Tools and Resources for

Teen Emotional Confidence

Lucky for you I'm a **HUGE** nerd!!! - Way back when I was a Teen Girl (not so long ago), I could be found spending hours in the Self-Help section of Barnes & Noble picking out the perfect book to help with whatever major life issue I was dealing with at that moment. To this day, I still love listening, watching, and reading all I can about how to help Teens Feel Emotionally Confident. Keep reading to see some of my favorite tools and resources.


Having the right tools at your fingertips can make coping with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or any other big, uncomfortable emotion that much easier! (For you and your teen!)

These balls are great for practicing deep breathing (you can watch as you expand and close the ball along with your breath), mindfulness, or just plain old fidgeting.

Mints have amazing calming properties! You can use mints to self-soothe with you tasting sense, and/or boost your mindfulness practice. Plus, enjoying a mint can increase saliva production which also helps calm down our body's natural stress responses.

This tool has been quite the hit in my office with teens! By painting on the Buddha Board with water, teens are able to express themselves then watch as their creation evaporates making room for a new creation. This can be a great mindfulness practice to help express and let go of negative or difficult emotions.

Some people need to occupy their hands or bodies in order to pay attention. Tangle Toys are great for helping people with anxiety and ADHD better concentrate by allowing their bodies to fidget while they listen.


Podcasts I Listen To and Recommend

Launching Your Daughter with Nicole Burgess, LMFT

Nicole Burgess is a wonderful psychotherapist who loves supporting teen girls and their families through adolescence. This Podcast is filled with great tips and strategies for supporting the Teen Girls in your life from other experts as well.

The Quote of the Day Show with Sean Croxton

I love starting my day with The Quote of the Day Show. Each episode is a quick listen (usually about 10min) and starts out with a brief intro about why Sean chose that particular quote. Then listeners get to hear the actual speaker share the quote in context of a talk or speech they actually gave!

Dear Sugar Radio

You're likely familiar with Cheryl  Strayed of Wild and Tiny, Beautiful Things fame. She and fellow author Steve Almond co-host this amazing podcast where they answer listener's letters about really difficult and real life issues/struggles with amazingly empathetic, open-minded, and nonjudgmental help.

Two powerful episodes I highly recommend are: "Can A Sexual Assault Survivor Love a Rapist?" and "The Tale of the Wicked Stepmother"


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Want to know the helpers and professionals I recommend? These are all the fabulous people and places I love working with to help support the teens in our lives in becoming more emotionally confident!


Elm City Wellness is located in the heart of East Rock in New Haven and offers highly skilled massage, skin care and acupuncture. Chronic pain, stress management, and much more, our work is tailored to meet each client's specific needs. I have never had a bad massage here (and I've tried a few different massage therapists along the way)!

Active Wellness is a boutique fitness and personal trainer owned and run by the most adorable wife-and-husband team you could ever meet. They offer personalized 1:1 sessions, small group female-only bootcamp classes, and Running 101 programs for those who want to run their first 5k but have no clue where to start (I did it and loved it! This is where I learned about LovingKindness meditation).



For full transparency, some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that, at no extra cost to you, I’ll receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I only recommend books and products that I have used myself, have been recommended by another mental health professional, or by the teens and families I work with directly.  I recommend them because they are helpful and useful. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you.