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The Resiliency Center: Your Place for Healing, Education & Community in Ambler, PA
Practitioner Highlight: Stuart Shore
With more than fourteen years of experience counseling, coaching, and mentoring teens in large public middle and high schools, I am in-tune with this generation of youth and the collective experiences of their parents. I’ve worked with every type of student – each at different places in their lives.

Being around almost 1,000 kids every day, I am in tune to what kids are talking (or texting) about, familiar with the music they listen to, and understand how they feel about themselves and their futures.

I also bring a valuable skill set from my school experience to my private practice. Families that seek me out for private therapy or consultation will benefit from practical and effective strategies.  I’ve developed hundreds of action plans to help students get back on track academically, develop assets to confront damaging peer teasing, decrease the impact of anxiety or depression on school and home lives, and navigate an increasingly complicated school social scene.

Another unique feature of my private practice is that I incorporate techniques from my advanced training in Exercise and Sport Psychology.  I firmly believe in the powerful effect of physical activity to manage stress, improve concentration, and promote emotional well being.

My professional interests include strength and asset building among adolescents, physical activity promotion for youth, promoting ally behavior to decrease peer teasing and bullying. My specialization is solution-focused counseling and consultation for school-related problems including:
  • Scholastic Improvement through better study habits and organization
  • Management of ADD / ADHD
  • School-related anxiety or avoidance
  • Skill building to confront peer teasing and bullying
My complete bio is available on my website at To contact me with questions or to schedule an initial consultation in my Montgomeryville office, please call me at 215-264-3839 or email

Teen Resiliency
If there is a teen in your life ready to grow as a person and become a leader, the Teen Resiliency, Wellness, & Leadership workshops offered by Tracey Smith-Diggs are a perfect match. Teens in the program devote themselves to changing self and community while supporting growth in one another. Teens learn ways to address personal challenges though holistic healing activities, creative arts, discussions and cooperative games.

Workshops for students in 9th–12th grade are strength based, addressing self-care, leadership abilities, resiliency and developmental assets.

Certificates & Light refreshments provided. Free Itunes gift certificate for teens attending all four workshops.  Workshops are held at The Resiliency Center in Ambler on Thursdays from 4 – 5pm.

To register call Tracey Smith-Diggs at 215-605-3221.

Tell the Community about your Practice
If you are interested in having your practice featured in our monthly newsletter, please send a short profile, along with your interests, areas of specialization, and contact information, to Elizabeth Venart, Resiliency Center Director, at You will receive a confirmation email back and details about when your profile will be featured.

In the meantime, join our online community to post your profile and begin the dialogue today!

Professional Networking Breakfasts
Wednesday, 10/6, 9:00 am
Mark your calendar and plan to join us every 1st Wednesday of the month for our free networking breakfasts. They provide a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity to connect with healthcare and healing arts practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds, to share your expertise and passion for the work, and to make meaningful contacts in growing your practice.

> Continue the conversations from our networking breakfasts online through our community forum on NING.

> To RSVP for monthly breakfasts, go to
Our professional development programs are unique in several ways. We keep class sizes small, focus on creative and innovative approaches to the work, and provide plenty of opportunities for experiential learning and interactive dialogue. We look forward to having you join us!
> Call with questions or to request a printed brochure at 215-542-5004
> Download PDF Brochure
> Register online today!

Somatic Psychology for Healing Trauma
Change of Date!
Friday, 12/10, 9am – 4pm
If you were wishing you could join us but the date didn’t work, you are in luck! The date for this amazing program about integrating mind-body awareness and movement practices into your work has been changed to December 10th!
> Learn more and register online

Promoting Counselor Wellness & Preventing Burnout
Back by Popular Demand!
Friday, 11/12, 9am – 4pm
Integrative Aromatherapist Tracie Nichols and Resiliency Center Director Elizabeth Venart partner together to guide you through a transformative day of self-discovery and replenishment. Prioritize yourself, connect with peers, and learn concrete strategies for greater resiliency. Through a series of interactive dialogues and experiential activities, we will explore concepts of vicarious trauma, burnout, and integral wellness. You will learn new, creative ways to promote self-awareness and self-care, and experience methods for reducing stress and regaining balance. Special attention will be given to learning and practicing techniques for tapping your own resiliency and inner wisdom and sustaining mindful presence in your work with clients.
> Learn more and register online

Three Taboo Subjects: Sex, Religion, and Death
Friday, 11/19, 9am – 4pm
Join Edie Weinstein for this inspiring, funny, and engaging day!
Human beings are multi-faceted creatures with a vast array of interests and needs. What we each have in common is the desire to feel connected to others. Three issues that create both unity and divisiveness are sex, religion and death. The ways in which we were educated about these topics in our childhood have tremendous impact on how we grow as healthy, functioning adults. As therapists, we come face to face with clients who are effected by abuse, neglect, trauma, grief, sexual confusion, and relationship conflicts and don't have the skills to elegantly explore and process these three core issues. When clients are faced with challenges in any of these subjects, therapists need responses that will create a safe environment so clients can divulge concerns and address them successfully. In addition to the benefit of inner exploration for the clinician, this class will provide a wealth of resources to offer clients. Participants will increase their skills of incorporating the client's beliefs into meaningful recovery and counseling work.
> Learn more and register online

Recreation IS my Therapy!
Friday, 12/3, 9am – 4pm
Recreation Therapist Tracey Smith-Diggs facilitates learning through play and will teach you concrete strategies to bring this same spirit of adventure sense of fun to your work with groups and families.
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