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Center of Personal Empowerment (COPE)

We Help You Change Your Physiology

We Help You Change Your Neural Pathways

We Help You Change Your State of Being

 You Become Longer and Leaner

You Become Stronger Yet Graceful

You Become Empowered and Productive

You Become Happy

You Become Limitless

Let Us Show You How!

Teen/young adult anxiety is characterized by fear and worry. Often triggered by an initial event or continuous trauma, anxiety manifests through varying degrees of severity, from constant irrational unease to terrible panic attacks. The anxiety also continues to prevail, and sometimes worsen, despite “logical” reasons it might let up. Anxiety attacks can occur without reason, simply because of how the disorder affects the mind. Teen anxiety treatment options are largely dependent on the type of anxiety from which one is suffering.

 Anxiety manifests through various symptoms, based on the cause of the anxiety and the severity of the fear and worry. While some symptoms are unique to certain disorders – such as flashbacks or recurring memories – there are a few general symptoms found across many cases of teen anxiety.

 Long-term anxiety can lead to panic attacks – sudden episodes of extreme anxiety, with physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and fainting.  These symptoms can strain the heart, and lead to health complications down the road. Teen anxiety treatment is crucial for mental as well as physical health.

 Depression can accompany anxiety or manifest as a separate condition.  Depression can cause persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your child thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

 Issues such as peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens and young adults. But for some, lows are more than just temporary feelings - they can be a sign of depression.  Depression causes changes in the teenager's previous attitude and behavior that can cause significant distress and problems at school or home, in social activities, or in other areas of their life.

 Our program, primarily for adolescents ages 8 - 21, will give your child the space they need to express and release feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression while giving them new tools to help them think and behave in positive, productive ways and to ultimately live happy and successful lives.  This program is designed to focus on accountability, teach coping skills, and build confidence and character - all presented in a FUN, nurturing, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment. 

Karisa and Christine work tirelessly in the New York Schools system initiating positive change, but it has become increasingly difficult for them to keep up with their work. More and more people are contacting them in need of help, and often times these people cannot afford a stereotypical therapist. Due to the severity of the situation, both Christine and Karisa end up helping their client for free, which has led them to this dream of creating a nonprofit.

The team has filed for a 5013c, but now they just need the funds to make their dream a reality. Their goal is to instill the tools to lead a successful and happy life through purposeful work in children and young adults as early as they can in order to prevent the suicide and depression rate from rising. They have a compiled a list of empowering projects and goals in mind for the Gift Room Foundation nonprofit that will be initiated when their goal is reached.

First, they plan to organize their team and purchase recently finished lodge house outside of the city in Long Island.  The house has a finished pool and horse barn that will be used as salt and equine therapy to relax the muscles of the nervous system. Other projects include:

-Dog rescuing and training- rescuing dogs from the community and giving them a home and place as emotional support dogs.
-Organic gardening and sustainable living to boost morale and encourage healthy, lifestyle habits. 
- Outdoor activities such as running, sports, and hiking to move muscles and change thoughts.
-Art therapy to channel fears and anxiety into creative art-putting their negative energy out of their head, and instead onto paper.
- Volunteer opportunities at local soup kitchens and the Stony Brook hospital to release the chemical of oxytocin in the brain, increasing happiness. 

All the funds will be used to initiate and begin these programs within the Gift Room Foundation. 

IN LOVE IN MEMORY OF ANTHONY RASO