Integrative Trauma Recovery Group (ITR)

24 weeks

Group will be held Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm

Group is forming now.

Facilitated by: Francine Kelley

ITR is a 24-week group for adults that combines the understanding and skills from Somatic Experiencing, Yoga and DBT in a progressive process of understanding how trauma affects the nervous system, emotional functioning and interpersonal dynamics. Participants learn skills for mindful self-observation, body awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm. $100/week - BCBS accepted. Sliding scale available.  This group is forming now.

More information, or contact Francine with questions or to arrange an intake appointment. 

Yoga for Your Mood (4-week series)

4 Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

Starting January 30, 2018

Taught by: Francine Kelley

Yoga can have a profound impact on your mood - if you know how to use the practice most effectively. In this 4-week workshop we will briefly discuss the rationale behind different yoga practices and how to use these interventions to help you to manage your mood. Whether you're anxious or depressed, these trauma-sensitive classes will help you to gain the tools and understanding (from LifeForce Yoga and Somatic Experiencing) to feel more in control of your emotional state.

Register here, or contact Francine for more information. 

A Mindful Recovery Group

Saturdays, 4:00 pm

Starts November 11, 2017

No fee

Facilitated by: Monica Simonson

A mindfulness-based alcohol and drug addiction recovery group for individuals interested in establishing and/or strengthening a personalized recovery program. Move from feeling "stuck" to feeling more peaceful and functional. Group participants will: incorporate mindfulness into everyday life, practice meditation techniques, identify triggers and vulnerabilities, self-identify goals, strengthen coping skills, and process ups and downs in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Please contact Monica for more information: (773) 710-0848 or

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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

Getting to Know Your Pelvis Through Yoga (Yoga and Pelvic Health)

2 Saturdays, February 3 & 17
One Key Yoga Studio
$45 for just Day 1
$80 for both days (must attend Day 1 to attend Day 2)

Taught by: Francine Kelley

Did you know that core strength means a lot more than 6-pack abs? Can you name the bones that make up your pelvic girdle (did you even know you had a "pelvic girdle?"). Do you know which of the structures in the pelvic floor has the most nerve endings? Do you know how to drastically reduce your likelihood of developing incontinence?

If you have issues with pelvic pain, IBS, menstrual cramps, incontinence, or even chronic back pain, this workshop might be helpful for you. If you just want to know more abut your pelvic anatomy for future reference, that's great too! We will look at the anatomy & physiology of the female pelvis and pelvic floor, discuss some of the common issues/problems, and check in with locating & learning exercises to both strengthen & release our own pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.  Since the pelvic floor is an integral part of our stress response, we will also discuss how the PF participates in nervous system activation (anxiety) and learn some tools for recognizing our anxiety patterns and releasing stress from body. Finally, we will work with the first three chakras and also explore how awareness of the pelvis and deep abdominal muscles can influence our yoga practice.  

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Relationship Detox

Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
Starting February 21, 2018

​Facilitated by: Elmo Painter

Our relationships define us. The people we love and spend time with change us. They can grow us, inspiring us to become more of who we are. Sometimes they lend themselves to our spiritual, emotional, and personal stagnation.

In this workshop, you will learn about your attachment style, how to change it if desired, assertive communication (not passive or aggressive), how to utilize your *inner bell* to read red flags, weed out stagnant or otherwise unhealthy relationships, and nourish those relationships that give us life.

Contact Elmo to register.

Classes, Workshops and Therapy Groups

WE Chill Out

10 weekly sessions

Cost: $40

Facilitated by: Monica Simonson

We Chill Out is a 10-week adolescent coping skills group for youth 14-17. This group focuses on bringing youth into the ‘driver’s seat’ of their own nervous systems by creating a tool belt of methods for self regulation. Weekly counseling sessions will focus on:

  • Recognizing patterns of reactiveness and learning to shift to those of responding
  • Gaining tools of self-soothing and settling around life's curve balls.
  •  Techniques for dealing with emotions without ending up on the roller-coaster of overwhem
  • Communication strategies including building social support and resolving life's expected conflicts

The group is forming now. Please contact Monica Simonson for more information: (773) 710-0848 or  Flyer available for download here...

(773) 609-0345