Start date: Saturdays, June 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. led by Louise Dreyfus LPC, LMFT. Location: Center For Creative Resources - 816 Hawthorne St, Houston, TX 77006 (map) Cost: $400
Mindfulness is a wonderful practice that teens can use to experience every day with a calmer mind. This 8-week course in mindfulness is specifically designed for teens to engage even the most skeptical of young minds. It can help teens to:
To be more present
To feel calmer, happier, more fulfilled
To be more organized, more relaxed, more creative
To improve attention & concentration in schoolwork, in sports, in musical and theatre performance, and socially in cultivating friendships.
To find fresh perspectives on difficult mind states such as worry, rumination, and anxious thoughts.
To cope with the day-to-day stresses of adolescent life such as managing homework, exams, relationships, family issues & sleep problems
Research indicates that teens who have a consistent mindfulness practice experience lower rates of anxiety and depression, better sleep, stronger relationships, and increased self-awareness, all of which can go a long way toward ameliorating the impact of stress.
Examples of some of the mindful activities we will explore:
Developing ability to focus attention on the present moment
With a humorous acronym FOFBOC (Feet on Floor, Bum on Chair), learning about grounding your attention with strength and stability
Learning lying down meditation cleverly called “beditation”.
Dates for the class meetings: June 15th, June 22nd & June 29 July 6th, July 13th, July 20th & July 27th, The final class will be held on August 3rd or 10th.
About your instructor: Louise Dreyfus LPC, LMFT is an experienced psychotherapist with nearly four decades of practice. In addition, she has personally practiced Zen Buddhism for over 30 years. She is one of the founding members of the Houston Zen Center and is also entrusted as a lay Zen teacher.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Mindfulness Instructor; Louise is committed to helping people achieve an abiding sense of calm and self-appreciation thus allowing warm, open relationships with others.
Louise counseled students and families at The Awty International School, since 1997-2018, most recently holding the position of Director of Counseling in the Secondary School. She celebrated 21 years of service and retired from the Awty School in May 2018. She continues to share her knowledge and experience with students, parents and educators through the Zen Center and in her private office in Montrose.
In her capacity as a counselor, she taught an innovative course on mindfulness for teens called, ".b" or "stop and breathe." This course helps students to focus their attention, manage stress and emotions, and bring full awareness to the present moment.
Louise invites you to explore mindfulness for yourself and contemplate how developing a practice might benefit you and all of the lives you touch.