Phoenix Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling

Zen Lab (TM)

After 21 years of intensive outpatient programming services, the winds of change are blowing this autumn season of 2021. Inner-Work Counseling’s Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders will transition into a new format; Zen Lab – a mindfulness coaching class.

Zen Lab ™ Mindfulness Coaching

“My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” – Anne Lamott

Offering mindfulness-based approaches for skill-building, the Zen Lab curriculum includes formal meditation practice each week as an integral part of the experiential learning process of using mindfulness practice to evolve out of old, self-defeating coping habits and into new ones.

Through my book “Inner-Work: Mindfulness-Based Recovery,” and my Four Pillars ™  model you will learn how this approach to personal growth increases your compassionate awareness of how to more skillfully manage challenging thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationships.

You will learn, through experiential meditation and mindfulness practices, gentle and compassionate ways of evolving out of old, unconscious, habitual and self-defeating patterns of reactivity to the many stressors of your life and develop new, skillful and liberating ways of consciously responding to them; increasing your personal experience of peace of mind and contentment; learning how to savor the so-called ordinary moments that make up the flow of your daily life.

Learning a growth mind-set, you will discover the value of cultivating internal rewards through the kind and patient repetition and persistence of this life-time practice.

The required book will be used exclusively in each class session and you will be encouraged to actively use it between classes as a means of learning the intellectual concepts in service to experiential mindfulness practice in all facets of life.

Zen Lab ™ is not a therapy group, but for those of you who are either currently in therapy* or want continued support afterwards to maintain your progress, this class can serve as an excellent resource, augmenting your ability to tolerate and skillfully manage your ongoing challenging thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationships.

(*for issues like Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Compulsive behaviors, Substance use, Obsessive thinking, Emotion dis-regulation, Emotional / over eating, Cognitive errors, Co-dependency, Sex/love issues, ADHD, Bi-Polar, over-spending, anger management, dysfunctional relationships, and so on.)

Zen Lab ™ will meet once a week on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom platform. As a result of longitudinal studies in meditative discipline, it is recommended that you commit to a minimum of 8 sessions in order to maximize your potential for ongoing practice and personal growth. However, the minimum of a four-week, pre-paid, non-refundable commitment will be required for all participants.

Insurance is not accepted. The out of pocket costs are as follows; $75.00 for the one-time individual intake appointment for enrollment and $25.00 per group session (4 minimum.) The required book is $40.00. Payment is due – in cash or check only – prior to each 4 week cycle (electronic bank checks are SO easy.) This class is not eligible for insurance reimbursement.

The first session of Zen Lab will be Wednesday, November 3rd.

Please contact me directly with questions or to enroll; Bryon Sabatino M.C., L.P.C., L.I.S.A.C. 480-221-1013

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Categories of self-defeating habits:

Substances – Sugar, junk food, drugs (prescription, over the counter and illicit), alcohol, caffeine, nicotine… (what would you add?)

Behavioral – Television, gossiping, gambling, sexual activities, computer activities, talking, computer gaming, working, frenetic busyness, shopping/spending, dieting, exercise, entertainment, binging/purging/starving, cutting, cleaning, hurry, sports, texting, internet, tweeting… (what would you add?)

Cognitive – Thinking (without even knowing we’re thinking), worrying, drama, chaos, negativity/pessimism, fantasy, catastrophizing, staying “informed” via the news… (what would you add?)

Social – Relationships, sex, romance, abusive relationships, codependency, enabling, submissiveness, approval, dominance, control, stalking, pining for someone… (what would you add?)

Emotional – Anxiety, anger, rage, fear, dread, anxiety, stress, depression, sadness, loneliness, hurt, guilt, shame, power, hypochondria… (what would you add?)


For questions and more details on Zen Lab, or to schedule an individual appointment, call Bryon Sabatino, MC, LPC, LISAC, directly at 480.221.1013

* Please Note: For SEO purposes, throughout my website you may notice a disproportionate number of references to the terms recovery, substance abuse, therapy, alcohol abuse, treatment, drug abuse, addiction, alcoholism, and so on. However Zen Lab is inclusive of all issues or just simply for self-enrichment and personal growth.