PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL GROUPS

ANAD - EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP

PRESENTER
Joey Pulley, MS, LPC

DESCRIPTION
Constantly thinking about food, weight, and body image...?
•Are you always dissatisfied with your body?
•Do you ever deny or hide your eating behavior?
•Do you compulsively exercise?
•Do you ever vomit after a meal to "control" your weight?
•Do you binge or emotionally eat?
•Are you counting calories, fat grams, preoccupied with numbers, and the size of your clothes?
•Do you have a friend or family member who needs help but you're not sure what to do?
•Are you tired of living this way and ready to learn new ways to cope with your life?

DATE/TIME/DURATION/LOCATION
Wednesday 6-7 PM, ongoing
Atlanta Center for Wellness conference room

COST/FEE
Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Joey Pulley, 404-242-5612, Joannempulley@gmail.com

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FED® WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUP
(FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THOSE WITH EATING DISORDERS)

PRESENTER
Ephrat Lipton, LCSW and Anne Moore, PsyD

DESCRIPTION
COME LEARN:
What is an eating disorder and what makes people prone to them? How to tell the difference between dieting/disordered eating/preoccupation with body image vs. more serious issues. How to address concerns about eating disorders with your loved one. How to more effectively communicate about the disordered behavior. What is the difference between support and enabling? What to say and do/what not to say and do when supporting someone with an eating disorder. How to set appropriate boundaries. How do I stay sane and healthy when a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder? How/when to get help...next steps. How to find additional resources in the community.

WHAT IS FED?
FED (Friends and Family of those with Eating Disorders) is a support group designed to provide education, resources, and emotional support to those in relationships with people diagnosed with or exhibiting signs of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating. The group is appropriate for loved ones and support people of those at any stage of an eating disorder... even if there are only early warning signs. Two seasoned clinicians and eating disorder program directors with over 20 years of experience in this specialty facilitate this FREE community support group.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Fridays at 12:30 PM

COST/FEE
FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Please call before attending (and/or to ask any questions):
Ephrat L. Lipton (404) 202-0932 or Dr. Anne Moore (404) 277-7992

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FREEING YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY

PRESENTER
Paul Olander, LCSW and Emily Wall, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
The Freedom From Anxiety Group will help people who are engaged in their life and have noticed perceptions of fear and anxiety holding them back in ways significant to them. The group will provide structure, support, psychoeducation, experiential skills building and a safe place for processing as tools to move from distress and avoidance into a life lived more easily and consistently with individual desires and values. Group sessions will include time for review of prepared materials as well as time to process as a group whatever issues come up for individual members that day. The group will be co-facilitated by Paul and Emily, will meet every other week from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Atlanta Center for Wellness, and will last for 8-9 sessions at a cost of $75 per session. Pre-registration is required and the first session will be on December 7, 2017.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm, meeting every other week and starting on December 7, 2017

COST/FEE
$75 per session for 8-9 sessions. Payment is expected in advance of group and individuals purchasing the entire 8-9 sessions in advance will receive a $75 discount.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Paul Olander, LCSW, 404-276-0034, paul.olander@comcast.net

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MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION

PRESENTER
Hannah Hawkins-Esther, LCSW and Amy Stern, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
Mindful Self-Compassion provides a powerful tool for emotional resilience. This empirically supported program teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding as opposed to judgement and self-criticism.

This 8-week course includes: short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to 30 minutes per day during the course.

All are welcome: This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Current class closed
NEXT CLASS COMING SOON
dates TBD

COST/FEE
$525 (a limited number of scholarships are available)

VISIT
hhe-therapy.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Hannah Hawkins-Esther LCSW at 770-595-7465 or hannah@hhe-therapy.com or amysternwh@yahoo.com

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION

PRESENTER
Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week program developed by mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn 1979. Extensive research over the past 30 years has shown that MBSR is extremely helpful in improving quality of life. It is proven to alleviate many common mental and physical health problems:

  • stress and stress-related illnesses
  • depression and other mood disorders
  • anxiety and panic disorders
  • chronic pain
  • insomnia
  • coping with cancer
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • type-2 diabetes
  • attention deficit disorder
  • eating disorders
  • heart disease
  • addiction
  • autoimmune diseases
  • and others

This course can also help you improve concentration and attention, regulate your emotions, and enhance your relationships. You will learn how to focus on the present moment and be open to things just as they are. Over eight weeks, you will develop your ability to experience greater joy, compassion, and kindness.
No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of realizing the benefits of the course.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Begins January 25 - March 15, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm

COST/FEE
$525

VISIT
http://www.atlantamindfulness.com/programs/stress-reduction/
Pre-registration is required.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Stephanie Swann
Atlanta Mindfulness Institute
404-906-1862
info@atlantamindfulness.com

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NOURISH - A MONTHLY THERAPEUTIC MEAL SUPPORT GROUP FOCUSING ON MINDFUL, SELF-COMPASSIONATE & INTUITIVE EATING

PRESENTER
Hannah Sabella, MS, RD, LD & Hannah Hawkins-Esther, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
What is food to you?... comforting? threatening? frustrating? boring?

Discover mindful eating – the practice of being present with your food while processing the emotional response in the presence of a supportive community. Whether in recovery from an eating disorder, working through food traumas, or improving your physical well-being, this group can help to guide your food choices and challenge automatic judgments on foods. Hannah Sabella, a Registered Dietitian, will provide education and support on choosing foods for mood stabilization and improvement, physical well-being, and dietary exposure work using mindful and intentional eating practices, in addition to therapeutic processing led by Hannah Hawkins-Esther, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In this way, we can explore how our physical and emotional selves are nourished by food.

This monthly meal group is centered on young adult recovery and wellness, and will focus on therapeutic techniques to alleviate anxiety, depression, and shame surrounding food and eating. Group members must be willing to participate in a meal, with guidance from an RD and Psychotherapist on meal appropriateness.

Benefits of Nourish at Atlanta Center for Wellness:

  • Provides a recovery community in a safe environment, with feedback and support from a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Decreases anxiety around eating fear foods, eating socially, and eating out in restaurants
  • Alleviates anxiety, depression, and shame associated with food and eating
  • Challenges disordered eating rules & rituals
  • Increases mindful eating and listening to one's body
  • Supports meal plan accountability

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Nourish dinner is held from 6-7:30 pm on the second Monday of each month in the Conference Room at Atlanta Center for Wellness

COST/FEE
$90 for this 90 minute group includes therapeutic support and dietary guidance through Mindful Eating. Each participant must bring a well balanced meal to the group.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Please contact Hannah Hawkins-Esther at (770) 595-4510 or hannah@hhe-therapy.com if you are interested in this group for specific information. Pre-registration and screening is required.

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ONGOING EXPERIENTIAL AND PSYCHODRAMA GROUP

PRESENTER
Beverly Matthews

DESCRIPTION
Psychodrama and Experiential Processes are specifically designed to get you out of your head and into your body, allowing you to explore the subconscious roots of the issues and early childhood decisions that hold you back in life. Whether you participate in your or other's psychodramas, or even just observe the work of others, you will gain insight, clarity and the tools to help you move through your blocks to a happier, more fulfilling life.

This popular ongoing therapy group is filled with two hours of experiential group work, psychodramas and relevant teachings on topics such as codependency, communication skills, empowerment, manifestation techniques , and emotional management. It is a very safe and supportive environment for you to find the acceptance and support you need to be able to work through trauma and life issues in a fun, interesting way.

A six-month commitment is required. Group is currently forming and is scheduled to begin January 9, 2018.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting January 9, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 pm

COST/FEE
$150 a month, paid by the first meeting each month to hold your space in the group.
10% discount for payments paid in full for six months. Must be paid by January 9, 2018.

VISIT
www.beverlyjmatthews.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Beverly Matthews, 470-326-0560; bejoiful@yahoo.com

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POSITIVE PARENTING

PRESENTER
Karen Kallis, LPC, RPT, NCC

DESCRIPTION
Positive parenting is based on the concepts of Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen. This approach allows parents to understand the feelings behind their children's behavior to create kind and firm responses that encourage healthy growth. This 8-week parenting program will help you to:

  • Regain control as a parent in a respectful manner
  • Help your child develop self-control and gain self awareness
  • Effectively discipline & limit inappropriate behavior
  • Understand your child and find healthy ways to empower
  • Communicate your message of love

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Wednesdays
10:30 am - 12 pm

COST/FEE
$50 per session

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Karen Kallis at 404-423-1087 or kckallis@comcast.net

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RELAPSE PREVENTION GROUP

PRESENTER
Chip Abernathy, MA, LPC

DESCRIPTION
People in recovery from addiction can experience progressive warning signs that reactivate denial and cause so much pain that using alcohol or other drugs for relief seems like a good idea. This is not a conscious process. These warning signs develop automatically and unconsciously. Since most recovering people have never been taught how to identify and manage relapse warning signs, they don't notice them until the pain becomes too severe to ignore.

Relapse prevention involves bringing warning signs and high risk situations for relapse into conscious awareness, and then creating effective management strategies for those.

In this educational and interactive group, participants will learn about and work on : Understanding Addiction; Recovery as a Developmental Process; Utilizing 12 Step Programs; Keeping It Simple; Paying Attention to Thoughts, Feelings and Actions; Recovery Principles and Skills; Having Fun; Identification and Management of Relapse Warning Signs and High Risk Situations; and Recovery As a Way of Life.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Mondays. Co-ed group. 6:00 PM until 7:15 PM at the Sandy Springs office.

COST/FEE
Individual session is $140
Groups are $65 per group

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Chip Abernathy, MA, LPC, 770-862-7585

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SELF-HYPNOSIS WORKSHOP

PRESENTER
Beverly Matthews and Pat Stogner

DESCRIPTION
A very popular program designed to teach anyone how to enter, deepen and utilize the trance state to make changes in their life. This one-day workshop is chocked full of techniques to help with relaxation, behavior change, pain management and stress reduction by learning how to identify cues, create effective suggestions, and work through emotional blocks that prevent us from moving forward. CEUs will be available.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
March 17, 2018 from 10:00—5:00

COST/FEE
$150 ($25 additional for CEUs)

VISIT
www.beverlyjmatthews.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Beverly Matthews, 470-326-0560; bejoiful@yahoo.com

SOUND MEDITATION AND RELAXATION
PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED 10/8 AND 10/22

PRESENTER
Jonathan Adams, Sonic Yogi

DESCRIPTION
Sound therapy is a valuable tool for releasing stress and anxiety and preparing the mind for meditation. I like to call it "meditation on training wheels" as access to a quieter more peaceful mind comes naturally when listening to the sounds of the Tibetan Bowls. No previous experience is necessary. Sound waves are measured in "hertz", just like brainwaves and have the ability relax the mind and the nervous system and guide the listener into more meditative brainwave states. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of Tibetan Bells, Native flute and more while also experiencing deep states of relaxation, and stress release. You will also learn about the basics of meditation and how to develop your own daily meditation practice and maintain this sense of calm and balance throughout the week.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Ongoing group most Sundays from 1:30-2:30 pm

COST/FEE
Suggested donation of $20/session

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Please check the online group calendar at www.atlantacenterforwellness.com or call (404) 343-4162 to confirm that the group will be held on any given Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome. Please pay by credit card (Square), exact cash, or checks made out to Atlanta Center for Wellness, LLC.

The front door of the building is locked on Sundays, so please go to the door to the right of the glass doors, on the side of the building, and there will be a keypad there. The code is 6100* (don't forget the star) and we are located in Suite 450.

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