Current Counseling Groups at Urban Balance

Gaslighting Be Gone! Understanding and Recovering from Relationships with Narcissistic Individuals

Date: Tuesdays for 9 sessions: October 16, 2018 - December 18, 2018

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: $50/session (Note: our billing department can verify your insurance benefits for you to see if you individual plan will cover group therapy)

Location: Urban Balance River West, 935 W Chesnut St., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642

Description: This workshop is intended for people who want to better understand the dynamics underlying their relationships with narcissistic individuals, want to protect themselves from the repeated damage they experience amid these interactions, and are ready to learn and use new relational strategies to protect themselves.

This group will offer psychoeducation based on recent research, the opportunity to share experiences, and a chance to learn and practice effective communication strategies.

The objectives of the group are:

  • Recognize and understand narcissistic attributes and behaviors
  • Recognize and understand your reactions to these narcissistic behaviors
  • Learn ways to emotionally protect yourself
  • Learn and practice relational and communication strategies to use when confronted with narcissistic behaviors

For more information or to register, email Sue Schwendener: sschwendener@urbanbalance.com


Women’s Empowerment Group: Exploring Identity and Building Self Esteem

Date: Wednesdays for 12 weeks: September 19, 2018 - December 5, 2018

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: $50/session (Note: our billing department can verify your insurance benefits for you to see if you individual plan will cover group therapy)

Location: Urban Balance River West, 935 W Chesnut St., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642

Description: This group is designed for women aged 21+ who are looking to explore the many facets of the female identity and foster an improved level of self-esteem. The objectives of the group are:

  • To equip group members with a strong understanding of who they are
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Provide a toolbox of coping skills (i.e. coping with sexism/harassment)
  • Gain a deeper awareness of self and interactions with others
  • Establish a more satisfying relationship with self and others to reduce stress and heal from hurtful experiences

For more information or to register, email Andrea Stiles: astiles@urbanbalance.com


Anger Management Group: Being Curious, Not Furious

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Cost: $50/session (Note: our billing department can verify your insurance benefits for you to see if you individual plan will cover group therapy)

Location: Urban Balance

Description: Anger is a healthy emotion in everybody’s life — when it’s expressed in an appropriate manner at the right time. Too often, many of us let anger get the better of us in arguments and emotional interactions with others. This group will help you better understand the roots of anger, and how to experience it in a way that is more healthy — both for you and those around you.

The objectives of the group are:

  • To develop anger management skills to figure out what anger is, why they get angry, and ways to prevent angry responses.
  • To identify anger, the myths surrounding anger and how bottled up feelings can lead to exaggerated outbursts.
  • To educate you in the biological responses that trigger anger and make you more susceptible to aggression.
  • To manage anger’s impact on your body, mood, thoughts, and behavior in healthy ways.
  • To explore the purpose of anger and how to take responsibility for your choices.
  • To identify situations that can quickly escalate your feelings of anger and provide skills on how to communicate more effectively.
  • To help you to accept yourself and to care less about the dysfunctional opinions of others.

For more information email Aaron Karmin: akarmin@urbanbalance.com

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