Help has arrived! Today’s teen girls are experiencing unparalleled pressure to be popular, stay thin , look good, excel in school, and shine in extracurricular activities. They hide their unhappiness, ignore chronic exhaustion, and blame themselves for their struggles because they think:
stress is simply the price of getting into the “right” college, and
They’re the only ones who can’t handle the pressure. But teen stress is taking an enormous toll, and by the time girls get to college they are in worse psychological shape than ever before.
Stress Sucks! A Girl’s Guide to Managing School, Friends, and Life empowers this generation of girls to think and act differently, to take charge and restore balance in their lives, to play to their strengths, and to stay healthy and achieve their goals with confidence and self esteem.
Using a straight-forward approach based on research, clinical experience, and the voices of real girls, Dr. Roni (as young people call her) urges teens to take an honest look at how much stress they’re enduring, to identify where it’s coming from, and to realize how toxic it is to their mood, energy level, self-esteem, and ability to learn. She helps girls evaluate their feelings, study habits, and lifestyles (i.e. sleep patterns, nutrition, technology use) to decide what is and what ISN’T working for them. In this process, Stress Sucks! addresses procrastination; perfection and mistakes; relationship challenges with friends, parents, teachers, and coaches; and the whole college admissions process.
Most important, Dr. Roni gives girls sensible and easy-to-follow suggestions to adjust their attitudes, calm their emotions, quiet their minds, and focus their thoughts. This teenage self help guide will not only help girls lower their stress levels, but over time they will develop better resiliency and stress management strategies. Full of amazing and eye-opening information, Stress Sucks! empowersteen girls to make self-disciplined choices, practice good self-care, and trust their inner voices so they become the healthy, competent, and confident young women they are meant to be.
About the Author:
Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, nationally recognized author, and educator whose various professional roles enhance her ability to help teens, adults, and families. She has written three parenting books, the best-selling, I’m Not Mad, I Just Hate You!, the revised and updated Trust Me—Mom, A Less Stressful Approach to Mothering Teenage Daughters, and Easing Their Stress: Helping Our Girls Thrive in the Age of Pressure. Dr. Roni recently published her first book for teens, Stress Sucks! A Girls Guide to Managing School, Friends, and Life. She gives lectures, workshops, and keynote addresses throughout the U.S. and abroad and frequently appears as an expert on parenting, raising teenagers, and family relationships for national television, radio, magazines, and newspapers. Through her travels, Roni Cohen-Sandler stays current with cultural trends, the most prevalent challenges teens face today, and their parents’ greatest worries and questions. What she learns about the latest technology, online practices, and teenage behavior further enriches her clinical work.
In her practice, Dr. Cohen-Sandler specializes in psychological testing, individual psychotherapy, and parent guidance. She conducts thorough psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults struggling with developmental, learning, social-emotional, psychiatric, and behavioral issues. During feedback sessions, Dr. Cohen-Sandler identifies strengths as well as weaknesses along with patterns and key issues, giving parents an in-depth understanding of their children and what is causing their difficulties. She is particularly known for communicating this information in understandable language and providing detailed, applicable recommendations. Dr. Cohen-Sandler often observes students at school, participates in PPT meetings, and guides parents in advocating successfully for their children.
These abilities to zero in on presenting problems and develop corrective strategies facilitate Dr. Cohen-Sandler’s effectiveness in treating the adolescents and adults she sees in psychotherapy. She helps patients to pinpoint unhealthy patterns in relationships and decision-making, better recognize impediments to their goals, and develop viable approaches to overcome them. Dr. Cohen-Sandler’s knowledge of adolescent development, contemporary teen issues, and achievement challenges enables her not only to address core issues with teens, but also to guide their parents. In this work, she encourages mothers and fathers to examine their own histories, beliefs, and parenting approaches to determine what best serves them and their children and to create the strong, trusting relationships.