Current Counseling Groups at Urban Balance

Anger Management Group: Being Curious, Not Furious

Date: Mondays for 8 sessions: February 4, 2019 - March 25, 2019

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


Breaking the Binary: Exploring Your Gender Identity

Date: Tuesdays for 6 sessions: May 14, 2019 - June 18, 2019

Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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 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


Supporting a Loved One Living with Chronic Pain

Date: Wednesdays for 6 sessions: May 1 - June 12, 2019

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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 who is in chronic pain, you may be impacted by their struggle to get by day by day. Simple conversations can be strained depending upon the pain level at any moment. Making plans and sharing responsibilities can be challenging. A group participant can expect to share their stories and gain coping skills.

Group Objectives:

  • Engage in discussion with participants to strengthen support system
  • Identify coping strategies to reduce stress
  • Learn how to create healthy boundaries with your loved one
  • Explore uncertainty and/or fears regarding loved one’s health and impact on relationship

For more information email Joe Flint: jflint@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.

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 email intake@urbanbalance.com


Finding Your Authentic Self

Date: Mondays, April 6, 2019 - May 2019

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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, 180 N Michigan Ave., Suite 410, Chicago, IL 606o1

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


Grief 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.

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.

This 8-week group is designed to help you:

  • 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 intake@urbanbalance.com


Rising Up: Learning to conquer anxiety through empowerment and connection



Date: Tuesdays for 8 sessions: January 29, 2019 - March 26, 2019 (no session February 26)

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 Hinsdale, 15 Spinning Wheel Rd, Suite 118, Hinsdale, IL, 60521

Description: An 8-week Anxiety process group open to all gender identities aged 21+. 

Living with anxiety can make life seem unmanageable, or even unbearable at times. It can leave you up at night, distance you in your relationships, preoccupy your mind with intrusive and worried thoughts, and even cause you to avoid things you wish you could enjoy. This group is meant for any person willing to begin to challenge their anxious narrative and learn ways to bring feelings of empowerment and control back to their life.



 Goals & Objectives:

  • Learn and understand the causes of anxiety symptoms and exhibit knowledge of how symptoms can individually manifest
  • Reduce overall frequency and intensity of anxiety symptoms
  • Begin to establish an inward sense of self worth, confidence and competence
  • Demonstrate improved interpersonal communication and the ability to set boundaries with self and others

For more information email Shawn Flynn: sflynn@urbanbalance.com


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

Date: Mondays

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 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

 

 

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