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DBT for Binge Eating Disorder

This group will empower group members to make lasting transformations and build rich and meaningful lives. Group members will learn techniques to achieve emotional stability and behavioral control, so that they can experience freedom from binge eating.

Group members will learn and practice the following:

  • Mindfulness: Being fully aware and present without judgment.

  • Distress Tolerance: Effectively managing intense emotions and urges. Freeing yourself from destructive habits and suffering.

  • Emotion Regulation: Identifying and understanding your emotional responses. Decreasing or changing unwanted emotions.

About the Facilitator

Lindan Lawson has received extensive training via Marsha Linehan’s training group and has years of experience delivering fully adherent DBT. Because of her training and success, Lindan has been invited to train multiple DBT Teams and present at University of Michigan.

Date & Time:  Every Tuesday 6:00pm-7:30pm. Group is rolling admission.

Cost:  We accept BCBS PPO.  For clients who do not plan to use insurance, please contact info@proactivepsychotherapy.com for more information about group rates.

Location: 20 North Clark St, Chicago IL (in the heart of the loop).

For more information: or to register for the group, please contact Lindan Lawson, LCSW at: LLawson@proactivepsychotherapy.com.

DBT Skills Group

It takes a great deal of skill to cope with life's challenges and stressors. Our DBT Skills Group is designed for any adult who is struggling to manage their emotions and relationships in the face of difficult life circumstances. 

In this 16 week group, participants will learn new tools and skills and will begin taking concrete action to improve their lives and relationships. In structured, weekly sessions, group members will learn and refine techniques to achieve emotional stability, behavioral control, and secure relationships.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is an evidence-based treatment which empowers people to build a rich and meaningful life.  DBT is an empirically supported treatment for a wide range of struggles including general emotion dysregulation or impulsivity, substance use, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Skills Taught

·      Mindfulness –Being fully aware and present without reactivity

·      Emotion Regulation- Decreasing or changing unwanted emotions

·      Distress Tolerance – Managing intense emotions and eliminating destructive behaviors

·      Interpersonal Effectiveness –Cultivating stable and supportive relationships

About the Facilitator

Lindan Lawson has received extensive training via Marsha Linehan’s training group and has years of experience delivering fully adherent DBT. Because of her training and success, Lindan has been invited to train multiple DBT Teams and present at University of Michigan.

Date & Time:  Every Thursday 5:30pm-7:00pm. Group begins August 8th, 2019.

Number of weeks: 16 weeks

Cost:  We accept BCBS PPO.  For clients who do not plan to use insurance, please contact info@proactivepsychotherapy.com for more information about group rates.

Location: 20 North Clark St, Chicago IL (in the heart of the loop).

For more information: or to register for the group, please contact Lindan Lawson, LCSW at: LLawson@proactivepsychotherapy.com.

Navigating Relationships Group

Dating is more complicated and confusing than it has been at any other point in history.  Research shows that Millennials are having an increasingly difficult time navigating the path from casual hook-up to committed relationship.  Millenials have an endless pool of potential partners just a swipe away and are faced with navigating ambiguous digital communication.  And at a time when we’re most frustrated by dating culture, we’re also bombarded by news of people getting engaged-- so, we’re left wondering “how did that work for them?” and possibly, “what’s wrong with me?”  We want to help you navigate this stressful dating landscape and learn tools for establishing more fulfilling relationships. In our 8 week group, “Am I Swiping Right?: Navigating Millennial Dating,” you’ll come together with a small group of similarly confused singles and address the following topics (and more) with the guidance and support of Licensed Clinical Therapist, Betsy Callan, AM, LCSW.

Some of the Topics we cover include:

  • Communication Styles

  • Red flags versus deal breakers

  • Vulnerability

  • Self Exploration

  • Loneliness

  • Sex

  • Disappointment versus giving up

  • Shame

  • Gender differences in dating

  • How to deal with friends who are in relationships

  • Coping with rejection

  • Creating an authentic profile

  • Issues making plans

  • Flakiness and ghosting

Date & Time:  5:30-6:30pm Wednesdays Beginning July 17th

Number of weeks: 8 weeks

Cost:  We accept BCBS PPO.  For clients who do not plan to use insurance, please contact info@proactivepsychotherapy.com for more information about group rates.

Location: 20 North Clark St, Chicago IL (in the heart of the loop).

For more information: or to register for the group, please contact Betsy Callan, AM, LCSW at: Bcallan@proactivepsychotherapy.com.