South Pomfret, Vermont
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Girls Rising

Girls explore the “tween” years using the expressive arts and mindfulness practices in a supportive peer group.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -E.E. Cummings

The “tween” years, the short but intense span from childhood into adolescence, present a unique and challenging period in the lives of girls. In this confidential and supportive group Meri will guide girls in exploring difficult areas of the tween years through the expressive arts, mindfulness practices, and peer support. This group is focused on empowering girls to move through the tween period with greater ease and confidence.

Meri Steinmetz recently graduated with her Master’s in clinical mental health counseling and art therapy from Edinboro University. She has a background in Fine Art and studied oil painting, particularly landscape painting. Meri has been coaching running, teaching art, and counseling kids and teens for the last eight years in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. She strives to create a space where children feel safe enough to let their creativity and questions freely flow. She believes that artistic expression can give kids and teens a way to voice questions they aren’t sure how to ask and feelings they are afraid to express.