Thursday, December 22, 2016

Regaining Balance in Marin; Mindfulness Skills for Parents in Transition

Liz Salin, MFT and Ruth Jaeger, LCSW, have just completed a very successful first series of Regaining Balance, a six week course for parents who are experiencing a separation or divorce. The class focuses on teaching participants to use mindfulness meditation skills to regulate the inevitable stress and dysregulation of this transitional phase. Their program is inspired by Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes which have demonstrated that these skills can be learned in a short term format. Outcome studies have shown mindfulness skills to be effective in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

As documented in research studying outcomes of children of divorce, sensitive caregiving is the cornerstone of a secure attachment and secure attachment correlates with positive outcomes and resilience in children. Parents will learn and practice skills which will facilitate their ability to regain a sense of emotional stability. This emotional regulation is essential both for a sense of personal well-being as well as increasing parents’ availability to their children during this upsetting time.

Here is a link to their website to find our more and register for this class The next series will begin January 26, 2017 in San Rafael.

Regaining Balance does not substitute for psychotherapy, but is a wonderful skill-building class to manage the stresses of this life phase.

“I referred a newly-separated and highly anxious client to this class. She has found
the group support and the new skills to be of great value. “ (Ann Buscho Phd)

"A perfect class for parents going through a divorce. Liz Salin and Ruth Jaeger are skillful,
compassionate guides teaching medically proven mindfulness techniques in a format that
can be learned and incorporated in a truly stressful life change." (participant)

"This class came at a perfect time in my family transition. I did not realize until I started
the class how much support I needed. This has been a very supportive stepping stone to
better self-care in this difficult time. Thank you to you both." (participant)

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