulness practice in daily life
• Skills to support coping with:
   Distressing thoughts, emotions, & or sensory experiences
   Mood dysregulation
   Impulsivity
   Concentration difficulties
• Skills to develop:
   Increased emotional awareness
   Compassion for self and others

 

Where: Mindful Path Behavioral Health & Wellness, Inc. (Chicago, Loop)


When: Saturday, Sept 7, 2019- Saturday, Nov 23, 2019.

Attendance through all 12-weeks expected. Max missed can be 2 groups. 

 

Time11am-Noon (a few spots remaining) 

          OR

          12pm-1pm (Class is full) 

 

Cost: Donation-based. 

 

Facilitated byJessica Lewis, Psy.D. For more information please send an

email to: jessical@mindfulpathbhw.com or call our intake line at 312-884-1164

College or Not: Autism Spectrum Disorders Therapy Support Group

 

What is a therapy support group? A therapy support group is a group of people with common experiences or life challenges who come together to provide one another with support, encouragement, learning opportunities, guidance, safety, and a sense of belonging.

 

What will we talk about? Navigating work environments and social environments while struggling to communicate in effective ways can leave a person feeling quite frustrated. Struggling to develop fulfilling connections to others can lead to feeling isolated, disconnected, and alone. This group will support working professionals who struggle to have fulfilling interactions in their work and social lives. Members will discuss daily life challenges with relation to ASD symptoms and learn new and effective communication styles and ways to improve interpersonal effectiveness and relatability. 

 

What can I expect? As a result of participating in this group, members may experience a deeper sense of belonging and overall deeper connection to themselves and others. While some skills may be taught, this is not a skills group. This is a social support group where members will learn skills, yet also learn how to support one another in a safe and compassionate way. 

 

Where: Mindful Path Behavioral Health & Wellness, Inc. (Wilmette)


When: Wednesday evenings- Registration Required.


TimeTBD


Cost: BCBS PPO/Choice Plans and Aetna plans accepted for this group or $30 self-pay rate per group.


Facilitated byJillian Poteshman, LPCFor more information please send an

email to: jillian@mindfulpathbhw.com or call our intake line at 312-884-1164

Young Professionals Autism Spectrum Disorders Therapy Support Group

 

What is a therapy support group? A therapy support group is a group of people with common experiences or life challenges who come together to provide one another with support, encouragement, learning opportunities, guidance, safety, and a sense of belonging.

 

What will we talk about? Navigating work environments and social environments while struggling to communicate in effective ways can leave a person feeling quite frustrated. Struggling to develop fulfilling connections to others can lead to feeling isolated, disconnected, and alone. This group will support working professionals who struggle to have fulfilling interactions in their work and social lives. Members will discuss daily life challenges with relation to ASD symptoms and learn new and effective communication styles and ways to improve interpersonal effectiveness and relatability. 

 

What can I expect? As a result of participating in this group, members may experience a deeper sense of belonging and overall deeper connection to themselves and others. While some skills may be taught, this is not a skills group. This is a social support group where members will learn skills, yet also learn how to support one another in a safe and compassionate way. 

 

Where: Mindful Path Behavioral Health & Wellness, Inc. (Chicago, Loop)


When: Monday evenings- Registration Required.


Time7:30pm to 8:30pm


Cost: BCBS PPO/Choice Plans and Aetna plans accepted for this group or $30 self-pay rate per group.


Facilitated byJillian Poteshman, LPCFor more information please send an

email to: jillian@mindfulpathbhw.com or call our intake line at 312-884-1164

Surviving and Thriving: A group for female-identified individuals affected by sexual violence**

 

What is a therapy support group? A therapy support group is a group of people with common experiences or life challenges who come together to provide one another with support, encouragement, learning opportunities, guidance, safety, and a sense of belonging.

 

What will we talk about? The effects of trauma can last many seasons after the events have occured. It can often be difficult to find other people who can both relate to these experiences and and provide a non-judgemental, compassionate, supportive ear. Together we will discuss how to thrive in a world where the effects of sexual violence impact daily life. This group is open to female-identified individuals who have experienced this type of trauma at some point in life and wish to continue discussing the impacts of it on their lives today. 

 

What can I expect?

This group will support members in moving towards fully living a life that can both acknowledge and heal the past while creating a vital and fulfilling present and future. The hope is that members will support one another in releasing the shame and guilt that is binding by learning tools to build healthy intimacy and connection with others. This group is appropriate for those who been involved in or are currently in individual therapy to address these experiences.

 

Where: Mindful Path Behavioral Health & Wellness, Inc. (Chicago, Loop)

 

When: Thursday evenings- Registration Required. New session beginning Sept, 2019.

 

Time: 7:45pm to 9pm

 

Cost: BCBS PPO/Choice Plans, United, and Aetna plans accepted for this group or

$50 self-pay per group.

 

Facilitated by: Jessica Weisbach, LCSW. Please email jessicaw@mindfulpathbhw.com or call our intake line at 312-884-1164

 

**Group therapy is meant to be used as an adjunct to individual therapy. Your group leader is happy to consult with your indivdiual therapist at any time. 

Chicago Loop Location 53 W. Jackson Blvd. - Suite 1301, Chicago, IL 60604

Northshore Location (Near Old Orchard) 3330 Old Glenview Road, Suite 10, Wilmette, IL 60091

Intake Line: (312) 884-1164

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