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Hidden Signs of Teen Anxiety: 
What you need to know 

Please join FOCUS and Bhavna Bharvani on April 17th for an interactive discussion on how to recognize the signs of teenage distress and approaches parents can take to help teens avoid a spiral into anxiety. 

Teens today face an ever-increasing number of challenges, from academic pressure and exam stress, to navigating interpersonal relationships and social media, to constantly feeling under a microscope due to the merging of offline and online worlds. With these stresses, it is no wonder that anxiety is one of the chief mental health complaints of young people today. If not acknowledged, these pressures can result in children suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational difficulties.

Discussion Points:

  • Understanding physiological changes in the brain/body under stress
  • Recognizing when teenagers are feeling anxious
  • Determining appropriate responses to teen anxiety and stress
  • Providing effective coping skills for stress and anxiety

This Talk is suitable for parents of children and adolescents, aged 12 years and above.

This is an informal parent support group meeting. We encourage you to come with questions and share your experiences.  Feel free to invite your friends!

BHAVNA BHARVANI
Bhavna is a US-trained Clinical Counsellor, registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She works with the LGBTQIA+ community, teenagers, adults, and couples to help them achieve a sense of well-being so they can have more energy for creativity, fulfilling relationships, play, and work.

Bhavna has provided individual, couples, and group therapy in trauma-saturated environments, community mental health clinics, high schools, and residential substance use treatment centers. She helps people work through depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addictions, identity issues, shame, and relationship issues. She integrates a humanistic, relational and client-centered approach with CBT and DBT interventions, narrative therapy and mindfulness techniques, to suit the unique needs of each individual client.

In addition to her clinical experiences, Bhavna has worked in Mumbai, New York, London, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, in professions ranging from television journalism, to investment banking and market research.

Event Details


Date:    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time:    10 am - 12 noon (9:45 registration & refreshment)
Venue:  Fairmont House, 14/F, 8 Cotton Tree Drive, Central (Map)
Cost:     Member (free); Non-Member (HK$200)

About FOCUS Roundtable


FOCUS regularly invites local and overseas professionals to share their knowledge, experiences and practical strategies with parents and educators. Our Roundtable format is usually informal and highly interactive, allowing time for parents to discuss their specific issues and exchange ideas with both the speaker and other parents.
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