Drumming has been a part of the community experience throughout history. People have rediscovered the power of joining with others in a shared music making experience. Music increases the immune response, expresses emotion, stimulates the brain, and nurtures the spirit. This wellness activity will be led by a music therapist and does not require musical training. Space is limited.
A gathering for stillness, reflection, and connection in rhythm with natures moon cycles.
Sacred time and space to deepen into stillness with supported meditation practice,
allow contemplation with the power of putting words to paper,
and be a witness to yourself and others while setting intentions/releasing
in a ceremonious way with each new and full moon.
Come as you are, dress comfortably, bring a journal (optional), and please plan your arrival early (doors lock and doorbell disconnects at start). No drop ins due to space limitations but feel free to contact Christina the same day for spaces.
This is a space for feminine identified or any gender connecting with sacred feminine energy; although it is not restricted to women-only, it is a sacred feminine space. Open and affirming to all belief systems.
What to expect in this practice: forming the circle with a check in, an introduction of meanings/associations of the current moon phase and season, a guided meditation (based in mindfulness, yoga nidra, or visualization), a moment for personal reflection and writing, then we witness each other sharing (optional) our intentions (and burning our writings in our center caldron), a small ending meditation/connection, and check out to release the circle. Here is more about the moon circle: http://beverlytherapists.com/moon-circle/
If you’re curious and interested but still unsure – reach out! Christina welcomes your inquiry.
$15 a session (sliding fee scale options available upon request)
10 people max due to space limitations, preregistration and advanced payment required (no refunds can be issued)
Typically, we gather on “Moonday Dias Lunes” or Mondays, closest to the new and full moons from 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required, please contact Christina to register.
The Hidden Trauma in School Struggles: providing psycho-education and support for parents and teachers of students
Many parents and educators struggle to understand trauma and its impact on social, emotional, and academic functioning of their children/students. Traumatized children are often able to mask their symptoms and present themselves as if they’re doing fine. This will unfortunately lead to children slipping through the cracks.
Having a solid foundation of trauma-based behaviors and how it can present differently in each child will allow parents and educators to accurately identify and provide support for their children/students.
This workshop will provide a solid foundation of trauma, different presentations, as well as identifying maladaptive ways that school age children attempt to cope with it. This ultimately will increase your awareness of trauma-based behaviors in school settings and provide practical solutions you can utilize to support your child/student.
About the presenter: Claude King, LCPC, AMFT has been a therapist for 6 years and private practice at Beverly Therapists for 1 year. Outside of Beverly Therapists, Claude works in a high school setting providing individual and group counseling for students and providing support for teachers and paraprofessionals. A majority of his experience is working in low SES communities of color with clients presenting with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger management. He can be reached directly at 630.474.2557.
As children move toward adolescence there can often be a strain in your relationship. This workshop not only acknowledges complicated teen behavior and barriers to closeness, but also looks to how to strengthen family ties during this turbulent and exciting developmental time.
This training will focus on how to connect with your pre-teens and teenagers. We will identify issues that contribute to family conflict and ways to reduce it. We also share tips and tricks to strengthen familial relationships during the teen years.
About the Presenter: Jamin Wright, LCPC is a licensed clinician with over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, and young adults and their families. She enjoys building a respectful, candid, playful and supportive relationship with each young person she supports through therapy. She partners with parents to better understand their child’s challenges and to find creative and resilient ways to deepen family relationships through any and all struggles.
After an argument, are you left feeling like nothing you said was really heard? Do you ever feel embarrassed looking back on how you acted during a conflict with a friend, family member, or significant other? Do you get the sense that you’re having the same fight over and over, and nothing changes? Unfortunately, these experiences are very common! Good conflict skills aren’t typically taught in school, and many of us don’t learn them at home, either. The good news is, it’s never too late to learn, and once you know them, they’ll be useful in lots of situations.
Making habits of good, clean fighting skills can keep conflicts contained and productive. Understanding the natural instincts of your body and brain will not only explain why you do what you do in conflict, it will also help you recruit your strengths to do better in future arguments.
After attending this workshop, you will better understand the way you have historically responded to conflict, feel increased compassion for yourself and your “adversary”, and most importantly, know how to fight in a way that feels more controlled, contained, and constructive.
About the Presenter: Erica Steenbergen is a Marriage and Family Therapist, committed to helping folks navigate differences, misunderstandings, and conflicts in all relationships, including friends, family, spouses and partners, colleagues, neighbors, and more. You can reach her directly at email@example.com.
“The greatest gift we can make to others is our true presence.”- Thich Nhat Hanh.
Yoga is “union”, connection with mind body as well as with the world around us in nature and human relationships. In this gathering, we will create mindful space for an experiential activity in deep listening and being heard. With a structured format and guidelines, we will observe what it is like to be completely heard and what it is like to listen fully. We will begin with a short mindfulness meditation in nature to connect with ourselves and our environment. I’ll discuss the concepts of holding space and instructions for a co-listening activity. Individuals will pair up (it’s best if you don’t know someone, so feel free to come alone). After, we will take time to process and learn from the experience.
About the Presenter: Christina is a psychotherapist trained in yoga and mindfulness meditation. Her training includes a 200 Hour yoga training at Pavones Yoga Center in 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.
“Man Cave”: A vital, collaborative circle for men who are seeking support for their personal challenges and goals.
This 10-week group aims to help men (ages 18 and older) from all backgrounds to co-create a space in which they can talk openly about the goals and challenges most important to them.
As we discuss what we need from the space itself, we will deepen our understanding of our needs, our thoughts and feelings, our communication patterns, and our relationship dynamics. As we strengthen our bonds with ourselves and others within group, we become better able to guide each other in applying the wisdom gained through self-exploration to the pursuit of what is most essential in our lives.
If you feel like you need a non-judgmental space in which to talk through things, need camaraderie, or need to reconnect with yourself, please reach out! Your fire makes our collective light shine brighter. Come join us!
Meeting at Beverly Therapists at 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor.
Contact Ben Walker, LCSW 630-674-2504 for more information
If you are suffering from major depression, or simply want to find ways to alleviate depression’s effect on your life, come join us for an 8-week group focused on strengthening the mind-body connection in order to live more effectively with our symptoms. Modern Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy comes from a combination of Eastern meditative traditions and modern psychological frameworks. Proven by research to reduce the recurrence of major depressive episodes, it is now used in treatment for stress, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and a variety of other condition. If you feel like a deeper mind-body connection might help you experience life more richly, or if you’re simply interested in trying a new mode of therapy, please reach out!
Meeting at Beverly Therapists at 10725 S. Western, 2nd floor.
Contact Ben Walker, LCSW 630-674-2504 for more information.
Do you yearn for a sacred retreat space where healing, safety, sanctuary, peace, nurturing, wisdom, inspiration, creativity abide? Do you want a develop a space where you can meditate, and deepen your sense of spiritual connection to yourself and Divine Love?
In this circle we will explore and create our own sacred space. We will support each others exploration of connection to one’s “Higher Self” and a personal manifestation of connection to “Divine Love”. We will normalize practices of creating home/personal sacred space as psychological/emotional/spiritual healing. We will explore using intentional space to nurture and manifest what our hearts want most. We will explore practices and rituals which connect us to holistic healing and creation: including smudging, purifying energy, intentional manifestation, devotional practices.
Questions or ready to sign up, call Lisa at 773-719-1751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*4 weeks, 90 minutes/session, $125 Fee paid in advance (nonrefundable, but possibly transferable at discretion of leader).
Lisa will be hosting a series of circles throughout the year that can be treated as a stand-alone, or which will build on each other. Lisa hopes to help individuals strengthen and restore an innate wholeness including spiritual resources.
FAQ What is a circle? How is it different than a group?
Circles are a type of group that are based on equality, sharing, confidentiality, and holding space for each other’s journey. At their essence, circles feel sacred, creating an invitation to nurture and affirm our own and each other’s organic authentic growth in a heart centered way. Though Beverly Therapists circles are led by our therapists, these groups are not process based or psycho-educational like traditional therapy groups. As experienced therapists, we act as guides and maintain secure, safe environments where healing and growth are nurtured. Often, there are elements of ritual, creativity, and openness to explore growth in experiential, and even spiritual ways.