Making Friends with Yourself 

An 8-week Mindfulness and Self Compassion Course for Teens

taught by MFY Teacher Michelle Zimmer, MD 

Enrolling now for fall 2019 

First Class- Friday, September 27, 2019

Class time  4:30-6:15 pm

$250 for 8 weeks

Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation. To support teens in coping more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life, Karen Bluth, Ph.D., and Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., co-created Making Friends With Yourself (MFY), an empirically-supported, 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion in teens. It was adapted from the original Mindful Self-Compassion program for adults and is endorsed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. MFY teaches core principles and practices that enable teens to respond to the challenges of these critical years with kindness and self-compassion. Following in the footsteps of the adult MSC program, the teen adaptation is rooted in the three key components of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity and mindful, balanced awareness. These elements serve to open the hearts of teens to their own suffering so they can learn to give themselves what they truly need, recognize that they are not alone in their suffering, and encourage an open-minded acceptance of the struggle they are facing. In this 8-week long course, which meets weekly for 1.75 hours, teens engage in developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, which provide them with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. Backed by research, findings indicate increases in emotional well-being and greater resilience after taking the course.

Read more about teens and self-compassion:

Guided Imagery- Individual Sessions

Learn to Relax, Focus on the Moment, Reduce Stress, Sleep Better, or Cope with Pain/Chronic Physical Symptoms.

The mind is a powerful healing tool. Children are naturally skilled at using their imagination, and by using our imagination, we can visualize almost anything. Guided imagery (or visualization) is a therapeutic technique that has been used for centuries.By creating images in the mind, a person can reduce pain, stress and other symptoms associated with his or her condition. The more specific the visualization, the more therapeutic it will likely be. In these sessions, Dr. Zimmer will teach patients to imagine sights, sounds, smells, tastes or other sensations to create a kind of daydream that “removes” them from or gives them control over their present situation. Dr. Zimmer's training is through the Academy of Interactive Guided Imagery.

For additional information on the benefits of, and scientific research for, the use of guided imagery:

Individual guided imagery sessions of 30-45 minutes can be scheduled. 


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Tri-State DBPEDS 513-275-6630

2753 Observatory Avenue Cincinnati, OH