IntraSpectrum offers several psychotherapy and support groups, which foster connections with others in LGBTQIA communities and strengthen communication skills. Clients can elect to join one of our groups as an adjunct to their individual or couples therapy, however clients are invited to participate regardless of whether they are currently seeing an IntraSpectrum therapist for individuals or couples therapy. Typically, clients will attend an initial consultation with a group leader prior to joining so that they may gain a better sense of what they might expect from the group and to identify some goals they may want to achieve through their participation. An initial consultation is not necessary for one or two occasion groups.
We are currently accepting participants in all groups. BCBS PPO accepted, and out of network options available. Contact us today to learn more.
Gender Experience Group
Exploring one’s gender presentation in a binary gender culture can be difficult enough, and it can be an even greater challenge to physically express one’s true gender identity. This process is often complicated by layers of guilt and shame about one’s genuine gender experience, leading to isolation and interfering with a sense of belonging in LGBTQIA communities and society in general.
Our Gender Experience group is designed to provide a sense of community in a safe space wherein clients may freely explore their gender identity and express themselves in ways their current lives may not allow. In group, members practice sharing feelings openly and honestly, build meaningful relationships with other group members, and develop greater self-esteem and confidence in authentically expressing themselves and their gender experience.
This group is facilitated on Thursdays by Rena McDaniel, LPC, and Iggy V Ladden, LCSW and on Saturdays by Deb Zutty, LCPC, CADC and Allayna Fern Pinkston, PsyD.
Thursdays, 6:35-7:50pm, Downtown.
Saturdays, 11:00am-12:15pm, in Andersonville.
Queer Women’s Process Group
This group is facilitated by Deb Zutty, LCPC and Cindy Doodeman.
Thursdays 6-7:15pm, starting June 2017, Andersonville.
Presence Mindfulness Group
Meditation is a powerful practice to enhance self-care and absorb the full benefits of therapy. Relax, let go, and open up your body and mind through somatic (body-based) meditation. Beginner and advanced students of meditation are welcome.
Month-to-month practice group
Sign up for one or more months of exploring how somatic meditation addresses the following therapeutic themes:
January – Anxiety and stress
February – Depression
March – Trauma/PTSD and attachment
April – Change and transition
May – Intimacy and sexuality
June – Confidence and self-esteem
This group is facilitated by Iggy V Ladden, LCSW.
Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm, Downtown.
LGBTQI Chicago Resources
Center on Halsted
Howard Brown Health Center
Chicago Anti-Bashing Network
Human Rights Campaign
Chicago Lesbian Site
Windy City Times LGBTQI Resources
Pink Pages Gay Business Directory
Women and Children First Bookstore
Gerber/Hart Library & Archives