It's Your Mind: OWN IT!
A Manual for Every Teen
Nicole Jon Sievers, MSW, LCSW
and Norene Gonsiewski, MSW, LCSW
Adolescence isn't easy. But the youth-friendly It's Your Mind: Own It! can help every teen have an awesome life. Written by veteran therapists Nicole Jon Sievers and Norene Gonsiewski, this book is a treasure chest of neuroscience-based information to help youth understand why they're thinking what they're thinking and why they're feeling what they're feeling; learn tools to exterminate automatic negative thoughts (ANTs); and master strategies for dealing with setbacks and for embracing challenges.
This innovative manual for teaching teens to take control of their roller coaster of feelings is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Theory and delightfully illustrated.
Featured topics include: understanding the brain, coping with anger, managing anxiety, dealing with depression, getting motivated, finding success in failure, practicing compassion, maintaining balance in life, managing stress, and living with gratitude.
From the Introduction:
We know certain thinking styles can prevent you from living a life full of energy, pleasure, creativity, innovation, resilience, and happiness. Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and negative self-talk can ruin self-esteem, inhibit your capacity to recognize and develop your unique gifts, and get in the way of connecting, and staying connected, with others. Limiting thought patterns also make it difficult to get motivated and to perform your best.
You are in the driver’s seat! You have the choice whether you steer your life without unnecessary distractions and tap into your inner resources to create a life you love—or always feel like you’re driving a bus full of chattering inner critics, rebels, naysayers, doubters, judgers, and slackers shouting out directions. The key to quieting the chattering is understanding your amazing brain. You absolutely can think your way to feeling curious about the day’s potential when you awake, to setting and achieving goals, to forging good alliances, and to being happy. Our book can show you how.
The first journey is your mind. The second journey is your co-creation of a world that works for everyone. We invite you to practice your newfound skills by committing to stand for courage for yourself, for your community, and for the world.
The ultimate road map for a teenager . . . Information that will help teenagers and young adults find their inner power, their sense of ‘can do,’ their strength and courage to seek out their own success.
— BILLY MORRISON
artist, actor and guitarist for Billy Idol & Royal Machines
The proceeds from the sales of this book will be shared with Stand For Courage and with other nonprofit organizations that work to better our world.