Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD, is a psychologist, author and expert with over 32 years of experience specializing in child, adolescent, couples, and family therapy.
He is the author of seven books: The Anxiety, Depression, & Anger Toolbox for Teens; The Stress Survival Guide for Teens; Mindfulness for Teen Worry; 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child; 10 Days to a Less Distracted Child; Liking the Child You Love and Why Can’t You Read My Mind. Dr. Bernstein has also published the Letting Go of Anger Therapeutic Card Deck, a therapeutic card deck widely used by mental health professionals.
Dr. Bernstein has appeared on the Today show and Court TV as an expert advisor and frequently presents at conferences for school counselors and mental health professionals. He completed his post-doctoral internship at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling Center and holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.
Financial: Jeffrey Bernstein maintains a private practice. He is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Bernstein receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jeffrey Bernstein is a part of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
The Anxiety, Depression & Anger Toolbox for Teens provides a platform for teens and parents to identify the often conflicting emotions experienced during the journey of adolescence. This “toolbox” is a superb resource for teachers and counselors; also Dr. Bernstein’s activities help the reader understand the “why” behind the often overwhelming feelings experienced by teens, in addition to the “how” of managing the emotions. I highly recommend this excellent resource for enhancing your pre-teen or teen’s emotional intelligence and their communication skills.
-Sherry Skyler Kelly, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist/licensed psychologist, founder of PositiviTeens
Dr. Bernstein is a gifted psychologist and writer who has once again found a way to supply a vast range of useful clinical strategies in a gentle, thoughtful and accessible manner. I am looking forward to sharing many of these ideas, reflections and exercises with my patients, and believe that they will have great relevance and applicability for the countless teens who struggle through the inescapable emotional turbulence of adolescence.
-Brad Sachs, PhD, psychologist and author of The Good Enough Child, The Good Enough Teen, and When No One Understands
Dr. Bernstein once again offers practical, insightful tips through his skillful integration of mindfulness, positive psychology, cognitive therapy, and more that is user-friendly and engaging for a wide range of teens and caregivers alike.
-Chris Willard, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Harvard Medical School, and co-author of Alphabreaths and The Growing Mindful Card Deck
As teenage anxiety and depression escalate at an unprecedented clip, Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein offers a vital resource of insightful, actionable support. His toolbox of worksheets and targeted, concise guidance helps teens, parents, educators, and therapists flip the narrative of anger and conflict created by academic pressure, home clashes and social issues with friends. You will want to follow his direction to resolve the distress of your adolescents or those you work with so that they can tamp down the stressors that fuel teen anxiety and depression, and gain control of their emotions and lives.
-Susan Newman, PhD, social psychologist and author of The Book of No: 365 Ways to Say It and Mean it -and Stop People-Pleasing Forever
Written in a voice that young adults can relate to, Dr. Bernstein puts right out there the issues teens are faced with at home, in school, in the media and in the world at large. The activities show teens how to welcome and cope with their daunting realities. By taking deep, focused reflections and using the quick and highly effective strategies that Dr. Bernstein describes, teens can learn how to cope and live happily. I recommend this book to anyone who works with teenagers in any setting.
-Ivan J. Katz, EdD, superintendent of schools, Fallsburg Central School District, Fallsburg, NY
This little gem of a workbook offers a variety of valuable mindfulness, CBT, and positive psychology skills to help teens learn to manage difficult emotions and prepare them for the obstacles they will inevitably face during the adolescent years. Dr. Bernstein not only explains and shares the tools but also asks the important questions that will get teens to reflect and think things through before reacting.
-Stephanie Margolese, PhD, clinical psychologist, and author of My Brain Team: What To Do When Emotions Run High and Sam’s Big Secret: Coping With Fear
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