Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies

The Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program (MBTP) at the Family Institute offers an array of therapies that integrate mindfulness practice and principles from behavioral psychology. Mindfulness practices are useful for increasing a person’s ability to have deeper, more accurate, more accepting, and more compassionate awareness of self and others. Behavioral therapies aim to provide practical, skills-based solutions for coping with a multitude of life problems. Together, these two approaches can offer help to individuals, families, and couples struggling to cope with intense emotions, impulsive or difficult-to-control behaviors, anxiety, depression, and many other problems. At the same time, these approaches can help those who do not have significant problems to strengthen and deepen their relationships to themselves, their loved ones, and others.

Mindfulness at Work 

When incorporated into the workplace, mindfulness – the practice of nonjudgmental attention to the present moment – can create the opportunity for individuals, groups, and organizations to be their most effective. In today’s demanding world, the creation of an intentional organizational culture that supports its employees’ emotional well-being and health will allow for a work environment that is happy, healthy, and productive.

We offer a range of mindfulness and skills-based services to improve performance and satisfaction in the workplace including:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Talks
  • Customized Employee Wellness Programs
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Workplace
  • Mindfulness Training for Leaders

The Family Institute at Northwestern University offers several mindfulness and skills-based services to improve workplace performance and satisfaction. More information is available on our mindfulness at work document.

To find out which of our Mindfulness offerings best suit your workplace needs, please contact: Rebecca Bunn, MA, LPC at 847-733-4300 x798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

For serious problems such as chronic thoughts of suicide, self-harming behaviors, and other major problems like substance abuse, eating disorders, and violence, The Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services.

Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and her colleagues at the University of Washington and other major institutions throughout the country, DBT has considerable research supporting its effectiveness with chronic suicidality, self-harm, and other behaviors related to intense and painful emotion. Through a combination of work with an individual DBT therapist, weekly skills training groups, and as-needed, between-session phone contact, people struggling with these major problems learn new behaviors that help them to feel better and do better in life.

We currently offer specialized DBT programming for adolescents with their families, and adults. Our adult skills training group runs on Wednesday evenings at our downtown office, which is located at 8 South Michigan Avenue. Our adolescent skills training group is for teens aged 14 to 18 years. This group runs on Wednesday evenings in our Evanston office, which is located at 618 Library Place. Individual DBT therapists are available at most of our locations. Modifications of our DBT program are available for family members who want help coping with loved ones who have difficulties with intense emotionality.

For questions about our DBT services or to schedule a consultation, please call 847-733-4300 x477.


Essentials of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

The Essentials of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is derived from the original MBSR program created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This intensive 8-week series is designed to empower participants to cultivate their natural capacity to manage stress and create greater health and wellbeing.

MBSR is offered as a complement to, and not a replacement for, traditional medical and psychological treatments. As the most widely researched mindfulness intervention, MBSR has demonstrated effectiveness in helping to treat the following conditions:

• Addictions
• Anxiety & Panic Attacks
• Asthma
• Cancer
• Chronic Illness
• Depression
• Eating Disorders
• Fatigue
• Fibromyalgia
• Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Grief
• Headaches
• Heart Disease
• High Blood Pressure
• Pain
• Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
• Skin Disorders
• Sleep Disturbances
Course content includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga for all ability levels, and educational and interactive discussions focused on identifying habitual maladaptive reactions to stress, developing coping skills, and building resilience. 

Participants will learn a variety of informal and formal practices to cultivate mindfulness – nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment – and experience how that mindful attention can change their relationship with challenging thoughts, emotions, and pain. Participants will receive support around integrating these practices into their daily lives in order to live with greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

Our next course runs February 8 – March 29, 5:30 – 7:30pm at our Evanston location. Please download more information on our MBSR course or  contact Rebecca Bunn, MA, LPC at 847-733-4300 x798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.