Speak! Feel! Be! at ACS

As many of you know, Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) provides students with on-site counseling, in addition to other after-school programs. Paly PTSA is happy to support this valuable service for our community.

Our ACS site director, Merritt Sheridan, has written an insightful blog post entitled, “The Poison of Perfectionism.” I encourage you to read it. You can find the blog at: http://www.acs-teens.org/the-poison-of-perfectionism/

In addition, ACS is offering asupport group starting February 14th at their Palo Alto Outpatient Clinic – “Speak! Feel! Be!” The group will be led by 2 ACS therapists and is a group where youth & parents can feel and speak freely in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment.

The first 4 weeks will be for youth to express their feelings of grief, anxiety, anger and ground themselves through stressful times.

The second 4 weeks will be for parents to find their way through the misconceptions, anxiety, and helplessness of the situations facing our youth.

Saturdays 10am-11:30am for 8 weeks, starting 2/14/15. There is a $10 per group session per person (or per couple). Scholarships available.  ACS Outpatient Clinic – 1717 Embarcadero Rd., Suite 4000 – Palo Alto, CA 94303.

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If parents are interested in meeting for a discussion on this topic at Paly, please contact me. We are very interested in hearing from any families who feel they could use more support and will plan an event accordingly.

Take care,
Linda van Gelder                                                                                                          Paly PTSA President