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 Michigan Residents
Improv Therapy is a safe place to learn, practice and grow.
Now you can experience group therapy that couples a licensed therapist with a professional improv instructor.
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.
Miriam L. Kirscht, LMSW
Miriam L. Kirscht, LMSW is a social worker, teacher, and theatre artist with over 20 years’ experience integrating improvisation and drama into her mental health practice. She holds both a Masters of Social Work and a Masters in Theatre Arts. Miriam has worked in a variety of settings, including substance abuse treatment, corrections, community mental health, and (currently) outpatient therapy. While at Community Mental Health in Washtenaw County, Michigan, Miriam directed a theatre troupe of adults with mental health issues, for the purpose of raising empathy and decreasing stigma. Currently she is a member of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Miriam has repeatedly witnessed how improvisation leads to greater freedom and healing, and diminished isolation.
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:
Monday, October 19, 2020
6:30 – 8:00pm EST
8 Week Group $360
Meets Weekly on Mondays
Needs-based pricing and assistance are available.
We can provide paperwork for participants to bill insurance for reimbursement.