Mark Pfeffer, M.S., PARC Director
Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center
(312) 543-4793


CHICAGO (April 4th, 2012) – Talking about anxiety is like staring into the sun–it’s painful. Social anxiety is something that many Chicagoans deal with every day and many feel they have nowhere to go for help.

A local therapist is harnessing humor to treat social anxiety and help his clients overcome their fears. Mark Pfeffer of the Panic/Anxiety/Recovery Center has teamed up with The Second City to start an “Improv Bootcamp.” Similar to Second City’s Improv classes offered nearly every day of the week, this eight-week program is designed to help with the major symptoms of social anxiety. Improv has many benefits for people, but especially those who avoid social situations, fear and scrutiny from others, and avoid being the center of attention. Pfeffer knows first-hand that performing Improv in a supportive group has benefits–he is a graduate of Second City’s five-part training program.

“The camp will help you achieve less anxiety, allow for more comfort in everyday social situations, and manage uncertainty,” Pfeffer says.
A new set of classes start on May 5, 2012, so now is the time to sign up.

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About Mark Pfeffer, M.S. LMFT

Mark Pfeffer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Illinois and California. He is Director of the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center in Chicago. PARC is a specialized outpatient program that provides comprehensive treatment for anxiety and related disorders. Mark received his Master’s degree in Psychology from Boston University with additional post-graduate work at UCLA. He also served as the Commissioner of Social Services for the City of Santa Monica and is an active clinical member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

Mark has appeared on multiple episodes of the A&E’s Emmy® nominated show Hoarders, the Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. He has been featured and quoted regarding mental health issues in various media outlets including: ABC7 Chicago; CBS2 Chicago; NBC; CLTV Chicago; Chicago Tribune; Pioneer Press, WGCI-FM and Home & Garden magazine. He has also authored numerous publications, and was a recipient of the 2002 “Golden Bell” award from the Mental Health Association of Illinois for an article he co-authored on Panic Disorder.

About The Second City

Chicago is the world capital of improvisation (improv) and sketch comedy, and The Second City is in the heart of it. For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

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