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Fox News - Body Image and Wellness Jams

Ms. Kathleen Farrell –MFT, Adolescent Psychotherapist and Early Adolescent Wellness Expert

Wellness Jams

Wellness Jam


 Moms are Daughters are Welcome to Jam -it's Free!

 Come Jam with Us! 

We Entertain while Teaching pre-teen and teen girls legacy wellness strategies through progressive fitness and social emotional education.  

We Entertain while Teaching pre-teen and teen girls’ legacy wellness strategies to overcome and manage the problems associated with Body Image and Bullying. 


We Entertain while Teaching to reduce the impact of health and social issues associated with negative Body Image and Bullying with pre-teen and teen age girls.

StrongGirlz is a Not-for-Profit founded in 2003.

StrongGirlz promotes and produces Wellness Jams supported by Donations to resolve the Body Image Epidemic in young girls at their most impressionable age (9-14 yrs.).    

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Why Wellness Jams?


8 million Young Girls Suffer from Poor Body Image – This is an Epidemic

Over 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat.  

By middle school, 40 to 70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15. 

Girls’ self-esteem plummets at age 12 and doesn’t improve until 20.  

A high degree of unhappiness is attributed to changes in body shape, as “females first experience a decline in self-esteem between the ages of 12 and 13.

What is a Wellness Jam?


  Gather ~ Dance ~ Talk ~ Connect ~ Feel Awesome

Zone-In Yoga -25 minutes  

Athena Strength -25 minutes  

Cardi-Party -25 minutes  

Hip Hop Box -25 minutes      

Each activity is followed by a 5-10 minute group wellness discussion.

Come Jam with Us – Dance like Nobody is Watching

Ms. Kathleen Farrell –MFT, Adolescent Psychotherapist and Early Adolescent Wellness Expert

Leading a Wellness Jam

In the News


Fox News Chicago - Promoting Wellness Jams

Dr. Karen Farrell and Kathleen Farrell

dynamic duo are featured experts on Fox News Chicago talking Tween and Teen Body Image and Bullying.


Dr. Farrell and Kathleen Farrell featured on WGN News

Dr. Karen Farrell and Kathleen Farrell  share some advice on talking to kids about developing and maintaining a healthy body image.

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Wellness Jam Leader


Ms. Kathleen Farrell –MFT, Adolescent Psychotherapist and Early Adolescent Wellness Expert     

Kathleen, a Director of StrongGirlz, is Pre-Adoloscent Therapist and Fitness Expert who has been featured contributor on WGN News and Fox News Chicago. She teaches over 25 classes on a weekly basis ranging from Dance, Strength, Yoga and Transcendental Meditation. She also leads small, private fitness groups with young girls. She earned an Academic Scholarship receiving her Master of Science (M.S.), Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from the  prestigious Northwestern University Family Institute and is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her areas of clinical interest include; blended families, body image/eating disorders, co-parenting, Yoga, depression and anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQ, and work with children and adolescents. Kathleen Farrell is a co-founder of Strong Kids Health System, LLC and designer of its' wellness program Kathleen overcame her own adolescent fitness challenges with the help of her mother and father and through her own dogged determination. She is passionate about sharing her personal experience, and passing on the skills that helped her become a healthy teenager. She values the connection between the mind and body, and enjoys working with clients to strengthen this connection, leading to a more grounded and empowered sense of being.

The Wellness Jam– Merging Social Emotional Education and Fitness


Kathleen Farrell, influenced by her her mother’s passion for women’s mental health intitiatives and her Father’s love of sports, exercise and active lifestyle, became a Certified Fitness Instructor at the age of 18. Today, Kathleen, contributor to WGN News and Fox News Chicago, is a renowned Chicago area Tween and Teen Psychotherapist as well as a Fitness Instructor. She ingeniously combines traditional therapy with her expertise in Fitness and Yoga teaching social emotional wellness to empower her clientele struggling with Body Image and from Bullying issues.    

 “Since I resolved my own Body Image issues it has been my dream to help young girls all over the world overcome the plight of negative  body weight perception.”      

As a young girl Kathleen mastered every adult fitness program under the sun.      

“Too many are suffering as I did as a kid. Girls deserve  a special  Program like Wellness Jams to feel awesome and learn how to resolve the challenges of growing up as a young girl in the modern world."

Negative Body Image and Bullying are Serious Problems


Negative Body Image and Bullying are Serious Problems and can have and an adverse impact on academic performance, social and emotional development with severe short and long term consequences such as the following: depression, social anxiety disorder, eating disorder, and suicide ideation.

Story of Body Image

Kathleen Farrell – Pre and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Wellness Expert

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