Jen Johnson to Hold Stress-Reduction Workshops

February 26, 2016
The teacher, counselor and coach offers a chance for community members to learn mindfulness and self-compassion
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Mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher, counselor and coach Jen Johnson will be in residence at Wells College for the week of March 7–11. In addition to workshops in several classrooms during the week, Jen is offering two community-wide workshops, titled "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction" and "The Heart of Self Compassion: Making Peace with your Inner Critic." Both workshops will take place in the Art Exhibit Room (AER) in Macmillan Hall on the Wells College Campus from 7 to 9 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

On Monday March 7, she will be offering "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction," a technique that facilitates stress management and engagement. Athletes, musicians, and performers of all kinds may be interested in learning to channel their energy into focused performance through MBSR.

On Thursday, March 10, the workshop "The Heart of Self Compassion: Making Peace with your Inner Critic" will focus on the struggle with negative self-talk and perfectionism. In this workshop, you will learn practices from mindfulness meditation and writing to cultivate self-compassion. Bring a journal or notebook and a pen.

Jen Johnson, MS, MFA, LPC is an accomplished counselor, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and coach. Through her private practice in Wilmington, N.C., she provides mindfulness-based counseling for adults and adolescents dealing with stress, grief, loss, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, transition, food/weight issues and PTSD related to injury or traumatic loss; teaches MBSR classes and retreats to individuals, private groups and businesses; teaches mindfulness, yoga and writing classes, workshops and retreats; and provides life coaching, health & wellness coaching, writing coaching and creativity coaching to adults.

Her residency at Wells College will provide students with a unique interdisciplinary experience related to the arts, including creative writing, theatre and dance, and psychology, human services and pre-health. This will help prepare students for their careers in fields related to creativity, leadership, health and working with others, as well as provide opportunities to learn strategies to manage their stress to become better students while at Wells and professionals in their chosen fields.

These events are part of the spring In-Residence program. For more information about this residency, please contact Associate Professor of Theatre Siouxsie Easter at

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