Is anxiety and managing the unknown feeling out of control these days?
Do you wish there was a healthy way to practice letting go of perfection, of stress and more?
“Everything I was learning in group therapy, I was also being taught by my improv instructors. Word for word.”
Google Meet Online Group Therapy
Exclusive for California Residents
The current state of the world is uncertain, leaving many with feelings of anxiety and few options for an outlet to practice managing these emotions.
There is no script in improv.
Improv principles include: following fears, managing the unknown, supporting one another, allowing ourselves to receive support, learning to manage stress at the moment, embracing imperfection, and letting go of control.
- Games and exercises that help teach us to function in uncertainty. The same techniques that help us get out of our comfort zone in improv can help us manage our anxiety about the world around us.
- Play that is vital for happiness and often the first thing sacrificed in the name of anything else. Creating a time and space for play and creativity is an investment in our mental health.
- A safe space that provides a low stakes environment to explore new ways of responding and letting go of old defense mechanisms
- A fun way to practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
- Just like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in that participants learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives.
Applying improvisation to real life situations is a quick way to improve our tolerance of accepting life on life’s terms. The exercises improve our confidence to interact in a world that has always been uncertain.
These are closed groups, requiring an eight week commitment. This is not a drop in group.
Jeri Wilson, LCSW
Jeri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University. Jeri has also earned the esteemed “License to Amuse” from the Jacquie Lowell School of Comedy Improvisation. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Dialectical Behavioral, EMDR, and Positive Psychology in her clinical tool box as well as her own empathy, acceptance and interpersonal skills. She has 20 plus years of experience as a SIDS peer support, Presenter, and Event Organizer along with being an active member of the SIDS Advisory Council and Southern Regional SIDS Council in the state of California. She specializes in working with individuals struggling with trauma, loss, anxiety, depression and personal growth. She enjoys gardening, fluffy dogs, lip syncing and anything that makes her laugh.
Lisa Bany is Chief Improv Officer at Improv Therapy Group. Lisa is an instructor, director and coach at The Second City. She has authored numerous books, including On Stage: Theatre Games and Activities for Kids, which was awarded the Parent's Choice Approval Seal for Excellence in Education, has been translated into German and Korean, and is sold around the world. She started teaching at The Second City in the early nineties and has directed and taught throughout the Chicagoland area. Lisa was one of the first teachers in the Second City Wellness Program where she has taught Improv for Anxiety, Improv for Parkinson's Patients and their Caregivers, and Improv for the Autism Spectrum.
Sign Up Now:
- You are now enrolling in the next Improv Wellness group!
- You will next receive an email to register in our client portal.
- You will be asked to read and agree to our consent forms.
- We will contact you prior to the group starting to answer any questions.
NEW GROUP STARTING
Thursday, October 22,2020
7:00 – 8:30pm PST
8 Week Group $360
Meets Weekly on Thursdays
Needs-based pricing and assistance are available.
We can provide paperwork for participants to bill insurance for reimbursement.