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When Kenzie, a teenager, started working with her Community Based Services clinician, she was reluctant to participate in her Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that teaches clients how to live in the moment, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and regulate emotions. In the beginning she would scoff at the slightest mention of any mindfulness activities or awareness practice. But after her therapist brought up the idea of “a life worth living”, a core tenant of DBT, Kenzie started to become more engaged. After deliberating and discussing this idea further with her therapist, Kenzie was excited about what she could do for herself to start living her best life. She’s even eager to try more mindfulness exercises in their upcoming sessions. Sometimes it’s the small changes and shifts in perspectives that we see in kids at Tennyson that make the biggest impact.

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