Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

At the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, we are committed to providing programs that promote the healing of body, mind, and spirit. As part of this initiative, we are pleased to offer a variety of learning opportunities
to help you cultivate a deeper, calmer, and more fulfilling life.

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Meditation: Virtual Sacred Pause

Tuesday mornings
7:45–8:15 a.m. (CDT)
with 20 minutes of meditation

Saturday mornings
8:30–8:50 a.m. (CDT)
with 10 minutes of meditation

Connect with us online for these times of meditation hosted on our Facebook page.

As the world around us changes in uncertain ways, meditation can connect us to a deep stillness and source of calm. In meditation we focus on our breath, that unchanging and essential connection to life, and are drawn into a peace that quiets and strengthens us.

Whether you have a meditation practice or not, we invite you to experience the power of meditation by participating in a virtual Sacred Pause.

Each Tuesday and Saturday morning, Tom Schemper, Director of the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, guides the meditation. It begins with a short instruction and reflection followed by time for silent meditation and closing words.

Questions? Call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425.


Coping with the Challenges of COVID-19: A Support Group

We are increasingly aware of the challenges of the pandemic, including the psychological, emotional, and spiritual impact of social distancing. As we share our experiences, we have realized that many would benefit from a support group during this challenging time.

To that end, we are offering a virtual group. Our intention is to work together to process thoughts and feelings, connect with others, and create new perspectives as we move through this time. The emphasis will focus on ways to maintain well-being as we navigate these uncharted waters of “stay at home” and “social distancing.”

Thursdays, May 7—June 25
5:00—6:30 p.m.

Cost: $20.00 per session / $120.00 for eight sessions

To register or for more information, contact Jacob Kaufman at 312.787.2729, ext. 1704. After you have registered you will be sent the Zoom link for the group.

The group is limited to 8 participants


Evening Meditation is Back! (On Thursdays!)
Going Virtual!

Today, more than ever, we need each other. And, more than ever, we need tools to help us weather the challenges of living in a time of social isolation. Meditation and mindfulness can help. Join us on April 30th as we launch our new virtual FREE meditation group. Each week we will present a variety of topics, options and coping skills to enhance the quality of your life during this unusual and difficult time. And each week we will be reminded that we don’t have to go through this alone.

When: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom
Date: Every Thursday beginning April 30
Leaders: Lisa Kawalec and Ruth Mayer

6:00–6:15 Settle in and guided meditation
6:15–6:30 New mindfulness topic
6:30–6:50 Silent meditation
6:50–7:00 Closing remarks

Stay for the entire hour, or choose the sections that work for you. No experience necessary and all faiths and traditions welcome.
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here.

Meeting ID: 833 8985 9620 Password: 634644

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Men’s Group
Second Tuesday of each month
7:00–8:30 p.m.

$10 per session requested

Using Zoom, this group continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month. New members are welcome.

The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-being is excited to announce the beginning of a group focused on the needs of men. The goal of the group is to provide a place for men to come together, in a place of safety and respect, to share their experiences, explore the meaning of being a man in today’s world, experience the support of a respectful group, and develop a sense of supportive community with other men.

The group is open to all who identify as men. Men of all ages, races, sexual orientation, and ethnic background are welcome and encouraged to join this new community. Our time together, and learning from each other, will be enriched by diversity.

The format will be

• Welcome
• Opening check-in: what is true for you in this moment?
• Presentation of text, poem, or image selected by the leader or a member to prompt discussion
• Open conversation
• Closing check-in: reflection on the experience

Please call group facilitator Jacob Kaufman at 312.787.8425, ext.1704 for more information.

Jacob Kaufman, a twenty-year veteran of the world of law and real estate development. He realized that his success in business arose from his ability to create positive connections among the people with whom he worked, and his great joy was supporting the growth and development of the people he encountered every day. He has since graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in mental health counseling and devotes his professional life to supporting clients in their movement towards thriving. Jacob works closely with men, guiding them towards lives that are more fulfilling, where feelings are honored and experienced in ways that create closer relationships and deeper meaning.

Compassionate Listening: Support for Essential Workers

As you care for others during Covid-19 pandemic, how are you taking care of yourself? Do you find yourself asking: Is there anyone I can talk to? Can anyone understand what this is like?

Speaking (even over the phone) with a person trained to listen deeply and compassionately can lessen anxiety and fear, and strengthen the ability to cope. To support you as you care for others, the therapists at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being are offering free, confidential 30-minute listening sessions for essential workers.

This is not therapy, but a time to share what is on your mind and in your heart. It is a time to speak about your experiences, concerns, and fears with a non-judgmental, supportive counselor. It is a time to take care of yourself while you are providing essential care for others.

To arrange for a phone session, call 312.787.8425. The therapists at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being are here for you.



Compassion in Chaos:
How to Care for Ourselves and Others in the Midst of Uncertainty

A closed support group for Essential Workers in the Medical Field

Health care workers are likely experiencing overload and frustration at continual high demands of work during the pandemic. Continual stress without relief may cause mental and physical risks. By sharing experiences and methods of self-care with peers and leaders, participants will acquire tools for managing stressful emotions and learn skills that develop resiliency.

Date: Starting June 16, weekly on Tuesdays (or Thursdays to be determined) for 8 weeks, with subsequent group opportunities
Time: 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Place: Zoom platform
Cost: Free
Victoria Valerga, therapy intern at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being
Sarah Sievert, therapy intern at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being

For more information or to register, please call the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being at 312.787.8425

Regular Offerings at the Center

Grief Support Group

Our grief group will be suspended at this time.

Spiritual Life Coaching
Premarital Seminar


Spiritual Life Coaching

Spiritual Life Coaching, also referred to as spiritual direction, seeks to awaken us to the presence of the divine or sacred in our lives. A spiritual life coach or director is a companion on the journey of discovering how God or the transcendent is present in our day-to-day lives, as well as in moments of prayer and meditation. Spiritual Life Coaching is open to persons of all faith traditions who seek to deepen their relationship with the divine, to know their true self, and to be in right relationship with others.

To arrange for a spiritual director, call the Center at 312.787.8425.

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Premarital Seminar

   Saturdays, May 16 and October 17, 2020
   8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

A Premarital Saturday Seminar is a one-morning workshop. You will want to plan to attend a Premarital Saturday Seminar at least four months before your wedding, since space is limited, please sign up early!

Preregistration is required. Contact Darlene Cunneen (312.787.8425) for more information, including details about future dates, or to register.

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For more information about events, seminars, and workshops offered by the Replogle Center, call the Center at 312.787.8425.