Mindfulness for Teens

Grow more emotional resilience and choice

Raising teens in our fast paced, technology advanced, social media dominated world, makes this parenting gig a complex and sometimes challenging job. And if we look at the statistics from the most recent Youth Beyond Blue Report, for our teens navigating the complexities of being a teen in this age is leading to higher incidences of stress, anxiety and depression in young people.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) was created out of 13 years of experience working with teens, by Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT, from Stressed Teens in the US. MBSR-T is an adaption of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s highly successful adult MBSR program, which is backed by over 38 years of research into its benefits for adult physical and mental health improvements.

MBSR-T is an engaging 8 Week course in living mindfully for teens, incorporating educational activities and the practice of skills for bringing mindfulness into their everyday lives. They’ll participate in group activities, meditations, yoga and more.

MBSR-T gives teens the tools to:

  • Notice emotions, rather than hide or suppress them
  • Learn how to respond rather than react in situations that may otherwise trigger a negative reaction
  • Build emotional resilience
  • Bring autonomy into situations where they normally feel powerless
  • Control their actions and own their decisions
  • Use social media in a mindful way

While MBSR-T is not a magic bullet for your teens stress, anxiety and worries, participation in the MBSR-T program offers the possibility for teens to experience:

  • Improved emotion regulation
  • Improved awareness of their own thoughts, emotions and impulses
  • Helpful shifts in perception and appraisal
  • Decreases in stress and levels of anxiety
  • Improved overall mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Increased sense of agency, control, coherence, and power
  • Insight into the sources of strength that come from within
  • Decreases in negative coping skills and increases in positive coping skills

Mindfulness for Teens - MBSR-T Course - Perth - Term 4, 2017

Mindfulness for Teens Course - Perth

Where: Palmyra Yoga Shala, McKimmie Road Palmyra WA 6157
Teacher: Karen Haddon
Dates: 11 October - 29 November
Time: 4:15 - 5:45 pm

What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016