Saturday Monthly Drop-in Yoga Workshop

Mari Dickerson, LMSW, RYT

Next Class: April 30, 2017  |  1:00pm–3:00pm

This month’s drop-in yoga workshop will focus on yoga and meditation as resources for enhancing mood and self-care. In the workshop, we’ll cover simple yet effective poses that help energize your body and balance your mood. Whether you are experiencing a case of the winter blues or a more chronic form of depression, a low mood can cause feelings of hopelessness, lack of motivation, fatigue, persistent negative thoughts or low self-esteem. Research has shown that specific combinations of movement, breathing, and meditation in yoga can significantly improve these symptoms. The workshop will include a brief talk on how yoga and meditation can promoting grounding and balance and foster self-compassion. Participants will leave with an easy take-home practice that can be used any time they need a mood or energy boost. Contact Mari at for more information or sign up here.


Workshop for Families: A New Approach to Addressing Substance Use

Molly Bobek, PhD

Monthly on the 1st Monday, May 1, 2017 – August 7, 2017   |  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us to learn a new approach to helping families navigate the impact of a loved one’s substance use issues. Integrating The Center for Optimal Living’s unique and radically compassionate approach to substance use with truly relational family therapy, the workshop will introduce participants to strategies to enhance relationships and promote healing and positive change for all members of the family.

The Center for Optimal Living’s approach to addressing substance use is unique in that it emphasizes harm reduction and embraces diverse positive change goals including abstinence, moderation, and safer user/risk reduction. We help people create personalized plans for addressing the complex factors that impact their substance use and recognize the essential role that relationships play in the healing process. Family members will be encouraged to explore different perspectives and ideas about a loved one’s substance use issues and to gain resources to improve their relationships. Attendees will also be offered the opportunity to connect with other families facing similar issues. The workshop will include an experiential activity, a didactic presentation, and ample time for questions and conversation.

For more information, please contact Molly Bobek at 212.213.8905 x116 or at Sign up here.


Optimal Drinking Class

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD & Adam Frankel, PhD

Wednesdays, May 24, 2017 – June 28, 2017  |   6:00 – 7:10 p.m.

This class is designed to help you develop your ideal relationship to drinking. The class will also help you determine if moderation is a realistic option for you.  Each class will offer information and skills that can be applied immediately in your life.  Our framework includes a focus on biological, social, and psychological factors that contribute to your achieving moderate drinking.  We recognize that alcohol can play many roles and carry multiple meanings in people’s lives and believe these may need to be clarified in order to understand your current pattern of drinking and to make the positive change that you desire. Through a technique called microanalysis you will be able to better understand the habit aspect of your drinking and learn specific skills for changing habits including mindfulness, urge surfing, and working with internal and external triggers. We will help you learn how to navigate challenging situations more effectively and address the impact of shame and guilt to help you foster an attitude of self-compassion and curiosity.

This class is for anyone- whether you’ve been concerned about your drinking or not, or have always wanted to get clear about how to have alcohol in your life in a way that maximizes the benefits and minimizes the risks.  The $700 fee includes all 6 classes plus a copy of Responsible Drinking by Rotgers, Kern, and Hoeltzel (2002).

For more information about the class, please contact us at or call 212.213.8905 x2. Register here.