Phone: 301.593.6554

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T)

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) is a research-based course designed to help teens 14-19 years of age learn simple yet effective mindfulness practices that they can use to increase their focus, manage stress, and enjoy life. Mindfulness means noticing your thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment without judgement. This group will help stressed teens learn to recharge, be kind, and grow wise through the practice of mindfulness.

During the 8-week MBSR-T course, teens will learn and practice the techniques of mindfulness together to intentionally focus awareness of their own experience from moment to moment. Developing awareness through mindfulness is a powerful intervention for enhancing emotion regulation. Instead of reacting to daily events on autopilot, mindfulness helps us learn to respond with greater awareness and intention. Instead of reacting with harsh or unkind speech and actions toward ourselves or others, we evolve to respond more skillfully in a way that is consistent with our values. Instead of feeling disconnected or helpless, we find a sense of connection to others and ourselves. Teens will leave the group with the foundation they need to develop their own daily mindfulness practices, and experience the benefits of greater self-acceptance, enhanced self-confidence, and improved quality of life.

MBSR-T group will meet for eight weeks at our Chevy Chase location on Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm starting January 8, 2019 continuing through December 4, 2018. Group rates are $150 per 90-minute session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group. For more information or if you would like to register, please contact Dr. Erin Lewis-Morrarty at 301-593-6554 x12 or email at elewismorrarty@alvordbaker.com.

Registration form is available here: PDF.

Teen Perfectionism Group

This fall, Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC is pleased to offer a 12-week group for teens with perfectionism. The focus of the group is on cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors and increase confidence and self-worth. Academic-oriented perfectionism will be emphasized, though skills can be applied across all domains. Time will also be devoted to the “college admissions ‘mania’.” The group will be held weekly from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Mondays beginning November 26, 2018 and ending February 25, 2019. Groups will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Group rates are $100 per session. We require a $135 registration fee (which includes a $35 supply fee.) $100 of the registration fee will be applied towards payment of your final group session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group.

If you are interested in more information about the group, please email Dr. Michelle Gryczkowski at mgryczkowski@alvordbaker.com or leave a detailed message with your name and contact information at 301-593-6554, ext 56.

Registration form is available here: PDF