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 almost 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.
I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. During the course of the day, the head of the flower tracks the journey of the sun across the sky... Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.