Myka Hanson

Mentors of the Academy

Name of Business

Teen Forward

Summary of offerings

Myka specializes in working with tweens, teens, and college-age young adults. Her dream tending and coaching work, done one-on-one and in groups (in person and via Zoom), utilizes a whole-body, somatic and depth perspective. Myka believes that beginning to work with dreams at a young age can lead to a lifetime of direction, companionship, and groundedness.



The teenage years are a beautiful, fun, unique time of self-discovery and exploration, yet these years are often labeled as difficult, tumultuous, even monstrous. Myka believes that working with dream images and being companioned by them throughout adolescence can lead to a sense of one-ness and inclusion within oneself. Teens can feel less alone, less isolated, and more comfortable in their own skin. Myka uses dream work, somatic exercises, expressive arts (ex: painting, drawing, dance), and dramatic arts to help teens connect to their dream images in a one-on-one or group setting.


After teaching high school English for nearly 20 years, Myka desired a life of working with teens and young adults without the confines of a school structure. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in depth psychology and somatic studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute and launched her coaching business, Teen Forward, to be able to connect with teens, parents, and families during one of the most important stages of life: adolescence. In addition to her Ph.D., Myka also has a Master’s degree in special education, is a published author, a certified yoga instructor, and a level 3 Dream Tender. Myka believes in incorporating all of her gifts into her work with teens and families.

Services & Themes

Dream Groups – Classes – Consulting – Somatics – Expressive Arts – Teens – Creatives – Educators – Nature – Creativity – Life Purpose – Trauma recovery – Eating disorders/body image – Sexuality – Gender/non-binary identity

Dream Tending Training

  • Myka is a current Mentor in Training in the Mentors of the Academy Program with Steven Aizenstat, PhD.
  • Completion of Dream Tending Certificate Program III
  • Completion of Dream Tending Certificate Program II
  • Completion of Dream Tending Certificate Program I


“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.”