Current Counseling Groups at Urban Balance

Grief Support Group

Date: Nov 12th - Dec 17th

Time: 6pm - 7pm 

Cost: Most insurance plans cover group therapy including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana and United.  Our billing department will verify your insurance benefits and notify you of any estimated copay and/or coinsurance amounts as with any other therapy session.  For clients not using health insurance, self pay and sliding scale rates for those who qualify are also available.  Please contact intake@urbanbalance.com for your benefit quote today.

Location: Urban Balance River West, 935 West Chestnut Street, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642

Description: In a culture where it can be difficult to talk about loss, this grief support group offers a space where you can talk freely and without judgment. During the weekly group sessions, you will also be able to find companionship from others who may understand what you are experiencing and develop coping strategies.

Group Objectives:

  • Receive support and understanding in a safe, nonjudgmental environment
  • Share your story and listen to the experiences of others
  • Develop new coping skills to take care of yourself
  • Learn about how grief affects others who are also experiencing loss

For more information email Sue Schwendener at sschwendener@urbanbalance.com

Breaking the Binary: Exploring Your Gender Identity

Date: Nov 5th- Dec 3rd, 2019

Time: TBD

Cost: Most insurance plans cover group therapy including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana and United.  Our billing department will verify your insurance benefits and notify you of any estimated copay and/or coinsurance amounts as with any other therapy session.  For clients not using health insurance, self pay and sliding scale rates for those who qualify are also available.  Please contact intake@ for your benefit quote today.

Location: Urban Balance Ravenswood, 1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 5108, Chicago, IL 60640

Description: This is a 6-week process group open to all individuals questioning or interested in exploring their gender identity. This group will offer a safe space to connect to others and reflect on what it means to break the binary and embrace who you are.

This group is designed to: 

  • Cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment to foster empowerment
  • Strengthen support system by sharing your story and listening to the experiences of others
  • Explore what it means to break the gender binary and embrace the intersectionality of who we are
  • Provide additional resources for connection and ways to improve self-care

For more information email Erynn Besser: ebesser@urbanbalance.com

Men's Group: Exploring Healthy Vulnerability & Authentic Connection

Date: Mondays; group is ongoing. New members are asked to commit to attending 8 consecutive sessions.

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Cost: Most insurance plans cover group therapy including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana and United.  Our billing department will verify your insurance benefits and notify you of any estimated copay and/or coinsurance amounts as with any other therapy session.  For clients not using health insurance, self pay and sliding scale rates for those who qualify are also available.  Please contact intake@ for your benefit quote today.

Location: Urban Balance River West, 935 W Chestnut Ave, Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642

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

Anger Management Group: Being Curious, Not Furious

Date: Mondays

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: Most insurance plans cover group therapy including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana and United.  Our billing department will verify your insurance benefits and notify you of any estimated copay and/or coinsurance amounts as with any other therapy session.  For clients not using health insurance, self pay and sliding scale rates for those who qualify are also available.  Please contact intake@ for your benefit quote today.

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.

Group Objectives:

  • Develop anger management skills to figure out what anger is, why they get angry, and ways to prevent angry responses
  • Identify anger, the myths surrounding anger and how bottled up feelings can lead to exaggerated outbursts
  • Educate you in the biological responses that trigger anger and make you more susceptible to aggression
  • Manage anger's impact on your body, mood, thoughts, and behavior in healthy ways
  • Explore the purpose of anger and how to take responsibility for your choices
  • 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

Supporting a Chronically-Ill Loved One

Date: Tuesday, January 21st - Tuesday, Febuary 25th

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Urban Balance Evanston: 990 Grove St, Suite 303, Evanston, IL 60201

Cost: Most insurance plans cover group therapy including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana and United.  Our billing department will verify your insurance benefits and notify you of any estimated copay and/or coinsurance amounts as with any other therapy session.  For clients not using health insurance, self pay and sliding scale rates for those who qualify are also available.  Please contact intake@ for your benefit quote today.

Description: When you have a close relationship with someone living with a chronic illness, you may be impacted by their struggles. Day to day functioning, such as important conversations, making plans, and sharing responsibilities can be challenging. This group is designed to support caregivers and others supporting those who are chronically ill. Group participants can expect to share their stories, increase their resilience, and gain effective coping skills.

Group Objectives:

  • Engage in discussion with participants to strengthen support system
  • Identify coping strategies to reduce stress and increase resilience
  • Learn how to create healthy boundaries to provide support, while also maintaining self-care
  • Explore uncertainty and/or fears regarding loved one’s health and impact on relationship

For more information email Joe Flint: jflint@urbanbalance.com

For more information, please contact Sue Schwendener at sschwendener@urbanbalance.com

Depression Support Group

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Cost: Most insurance plans cover group therapy including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana and United.  Our billing department will verify your insurance benefits and notify you of any estimated copay and/or coinsurance amounts as with any other therapy session.  For clients not using health insurance, self pay and sliding scale rates for those who qualify are also available.  Please contact intake@ for your benefit quote today.

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 you improve your ability to cope with:

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

For more information contact Kiya Immergluck: kimmergluck@urbanbalance.com

 

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