Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety | Congregation Beth Am

Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety

Film Screening, Followed by Dialogue with Professionals and Teens

Anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable – let’s talk about it!

Beth Am is honored to present Angst, a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety  -- its causes, effects and what we can do about it. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. The film seeks to open up a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible.

Following the screening, we’ll have the chance to discuss it with two experts working in the field of social/emotional health of teens and tweens: Beth Am members Lori Plante, Ph.D., and Melissa Kelley, MA, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

All are welcome! Dinner will be served.

Lori Goldfarb Plante, Ph.D. is a life-long member of Congregation Beth Am and maintains a private practice in clinical psychology in Menlo Park. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults, with a practice that spans the range of youth and adult relational problems, developmental transitions, anxiety and depression, loss and trauma, eating disorders, and a host of issues impacting academic achievement and social/emotional well-being. She is the author of Bleeding to Ease the Pain: Cutting, Self-Injury, and the Adolescent Search for Self (2007), and co-author of Graduating with Honor: Best Practices for Promoting Ethics Development in College Students (2017). She was adjunct clinical instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University Medical School for 25 years. For more information please see

Melissa Beacham Kelley, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been a School Counselor at Springer Elementary in Los Altos and Palo Alto High School, Alta Vista High School and Kehillah Jewish High School. She has taught Social and Emotional Learning at the Nueva School in Hillsborough (Grades 1-3) and at Helios New School in Palo Alto (Grades K-5). Before coming to the counseling world, Melissa was a research director at the Stanford Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth and a program officer in the area of at-risk youth with the Walter S. Johnson Foundation. She currently leads social skills groups at Morrisey Compton Education Center in Redwood City.

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