Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community since 2004. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices.
She is an expert and pioneer of bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth. She is the author of The self-harm workbook for teens: Mindfulness skills to help teens overcome cutting and self-harming behaviors, thoughts, and feelings; Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life; Mindfulness for Student Athletes: A Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress and Enhance Performance; The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress (first and second edition); and Be Mindful: A Card Deck for Teens. She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens: Mindfulness Practices to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being to complement the MBSR-T program. She provides worldwide multiday trainings and intensive ten-week online trainings and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Psychology Today, Reuters, the New York Times, and Tricycle, to name a few. For more information, visit her website, www.stressedteens.com.