15 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Grief

  • 1 session
  • Monday October 30, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Instuctors: Donna Oldenburg, LPC, NCC
  • Cost: $15

Grief doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but understanding the grieving process will help you discover what was lost, what is left and what is possible. This hour-long program will explore 15 things you may not have known about the grieving process including grief’s impact on the mind and body, and how you may be at risk for post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Also examined will be tools for coping with grief, how to handle those pesky comments from well-intentioned friends, and warning signs that your grief has turned into something more serious.

An ongoing grief group with Donna Oldenburg, LPC, will begin in November.

Yoga As Healing: Trauma-Informed Yoga

  • 7 consecutive sessions
  • Please inquire for upcoming dates
  • Instuctors: Sophia Rosa, RYT
  • Cost: $210 for 7 session series

Trauma-Informed Yoga is designed for Survivors who are working their way to becoming Thrivers. With a focus on establishing safety within the body, and physical tools to manage the mind, participants will come away with techniques to live life better.  This class takes special considerations through empowerment based language, integration of choices, considerations of somatic complaints, and a respect for personal boundaries. Movement, breath, yogic philosophy, positive affirmations, and thematic exploration are blended to serve this purpose.

Session themes include: Emotional Safety, Mindfulness, Boundaries, Trust/Grounding, Self-Compassion, Strength, and Community.

Instructor Sophia Rosa is certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga through Be the Change Yoga in Irvine, California. For the past four years, Sophia and her husband have served the community of Survivors by hosting a fundraiser called “Give Them A Voice” that specifically supports programs for Survivors of sexual abuse and assault.

To register or inquire about if this yoga series is right for you, please contact Sophia at (224) 610-6208 or

Meditation - Seasonal Transitions Class

  • Weekly classes
  • Wednesdays, 11 am - 12 pm
  • Instuctors: Ismael Rosa, RYT
  • Cost: $15/session

Seasonal transitions can be difficult for many reasons and can have an impact on your mind and body often referred to as stress. This program developed by Wellness Practitioner Ismael Rosa, RYT can help individuals focus on their mind and body during stressful seasonal transitions. This class is appropriate for everyone and no experience is required.


  1. Elasticity of the Mind: Improve concentration. Decrease over-thinking
  2. Strengthen the Core Body: Improve posture. Increase resilience to fatigue.


This practice was developed to increase the awareness of our mind in our body and how to honor them both through compassionate attention by mindfulness techniques and bodily awareness. Mindfulness has been shown to reduces stress, boost immune functioning, reduces chronic pain, lowers blood pressure, and helps patients cope with cancer.

Ismael has been in the fitness and wellness industry serving Lake County for nearly a decade. His company, Outpost CrossFit & Training Facility, has been recognized by the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center as an outstanding contributor to the community.

He is a student of Yogi Wendy Dahl, owner of Blue Sun Yoga. His focus is in offering a mindfulness program to increase the connection between the community and individual purpose.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

  • Weekly classes
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 pm
  • Instuctors: Bryan Livings
  • Cost: Free

Tai Chi is an ancient system of movement and meditation, which aims to enhance our health, develop clarity of thinking and create inner calm. At Gurnee Counseling Center, our classes are fun and from the first class, giving students practices they can use in their daily life. Although we teach form, our emphasis is on learning about Chi (“vital energy”) and enjoying the slow, graceful, flowing Tai Chi movements.

Instructor Bryan Livings has been practicing Tai Chi for over 10 years, has trained in martial arts for over 15 years, and has been practicing meditation for over 40 years.

Register by calling (847) 336-5621 x0

Beyond - Middle School Group

The group’s focus is motivating middle school boys and girls to be conscious of themselves and their environment while building self-advocacy skills. With an emphasis on social skills, the group aims to build upon individual strengths and identify potential growth areas.

Beyond boys group meets at the same time as Beyond girls group. Periodically both groups meet together to form a co-ed group.

Other topics include:

  • Coping skills
  • Family dynamics
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship
  • Time management
  • Communication

Register for Beyond boys group by calling (847) 336-5621 x138. Register for Beyond girls group by calling (847) 336-5621 x123.


Awaken’s group mission is to help adolescents cope, strategize, and implement new ways of thinking about topics such as:

  • Self Advocation
  • Family Interactions
  • Personal Responsibility
  • School Based Stress
  • Sexuality
  • Coping Strategies
  • Internet Safety
  • Peer Pressure
  • Depression and Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy emphasized

Register by calling (847) 336-5621 x138

Prospective Programs

Phoenix Group

The Phoenix Group is an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment group that will cover defense mechanisms and denial, relapse prevention, triggers, and healthy living. This is a process group that will incorporate many aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This includes mindfulness, interpersonal skills, distress tolerance and emotional regulation.

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Phoenix Group for the Law Enforcement Community

Substance abuse can be a problem for people with careers in law enforcement. Police officers have unique challenges when considering a sober life. This group is designed for those in law enforcement who are facing issues with alcohol and drugs and who may be concerned with privacy issues in entering a treatment program. We will discuss stress, coping mechanisms, relapse prevention, career pressures, peer pressure and more. An initial evaluation will be required to be sure you are good fit for the group.

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