Supporting Families in Building Resilience and Inner Strength

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Mindfulness is bringing non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. Self-Compassion is treating ourselves with the same kindness and compassion as we would a good friend.

Benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion

  • Becoming aware of our negative internal dialogue.
  • Meeting moments of struggle with kindness instead of harsh self criticism.
  • Increasing motivation and inner strength needed to meet life’s challenges and obstacles with our compassionate voice.

Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens Program (MSC-Teens)

(formerly known as MFY)


Our thoughts have a powerful impact on our perception and wellbeing. Negative thoughts lead to increased stress and unhappiness. The MSC-Teens program explores how our inner critical voice may contribute to these challenges, and teaches strategies to improve our internal dialog.  Learning how to express our thoughts in a more compassionate way leads to a more positive view, and lower stress.

The program begins by creating a safe space in which group participants can explore deeply how to treat themselves with the compassion they would show a friend. Topics include:

  1. The difference between self-compassion and self-esteem, and why self-compassion is more reliable,
  2. The role of the inner critic,
  3. Finding our compassionate voice,
  4. Identifying our core values, and how we can treat ourselves compassionately even when we don’t meet our own standards.

We explore these and other topics through exercises, videos, discussions, meditations, and movement practices. The program wraps up with looking at the power of gratitude as a way to focus our thoughts on positive aspects of our lives.


Starts on Sunday, Feb 6th, 2022

Ends on Sunday, March 27, 2022

2:00pm to 3:15pm PST, or 2:00pm to 3:30pm, depending on the number of participants

Minimum of 4  and maximum of 12 participants

Delivered over Zoom



Teachers: Marina Barnes and Alex Espinosa

For more information on our team, click here.





Sign Up


A fee of $350 per participant will be collected for the MSC-T (formerly known as MFY) program once your registration has been confirmed. A limited number of scholarships may be available based on need.

For this investment in yourself and your teen, you will receive:

  • Eight 75 minute sessions with two experienced instructors,
  • Weekly emails to participants and parents describing each session,
  • Weekly recordings of meditations participants can reference for practice; if they choose,
  • Access to instructors for questions and support throughout the eight weeks,

Please register for the MSC-Teens program using the form at this link.

“I liked learning the various coping techniques to help me de-stress and calm down. I also felt that the program helped me be kinder towards myself.” Participant

“I’ve learned to appreciate more of what I have in my life.”  Participant

“It helped me accept a lot of things about myself I can’t control.”  Participant

“This was beneficial for teens receiving eating disorder treatment, groups were moderated in ways that supported the participants in feeling comfortable.” Parent


1-on-1 Counseling

with Alex Espinosa

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Jose. I am dedicated in supporting clients navigate personal difficulties and having clients finding their own personal strength.  I have worked for nine years in the Bay Area with families and individuals of different age ranges coping with life transitions, anxiety,  depression, and grief.  

Therapeutic approaches I utilize in guiding clients finding their inner strength include CBT, Solution Focus, and Strength Base therapy. Utilizing a few approaches help meet the need of every client. I am currently providing services for self-paying clients  and take some insurances. For more information go to



1-on-1 Coaching

with Marina Barnes

I have a strong interest in helping teens build the foundation of emotional well-being through mindfulness; compassion and communication with self.

I am a MSC-Teens (formerly known as MFY) Trained Teacher, a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, a Nonviolent Communication practitioner, and a Certified Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Practitioner. I am also the MSC-Teens Volunteer Program Director at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.