Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, educator, and author. She is certified in EMDR, a trauma treatment, as well as a national speaker in self-compassion, mindful awareness, LGBTQ youth, assessment, special education, and gifted individuals.
As the president and CEO of The Connect Group, she serves the global educational community with innovative professional development seminars in empathy, compassion cultivation, Design Thinking, and transformational coaching.
Formerly an instructor of Psychology of Gender in the Department of Psychology/Women’s Studies at UCLA, Dr. Gray has served the LGBTQ community as an ally and through her private practice. She was also forensic expert and independent consultant to the Orange County Public Defender where she evaluated LGBTQ youth in juvenile hall.
Dr. Gray’s latest book, Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities and Practices to Cultivate Kindness (PESI, 2016), is the first of its kind; a collection drawn from her work with teens at The Connect Group. Self-Compassion for Teens is enthusiastically endorsed by Tara Brach, Christopher Germer, Kelly McGonigal, among others. It was the #1 new release on Amazon, in Child Popular Psychology and Emotional Mental Health, and contains a whole chapter focusing on the unique needs of LGBTQ youth. She is also the author of LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PESI, 2018) and the Self-Compassion & Mindfulness for Teens Card Deck: 54 Exercises and Conversation Starters (PESI, 2017).
Financial: Lee-Anne Gray is the President and CEO of The Connect Group and co-founder of The Connect Group School. She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Dr. Gray receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lee-Anne Gray writes a blog on Educational Trauma for the Huffington Post.
"For a teen, self-compassion opens the door to loving and gratifying relationships, the full unfolding of intelligence, and deep wellbeing in all domains. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Lee-Anne Gray offers the most clear, thorough and accessible guidance in teaching teens self-compassion that I have encountered or could imagine. My prayer is that anyone who is engaged with teens find their way to this book; the ripples will awaken consciousness everywhere."
- Tara Brach, PhD, Author Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"Self-compassion is one of the most important strengths for teenagers to develop, to support resilience, well-being, and social connection. And yet it can be quite difficult to talk about and teach. Lee-Anne Gray has created an extraordinary resource for those who want to cultivate self-compassion in themselves and others. This book provides practical exercises, discussion prompts, and a deep dive into what it truly means to care about ourselves. I have not seen a better resource for teaching self-compassion, not just for teenagers, but for anyone."
- Kelly McGonigal, PhD
"This book is just the ticket for parents, teachers, and counselors who know the burdens of modern teens and want to help. Self-compassion is a core emotional skill that builds emotional resilience. In this book, Dr. Gray offers a wide array of exercises that awaken self-compassion in teens, tailored specifically for challenging situations such as school stress, identity and body image problems, substance abuse, anxiety, autism and chronic illness. Written in a clear and compassionate style, caregivers will discover a powerful new approach to tricky problems. Highly recommended!"
- Chris Germer, PhD
"An exquisite collection of powerful practices that parents, teachers, and therapists can all share with the teens in their lives."
- Christopher Willard, PsyD, Author Growing Up Mindful
"Among the keys to self-compassion, Lee-Ann Gray teaches, are mindful awareness, inner strength, and self-regulation. In this succinct manual, parents, teachers and clinicians are guided to impart these and other essential qualities to young people. It is guidance sorely needed in our culture."
- Gabor Maté, MD Author, Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It
"When offered by professionals with real personal experience with self-compassion, and when offered from the heart, the practices in this book can support teens in learning the skills of self-compassion. Ultimately this will free teens from the grips of what I fondly call Unkind Mind, and will allow them to thrive and bring their natural gifts in the world."
- Amy Saltzman, MD, Author, A Still Quiet Place for Teens
"Self-Compassion for Teens provides a treasure trove of nurturing, compassionate activities for teens, professionals, and parents to help transform lives. Dr. Gray’s clear, tender-hearted, and caring approach shows a depth of understanding critically needed in reaching the souls of our youth and making a real difference. An invaluable asset to every library."
- Charlotte Reznick, PhD, Author, The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success
"Self-Compassion for Teens is a wonderful collection of practices and activities inspiring teens to treat themselves kindly. For teens dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, school challenges, and much more-this book offers new insights that increase self-acceptance. What an important resource for clinicians, teachers, parents and teens to promote self-kindness, creativity, and empathy."
- Scott Barry Kaufman, PhDAuthor, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
"Self-Compassion for Teens is a book that will help many teenagers improve their quality of life by reducing negative emotions, such as anxiety, frustration, worry, and stress, etc. It will help them develop self-compassion, as well as compassion for others. This book has each topic laid out with three categories: Learn, Practice, and Reflect, and is written in easily understood, simple language."
- Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, Faculty Hobart & William Smith Colleges
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