Improv for Anxiety & Mindfulness 

A partnership between Improv-LA and Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Goodman

What does Improv have to do with psychological well-being and personal growth? A whole lot, it turns out!

Improv teaches us how to be in the present moment. Lack of present moment awareness—excessive rumination about the past and future, the constant "what if..." game we play in our heads, the tendency to hyper-focus on ourselves and how we appear to others—underpins anxiety and stress. Improv exercises help us get out of our head, step into the unknown, tolerate uncertainty, trust our intuition, and develop courage and confidence. A growing amount of research suggests these practices lower anxiety and enhance overall well-being!

That's why we're super excited to partner with Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Goodman of The Middle Way to provide a class that focuses specifically on this!

This group offers a unique blend of Improv and Mindfulness in a supportive context. Through interactive play exercises, mindfulness & self-compassion practices, and discussion on stress and anxiety, you'll learn to sharpen your focus, respond to the "inner critic," engage in “active listening” with others, and take more risks, so that you can approach life from a "growth" (versus "fear") mindset. No prior improv or acting experience is necessary! 

For more information and to register:
Go here: --> The Middle Way + Improv-LA <--

"May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering."


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Matthew Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Founder/CEO of The Middle Way. In addition to specializing in mindfulness-based interventions as a clinician, he has taught mindfulness, self-compassion, and other stress-reduction practices to healthcare providers, teachers, parents, and lay audiences. He has published several articles and book chapters on mindfulness and mind-body health and is the author of Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults. Dr. Goodman serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, where he supervises and teaches psychiatry residents. He has been training and performing improv comedy for 5+ years, including being a student at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.

Jenna Bryce Shaw studied theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was thrilled to be in their company after graduating. For over ten years, she has studied and performed improv and sketch at the Groundlings, UCB, Second City, iO West, TAPNY, and various other theaters. Since she was a kid, Jenna has lived with a super awesome, really fun, amazingly rad anxiety disorder and in 2013 she found a wonderful Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. DBT completely changed her relationship with her anxiety and she is beyond grateful. She believes many tools from improv relate to many of the skills she learned from DBT and is excited to share her improv knowledge with other humans. She lives with her 12-year-old pug named Arlene and her favorite Beatle is George Harrison.