IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, ARTEMIS IS THE PROTECTOR OF GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN. SHE IS THE GODDESS OF THE HUNT AND A SKILLED ARCHER WHO WAS SAID TO HAVE SPENT HER DAYS ROAMING THE FOREST WITH HER ANIMAL COMPANIONS. SHE ASKED HER FATHER ZEUS TO ALLOW HER TO REMAIN CHASTE AND UNWED FOR ETERNITY. ARTEMIS IS A MODEL OF FEMALE DEVELOPMENT WHICH IS INDEPENDENT, POWERFUL AND WHOLE.
Teenage girls have more freedom and choices than at any other time in history, yet, experts agree, are more anxious and depressed in larger numbers than ever before. As a licensed psychotherapist, I've spent some time trying to understand and change this phenomenon, and I'd like to share what I've learned with you.
Like the Greek Goddess Artemis, many girls begin adolescence connected to their "root selves. " Yet, In early adolescence, peers, the media and other pressures push girls to grow up too quickly and lose their connection to their true and authentic selves. As a result, many adolescent girls change and become overly concerned about their appearance, social status and performance in school, undermining their connection to their root self, which leads to anxiety and depression.
During every Artemis Circle, I nurture each girl's connection to her independence, physical strength, intuition and imagination through hikes, art and poetry, and a safe space to make new friends. I also offer an evening talk for parents, during which we explore the above topics in more depth and I offer suggestions to help you support your daughter during this transition.
In the spirit of Artemis, Artemis Circle sets out to deepen each girl's connection to her unique and authentic Self, nature and peers, which she can then draw on in adolescence and throughout her life. Together, we can nurture your daughter's connection to her root self!