Improv for anxiety
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The Improv for Anxiety program is designed to help people with mild to moderate anxiety build awareness and skills which help to manage their symptoms in work, home, and social situations. The program was developed by Unscripted improvisers and teachers in partnership with licensed therapists to practice improv through a therapeutic lens. This class is not therapy and should not replace therapy, but provides an interactive and joyful opportunity to practice applying skills for anxiety management and awareness. No improv experience or clinical diagnosis for anxiety required to participate.
Participants must be able to attend at least 6 of the 8 classes. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Must be 18 and over.
8 week class
March 23-May 11
10-noon at The Loft at Third coast comedy club
What will each class cover?
Week 1: “Yes and!”
Week 2: Yes: Listening and Being Present
Week 3: Yes: Giving Up Control
Week 4: Yes: Mistakes are a gift
Week 5: And: No Plans
Week 6: And: Play
Week 7: And: Trust and Support
Week 8: The Joy of “Yes and!”
What does a typical class look like?
Starts with a Check-in circle - Name Game (every time!) - Games that focus on the week’s theme (see outline)-Reflection(throughout) - Free Play - Compliment Circle Closing
who will be in the class?
Class size is limited to 12 people. Two instructors leading the class. Other “instructor” types may participate, but no one will be “watching”. Everyone in the room participates, you won’t be “observed”.
What is different about this class from a regular improv class?
Each class focuses on ideas from improv which can help you learn to manage anxiety symptoms. We take time to talk through your process, reaction, reflection, and general thoughts. The class is open, encouraging, and designed to move at the right pace for each person to feel supported.
What are the clinical elements to the class?
The class is not therapy, but one of the facilitators is a licensed therapist, and the class is designed to be therapeutic. Facilitators will administer short, validated measurement tools (self-reported pre and post assessments) for participants to complete before and after the 8 weeks.