"When we learn with pleasure we never forget." 

Alfred Mercier 

Kriya Lendzion

Education. Consultation. Transformation. 

 

 

We live in a world that is increasingly

addictive, risky, and complex for the

adolescents in our lives. I have over

20 years of experience working with

diverse youth and families, providing

empowering information, tools

and support to parents, schools

and community organizations
on guiding the kids we care about healthily and resiliently into young adulthood. All while keeping our relationships with them strong, and our own sanity intact! 

I bring my expertise and engaging facilitation style to a variety of settings and services, weaving humor, empathy, and a social justice lens into all that I do. 

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Clients say...

 

 

 

 

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Jenn Romero 

High School Dean 

Noble Academy

"Kriya created a really informative and engaging full-day of student programming along with parent and professional development tailored for our school's population. She has an incredible wealth of knowledge professionally that comes with tons of common sense and real-world information. I have heard Kriya speak several times in different settings and I always come away learning something new. In addition to being a great source of information, she's really funny and so easy to get along with." 

Felix Dowsley

Dean of Students

French Broad River Academy for Boys

"Rather than plod through a laundry list of harmful substances, Kriya coaches students to identify addictive behavior, regardless of the target. She gives our students the skills to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives. She is able to pair cutting-edge research with a wealth of experience as a counselor, shooting it straight with our students about the dangers of drugs and addiction. Kriya also went out of her way to provide our teachers with additional curricular materials so that the impact of her work reverberated throughout our program for months instead of days. " 

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Brigitta Catoe

Assistant Head of School

Hanger Hall School for Girls

"Kriya is a veteran in education and school counseling who still has the spark of a first year teacher. She has great instincts, is highly skilled, creative, and can effectively collaborate with students and adults alike. Kriya is an amazing consultant, tremendously helpful and a trusted resource during crisis. And she is a pleasure to work with and fun to boot."  

Meg Turner 

Principal

Owen High school 

"I have attended three of Kriya's workshops - one as a parent and two as an educator.  I find her to be full of fascinating facts, compelling stories, and deep passion for the topic of substance use. I have taken several action steps as a mom and as a principal based on her recommendations.  The love and guidance for my own daughter and the students with whom I work will be enhanced by Kriya's teachings. "

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Parent

Coaching Client 

"Kriya gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to drug and alcohol use. She helped our family identify the real needs of our teen so that we could better help her meet them. Our teen feels seen and cared about and this is essential. She also gave us an empowering approach to navigate communication around difficult subjects. She is a brilliant mentor for families and teens."

Cory Adams

Co-Director

Odyssey Community School 

"Kriya did an amazing job talking to our middle and high school students about drugs and alcohol. She has a very no-nonsense, confident approach that resonates with both students and parents--no simple feat! Because of her, our students were prepared to make safer, smarter choices for themselves through understanding what addiction is and how drugs damage the developing teen brain."

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Parent

Coaching Client

"Kriya's experience, guidance, expertise and accessibility have been a lifeline for our family. It is a common reference in our home for one of us parents or our boys to say, "Well, Kriya says...'' and nobody eye rolls or gets defensive. It is a unique accomplishment for an adult to have a positive influence on, and respect from, both parents AND adolescents simultaneously."

Tara Chandler 

Clinical Director

Appalachian Counseling

 "I recently had her train my staff about working with substance use and teens/parents.  My staff continually comment on how much they learned and how different their approach is now that they have had Kriya’s training.  She managed to work an extremely comprehensive training into a rushed hour long training and did a brilliant job."

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Mary-Elizabeth Martin

Dean of Students

Asheville School

"Kriya has a great sense of humor and connects easily with teenagers because her finger is on the pulse of teenage trends.  My students raved about their interactions with her and immediately engaged in the topics she discussed."

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Parent of 3 Teens

"[The Parent/Child workshop]  was very healing on a soul level. There was a sense for me as a parent of truly not being alone. And not only of being in the community of parents but of sharing responsibility for the solutions between the generations." 

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Parent

Coaching Client 

"Kriya gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to drug and alcohol use. She helped our family identify the real needs of our teen so that we could better help her meet them. Our teen feels seen and cared about and this is essential. She also gave us an empowering approach to navigate communication around difficult subjects. She is a brilliant mentor for families and teens."

Rae Geoffrey

Director

Diana Wortham Theater

"Kriya’s presentation was extremely useful in helping our staff connect on a deeper level and in leading us to more productive communication skills and habits. Our empathetic listening skills have improved both our communications within the staff and with our customers."

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Parent of Asheville High Student 

"[Kriya's] vibe engaged my child so that she actually enjoyed the workshop. My husband and I would gladly take any class [she] would offer regarding raising teens in this crazy world!"

Dr. Shannon South

Parent of Hanger Hall Student 

“Kriya has done so much more than educating my daughter about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. She has given her the essential ingredients to help her critically think about, evaluate and make wise choices around her curiosities about potential drug experimentation."

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Parent of Evergreen Charter Student 

"Most amazing Parent Ed I have seen, and I have had lots of opportunity to see programs in WNC."

Susie Fahrer 

Executive Director

Omega Middle School 

Our Alumni often comment on how prepared and grounded they felt when topics of drugs, personal health, and peer pressure surfaced in high school.  Kriya's commitment to the work is visible in her passion and her capacity to remain on the forefront of best practices and resources. We are a stronger, safer, and more informed community as a result of her work with our school. 

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Grayson Davis 

Teacher

GLOW Academy

"Kriya's training on Substance Abuse was phenominal! It was by far my favorite part of [the NC Charter School Conference]."

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Parent

Coaching Client 

"I cannot imagine navigating these years without Kriya. What she offers would normally cost thousands of dollars in private counseling services. I am extremely grateful to have Kriya on my 'Parenting Team!'"

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Sarena Fuller 

Executive Director

Artspace Charter School

"Kriya's presentation was brilliantly developed and delivered.  She created a safe, positive environment for parents to engage in challenging conversations about the pressures facing our children.  The material was based in science, tempered with personal experiences, and shared with a dose of humor.  Kriya was direct and encouraging.  I look forward to having her back."

Suzanna Loar

Clinician & Parent 

"Kriya came to my daughter’s school to educate parents on drug availability and abuse in this area. She was engaging and playful and kept our interest throughout her presentation. I highly recommend her- she will keep you on the edge of your seat. Very informed and talented presenter. I am a licensed substance abuse counselor myself and I walked away with much newly gained knowledge."