As a teen girl, you are likely feeling pressure and stress from every direction. Having good, healthy relationships with friends you can count on makes all the difference. In this guide, psychologist and teen expert Lucie Hemmen offers ten tips to guide you toward creating and maintaining the social life you want. Even better, the real experts that make this guide special are older teen girls who have recently been where you are now—and have plenty to say about it.
As you move through this fun and engaging guide, you will get a sense of who you are as a friend, appreciate authentic qualities you can share with others, and get moving toward expanding the quality and quantity of your social connections. Before you know it, small steps will lead to big changes and you will find yourself more confident, connected, and happy.
Grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the ten tips guide you in developing yourself in both simple and significant ways. You will engage in thought-provoking exercises and take fun quizzes spaced between tips to get you thinking more deeply about yourself and others. If you’re ready to get going on your social life, this book will show you the way.
"I remember how hard it was to be a teen, and I think the bullying, peer pressure, and expectations have only increased over the years. Lucie Hemmen's The Teen Girl's Survival Guide provides helpful exercises for teen girls to increase self-awareness, and concrete skills to help improve self-esteem and reduce the chaos and drama teen girls often encounter. This is a lovely book that aims to help teen girls think about and move toward the person they truly would like to be."
--Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, psychotherapist, international speaker, and author of several books, including Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster, Relationships Skills 101 for Teens, and Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens
"This thoughtful book will inspire teen girls to be their best self, their most authentic self, and to navigate social media and texting. A wise guide for every teen girl."
--Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, author of The ADHD Workbook for Teens, The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, and more (http: //www.addisagift.com)
"The Teen Girl's Survival Guide is packed with powerful skills to help you develop and grow healthy relationships and positive connections. It helps you to identify and build on the skills you already have, and to discover and try out new ones along your journey of self-discovery, as you figure out who you are and where you fit in. The best part of the book is the wisdom and experience of actual teens in their own words--teens who really 'get it, ' and can help you navigate social landmines and take your connectedness to the 'next level!'"
--Dzung Vo, MD, author of The Mindful Teen
"In The Teen Girl's Survival Guide, Lucie Hemmen uses a down-to-earth and engaging format to help readers manage critical teen issues, from social media stress to friend communication to self-esteem and sound decision-making skills. Teens will enjoy the advice from older girls, quizzes, and self-awareness exercises on topics they grapple with in their everyday life, while supervising adults will take comfort in the wisdom and solid guidance provided for keeping girls on track for making safe social choices."
--Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens, and Beyond the Blues
"Hemmen guides the readers through every important challenge that teen girls face. She provides excellent tips and tools that will help them successfully navigate these critical years. Readers will not only survive, but thrive!"
--Michelle Skeen, PsyD, psychologist, author of Love Me, Don't Leave Me, and radio host of Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen on KCAA 1050-AM
"The Teen Girl's Survival Guide nails the challenging and emotional nuances of growing up girl. The tips and tools Hemmen suggests are refreshingly honest, wise, and heartfelt. I look forward to sharing this resource with teens, parents, and educators."
--Julia V. Taylor, MA, author of The Body Image Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, and Perfectly You; and coauthor of G.I.R.L.S. (Girls in Real Life Situations) and The Bullying Workbook for Teens
"Lucie Hemmen's book provides ten fantastic tips that will help any teen girl thrive more in her life. The quizzes in each chapter are fun to take, and help to focus both on strengths and areas to work on. This book gives invaluable guidance on how to navigate the exciting and challenging world of social media."
--Jennifer Shannon, MFT, clinical director at the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens
"Hemmen provides girls with an invaluable resource, a guide for helping them handle tough interpersonal situations while helping them improve their self-esteem. Hemmen positions herself as a mentor and therapist by talking to readers on their level, which is so important. Readers will connect to the real girls' stories, and learn from the advice and tools Hemmen seamlessly weaves in through the chapters. I recommend this book for anyone working with teen girls, adolescents, and their parents. A must-have on bookshelves."
--Emily Roberts, MA, LPC, psychotherapist and author of Express Yourself
"Finally, the guidebook to adolescence so many women I know wish they'd had, but can now offer their daughters, patients, students, and friends."
--Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Child's Mind and Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School