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. Interviews will be held between the hours of 4pm & 7pm on the dates listed in the program schedule. Once registration and payment is completed, an interview time will be scheduled.

Workshop for Parents/Caregivers

A 2.5-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 is $475.00 and includes materials, student handbook, audio files and a 2.5-hour workshop for parent(s). In some situations, an insurance receipt can be issued.


Eileen Beltzner SCC, CMSCT, MSW, RSW will be the MFY Facilitator along with Certified MSC Teacher Rainer Beltzner. Helen McGillivary, B.A. Sc., B.Ed. will be assisting.

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 and the facilitators, please go to or contact us at

Schedule for MFY Program Starting April 2018 (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED ) 

March 26, 2018 Monday *Parent/Child Interviews 4:00-7:00 pm
March 27, 2018 Tuesday *Parent/Child Interviews 4:00-7:00 pm
April 10, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 1 4:00-5:45 pm
April 17, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 2 4:00-5:45 pm
April 24, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 3 4:00-5:45 pm
May 1, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 4 4:00-5:45 pm
May 7, 2018 Monday Parent Workshop 6:30-9:00 pm
May 8, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 5 4:00-5:45 pm
May 15, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 6 4:00-5:45 pm
May 22, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 7 4:00-5:45 pm
May 29, 2018 Tuesday MFY Session 8 4:00-5:45 pm


Register your interest for upcoming MFY programs coming this fall

The class size is limited to 15 young people and the location will be at Gairloch Gardens located at 1306 Lakeshore Road East in Oakville.

If you would like to receive registration information about the upcoming MFY program and/or reserve a spot for your child (no obligation), please send an email to