What we're about
CenterSpot is a self-care program and support network. With a focus on parents of teenagers, CenterSpot helps parents cultivate a greater sense of center, connection, and confidence.
Each CenterSpot Parent Connection Group provides opportunities for group and one-to-one sharing among parents. We offer a group discussion topic that parents may choose to carry over into the individual sharing time. Each meeting also offers one or more "CPR" (or Centering Practice Recommendation) designed to breathe the life back into often-suffering parental self-care practices. Many meetings will also feature a guest speaker.
At CenterSpot, we expand the word "teen" to include all of adolescence, which can encompass ages from 9 to 26. And we welcome anyone in the parenting role to our meetings, whether biological parents, foster and adoptive parents, grandparents, or other caregivers.
Join us at our next CenterSpot PCG to discover the power of parental self-care--beginning with the practice of connecting with others who can relate to your situation and understand your unique challenges!
More About Us:
CenterSpot champions and facilitates the practice of parental self-care for all parents. We champion the power of parental self-care for maintaining a sense of balance and staying on our feet, even when we feel bowled over. Like the Weebles™ who “wobble, but they don’t fall down”, all parents must be deeply centered.
CenterSpot particularly strives to support parents of troubled teens, parents who know the pain of watching their teen disengage from or actively sabotage their own lives because when a kid is mentally unwell or has landed in big trouble, the parent is often traumatized and paralyzed at the very moment they need to be their most brilliant and nimble.
Whether mental illness, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or something else, these teens might be in trouble at school. They might be in trouble with the law. They may seem to have replaced real life with fantasy. They might even be engaging in self-mutilation or expressing a wish to die. Whatever the particulars, the parents of these teens are at war against an elusive enemy, often wondering where they went wrong and why they can’t get it right, often feeling defeated, ashamed, and utterly alone. For these parents, CenterSpot offers recuperative practices and a caring community, so that they might provide greater support for their child during this difficult and critical time.
CenterSpot believes that when parents are living from their center, they become happier, more peaceful, more effective, productive, people. They trust themselves to make good decisions—and they become more effective parents. The benefits of centered parenting are infinite, beginning with the parent, growing in the child, and radiating out to society as a whole, for generations to come.
Please note: CenterSpot PCG is a social support group. It is not group therapy or counseling, and it offers no advice for "fixing" a parent or child. Rather, while connecting with each other and enjoying a greater sense of community, parents are encouraged to (re-)discover and strengthen their center--developing their own deepest sense of self-awareness and self-assurance and nurturing that place where their own deepest values and dreams reside.
If any of the above strikes a chord, please do join us. Whatever your particular parenting challenge may be, we welcome you!