Mighty Minds

Mighty Minds groups introduce kids to mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral strategies helpful in effectively coping with anxiety, stress, anger and frustration, and other emotions. Through fun experiential activities, games, and discussions, kids learn life skills that support resilience, growth-mindset, compassion, persistence, and self-awareness.

    Kids will learn to

    • Notice when they are feeling upset, worried, or stressed

    • Execute behavioral strategies to help calm themselves down and actively choose how to manage challenging situations (rather than simply reacting on auto-pilot)
    • Evaluate and put into perspective the thoughts that often are hiding behind negative emotions
    • Ground themselves in the present moment instead of getting stuck on perceived mistakes in the past or possible problems in the future

     

    They will receive

    • A custom toolkit of mindfulness strategies
    • Tangible props supporting mindfulness (e.g. a glitter jar, stress ball, etc)
    • Original curriculum and small-group discussion tailored to the kids’ specific needs/interests
    • Exclusive parent resources and daily handouts summarizing strategies taught that day with ideas for how best to support kids working with those skills at home

     

     

    How to Sign-up

    Mighty Minds groups are available at our Mill Valley and San Francisco locations and structured for groups of kids in grades K-2 or 3-5. We accept registration on a rolling basis and you may start the process at any time by filling out the inquiry form below. There is no obligation or commitment to Mighty Minds until your child is assigned to a session and the non-refundable deposit has been paid.

    Cost and Insurance Reimbursement

    The Mighty Minds program is a 5-class series. Cost for the class series is $800 and includes five 90-minute sessions, a Mighty Minds workbook binder and helpful resources for parents to reinforce the strategies at home. Please note that this is a reimbursable medical expense for families with PPO health insurance, medical flexible spending accounts (FSA) or health savings accounts (HSA) can request documentation to submit for reimbursement. We are able to provide insurance reimbursement documentation after the last class of the series.

    Registration is OPEN

    for Summer Mighty Minds

    Summer Mighty Minds packs five sessions of curriculum into one week of 90-minute sessions. Our skilled clinical team is conducting Mighty Minds sessions in our Mill Valley and San Francisco locations throughout June, July and August! Questions about Mighty minds? Drop us a line at info@practicesanfrancisco.com.

    How we got started

    Mighty Minds was founded by Practice SF founder, Nina Kaiser, Ph.D., in 2014. Nina is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience in working with children and families.

    She specializes in working with children and teens using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based strategies that teach them how to:

    • Notice when they are feeling upset, worried, or stressed
    • Execute behavioral strategies to help calm themselves down and actively choose how to manage challenging situations (rather than simply reacting on auto-pilot)
    • Evaluate and put into perspective the thoughts that often are hiding behind negative emotions
    • Ground themselves in the present moment instead of getting stuck on perceived mistakes in the past or possible problems in the future

    Over the course of time, Nina realized that these are key life skills that ALL children would benefit from learning and began Mighty Minds groups to offer that instruction in the context of small groups.

    Parent Praise for Mighty Minds

    “Our daughter loved her week at Mighty Minds. She learned a lot and made a new group of friends, too.”

    “My son has LOVED coming to the Mighty Minds camp. He was very relaxed before and after and looked forward to it each day. He learned valuable life skills which he already has started utilizing. We will be back next year!”

    “This was a wonderful class to empower our children, teach them to be mindful in all aspects of their lives, and go after their dreams. Can’t wait for Part 2!”

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

     

    Who instructs each group?
    All of our staff therapists who work with kids and families take turns leading Mighty Minds sessions!  Our founder, Nina Kaiser, PhD, developed the Mighty Minds curriculum and leads some sessions herself.

     

    How many kids are in each group?
    The groups are capped at 8-12 kids. We are able to accommodate groups of 12 at our San Francisco location and groups of 8 in Mill Valley.

     

    Who should participate?
    We believe these are life skills that ANY kid (and truly, any adult!) could benefit from learning. Our mission is to arm kids currently in kindergarten through 5th grade with tools that we know are effective in diminishing stress, anxiety, and conflict before they may have more serious struggles as an adult. Some kids join Mighty Minds with specific challenges or goals, other kids join Mighty Minds to proactively learn these life strategies.

     

    How are groups formed?
    Groups are formed by children’s age and needs.

    Make mindfulness a routine

    Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Tara McLaughlin offers individual 20-minute mindfulness sessions to help kids practice these skills in a safe 1:1 setting.

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    Practice San Francisco has three locations!

    San Francisco Location
    2901 Webster Street, San Francisco CA 94123

     

    Mill Valley Location
    10 Willow Street, Suite 1, Mill Valley, CA 94941

    Marin Location
    400 Professional Center Drive, Suite 421, Novato, CA 94947

    Contact Us

    clinic@practicesanfrancisco.com • (415) 780-3239
    For inquiries about individual support, child therapy,
    parenting support, and transition to new motherhood.

    info@practicesanfrancisco.com • (415) 780-5673
    For inquiries about group classes,
    workshops, and educational programs.