Stepping Into Your Life

A 4 week workshop into befriending your mind and moving beyond the NF diagnosis

We invite you (your child) to join the Tumour Foundation of BC’s pilot program for youth with neurofibromatosis who experience chronic pain and anxiety.

This unique four week program will offer tools and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help youth ages 14-18 to move from surviving with NF to thriving.

ACT is a type of therapy that aims to help accept what is out of their control, and commit instead to actions that enrich their lives (Harris, 2013). The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.

Our 4 week ACT based workshop offers:
  • 90 minute once weekly group session (small groups of 4-6)
  • 20 minute once weekly 1:1 individual coaching
  • Group discussions on topics important to teens
  • A variety of fun experiential activities that are easy to practice at home and school
  • Potential for group meeting in person at the end of the workshop
The ideal participant for this program is:
  1. Youth with NF age 14-18 years of age
  2. Experiencing chronic pain/anxiety as a primary concern
  3. Able to attend all four of the group sessions
  4. Comfortable or willing to work within a group environment
  • April 3, April 17th, April 24th and May 1 (Mondays) from 6:30-8pm via Zoom
  • This program is offered at no cost.
  • T0 register email

About the Group Leader:
Gina Frank, MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker in BC with over 15 years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings. She has completed the ACT for Adolescents training (Dr Russ Harris) and is an ACT based therapist in private practice. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy.

Additonal Information:
To learn more about Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), please visit:
For more info and free resources:
Supplemental reading (optional): Harris, R. (2008). The Happiness Trap: How to stop struggling and start living.

This program is supported by :