Group members are taught the essentials of mindfulness and how the process relates to their feelings. The technique teaches them to be aware of what they are feeling in the moment, which allows for a deepening of the way they relate to their thoughts and patterns. Unwanted patterns of relating and behaving discovered during the sessions can then be shifted. Using both avenues of psychology and mindfulness allows patterns to shift more rapidly as cognitive work helps people to understand the issue with their mind and mindfulness training gives the body’s neurotransmitters a chance to run a new course. The focus will be on learning mindfulness through experiential practices, creating a practice at home, and learning how to incorporate the practice into creating healthy choices and patterns. Celeste Ballard, LCPC, CMT is a local Chicago counselor who combines the best of Cognitive Therapies with Mindfulness and Body-Centered Therapies to create more happiness and peace in your life. She is the owner of The Chicago Center for Holistic Counseling. She works with the philosophy that events impact us physically, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. She has been a Therapist for 19 years and has had a meditation practice for over 13 years.

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