Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is a robust period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands of life increase for teens and young adults, this time is often fraught with confusion, apprehension, uneasiness, anxiousness and low mood. For many young people, these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation.

Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) is an eight-week, 1 hour and 45 minutes a week, evidenced based training program, designed to help teens, ages 13-15 years of age, cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life. It brings together the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion: Mindfulness teaches the young person to be present with difficult emotions. Self-compassion helps the young person respond to the challenges they face with greater kindness and self-care. Mindfulness also helps young people to cultivate skills of self-awareness and emotional resilience.

MFY incorporates developmentally appropriate activities and mindful-self compassion practices that help teens learn specific tools to navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.

A preliminary research study on the effectiveness of MFY demonstrated a 32% decrease in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood from before to after taking this program.



Prior to acceptance into the MFY 8 week program, a 30-minute interview with the parent(s) and teen is necessary to confirm if MFY is appropriate at this time. If MFY is deemed to not be appropriate at this time, the full course fee will be returned. Once registration and payment is completed, an interview time will be scheduled.

Workshop for Parents/Caregivers

A 2 hour workshop for the parent(s) or caregiver(s) on Mindful Self-Compassionate Parenting is a requirement of MFY. This workshop is held after the date of completion of the teen’s 4th MFY session.

Program Cost

The cost for the full program includes materials, student handbook, audio files and a 2 hour workshop for parent(s). In some situations, an insurance receipt can be issued.


Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) Teen Teachers

Eileen Beltzner SCC, CMSCT, MSW, RSW

Michelle Taggart B.A, B.Ed.


Additional Information

For further background information on this program including the research overview and related publications, please go to For additional information about Mindful Self-Compassion, please go to or contact us at

Upcoming MFY programs 

Tuesday evenings 6.30pm - 8.15 pm starting January 8th., 2019
Location : The "Studio" at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Ontario

The class size is limited.  Registration information is here.