Gay Men’s Interpersonal Process Group
With human interaction available at your fingertips, many men still find themselves feeling lonely and isolated wondering how to have better friendships and deeper relationships in general. This interpersonal process group is for gay men ages 25 and up to explore relationship issues, friendships, and intimacy through a focus on the here-and-now interactions of group members. Interpersonal process groups offer an opportunity to explore your relationships in a safe and supportive environment. This is a closed group of no more than 8 members. Each member will be interviewed prior to joining. This group will be led by Kevin Barrett.
4619 N Ravenswood
Each session is $40. Some insurance will cover group sessions. Please contact Kevin for more information.
For more information or to register contact:
Kevin Barrett, LCSW
This 4-week group focuses on body awareness & empowerment. Having a stronger sense of embodiment can help improve emotion regulation, self-esteem, distress tolerance & impulse control.
Each Session Includes:
- Guided Mindfulness Practice
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Bring your mat!)
- Stress Management Skills & Self-Care Tips
4619 N. Ravenswood Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment without judgment. It is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is an empirically validated approach to treating trauma, though it is not necessary to have experienced trauma in order to gain benefits from this practice. It is also beneficial for those who struggle with feeling overwhelmed by emotions, substance use issues, body image issues, or an overall sense of disconnection with their body. It’s loosely based on hatha yoga but traditional elements are modified to build one’s experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. There will be NO hands on assistance or adjustments. TSY presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body. This yoga is appropriate for all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat.
More info at: www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
What to expect?
This will be a small group, capped at 6-8 participants. If there is high interest, a second group will be added. All participants will have to do a short pre-screening over the phone to assure the group is a good fit for their individual needs. This group is mostly about your internal experience so there will be little discussion or verbal processing. There may not be words for some of the experiences you have and that’s okay. Mindfulness and Trauma Sensitive Yoga can stir up emotions or discomfort that you may want to discuss. For this reason, I recommend this group be in addition to traditional talk therapy so that you have a place to process your experiences afterwards. I can assist with referrals if needed.
What to bring?
Please wear comfortable loose fitting clothing and layers to adjust for temperature. Please bring your own yoga mat and a water bottle. You are welcome to bring any additional props you may want (blanket, blocks, etc.), though these are not required.
Individual sessions are $40 and you can receive a 22% discount by purchasing all 4 weeks for $125. Payment will be collected at the time of registration. Payment plans are available if needed. I also accept FSA and HSA funds.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have worked in the mental health field for over 10 years and earned my MSW from the University of Chicago in 2014. I specialize in the areas of anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. I am also a yoga teacher and earned my RYT-200 from CorePower Yoga in 2015. I completed a 300 hour training in Trauma-Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga in 2018, a 30 hour Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy training with Live Oak in 2015, and a 30 hour Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training in 2017. I truly believe the connection between the mind and the body is necessary for healing, growth and recovery.
For more information and to register contact:
Kaitlin Thompson, LCSW, CADC, RYT, TCTSY-F
Phone: (312) 834-7355