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Life-Changing Help for Teens

The Self-Awareness Weekend (SAW) Counseling Program is excellent for troubled teens and provides them a profound shift in their mental health with a new outlook and approach on life. Parents from all over the country are sending their teens to SAW.

We specialize in teen anger management, but we can help your teen resolve any of these common issues at the SAW Counseling Program:

  • Discipline issues, parental control difficulties
  • Anger management issues                                       
  • Communication problems
  • Power/control issues: refusing to follow the rules, defiance, violent behavior
  • Depression, anxiety, fear, persistent worry, temper outbursts, easily annoyed, argumentative, spiteful
  • Cutting or other destructive behavior, suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Behavior problems at home and/or school
  • Running away from home
  • School problems: failure at school, noticeable changes in school performance or attendance
  • Peer issues: being bullied at school or abuse
  • Eating disorders; suddenly gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Extreme, rapid changes in moods or personality, or drastic changes that last more than 6 weeks
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Any kind of drug use: marijuana, meth, ecstasy, cocaine, tobacco, alcohol problems, or addiction of any kind
  • Family issues: blended family adjustment/issues, single parent difficulties, step-parent concerns, divorce issues
  • The loss of a close friend or girl or boyfriend through death, a breakup of the relationship or moving
  • Sexual issues, risky sexual behavior or sexual promiscuity
  • Other risky or dangerous behavior

"I didn't want to go to SAW.  I thought, "There's no way that one weekend is going to change my life." I am very glad to say that I was wrong.

Before SAW, I was a mess. Every day I thought about killing myself. I came close three times, attempted and was hospitalized twice. These hospitalizations didn't help;  they simply labeled me:  ADD, OCD, Severe Depression, Suicide Ideation, etc.

SAW released me. ADD? Yes. Anything else? Not at all. Sexual molestation in my past and suppressed angers and fears that I didn't know I had have been released. I can say "no" without feeling guilty. I know that I have rights.

I get more respect now. I can walk tall.  They don't "fix" you; they chip away all your unnecessary emotional defenses and they authenticate ("real") you.

I am seventeen years old. I hope you find this helpful, even if you're not a grown-up."

I am the authentic
Anthony John Hjelmberg
Age 17
Buffalo, Minnesota 55313
Mother - Christy Hjelmberg 
1-763-682-0646

Reaching Young People

SAW reaches young people in a way traditional therapy doesn’t. It finds the root cause of the feeling, problem, and pain and removes it. SAW’s safe and experiential environment allows and encourages the teen to cry, express fear, and release anger in responsible ways. 

The result of the work in SAW is that the self-defeating beliefs such as: "I don’t matter, I am not good enough, I can’t trust anyone, no one cares," are removed.  It is these beliefs are causing the self-defeating patterns that so negatively affecting the life of the teen and those around him/her.  Remove the negative belief and the feeling that goes with it, and you remove the self-defeating pattern.

A report about helping teens says: “understand why their behaviors are negative and teach them to cope better.” We disagree! Our approach is to remove the cause of the pain and change the negative beliefs and thoughts to self-enhancing beliefs and thoughts!

Teens, especially, respond to groups. The group setting at SAW gives them a sense of personal power they’ve probably never experienced, which can instantly eliminate the power struggles that so many teens and their families experience. Through SAW, teens discover a new-found respect for others that translates to happier teens and improved family relationships when they return home. As a result, they re-engage in life and perform better in school.

SAW is an alternative to teenage and youth boot camps. Let us get to the root of your teen's issues and resolve them once and for all - in just one weekend.


If you are a teen/young adult who feels lost and misunderstood, and/or a frustrated and concerned parent, we KNOW we can help you.

Under certain circumstances, a parent may attend SAW with their teenager.


"Yes! I am more motivated! You both really know what you are doing! I believe SAW really helped my dad and me."

Alex E., 14

"I wanted to let you know how I was doing. I broke up with my boyfriend, because he made me feel too grown up.  I'm trying to patch things up with my friends and parents, AND I feel better about my body.  I am a lot more self-confident. I’m using my voice now, and I feel so much better about myself.  Thank you!"

Amanda G., 14

“I liked being able to see and hear other people's reactions to their own problems. I also liked the fact that I was only 16, and it didn't matter."

Daphny  C., 16

"The weekend was fantastic. I got rid of so much emotional baggage, and it was liberating."

A.W., 15



Expert Guidance & Facilitation

Don’t miss the opportunity to venture into the most life-altering, self-empowering weekend ever offered, led by these magnificent teachers:

Andrea Lambert

Andrea Lambert, LMFT
Founder and Leader of the Self-Awareness Weekend
Licensed Individual, Marriage and Family Therapist
Hypnotherapist & EMDR Practitioner

Andrea is also available in her Sacramento, CA office or by telephone to provide private short-term counseling for Individuals, Couples, Teens, Children and Families.
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Shannon Lee Shannon Lee, CCHT
Co-Leader of the Self-Awareness Weekend
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Certified Coach and Holistic Practitioner

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