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SunCloud Health offers integrative, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization for adolescents and adults of all genders – “Supporting your desire to live free from self-destructive behavior as you embark on a life long journey of recovery”.

Outpatient Treatment and Groups

We provide continuous care treatment options through groups, individual and family education, and community connections.


Our approach to outpatient care is to provide continuous care treatment options through groups, individual and family education, and community connections. We strive to decrease or eliminate relapse that results in readmission to treatment by creating a robust web of treatment providers and services at SunCloud and in your community. We are unique in that we work with our patients to create and adapt an individualized, continuous care plan, based on their ongoing needs and treatment goals.

Kim Cimino, LMFT and Lauren Pace, DO discuss the importance of family involvement and family therapy for loved ones, families and patients in recovery

Individual psychotherapy is provided on an ongoing basis to those who would benefit. Each of our respected and caring therapists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the treatment of addictions, trauma, mood and eating disorders. All of our therapists are relationally oriented and highly trained. Our clinical team utilize a variety of treatment modalities including Somatic Experiencing, DBT, ACT, Client-Centered, Mindfulness, and specialized addiction treatment.

Group psychotherapeutic work is a pillar of our outpatient services. Most groups are open-ended with some designed as series to offer particular therapeutic skills. We strive for experiential, process and insight orientated group spaces, that are safe and recovery community driven.

We found this quote and article published by the The American Journal on Addictions, to be quite profound on the ability of social engagement to change lives.   

“While it is crucial to deliver effective medications more widely and effectively, as well as to develop new medications that can treat a wider range of substance use disorders, we may not solve the current opioid crisis or prevent future crises without additionally addressing issues of isolation and other social stresses in our physical and virtual communities.

Addressing isolation should be a central focus for clinicians, both through utilization of behavioral treatments that focus on social reinforcement and encouraging patient engagement in recovery support services that foster social connection and mutual aid.” 

Read more – The potency of social versus drug rewards

Current Outpatient Groups



4:00-5:30 pm: Aftercare with Gail Alexander, Northbrook

4:00 – 5:30 pm:  Aftercare with Shale Marks, Northbrook

8:15 – 9:30 am: Process Addiction Group with Dr. Marcia Nickow, PsyD., CADC, CGP, Northbrook

9:30 – 11:00am: Recovery Growth for Women with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (adult women), Northbrook

5:15 – 6:30pm: Sex, Love and Relationships with Dr. Marcia Nickow, PsyD., CADC, CGP, Northbrook.


Noon – 1:30 pm: Recovery Growth for Men with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (adult men), Northbrook

9:30 – 10:45am: Professional women in Recovery with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (any adult professional), Northbrook

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Aftercare with Joe Whitlock, Chicago (Lincoln Park)




Recovery Growth for Women with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (adult women)

An ongoing process group for women at any stage in recovery. This supportive space is for anyone in the recovery process whether it be with an eating disorders, substance abuse or any compulsive behavior. This group includes medication management.


Men’s Recovery Group with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (18 and over)

Participant are welcome at any stage in their recovery, may be experiencing other compulsive behaviors including substance abuse or self-injury and is inclusive to men over 18.   This group includes medication management as needed.


Coming soon. Athletes and Addiction (to include eating disorders) with Dr. Kim Dennis MD


AfterCare Groups Shale Marks (Wednesdays Northbrook) and Joe Whitlock (Fridays, Downtown Chicago)

A psycho-educational and experiential process group designed to create the building blocks of the recovery process for those in the beginning of their recovery, and those looking to deepen their experience of the first three steps in the 12-step model. Participants are encouraged to utilize the support group dynamic while focusing on their individual progress. Mastering the first three steps is crucial to understanding why addiction occurs, learning the mechanics of how to cope with it and preparing the group member to return to wholeness, build trust in relationships, break destructive patterns and become an active participant in their own lives.


Aftercare with Gail Alexander

This group is designed for men and women who benefit from connection with and support from others who have successfully completed our IOP program and have begun the healing process in recovery. People struggling from substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders and trauma will benefit from this ongoing weekly group. Max 8 people.


Building Community

Finding people to connect with is hard for anyone.  Many people struggling with mental illness have an especially difficult time with relationships, as they have lost many of the connections in their lives after having spent months or even years withdrawing from others as one way of coping with their pain.  This group is all about reconnecting with others, building meaningful connections with healthy supports, and having fun.  This group will change based on the group’s needs and desires, but there will be an equal emphasis on therapeutic processing as a group, as well as therapeutic outings intended to foster socialization; and help those with Anxiety or Depression to practice taking their fears, discomfort, or phobias with them in order to live by their values and do what matters to them.


Professionals in Recovery with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (any adult female), and Professionals in Recovery with Dr. Kim Dennis, MD (any adult professional)

Open to any professional, includes experiential group process, professional consultation, examination of transference/counter-transference reactions and relationship with personal growth, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, avoiding burn out, navigating self-disclosure and self-care as a professional in recovery. This group includes medication management as n


Process Addiction Group with Dr. Marcia Nickow, PsyD., CADC, CGP

People frequently self-medicate painful life experiences by engaging in so-called “process addictions.” This ongoing process group will help people gain insight into struggles with such process or behavioral addictions as spending/debting, gambling, work, activity, relationships, sex, codependency, and anger/rage. Connections between process and substance addictions as well as eating disorders will be illuminated.


Sex, Love and Relationships with Dr. Marcia Nickow, PsyD., CADC, CGP

Adverse or traumatic childhood experiences often lead to addictive patterns with, or avoidance of, sex and love relationships.  Fearing intimacy due to attachment wounds, individuals may compulsively escape in sex, romance or fantasy, or may become trapped in relationships characterized by hyper-dependency.  The thrill of sexual adventure and intensity of love prevents authentic experience and commitment. This on-going group will help people change obsessional, avoidant and other self-sabotaging relationship patterns.


Spirituality and Imperfection with Dr. Marcia Nickow, PsyD., CADC, CGP

Coming soon. Spirituality is a universal concept, applicable not just to sages, saints, gods, and religions folk, but to everybody experiencing the challenge and gift of being alive. All people, philosopher-psychologist William James once said, suffer from “torn-to-pieces-hood,” and to be human is “to feel at times divided, fractured, pulled in a dozen directions….”   This ongoing process group will provide a safe therapeutic space to gain spiritual insight and awareness while fostering connection with others. Members will discover pathways to serenity and healing from anguish, insecurities, imperfections–the defects and limitations that are part of our nature as human beings.



Facilitated by Steve Wright 

Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm

Addictions, eating disorders and psychological trauma impact entire family systems. Frequently, the families develop dysfunctional roles, enmeshed boundaries, intimacy fears and unhealthy communication patterns.  This weekly multifamily group provides a safe therapeutic space for family members of people receiving or considering services at SunCloud Health to embark on their own journeys, with authenticity and transparency.

Families consciously and unconsciously transmit destructive coping strategies, such as addiction, to the next generation. Thankfully, transformative recovery experiences can be passed on to up-and-coming generations, creating cultures of resilience for family members in place of cultures of despair. This group will offer the possibility of recovery from codependent behaviors as well as life-changing explorations for all participants.  It will also provide a forum for families to share in their experiences, and to learn from others on how to both heal themselves and support their loved ones in their recovery.

Group sessions are offered to families with a patient at SunCloud at no-charge.

Please call us or email us if you are interested, 866-729-1012 or [email protected]

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