Breakout Facilitator at the 2017 Teen Wellness Conference
Yoga, Mindfulness, & Creative Expression
Pronouns: she, her, hers
How to Train Your Mind
Co-facilitators: Allie Giovanelli, Brittany Matheson, & Jennifer Nehme
(2017-2018 Stanford/CHC Doctoral Interns)
We have been told over and over again about the health benefits of physical exercise... but what about mental exercises? We need to exercise our brain just like we do our other muscles. Learn how to train your brain and work WITH the thoughts and feelings that arise in your mind rather than against! During this workshop we will draw upon evidence-based practices to build your mental health toolbox with mindfulness exercises and activities to get in shape (mentally!). Other topics/activities covered will include the mind-body connection (What is it? How does it work? How does exercising your mind impact your physical health?), guided imagery, and more.
Sharon is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology specializing in working with children, teens, and families. She hails from the Midwest and has her BS in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University. Sharon has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based interventions with children and adolescents. Central to her work is understanding the totality of human experience, and working to understand the person as a whole – mind and body. Her research focuses on the basic maturational processes of self-regulation skills in young children and how early variation in these skills contribute to different developmental trajectories. Sharon is completing her graduate training as a pre-doctoral psychology intern at the Children's Health Council and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
When Sharon is not in the clinic, you can find her practicing at the local hot yoga studio, enjoying the outdoors life, or perusing the weekend farmer’s market. A fun fact, Sharon once spent a whole summer off the grid, driving a large school bus in the desert.