About Your Mindful Teen Instructors


Steve Brashear


Steve Brashear is a software engineer and technology enthusiast. He's been playing with computers as long as he can remember and has been using the Internet almost as long. His first computer programs on an Apple II told the world "STEVE IS COLL" a million times (with the typo). He first started exploring the online realm back when it was just dial-up BBSes with screeching modems.

Steve has worked at Apple Inc since 2004. He has also participated in several teen workshops and retreats answering questions and teaching Mindfulness relating to technology. He is certified in MBSR-T and uses the practices and techniques himself daily.

Gina Biegel, M.A., LMFT


Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (first and second edition), the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens and the forthcoming book Mindfulness for Student Athletes: A Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress and Enhance Performance. She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens Practices to Reduce Stress and Enhance Well-Being, to complement the MBSR-T program; provides worldwide multi-day training and intensive ten-week online training; and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Reuters, the New York Times, and in Tricycle.