Shy Club

an in-person group for teens and young adults of all genders

(Individual Support Also Available)

 

What do you think of when you hear the word “shy”? Has this word been used to describe you? How accurate does it feel? You may think of other adjectives that relate such as:

  • Quiet
  • Introverted
  • Sensitive
  • Reserved 

Or, you may think of shyness as the opposite of being loud, outgoing, and boisterous.  Everyone’s experience is unique, and being seen as “shy” can look a lot of different ways and mean a lot of different things; it’s not a one-size-fits-all descriptor. Maybe you relate to being shy and don’t carry harsh judgements about your experience.

Shy Club San Francisco

Maybe you feel comfortable with yourself most of the time, but at times feel misunderstood by others. Maybe you have a lot to say, but aren’t sure how to express yourself authentically. Maybe you’d like to discuss your experiences with other people who really get it.

Through the use of dialogue, mindfulness exercises, communication skill building and creative projects, Shy Club is about:

  • Being who you are and how you are. 
  • Embracing your strengths and vulnerabilities.
  • Learning how to take care of yourself in a world that can sometimes feel shallow, overwhelming, or insensitive.
  • Increasing self-esteem and feeling more comfortable to be yourself around others. 
  • Gaining confidence to use your voice and set boundaries.
  • Discovering tools to manage your deeply felt emotions.  

 

Shy Club Group San Francisco

 

If you're looking for a way to connect with yourself and others without all the pressure, Shy Club may be a great fit for you!  Space is limited so email shyclub@mindfulcenter.org to sign-up! 

GROUP OPTIONS: Ages 12-14, Ages 15-17 or Young Adults (18+)

LOCATION: 870 Market Street, Downtown San Francisco (above Powell Street BART)

TIME: Mondays or Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm for 8 weeks (offered seasonally).

FEE: $400-600 (wide sliding-scale to accommodate varied financial situations).  Price includes one Intake Session and eight Group Sessions plus all materials.

REGISTRATION: Contact us at shyclub@mindfulcenter.org.  We can't wait to meet you! 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OPTIONS: April and Jessica also offer Individual Therapy to teens and young adults, either as an additional layer of support or in lieu of group work.  Feel free to reach out to us to discuss how we can best support you or your teen at this time.    

Shy Club San Francisco

Shy Club Facilitators

April Snow and Jessica Weikers are two former shy teens who are both invested in supporting shy, sensitive, and quiet teens and young adults in discovering themselves and connecting with others in meaningful ways. 

 

April Snow specializes in helping Introverted and Highly Sensitive People reduce overwhelm, improve self-esteem and embrace their quiet nature. She regularly leads groups to provide a safe space for quiet types to feel empowered and understood. www.expansiveheart.com April Snow is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#94455) at the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy. Supervised by Julie Bjelland, LMFT #88019 (pronouns: she/her)

Jessica Weikers is passionate about helping Artists, Activists, Queer folks, and Millennials dial down self-criticism and turn up self-compassion. She also supports high school students through the SFUSD Student Intervention Team. www.fogcitycounseling.com Jessica Weikers is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#94961) at the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy. Supervised by Devona Snook, LMFT #46970 (pronouns: she/her)

 

Resources for Shy and Sensitive Introverts

How to Support Your Shy Teen by Jessica Weikers

Making Friends When You're Shy by Jessica Weikers

How to Access Your Sensitive Strengths by April Snow

How to Set Boundaries as a Highly Sensitive Person by April Snow