Current Counseling Groups at Urban Balance

Finding Your Authentic Self

Date: Wednesdays for 6 sessions: January 9, 2019 - February 13, 2019

Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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 Ravenswood, 1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 5108, Chicago, IL 60640

Description: We can get disconnected from our emotions and create a user-friendly emotional disguise so we can feel more accepted. Our friends and partners may not know the real us because we have trouble asking for what we want directly.  Hiding can affect our personal and professional lives. This group’s purpose is make a smaller version of the outside world in the group to practice emotional honesty and cultivate self-confidence. When we learn to express our real selves, we can move closer to the relationships and life we want to have.

The objectives of the group are:

  • Foster interpersonal honesty and transparency
  • Explore how our identities affect our experience
  • Increase flexibility, perspective and self-confidence during interpersonal issues or conflicts
  • Inspire one another towards personal growth
  • Teach supportiveness

For more information email Dan Pardikes: dpardikes@urbanbalance.com


Anger Management Group: Being Curious, Not Furious

Date: Mondays for 6 sessions: November 12, 2018 - December 17, 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 Ravenswood, 1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 5108, Chicago, IL 60640

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.

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


Men's Empowerment Group: Exploring Healthy Vulnerability & Authentic Connection

Date: Mondays for 8 sessions: November 12, 2018 - January 28, 2019

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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 South Michigan Avenue, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1024, Chicago, IL 60604

Description: Men often get the message to “go it alone” and not bother others with their problems, which leads to greater isolation and not enough support. This group is for any man willing to challenge that outdated idea of masculinity.

Group Objectives:

  • Improve intimate, social and work relationships by fostering emotional and relational intelligences
  • Work through shame, anger, loneliness, or fears that inhibit thriving
  • Increase ability to identify and express feelings effectively
  • Discuss ongoing social topics and their impacts as they occur
  • Find relief from stress and isolation common among men in today’s world
  • Fortify resilient inner qualities and build self-esteem

For more information or to register, email Kevin Newhall: knewhall@urbanbalance.com


Depression Support Group

Date: Wednesdays for 6 sessions: November 7, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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 Ravenswood, 1945 W Wilson Ave., Suite 5108, Chicago, IL 60640

Description: This weekly group will provide an opportunity to connect with other people who have also experienced depression, while learning new coping skills, problem-solving, and goal-setting about ways to reduce symptoms and improve functioning.

This group will help individuals improve their ability to cope with:

  • Persistent sadness and/or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Harsh self-talk
  • Relationship challenges
  • Difficulty enjoying life

For more information or to register, email Jessica Koester: jkoester@urbanbalance.com


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

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