Connecting Parents and Children

Mindfulness for Tweens and Teens

Mindfulness is an effective way for our children to learn to cope with excessive worries, anxiety, perfectionism and everyday stress. How does it work? Training in mindfulness helps children recognize their own emotions and those of others, and promotes the development of skills to communicate feelings more effectively. By helping children recognize their emotions as they arise - anxiety, sadness, elation, boredom, anger, irritation - and the bodily sensations that accompany them, we are helping them learn to self-regulate; emotions need to be identified before they can be managed.

Group participants will learn to cultivate present mindful awareness to help with anxiety, perfectionism and emotional regulation, manage stress, enhance self-awareness, and improve relationships with others. 

Mindfulness groups for adolescents are facilitated by registered clinical counsellors, Carol Alexander MA, RCC and Shahla Mazlouman MA, RCC. Carol has extensive experience in attachment and adoption, having worked with the Adoptive Families Association in the development and delivery of their BC wide PASS Program. She is a child and family therapist at a not-for profit agency supporting children who have suffered early trauma. Carol is also the mother of a tween adopted from China. Shahla operates her own private practice, Water Lily Counselling, and specializes in supporting teenagers and children with anxiety and depression using mindfulness-based-stress reduction (MBSR) techniques. To find out more about Shahla visit her website at