Counseling and Mindfulness for Couples

Couples Counseling: Deepen your relationship, overcome challenges

Couple Counseling

Counseling is a great way for any couple to deepen their relationship.

Most of us enter married life without the skills we need to navigate the challenges of working and living with another person. We know that a spouse isn’t exactly a roommate, but we don’t know how to negotiate daily life. We often fall back on the example our parents gave us. And so we recreate an old pattern that may not be right for us.

That’s why I am excited to offer couple counseling for couples before and after marriage. If you’re finding some rougher areas in your relationship, that doesn’t mean you have picked the wrong mate – it just means you’re both human! Oftentimes, a few sessions focused on skills like communications and conflict management is all that a couple needs to get themselves back on track.

I meet with couples either in person at my downtown Chicago office or online via Skype or phone. A typical session is one hour. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to talk about your issues with another person present. And if you’re wondering if a Skype session could really work for you, I will share that my experience is that it works very well.  And Skype has the added advantage of allowing you to meet from your home, rather than having to travel.

For some couples, I recommend the Prepare/Enrich program. Prepare/Enrich is a powerful assessment and skill-building program that helps couples learn how to skillfully  navigate challenges like conflict resolution, finances, and communications. The process will identify your strengths as a couple, and suggest where your greatest challenges will lie. The program also offers exercises you can use to strengthen your skills in your weaker areas. It is a powerful program for any couple, married or not, and I encourage you to consider making it part of your wedding preparation.

Ask me about setting up a 30 minute no-obligation exploration session to help you determine if couple counseling is for you. These sessions are offered via phone or Skype, on weekday evenings or weekends.

 

Mindfulness Meditation for Healing and Stress Management

Four Thursdays: April 6, 13, 20, and 27
6:00 – 8:00pm
Equilibrium Energy + Education, 47 W. Polk, Ste M-5, Chicago, IL
Register today by calling (312) 786-1882

Would you like to find peace of mind and centeredness in the midst of the noise and frantic pace of modern life? Would you like to learn

Mindful awareness is for anyone wishing peace of mind.

how to release stress and master anxious thoughts and worries? Would you like to understand how mindfulness meditation changes your brain and unlocks your highest potential? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” I invite you to take a deep dive into the present moment with this four session mindfulness meditation workshop.

In his book, “The Mindfulness Solution,” Dr. Ron Siegel of Harvard University defines mindfulness as “awareness of present experience with acceptance.” In this workshop, you’ll learn how to develop the priceless skill of mindfulness through powerful, easy to learn meditation techniques. You’ll learn meditations that release stress from the body, allowing deep relaxation and healing. And you’ll learn how to be mindful during the day, including during meetings and conversations. You’ll learn how to manage difficult emotional and mental states like depression, anxiety and worry. Most importantly, you will rediscover the simple joy of being and the beauty of life’s ordinary moments.

Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching and meditation while lying down. Yoga mats will be provided. This program is not just for couples but I think couples will thoroughly enjoy it.

Register today by calling 312-786-1882 or Click to Register on Equilibrium’s website.

 

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is paying attention to life

Saturday April 22, 2017
9:30am – 12:30pm
Riverside Health Fitness Center, Bourbonnais, IL
Register today by calling (815) 929-1200

In this experiential program, you will learn what mindfulness meditation is and how it differs from other forms of meditation. You’ll learn how our neurological systems have evolved to keep us safe and what the surprising implications are for our well-being. And you’ll learn some of the recent findings of neurobiologists and what they tell us about how mindfulness changes us. We’ll discuss the many reasons why you would want to take up mindfulness meditation, including:

  • stress reduction
  • peace of mind
  • restoring physical health
  • access to the present moment
  • managing anxiety, worry, or depression
  • awakening to your interconnectedness with all

You’ll experience a simple but powerful 20 min meditation that releases held stress, putting you into a deep state of relaxation and centeredness. You will leave with a handout describing how to perform this meditation at home as well as access to online guided meditations to help you deepen your practice.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take control of your wellbeing and chart a new course for balance, happiness, and health in 2017.  Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching and meditation while lying down. Yoga mats will be provided. This program is not just for couples but I think couples will thoroughly enjoy it.

Register today by calling Riverside Health Fitness Center at 815-929-1200.

 

A Day of Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:00am-4:30pm
Equilibrium Energy + Education, 47 W. Polk, Ste M-5, Chicago, IL
Register today by calling (312) 786-1882

Mindfulness is a path to the present moment.

Take a deep dive into the present moment with this day of mindfulness meditation. We will leave our day to day concerns at the door as we slip into the silence, simplicity, and profundity of the timeless NOW. Let stress drain from your body as you breathe, stretch and relax into a new sense of embodied ease.

The day will include some content on how to practice but most of the day will be reserved for mindfulness practices for all aspects of being – body, emotions, mind and spirit. You’ll learn how to use the four traditional meditations – lying, sitting, standing and walking as well as the benefits of each posture. Practicing will include mindful breathing, stretching, walking, and relating. We’ll also have a special mindful eating experience at lunchtime. Don’t miss it!

Please bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching and meditation while lying down. Yoga mats will be provided. You may bring a round cushion (zafu) if you wish. This program is not just for couples but I think couples will thoroughly enjoy it.

Register today by calling 312-786-1882 or Click to Register on the Equilibrium website.

 

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