GINA M BIEGEL, MA, LMFT
Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life (Shambhala, 2017), The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2nd Ed., New Harbinger, 2017), and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens. (PESI, 2016). She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens, to complement the MBSR-T program; provides worldwide multiday trainings and intensive ten-week online trainings; and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on CNN and Reuters, and in the New York Times.
Financial: Gina M. Biegel is the founder and owner of Stressed Teens. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Gina M. Biegel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
LEE-ANNE GRAY, PSY.D.
Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, educator, and author. She is certified in EMDR, trauma treatment, as well as a national speaker in self-compassion, mindful awareness, LGBTQ youth, assessment, special education, and gifted individuals.
As the president and CEO of The Connect Group, she serves the global educational community with innovative professional development seminars in empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, and transformational coaching.
Formerly an instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Department of Psychology/Women’s Studies at UCLA, Dr. Gray has served the LGBTQ community as an ally and through her private practice. She was also forensic expert and independent consultant to the Orange County Public Defender where she evaluated LGBTQ youth in juvenile hall.
Dr. Gray’s latest book, Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities and Practices to Cultivate Kindness (PESI, 2016), is the first of its kind; a collection drawn from her work with teens at The Connect Group. Self-Compassion for Teens is enthusiastically endorsed by Tara Brach, Christopher Germer, Kelly McGonigal, among others. It was the #1 new release on Amazon, in Child Popular Psychology and Emotional Mental Health, and contains a whole chapter focusing on the unique needs of LGBTQ youth. She is also the author of LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PESI, 2018) and the Self-Compassion & Mindfulness for Teens Card Deck: 54 Exercises and Conversation Starters (PESI, 2017).
Financial: Lee-Anne Gray is the President and CEO of The Connect Group and co-founder of The Connect Group School. She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Dr. Gray receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lee-Anne Gray writes a blog on Educational Trauma for the Huffington Post.