Illinois Improv Wellness Group

Join us for therapy and fun!

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 Illinois Residents

NEW GROUP STARTING:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
5:30 – 7:00pm CST
8-Week Group $360
Meets Weekly on Wednesdays

Needs-based pricing and assistance are available.

We can provide paperwork for participants to bill insurance for reimbursement.

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.

Improv is...

  • 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.

IMPROV THERAPIST

Jackie Scandinaro, LPC

Jackie is a Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC), who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University.  Jackie believes in the power of laughter and YES, AND while working with those who are looking for different ways to express themselves throughout their journey. As an individual and group psychotherapist, Jackie enjoys establishing a connection, building respect and trust and providing empathy towards the clients, allowing their time to be safe and productive. Common therapeutic approaches Jaclyn may use will be cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy, harm reduction techniques, and exposure and response prevention (ERP). She has experience working with a wide scope of clients, helping each manage inner battles with general anxiety, depression, career growth, communication, relationships, anxiety disorders/OCD or substance abuse/addiction. While Jaclyn’s experience has touched a number of populations, she strives to assist in self exploration and identify solutions to increase quality of life for each group and individual client.

IMPROV THERAPIST

Hailey Palmer, LSW

Hailey (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Social Worker, therapist, and improviser. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Social Work and a concentration in mental health. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies, Comparative Culture and Identity from the University of Michigan. In her role as a therapist, she works with individuals and groups and utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems therapy, along with integrating mindfulness and improv techniques.

Hailey has been improvising, coaching, facilitating workshops, and teaching in the improv world for the past five years. She has performed weekly at iO theater with multiple ensembles, including Meridian, Wet Bus, and the all LGBTQ-identifying team, Dreamboat. She has performed, coached, and taught improv classes at CIC theater. Hailey has also traveled around the country teaching improv workshops to both ensembles and professional teams. Her absolute favorite thing is finding all the beautiful ways that improv supports mental wellness.

 

IMPROV LEADER

Lisa Bany

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:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
5:30 – 7:00pm CST
8-Week Group $360
Meets Weekly on Wednesdays

Needs-based pricing and assistance are available.

We can provide paperwork for participants to bill insurance for reimbursement.