Facilitated by Christina Kemp
Hosted by Bainbridge Dance Center
6 Weeks -- January 29th - March 13th (no meeting February 19/20)
Friday’s 3-4:15p (Zoom option) | Saturday’s 2:30-3:45pm (in-person/outdoor option)
As many teens experience the loss and anxiety that accompanies the ongoing uncertainty of living through a pandemic, Christina Kemp will be facilitating adolescent discussion groups to bring teens together in a time when many are struggling. Gathering weekly, Christina will help teens to clarity feelings of unrest and offer a holding place to process concerns with the support of others. Adolescents will grow skills related to self-reflection and self-care as they cope with this extraordinary time of change. Emotional processing through reflective journaling prompts, group discussion, guided relaxation & somatic movement practices – within the consistent support of a facilitated group – will offer teens tools that will be useful for many years to come.
Christina is a dance teacher at BDC, and has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She is a Part-Time Instructor of Psychology at Seattle University, and has a small healing, guidance & counseling practice on Bainbridge Island.
Please contact Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org to Register
~ Groups are capped at 5 students. Meets weekly for 75 mins.
~ Cost: $25/session ($150 total). Paid in full.
~ Outdoor Groups Hosted @ BDC will be socially distanced and under covered tents. Teens should wear warm, comfortable clothing, bring a blanket (if desired), journal & pen, and something warm to drink.
~ Zoom Groups should be in a quiet, private room (if possible), wear comfortable clothing, and have a journal & pen.
* No refunds for missed sessions *
Note: Many families are experiencing undue financial burden. If your teen would like to participate, and you are having difficulty affording the group cost, please contact Christina to discuss sliding scale or alternative payment options.
This morning I reflect on the ways that I have missed your attempts to be seen. I feel how I am, at times, drawn into expressive exchanges with others, which perhaps more loud and visible, can take away from the smaller, no less felt, quieter words of the more accommodating presences within a room.
All of our modes of conversing come together, and they attract and deter connection in their own way. The strong, outgoing, and determined; meets with the tender, withheld, and observing. We pass over, duck beneath, hide and misplace; just as we align, collaborate, infuse and make contact. We miss each other perhaps more often than we find our way.
I must acknowledge, that I contribute to passing over you, in my own humanity and limitation. And in the moments when tearfulness in you has wanted to emerge with others who could hold you, but have perhaps chosen not to --
I know that I am called, when I am able, to offer the holding you are asking for.
Why are we so apt to avoid the quieter moments with one another? Where does this need to fill the silence, quickly and with our own maneuvered interruptions, come from?
Together, we have too many needs to fill any one moment.
Let us quiet them within ourselves, when to patiently delay our own urgent needs will provide no further damage to our loneliness. May we court our own longing to be met by others -- with the matured places within ourselves. When we can see that the quiet vulnerability of another, easily overlooked, is more important than our own momentary desire for attention and witnessing.
*original version posted on "From Dirt", February 23, 2020