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GROW and Gendernauts Merge! LGBTQ+ Teen Group

  • Monthly
  • Starting April 1st, 2017
  • Free

GROW and Gendernauts have joined together to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+  High School aged teens.  Join us for monthly meetings and activities in this highly collaborative, wonderfully supportive group!

For more information, contact:

Christina Sprayberry, LCSW  314/550-4384    or

Bonn Wade, LCSW at 773/330-2544

To support and keep this group free for local LGBTQ+ teens  click here

For more information, contact Bonn Wade, LCSW and Christina Sprayberry, LCSW

Grieving A Child Monthly Support Group

  • 1st Wednesday each month, 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Starting January 3rd, 2018
  • $30/session (if you have a financial hardship, please talk to group leader)

This support group is open to anyone who is mourning the loss of child at any age or through miscarriage.  In this ongoing support community you will always be met with understanding, acceptance, and love for all of your feelings/experience.  Please contact Aida (aidapigottlcsw@gmail.com;  (773) 332-6664)  for more information about the group and to join.

Initial one-on-one session needed to join and may be billed to insurance.

We hope you reach out.  You are not alone and are welcome here.

For more information, contact Aida Pigott, LCSW

Grieving Your Partner Monthly Support Group

  • 3rd Wednesday each month, 7-9pm
  • Starting January 17th, 2018
  • $30/session (if you have a financial hardship, please talk to group leader)

This support group is open to anyone who is mourning a partner.  There is no time limit on grief, if you feel like you need support, this group is for you.  In this ongoing support community you will be met with understanding, acceptance, and love.  Please contact Aida (aidapigottlcsw@gmail.com;  (773) 332-6664) for more information about the group and to join.

Initial one-on-one session needed to join and may be billed to insurance.

We hope you reach out.  You are not alone and are welcome here.

For more information, contact Aida Pigott, LCSW

Wellness Series: September 2018: Yoga & Trauma: An informational and experiential workshop

  • Saturday, September 8th, 2018
  • 3pm - 5pm
  • Beverly Therapists 10725 South Western Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago
  • $10
  • Limited to 10 participants

Trauma symptoms such as fight, flight or freeze develop naturally and neurobiologically as a way to cope, regulate, and protect. Trauma is best understood as an internal event that has an impact on how one relates to the self and the world; sometimes this impact can make life more difficult to navigate.

Learning how trauma functions and having compassion with our adaptive responses is key to beginning to slowly, incrementally regulate, integrate, and have different experiences. For integration, we need to be able access the body and other parts of the mind to process trauma. Mind-Body practices such as yoga can provide ways to help access healing. Over time new experiences begin to reshape our sense of self in the world and help to empower new adaptive functioning and bring about greater ease in being.

This workshop will provide information about the trauma response from a simplified neurobiological approach; explore yoga philosophy principles, and discuss how yoga and mind-body techniques are beneficial. Christina will integrate small, experiential activities. There will also be time for discussion, questions and answers. You do not have to have any experience with yoga or meditation to join this group — all are welcome!

This course may be good if you have experienced … 

  • an event in your life that has had a significant impact.
  • trauma (self defined) of any kind in your life. 
  • marginalization and subtle but powerful, insidious trauma. 
  • friends, family and loved ones who have experienced trauma. 
  • living life. 
  • wanting to know more about trauma and/or yoga and how it works.
  • struggles with yoga and meditation but are interested in its healing potential.
  • needing some tools to help ground and relax.    

 

About the presenter:

Christina M Sprayberry LCSW, RYT is a psychotherapist trained in yoga and mindfulness meditation. Her training includes 200 hour yoga training at Pavones Yoga Center Costa Rica; Certification in Integrating Psychotherapy and Yoga with Live Oak/Bloom Yoga; and Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Chicago. She provides individual yoga and meditation sessions in a safe affirming space combining mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga movements, and stillness in restorative positions that emphasize connection with mind and body. She is best reached at christinasprayberry@gmail.com. More about her at http://beverlytherapists.com/meet-the-therapists/christina-sprayberry/ and  www.christina-sprayberry.squarespace.com

 

 

Register here.

For more information, contact Christina Sprayberry, LCSW

Wellness Series: October 2018: Know Your Worth: Entitlement for Female-Identified Teens

  • Saturday, October 13th, 2018
  • 3pm - 5pm
  • Beverly Therapists, 10725 South Western, Chicago, IL 60643
  • $10
  • Limited to 10 participants

Young Girls’ Rock!

Adolescence is a pivotal time of developing one’s identity and relationships. Navigating conflict, peer pressure, societal norms and traumas are stressful.  Adolescence can be a confusing time for youth and parents. Having a space to talk about thoughts, emotions and concerns is important and a key component to mental health, efficient problem solving skills, and increased self esteem.

We are inviting all female-identified teens to join us in this workshop to assure they are equipped with effective tools to manage.  We want to help you create a mission statement that highlights your strengths and goals to help navigate this phase and beyond!

This workshop is designed to do just that, provide a fun and creative platform to converse with peers, identify effective coping and problem solving skills, and increase positive self-images.

 

About the presenter:

Kanosha Leonard M.A., Doctoral Candidate, has been a therapist for 15 years. Her warm, inviting and consoling spirit supports her clients as they journey towards a path of healing. She can be reached at 773-490-2540.

Register here.

For more information, contact Kanosha Leonard, LCPC

Wellness Series: November 2018: Solidarity 101: Allyship Across Identities

  • Friday, November 9th, 2018
  • 3pm - 5pm
  • Beverly Therapists, 10725 South Western, Chicago, IL 60643
  • $10
  • Limited to 10 participants

Thank you for wanting to be an ally!

What does it mean to truly be an ally to others across differences and identities? How does one actively interrupt racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism that pops up in our everyday lives – when it is often unpopular to do so?

Being an ally isn’t about confessing our privileges and saying all the right things to avoid hurting others. At the core, allyship is aspiring to learn about privilege, power, and what it means to build authentic relationships across difference. Ultimately, interrupting oppressive structures in our lives. We all need to do this work.

This workshop will explore intersecting systems of power and privilege, the space to check our own assumptions and begin to unlearning dominant norms, and finally recognize ways we can work to identify and eliminate harmful power imbalances in our lives.  We will create and experience a safe space to explore and grow together.  Through video and a brief exercise, this workshop aims to be interactive and will have room for questions and discussion.

 

About the presenter:

Bonn Wade, LCSW has been a social worker and therapist for 23 years.  They* have worked and lived in multicultural spaces their entire life and aspire to be in solidarity with others.

*Bonn uses gender neutral pronouns, they/them/their.

Register here.

For more information, contact Bonn Wade, LCSW

Wellness Series: December 2018: Manifesting 2019

  • Saturday, December 8th, 2018
  • 3pm - 5pm
  • Beverly Therapists, 10725 South Western, Chicago, IL 60643
  • $10
  • Limited to 10 participants

As 2018 ends, we tend to find ourselves reflecting on this year and planning for the next year. This workshop will allow participants the space to manifest dreams, goals, and plans for 2019 through a mediation, hands-on activities, and aromatherapy. All materials will be provided.

 

About the presenter:

Jennifer Lara, LCPC,  has been a therapist for 10 years. She supports clients in the areas trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship/life transitions. She can be reached directly at 773.251.8016.

Register here.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lara

Wellness Series: January 2019: Renewal: Meditation, Mantra and Breath for the New Year

  • Saturday, January 12th, 2019
  • 3pm - 5pm
  • Beverly Therapists 10725 South Western Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago
  • $10
  • Limited to 10 participants

The New Year brings opportunity to reflect, reaffirm our visions and set intentions. It is also this very time of year that we may need to nourish our bodies, decompress and find our center. January brings the harsh winter which often takes a toll on our mind and body.

Learning and practicing self-care practices that can aid in rebalancing and regulating the nervous system. Please join us in creating a space for rejuvenation, relaxation and intention setting.

Jennifer will lead participants on an experiential journey in utilizing sound and our voices for healing (Mantra) and integrating the mind and body into a deep state of relaxation. Please know that you do not need to be a singer or even carry a note to benefit.  There will be time for sharing and discussion as well as a brief introduction to the practice.

 

Jennifer Baker, LCPC, CADC, NCC  has been a mental health practitioner for over 10 years. She works as a therapist in private practice at Beverly Therapists and specializes  with clients who have histories of complex trauma. Jennifer most recently completed her yoga teacher training and enjoys integrating mind body and other somatic practices in her work.

Register here.

For more information, contact Jennifer Baker, LCPC

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