Compassion & Grit

Compassion & Grit

A therapy group for high schoolers

Our ultra-achievement oriented culture frequently sends the message that we need to be constantly above average, the best, or perfect in order to feel good about ourselves.
According to compassion researcher Dr. Kristin Neff, this pressure can cause teens’ self-esteem to go up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling with their latest successes and failures.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to self-esteem that many experts believe is a better and more effective path to happiness: self-compassion. Self-compassion is not based on self-evaluation or judgment. It is a consistent attitude of kindness and acceptance.
Research shows that developing self-compassion can:
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease depression
  • Improve caring relationships
  • Improve accurate self-concept
  • Improve emotional resilience

The Compassion & Grit Group applies current research in engaging, meaningful and fun ways to help teens increase their capacity for self-compassion and compassion for others. Compassion & Grit is intended to help teens approach life’s difficulties with kindness towards themselves and others.


We offer three separate Compassion & Grit groups – you choose what day/time works best for you!

  • Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm (In-person)
  • Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm (In-person)
Facilitators (click the name for license and registration information):
  • $75 per session

To learn more, contact our Intake Coordinator at or 626.585.8075, ext. 108.

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