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Managing our Emotions

An open-enrollment group using the latest 
evidence-based approaches to managing our emotions . 

Meets on Tuesday evenings

Starting January, 17th 

5:30pm - 7:00pm Central Time

(Delivered via Zoom/ limited to 8 participants)

$50 a session - join anytime 


Meets on Wednesday evenings

Starting January, 18th 

6:00pm - 7:30pm Central Time

(Delivered in-person @ AMC /  limited to 8 participants)

$50 a session - join anytime 

If you have any questions for the instructor, feel free to email him at

Why Should I Attend this Group?

Managing our Emotions is an open-enrollment group open to anyone seeking to learn practical skills and tools to manage their emotions with greater calm, clarity, and wisdom. 

The fact is that our emotional lives are essential to our existence. Without learning healthy coping skills, our emotions can run away from us, and create a lot of stress, friction, and unhealthy behavior patterns. 

During these weekly sessions, we come together in a group environment for many reasons. For some, coming together is an opportunity to learn how to relax the body and the mind using mindfulness-based interventions.  For others, coming together is about being part of a community / group that fosters a healthy exploration into the world our emotions. We come together to lighten the emotional load we carry day to day, breath to breath, due to an illness or condition. We also come together because we want to learn how to be with ourselves, and with each other, in ways that are healthy, restorative, and honest. But most important of all, we come together because we desire to show-up for ourselves, our loved ones, and humanity with greater wisdom and compassion. If any of these reasons resonate with you, the group is perfect for you. 

If any of this sparks your interest, you belong in this group.

Who Should Attend this Group?

  • Individuals exploring self-development

  • Individuals with a desire to learn skills and tools to manage afflictive emotions

  • Individuals seeking relief for a medical condition

  • Individuals seeking mind/body skills for stress reduction

  • Individuals living with anxiety, depression, and emotional distress

  • Individuals looking for a community of like-minded people

  • This group is ideal for beginners or experienced mindfulness practitioners

Essential Topics Covered in the Group

  1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills for managing emotions

  2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills for managing emotions

  3. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) skills for managing emotions 

  4. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) skills for managing emotions

  5. The essential attitudes of mindfulness

  6. The myths of mindfulness

  7. What is mindfulness

  8. Being on ‘autopilot’

  9. Mindfulness of the body

  10. The use of the senses and grounding techniques for managing emotions 

  11. Mindfulness of the mind

  12. Mindfulness of emotions

  13. The hindrances of mindfulness

  14. The neuroscience of emotions

  15. The science behind the stress response

  16. Concentration vs. mindfulness

  17. Choiceless awareness

  18. The role empathy and compassion in managing our emotions 

  19. Emotional intelligence and mindfulness

  20. Working with pain and other unpleasant sensations

  21. Doing vs. Being

  22. Putting it all together

Program Cost: $50 a session, or purchase six sessions & get one free.

Every student receives over 14 hours of class instruction, weekly handouts, at-home practice in the form of guided meditations, and one-on-one support from your instructor, as needed.

Essential Mindfulness Practices You Will Learn

Formal Practices

  • Individuals exploring self-development

  • Body Scan

  • Simple Breath

  • Breath and Body

  • Mindful Walking

  • Mindful Eating

  • Standing

  • Noting

  • Coming to Our Senses

  • Mindful Movement

  • Choiceless Awareness

  • Loving Kindness

  • Awareness of Face

Informal Practices

  • Dropping In

  • A Minute to Arrive

  • Five Simple Breaths

  • 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

  • Generous Listening

  • Where is My Mind

Sources Used in the Program

  • Full Catastrophe Living by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

  • Why Zebras don't get Ulcers by Robert Sapolski

  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuk

  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
    by Dr. Daniel Goleman and Dr. Richard Davidson

  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein

  • The Mindful Way Workbook by Mark Williams, Zindel Segal, and John Teasdale 

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression by Mark Williams, Zindel Segal, and John Teasdale 

  • Get out of your Mind and into your Life by Steven Hayes 

  • DBT Skills Training Manual by Marsha Linehan 

  • And more...

About the Instructor
Claudio Barrientos, LMSW

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Claudio’s path in the helping profession began in 2010 when he became a certified Mindfulness Instructor. Since that time, he has been on a mission to integrate his education in mindfulness with therapeutic interventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Claudio has worked with adolescents and adults in a DBT Intensive Outpatient Program, provided mental health services in Spanish to unaccompanied minors in the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and taught mindfulness to thousands of people across boardrooms, classrooms, and the general public.

Program Cost: $50 a session. Or purchase
six sessions & get one free session

Every student receives over 14 hours of class instruction, weekly handouts, at-home practice in the form of guided meditations, and one-on-one support from your instructor, as needed.

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