• Trauma Recovery & Holistic Wellness

    Groups | Workshops | Special Events

    Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of stress, overwhelm, or trauma. Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual balance so that instead of just surviving, we’re thriving. Our Wellness Recovery groups allow clients to have their own healing journey while also experiencing the healing power of being in a group.   

    The Recovery Model in Mental Health

    A recovery model focuses on personal strengths and abilities rather than on deficits and pathologies. It encourages clients to learn about their mental health symptoms, advocate for themselves, seek support, and to be fully involved in the process and practices of healing.

     The recovery model is a holistic, person-centered approach and is becoming the standard model of mental health care.

    Wellness Groups

    Our groups educate clients about the mind-body connection and its impact on mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

    We emphasize hope, resilience, and overall wellbeing through education, skills building, and connection.  

    Learn More & Sign Up!

    Our group events are offered both in-person and online. Email [email protected] or call 719-619-8331 to reserve your spot. Insurance coverage and self-pay options are available.


    2024 Events

    Saturdays June 22-August 3: Grief & Loss Group

    The 6 Needs of Mourning: For anyone going through pain during loss, change, or trauma recovery

    Process through feelings of grief and learn to use your grief and pain in a healthy way.

    Whether it be the grief of losing your identity, the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a pet, this group is calling to all of those needing support through the grieving process. 

    This group aims to incorporate different modalities of trauma and grief recovery to: validate members about their grief, learn different ways of coping with grief, integrate emotions into the body, and provide support from a group setting. Various modalities including Art Therapy, education, mindfulness, and movement for somatic integration will be used to process feelings of grief.

    Online Group

    • When: Saturdays June 22-August 3
    • Time: 10:30am to 12:00 pm
    • Self-pay: $25 / 90-minute Group
    • Ask about Insurance: May be covered by Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna and Tricare. You can use HSA or Victim’s compensation 
    • To RSVP: Email [email protected] or call 719-619-8331

    Facilitator: Andrea Mongelluzzi is a trained mental health counselor at The Body Based Mindfulness Center with a focus on trauma-informed care. She knows that having a supportive and safe community is one of the foundational tenants of learning and healing and she strives to provide that in the individual and group setting. Andrea graduated as a Clinician Mental Health Professional in 2020 and has been dedicated to providing healing to the community through a variety of modalities ever since.

    Join us!

    Register Online

    • When: Saturday, April 6, 9:00am – 3:30pm
    • Where: Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care: 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    • Fee: $50, includes lunch
    • To RSVP: Register online at www.voicesofgrief.org/events. Call 719-286-0612 or email [email protected]

    Just as the lantern needs refilling to keep the flame strong, caregivers need to refill their emotional selves to continue to offer care to others.

    April 6: Caring for the Professional Caregiver

    Rekindling our Light

    We invite you to a rejuvenating workshop focused on caring for yourself as well as experiencing new ways to connect with your clients. This workshop will be led by Suzanne Costello, who has facilitated caring for the caregiver workshops for 1000’s of caregivers throughout the USA and internationally since 1992. 

    Suzanne Costello

    Suzanne is a leader in the field of Arts and Health, recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for best practices for her “Caring for the Caregiver” program. 

    Join us!

    Register Online

    • When: Saturday, April 7, 1:00am – 3:30pm
    • Where: Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care: 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    • No Charge!
    • To RSVP: Register online at www.voicesofgrief.org/events. Call 719-286-0612 or email [email protected]

    Just as the lantern needs refilling to keep the flame strong, caregivers need to refill their emotional selves to continue to offer care to others.

    April 7: Caring for the Family Caregiver

    Rekindling our Light

    We invite you to a rejuvenating workshop focused on caring for yourself as well as experiencing new ways to connect with your loved ones. This workshop will be led by Suzanne Costello, who has facilitated caring for the caregiver workshops for 1000’s of caregivers throughout the USA and internationally since 1992. 

    Suzanne Costello

    Suzanne is a leader in the field of Arts and Health, recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for best practices for her “Caring for the Caregiver” program. 

    In-Person Group

    Join us!

    • Time: Every other Thursday, May 2 – July 11, 10:00am – 11:30am 
    • Fee: $25 per 90-minute session
    • Alternative Payment: May be covered by Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare.
    • To RSVP: Email [email protected] or text/call 719-301-3723

    What is IFS?

    Internal Family System (IFS) was developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz over 40 years ago. It is a gentle and kind model, yet very effective for deep and lasting healing, and a way to relate in a different way with yourself and the world. It assumes that we have an internal family which aims to protect parts of us that got hurt and ‘exiled’, or shunned, along the way. The idea that there is a core Self that ultimately can act as a Leader and bring balance to the inner world. 

    Every other Thursday May 2 - July 11: IFS Healing Journey

    Therapy Group

    This experiential group invites you to participate in real time with new tools. We will help you explore and identify parts of yourself, fostering connection within and with other explorers. We strive to respect and honor parts of you that have experienced distress and trauma. We approach with sensitivity, creating a safe and nurturing environment to express yourself, heal, and integrate for a new way of life. 

    Facilitators

    Sylvia Schyberg, LCSW

    Originally from Germany, Sylvia Schyberg moved to the US in 1997 and became a citizen in 2002. After a successful career with Delta Air Lines in Administration and Employment Services, she returned to school to major in social services/mental health. A graduate from Auburn University with her Bachelor in Social Work in 2001 and from the University of Alabama with her Masters in Social Work in 2002, Sylvia is licensed in Colorado (CSW1262) to provide Clinical Services as an LCSW, with an inactive license in Alabama and Georgia. She is a Certified IFS Therapist and Approved Consultant through the Internal Family Systems Institute, and holds a Certificate in Animal and Human Health Connection through Denver University.

    Her experience includes working with the military and their families, and crisis work. She now specializes in working with adults who feel stuck, who possibly have done some therapy but fall back into old patterns, and want to achieve lasting results. Her work is trauma informed and holistic. Her passion is also helping other parents with their children through the lens of IFS.

    She loves music, animals, especially cats and wolves, and sunshine.

    For more please visit https://reconnectingtherapies.com/

    Erin Wallis, Clinical Intern

    Erin Wallis is a clinical intern at The BBMC and is preparing to graduate in Summer 2024. Using both talk therapy and experiential interventions, she collaborates with clients to develop mindfulness, self-compassion, and curiosity. She loves art, games, and travel.”

    May 18-19: Psychodrama Workshop

    For Helping Professionals: Benefits of this Training

    -Acquire new information about group dynamics and networks.

    -Infuse new life and energy into your groups and presentations.

    -Use approaches that enable people to have fun and learn simultaneously. 

    -Learn methods to use with people who have difficult mental health challenges.

    -Learn to work on non-verbal, unconscious, and metaphorical levels.

    -Practice newly acquired skills in a supportive environment. 

    Join us!

    • Where: The Body-Based Mindfulness Center, 1414 North Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs CO 80907
    • Time: Saturday May 18, 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday Mary 19, 8:30am-5:30pm
    • Cost: Single rooms $375/person; double rooms $345/person (includes lodging, meals, and tuition).
    • To RSVP: Contact Juan Arambula at [email protected] or 719-425-9476 

    Facilitated by Juan Arambula, Counseling Intern

    Hello, I’m Juan Arambula, a Counseling Intern in the final stages of my MA in Counseling. My passion for social justice and belief in personal transformation drive my counseling journey. Having benefited from vital support from helpers in my own life, I’m dedicated
    to helping others along their unique paths to growth and self-discovery. In therapy, I embrace mindfulness-based interventions and experiential methods like psychodramatic techniques and somatic interventions. Counseling, for me, is a collaborative adventure grounded in empathy, compassion, and authenticity. Together, we’ll work towards your goals using intentional interventions catered towards individual needs. Beyond counseling, I’m a music enthusiast, creator, and listener. I treasure moments with family and friends. If you’re seeking a counselor who blends mindfulness, experiential therapy, and a heartfelt commitment to your growth, I’m here to join you on
    this journey.

    May 17-19: Open Heart Sangha Retreat

    Gratitude, Compassion and Equanimity 

    Weekend Retreat

    • Where: In the Black Forest at Benet Hill Monastery: 3190 Benet Lane, Colorado Springs, Co 80921
    • Time: From Friday at 4pm until Sunday at 4pm
    • Cost: Single rooms $375/person; double rooms $345/person (includes lodging, meals, and tuition).
    • To RSVP: Contact Paulette Morris at 719-650-9356 or [email protected] 

    In-Person Drop-In

    Open Heart Sangha has been meeting for eighteen years. The Sangha is a support and a refuge. It is one of the Three Jewels of Buddhism, along with the Buddha, both the historical teacher and our own enlightened heart-mind, and the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings.

    Class Options –

    You can donate to Open Heart Sangha via PayPal or Venmo, which are connected to [email protected]. You can send a check to  P. O. Box 8294, Colorado Springs, CO 80933

    Online Options

    Open Heart Sangha meets on Zoom each Monday. Topics of the week can be seen on the Open Heart Sangha website.

    Email for more information and to get the Zoom link

    Our email address is: [email protected]

    Telephone number: 719-650-9356

    COVID-19

    As we continue our live sits on Thursday, we will observe the Colorado and CDC guidelines to protect each other and our community. We encourage everyone who can, to get vaccinated. The current CDPHE guideline for group gatherings is Unless you are fully vaccinated, masks are required for unvaccinated people in public indoor spaces. 

    Every Thursday: OPEN HEART SANGHA

    Ongoing and open to all!

    Open Heart Sangha is an ongoing dharma meditation practice group. “Sangha” means a community of people who are on the same path. We are a dynamic group, seeking to know ourselves better through the study of the teachings of the Buddha, as interpreted by many great people, such as His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, and Ajahn Chah.

    Our primary form of meditation is shamatha vipashyana, mindfulness, and insight meditation. Each meditation session typically begins with one 20-minute meditation, sometimes guided by our teacher, followed by a dharma talk, and concludes with a 10-minute silent meditation.

    We welcome everyone to participate – you do not have to be or become a Buddhist to benefit from this practice. You can incorporate the teachings and philosophy into your own personal beliefs, whatever they may be.