Mindfulness & Self-Compassion: Researcher & Teacher 

I am passionate about finding ways to help teens navigate the often difficult road of adolescence - this has been my life’s work. As a classroom teacher for almost 20 years, the emotional support I provided to students hopefully helped to ease some of the challenges my students faced during this stage. As a researcher,  my work focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth.  I create and test programs that provide teens with tools to help build resilience and strengthen positive mental health.

I have co-created the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, and am author of the book The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are (New Harbinger Publishers).

As a mindfulness practitioner for over 40 years, a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher, and a lifelong educator with 18 years of classroom experience, I frequently give talks, conduct workshops, and teach classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational settings and in the community.


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