The Panic / Anxiety Recovery Center (PARC) &
GET OUT THERE. GET STRONGER. GET BETTER.
TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP:
REGISTER FOR SECOND CITY IMPROV FOR ANXIETY LEVEL 1 ADULTS.
| ABOUT IMPROV for ANXIETY |
You're not alone. It is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Yet, only a third or less get the right treatment. The vast majority either do nothing, or everything they try produces limited results. The “Improv for Anxiety” program may be the program and the time to begin the healing. See if the Improv for Anxiety class is right for you. Learn about the benefits of Improvisation.
This innovative class combines ensemble-based Improv with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The class is designed to help people with mild to moderate social anxiety and/or fear of public speaking overcome their symptoms and avoidance in social, school, work and family settings.
While "Improv for Anxiety" was developed for people with social anxiety disorder, individuals with other anxiety disorders like OCD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety and depression have completed the program and are welcome. Feel free to call Mark Pfeffer with any questions regarding eligibility and/or registration.
Mark Pfeffer, Director at Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center, is a Second City graduate, spending a year in their A-E Improvisation Training Program.
The assessment of your history and strengths will help customize the program to achieve your goals and vision - one size does not fit all. During the evaluation and planning session, you will meet with Mark Pfeffer M.S., Director of PARC and decide the services that work for you.
| INDIVIDUAL THERAPY |
Although the “Improv for Anxiety” is primarily a group experience, we recommend all participants be followed by a CBT therapist individually. Participants who see a therapist are more likely to do the work necessary to achieve their goals.
| PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL TREATMENT GROUP | 8 SESSIONS |
Improv for Anxiety is neither easy, nor for everyone. The approach is helpful for those who tend to procrastinate or who jump into self-help books, yet neglect to “own” a program. We use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that focuses on helping people change their maladaptive thinking and behavior.
Motivation, accountability, and support are critical components of program success. Everyone in the group has anxiety, which makes for an ideal setting for sharing, practice, and support.
Participate in the process of learning by doing with others - that's the way humans learn to be unafraid. Neutralize toxic thinking and develop relaxation responses for a healthy body/mind connection. Create a written plan to face your fear on your terms. Practice strategies to change 'fight-flight-freeze' false alarm responses.
“TAKING IT ON THE ROAD”
Beginning to create a lifestyle that enhances recovery is one of the primary purposes of the class. Pushing for potential is never easy, especially when fear is in your way. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “I must do the things I think I cannot do.”
Proving to your brain that you can do those things is a giant step for recovery. Over time, risk-taking exposures increase confidence and support lifestyle change. This earned confidence helps achieve goals in the areas of employment, relationships, and education that may have been previously unattainable.
| NOTES |
Next step: Schedule a mini phone consultation with Mark Pfeffer, Director of the Panic / Anxiety Recovery Center at no charge. Space is limited - Reserve yours now!
Phone: (312) 543-4793 / (312) 642-7952