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Introduction to Body-Centered Psychotherapy

Future dates TBD

Fee: $175 (includes 5.5 CEs)

Facilitated by: Francine Kelley


The field of somatic psychotherapy is gaining popularity with prospective clients as people seek effective and active methods for having control over their symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma. While the mind is always important in any psychotherapeutic process, including the body gives both therapists and clients the ability to develop tools for working with patterns at a much deeper level than cognition.

While there are multiple modalities available for therapists interested in including the body in their work, this workshop will give a general overview of body-psychotherapy and introduce Somatic Experiencing and Yoga as body-centered approaches to working with trauma, anxiety and depression.

Please reach out to info@cbwstudio.com if you have any questions!

Emotional Mindfulness Workshop

Future dates TBD

Fee: $30

Facilitated by: Elmo Painter


This workshop, led by Elmo Painter, LPC, will combine mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing techniques to tend to the body as a container for the emotional self. The intention is to allow people to get to know their emotions, release old pain and resentments, get in touch with their intuition, release unwanted patterns, and utilize the power of their emotional resources.

We will utilize muscle tension and relaxation techniques, healing self-touch, stretching, emotional mindfulness, gentle movement, and a heaping dose of self-compassion. 

The workshop will start with a check-in, followed by a guided body-awareness and emotional-body-awareness meditation. Elmo is a firm believer in the collective unconscious, and unspoken reasons that certain people step into the same room at the same time. The intentions will depend on what has been brought up during check-in. The workshop will end with another check-in and grounding, centering, and shielding to prepare us to walk out the door feeling safe. 

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All workshops and classes held at Chicago BodyMind Wellness Studio unless specified - 3525 W Peterson Avenue,  Suite 605, Chicago, IL 60659

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