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How to handle stress - AWIS Palo Alto

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM


In this workshop, you will be presented strategies to cope with stress and anxiety by two Life Coach part of the BeWell Program at Stanford. Christy Matta graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Psychology, after which she earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Christy believes that wellness, as it relates to health and well-being, is impacted by a variety of factors in life and our environment. A sense of wellness comes from attending to health through nutrition and exercise, as well as through a cultivation of positive emotional experiences and social connections with consideration for physical and emotional pain. Christy is an avid reader who grew up skiing in Colorado and body surfing at the Jersey shore. She loves to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. While she is sometimes up for trying fun, new outdoor activities, she is more consistently up for a walk. After 20 years on the East Coast, Christy feels lucky to live in sunny California. As a mother of three, she has, at times, counted her sleep in minutes and is grateful for a quiet morning, times with family and the occasional nap. Christy has worked in wellness and mental health for over 20 years. Always interested in why some people struggle, when others thrive, Christy began to teach strategies for building emotional resilience; sustained, focused attention; and social connectivity. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT,) a cognitive behavioral treatment designed to help people with intense emotional experiences, and is the author of The Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Free You from Needless Anxiety, Worry, Anger, and Other Symptoms of Stress (published by New Harbinger Publications in April 2012). She has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of emotional regulation and resilience and participated in the design and clinical supervision of programs for people with emotion dysregulation and mental illness. Christy was awarded the American Psychiatric Associations Gold Award. Now, her work in wellness allows her to indulge her curiosity in mind/body connections, encourage individuals and communities to lead healthy, meaningful and fulfilling lives and cultivate what is best within themselves. Her favorite wellness activities are outdoor lunches with her three children and husband, swimming, mindfulness and singing in the car (where no one can hear). Mia Primeau's approach to health is simple: to provide holistic, high-quality support to diverse individuals at any stage of life. Mia Primeau grew up in a small town in Rhode Island. Her Italian grandparents lived downstairs in the basement of their small home, which her father and grandfather built together. Her upbringing is best described as simple and Mia still values the simple things above all. Mia grew up with a front-yard garden, and always loved the fresh produce it produced and the amazing foods her grandma would make with it, like fried zucchini-flowers and string-bean salad. However, as was the case for many families in their community, fast and processed foods were common in her familys diet. As a young adult, Mias mother and grandmother were both diagnosed with cancer. Through diet and lifestyle changes alone, Mias mother persevered through stage 4 breast cancer. Mia became interested in the connection between diet and disease, and the concept of nutrition as medicine. As a result, Mia began changing her own habits and studying nutrition. After graduating with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island, Mia went on to pursue an MA in Somatic Psychology. Mias grandmother passed during this time, which drove Mia to focus on end-of-life care and death-acceptance issues for her masters work. On her professional path, Mia founded the Yoga Program at URI, taught yoga and mindfulness on a personal and group level, facilitated group and individual grief and acceptance therapy at

Cost: 5 - 15 USD
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ref/19649/event/3821920

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1265 Welch Road
Stanford, CA 94305

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