Powerful mindfulness tools to help you move beyond self-harming thoughts and behaviors, so you can get back to living your life.
Being a teen in today's world isn't easy. Maybe you've been bullied. Maybe you feel like your family or friends just don't get you. Or maybe you feel like you don't have control of your life, or you're just tired of trying to be perfect all the time. You aren't alone. Many teens struggle with difficult feelings and thoughts-and sometimes, when these thoughts feel overwhelming, you just want to feel something else. This is where self-harming behaviors, such as cutting, come in. But there are better ways to manage your pain. This book will help guide you.
In this workbook, you'll learn about the power of mindfulness, and how it can help you create your own special space for simply being with your thoughts. When you're dealing with difficult emotions, you'll have this safe space to go to again and again-no matter where you are or what you're doing. You'll learn how to be mindful of your senses, techniques for managing difficult feelings before they escalate, and move past self-judgment to embrace self-compassion and self-awareness.
Pain is a normal part of life-it's how you react to this pain that really matters. Let this workbook guide you toward better strategies for dealing with stress and emotional pain, so you can be safe, happy, and in control of your life.
About the Authors:
Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO's outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry who were not receiving relief or amelioration of their physical and psychological symptoms with the use of a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is author of Be Mindful and Stress Less, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (first and second edition), and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens. She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens, to complement the MBSR-T program. She provides intensive ten-week online trainings worldwide and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on The Today Show and CNN, and in Reuters, The New York Times, and Tricycle . For more information, visit her website at www.stressedteens.com.
Stacie Cooper, PsyD, is a doctor of clinical psychology who graduated from Pepperdine University with her PsyD in 2009. She has counseled teens and young adults privately and in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as well as led groups and psychoeducational trainings on adolescent mental health issues. She is certified in MBSR-T and has facilitated workshops in community centers and schools throughout Orange County, CA.