Combating Teen Anxiety Teen Parent Communication Journal
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What is your book about?
It’s a communication journal helping teens identify their emotions and feelings inside their body and use prompts to communicate their feelings safely with their parents. The prompts are designed to decrease defensiveness and allow parents to converse back and forth with their teen about topics that they would otherwise avoid out of discomfort.
What inspired you to write your book?
Years of working with teens who struggled to talk with their parents and who felt unsafe expressing themselves authentically with their parents. I also have worked with so many adults who also struggle to both identify and express themselves in a calm manner, so parents are lacking the communication skills necessary to allow for safe communication with their teen.
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What is a typical day like for you?
I see approximately 6 clients/day in my practice; teach and coach parents and teens in my Combating Teen Anxiety coaching program; and do executive coaching and speaking engagements
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I enjoy watching change take place when clients and work teams can learn to let go of their defenses and start productively communicating with each other from of place of generous intention with boundaries.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
Anything Brené Brown: Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Dare to Lead; Kristin Neff Fierce Self-Compassion; Harriett Learner The Dance of Anger.
Learning how to manage their nervous system and help catch their own anxiety before it dictates how they behave with others including partners, family, kids, and work relationships
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I like to get dirty in home improvement projects creating spaces that bring joy to me.
What’s next for you?
More executive coaching and speaking engagements; Biography of the Messy Life; work with parents of Transgender kids.