Do you ever feel so frustrated with school, friends, parents, and life in general that you lose control of your emotions and lash out? You shouldn't feel ashamed. Being a teen in today's world is hard, but it's even harder when you're unable to keep your cool in stressful situations. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make positive changes in your life. Using proven effective mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Mindfulness for Teen Anger will teach you the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of anger. Inside, you'll learn how to make better choices, how to stop overreacting, find emotional balance, and be more aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment. You'll also learn skills for building positive relationships with peers, friends, and family. As a teen, the relationship skills you learn now can help you thrive in the future. With a little help, and by cultivating compassion and understanding for yourself and others, you will be able to transform your fear and anger into confidence and kindness.
"After reviewing this book I was very excited about the potential it has to help children cope with and regulate their emotions. It provides a very good source workbook for any teen trying to understand and work through anger issues. The key to controlling anger is in our thinking. The approach in this book helps teens [cultivate] mindfulness, which allows them to pay attention to the present and observe and understand their thoughts and feelings. This awakens them to their experiences in a very pragmatic way. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in helping a teenager cope with anger and aggression. It is practical and understandable, and will provide direct assistance to teens in establishing the thought control necessary to change their behavior." --Joseph J. Cozzo MA, MS, LMHC, president and CEO at Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center
Jason Robert Murphy MA, MFT, has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation since 1994. He is a teacher and counselor who has been working with youth and families for the past twenty years. He is a certified addictions counselor and founder of Mindfulness Recovery Counseling. Murphy has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings around the country. He has a private practice and leads workshops and mindfulness intervention groups with incarcerated men and woman as well as for young adults in Santa Cruz, CA. Mark Purcell, MEd, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked with youth and families for the past twenty years. Mark has developed DBT programs for youth agencies and trained professionals in a variety of settings. As an adjunct instructor, Mark teaches courses in DBT, trauma, and therapy with children and adolescents at several universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark is the child psychologist for Parents Place and has a private practice in the San Francisco Peninsula.