Youth Training

Is there a special child in your life who would appreciate the gifts of resiliency and strong social-emotional skills? 

I offer Adult/Child Focusing Activity Sessions. Working together, the Focusing skills we learn in our sessions can be practiced and reinforced at home as you are both learning together.

“The benefits of Focusing for a child’s development: 
Children have a better sense of who they are and manage to communicate better with other children and adults about their feelings, choices and underlying needs. They are better able to protect themselves against the influences of the outside world and also develop a kind of inner radar for what is right/good/supported or wrong/bad/ for their own development. They are calmer and more able to stay in contact with their boundaries. And they create, new possibilities and choices. They are able to express their feelings, not only in words, but also in many other ways. They can develop greater inner safety and a strengthened identity, giving them a grounded presence in many different situations.” 
From an article: Working with Youth, by Rene Venegelers, a Focusing trainer specializing in children. Click on Rene’s name for a brief video example of his teaching.


I am so excited to be offering this! One of my biggest influences in deciding that I wanted to learn to teach Focusing was my experience in parenting my three children. As babies, each one entered the world already responding from a unique perspective that arose from within them. Like, they just pop out already their own little personality, don’t they? Up to a certain point, they were moldable.  Like molding clay, when I was with them, I could help them come away from a particular experience a bit stronger in their own sense of self. Of course, once they started school, there was a lot more than our nuclear family providing the molding. What broke my heart the most, was when they would develop a rigidity. Something they were no longer open to at all. They had decided to be clearly afraid. Sometimes I had a clue as to how this happened and sometimes I was clueless. And I did not have all of the skills to help them unwind what had become all tangled up in fear inside of them.
And now I do have the skills and I can teach them to you! I chose this format of working individually with a parent-child combo because it is much easier to learn mindfulness and Focusing skills in a supportive environment. Parents work with me to provide an environment of curiosity, loving encouragement and consistent repetition that supports neural integration and a sense of forward flow. Old unhelpful individual and family patterns loosen and unwind. New understandings of how to live successfully in this brain and body emerge. Child and parent move toward a more thriving sense of being. Goals will vary with each individual family situation.  This way I can adapt what we are learning and practicing to what is happening right now in your family, specific to the child and all that they are interacting with.
Potential benefits include being calmer, strong social emotional skills, improved communication skills, self-sufficiency, unlikely to bully others or be bullied, strengthened sense of identity, create new possibilities, better manage their feelings, respond rather than react, understand their mind and body and much more.


Session length will vary with your family situation – might be about 45 min with adult and child together plus include a 15 min phone call or sometimes email to the adult to review progress, assign a skill to practice and answer questions. We might also make it more like a 1.5 hr Focusing Activity Session without separate adult time if your children are tweens/teens. And I am calling these Family Focusing Classes when more than two members of your family are interested in learning these skills. Generally, we’ll meet in person at my home for these sessions. In some cases, we may be able to meet at your home for an additional travel fee. These sessions can be done via videoconference if you have access to a printer to print materials we’ll be using for activities and if you are willing to pre-gather a few common items like keys and art supplies. If you are interested in these videoconference sessions, let’s first chat by phone to make sure this will work well for us all.

Email me HERE to discuss details or find a time that works for you. I currently offer sessions at my home on weekdays either Tuesday or Wednesdays. More options are available for zoom videoconference sessions. I am on EST (Eastern Standard Time zone USA). You can pay for sessions here now via paypal or at the time we meet via check or cash.

Adult/Child/ Family Private Focusing Activity Sessions: $60

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Tweens/Teens Might Try a Being Your Own Best Friend class….

For those ages 12-18 who are curious about how to empower your own sense of self, this space is for you! This class is centered around exploring and improving your relationship with yourself from wherever it is now. Youth will deepen their sense of trust with how to access their own knowing of what is right for them in a particular situation.  We’ll explore how our brain works using current neuroscience concepts. We’ll use various body awareness, mindfulness and Focusing activities to become familiar with our own individual inner processes around what it means for us to be our own best friend.

Each session of five classes will have a theme we work more deeply with. For 2018, the themes are:

Self-Criticism/Judgement for Spring

Self-Care Habits/Addictions for Summer

Loneliness for Fall

Classes will include time for sensing within yourself, mindfulness exercises to adapt into your daily life, opportunities to become more familiar with how to navigate your inner landscape, Presence language exercises, writing, art and body awareness/movement activities. There may be some reading and handouts provided by email. We will not be partnering with others in the class here, only working individually. Focusing experience is not required, although a Guided Session will certainly add to what an individual can get from this class.

The uses of Focusing that apply particularly to the topic of Being Your Own Best Friend include:

  • practicing self-compassion
  • making clear decisions
  • knowing what you really feel and want
  • releasing emotional burdens
  • transforming inner critics
  • nurturing a sense of self worth
  • being an accepting understanding friend
  • improve overall communication skills
  • increased patience, intentionality, gratitude and body awareness

Being Your Own Best Friend will be offered three times a year – fall, winter-spring and summer for two age groups – tweens/teens from 12-18 yrs and adults ages 18 & up. Classes will meet five times for 1.5 hours. Class fee is $75. Click HERE to find Adult class times. Tween/Teens classes are listed below.


5 Wednesday afternoons
4:30 – 6pm EST, 3:30 – 5pm CST, 2:30 – 4pm MST, 1:30 – 3pm PST
July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8
Class fee $75


5 Monday afternoons
4:30 – 6pm EST, 3:30 – 5pm CST, 2:30 – 4pm MST, 1:30 – 3pm PST
Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10
Course fee $75

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Parents registering a child, please include which session (summer/fall), your child’s name (& email if appropriate), as well as your name & email as a comment in Paypal.  I will contact you with confirmation of your registration.  You can also email me HERE if you have any questions before registering.

If you prefer, you can email me HERE to register and pay via check or cash. I am also open to payment plans.

For the Video Web Conference class, we will be utilizing a program called Zoom. You will need to download it onto your computer or phone to join us via video. You’ll be in a conference space with myself as teacher and a group of friendly fellow learners from all over the US. With zoom, you are in control of your video and audio, and have access to a chat space to type in comments or responses. Video Web seminars work amazingly well. Hope to see you here!


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