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Personal Life Training and Mentoring For  21st Century Teens & Young Adults

“Jeff is the Tony Robbins of the Under-30 Crowd”
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If you are truly ready to  find and commit to real love, the journey begins here.

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Mentoring Groups For Teens In San Francisco & Marin

Real life success requires far more than what’s taught in school
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“One Thing You Say Or Do Can Change A Child’s Life & You Often Only Get One Chance.”

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A Radically Different, Refreshingly Positive, Totally Customized Approach To Helping Teens

What I do is unconventional. And it gets results.

If your teen is struggling, chances are he or she isn’t mentally ill and doesn’t need psychotherapy. Until now, parents concerned about their teen, had few options. Hire a shrink. Get a prescription. Take a parenting class. Tough it out… Now there is something else you can do to help your teen besides the conventional paths.

Therapists help teens solve problems. I help teens grow into people for whom those kinds of situations just aren’t problems

Therapy diagnosis and treats psychological disorders and mental illness. I help those who are simply struggling with growing-up issues and are not mentally ill at all.

Therapy helps teens cope with reality. I help teens lead thriving lives in spite of the obstacles they face (and today’s teens face more than most adults realize)

Therapists ask “What’s wrong? What bothering you? Tell me more.I ask, “What do you want? What’s working? Let’s build on your strengths and teach you what works.

What Sets Evolution Mentoring Apart: 5 Biggest Differences:

SomaticsAll change begins in the body, not the mind. Ancient wisdom understood this. Modern science has proven it. Modern psychology though is still obsessed with feelings and thoughts.

I teach the most sophisticated body-awareness, internal-control techniques available anywhere in the world – and have taught them on 3 continents and 10 countries. I will teach them to your teen too.

Sophisticated Success SkillsMost problems teens have are resolved when they have the tools and the maturity to implement them. 70% of what I teach teens are communication skills, Decisions making skills, relationship skills and to have the discipline to achieve their personal greatness.

24/7, 365 - It takes more than 50 minutes a week listening to problems to change a person’s life. Therefore I am available to teens as life is happening. My clients have access to me by phone, text, etc, never needing to wait for a future appointment to get input when a situation is urgent, a question is weighing or support will make the difference between failure and serious success.

Positive Bias & The Right Brain - My clients learn to always orient towards possibilities and solutions, regardless of how stressful life may be or the challenges they face. They learn to avoid negativity and negative people and to build alliances with positive minded people. They develop their creativity and critical- thinking skills, gaining access to ‘right brain’ thinking – the kind of thinking most cutting edge experts agree will be critical for success in the 21st Century.

Results - Clients who come to me in crisis, generally experience positive change in their lives in a matter of a few sessions. Those who come seeking character and skill development, find continual benefit as the relationship we form, the mentoring I offer and the resources I point them towards becomes an invaluable resource as they advance their lives and meet the challenges of growing-up.

Four Types Of Teens Who Will Benefit Immediately

Offices in Marin (Mill Valley), San Francisco,  New York & London. Clients anywhere the phone and internet can reach.

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• Teens who are struggling with the demands of teen life and it is effecting their overall well-being:

  • Stress
  • Motivation
  • Decision making
  • Academic pressure
  • Social issues (too much drama or not enough!)

Once they implement the things I can teach them, they will begin to find life getting easier and better. They’ll be more at-ease, more positive, lighter and more hopeful. They will be happier, more confident, more secure, more sure of themselves and better prepared for life’s inevitable challenges.

• Teens who are smart, sensitive and deeper thinking and struggling to be themselves in an otherwise shallow, short sighted world.

These kids often find it hard to find fulfillment in today’s shallow, hedonistic, instant-gratification teen world. Some get discouraged. Others just get angry with the stupidity and hypocrisy.

They do not need to be in any crisis to work with me. Many aren’t. Rather their parents recognize the profound value of offering a kid like theirs a resource like this that feeds their soul.

These kids need the kind of relationship, support, guidance and education they get here. I believe in the depths of my soul, if the world was filled with the quality and caliber of people these kids are trying to be, we wouldn’t have the problems our world now has. If we help kids like yours grow into the quality and caliber of people they can become, one day we won’t have the problems we now have.

College Students (and post-grads) who are lost, struggling and needing immediate help finding direction and getting their young adult life moving and happening now. This is the second fastest growing segment of my client-base. This is a whole different domain of mentoring, involving a re-education as well as a new education. Results will begin happening by the end of our first session.

• On occasion, I will work with a teen in crisis. If however they have serious substance abuse issues or severe family pathology, I will refer them to those who specialize in this. The intervention (NOT TREATMENT) I offer is intense, time demanding and requires a substantial investment. If you are the right kind of family for me to work with, you will also see very quick results – often within two months or less. Due to the demanding nature of this work, I only take two clients like this at a time.


The Challenging Journey Of The Smart, Sensitive, Perceptive Teen

Life presents challenges to all teens. It is especially challenging for those who are more thoughtful, sensitive and perceptive. 

They don’t find true contentment in the shallow, short-sighted, self-absorbed peer culture that dominates modern teen life. They grow frustrated with school busy work and the bureaucratic hoops they must jump through to gain college admission… Perhaps most challenging of all, how frustrating – even lonesome – it can be, finding people they can really talk with who truly get what they are thinking and going through, and who can help them navigate their way through it to build for themselves a deep and fulfilling, authentic life.

They also face these challenges

  • Staying positive and hopeful, when the culture at large is so indifferent or negative
  • Managing the intensity of what it is to feel so much, think  so much and question so much
  • Leading a meaningful life that is deeply satisfying, intellectually, personally and/or creatively

Often they are more creative. They are more alert, more attentive, more engaged. They notice the subtle details others miss. They feel strongly and want to share this with others. Most importantly, they know instinctively that there must be so much to life than school work, where they go to college, how popular they are or how much money they make… They may have all those things, but none of them satisfy their criteria of what makes a life truly satisfying and truly worthwhile.

If you are raising teens who fits this description, the Mentoring offered here will make a huge impact in their lives.

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Who Are DreamKids?

They are a growing number of youth who possess an inclination towards wanting more than standard success, facebook friends and a resume for college that while loaded with credentials, lacks authenticity:  “I don’t want to just be one of 1200 kids at great school. I want to actually do something great!”  Mathew, 15     “So many of my teammates are okay with coming in second or third. To me there is no ‘good enough’ “ Austin, 17  “What most of my peers call a friend, I call an acquaintance at best. To me, a real friend is the only kind I really want.” Sofia, 16

 

Why HeroPath For Teens Dissolves Teen Angst In Just One Weekend

Wellington College, London: First International Conference on Coaching In Education:  November 2013

Parents: Right Words, Wrong Source. Now There Is A Third Voice

You know your child is officially an adolescent when: You offer excellent advice that they reject, solely because it is coming from their parent! As frustrating as this may be, it is actually evidence of healthy development. Intrinsically your teen is awakening to life’s harsh truths: One day they will not have you to protect them. Instinctively they know they must become capable of surviving on their own. The only way they can prove this TO THEMSELVES, is to make decisions without you, try on their own and find their own solutions.

This doesn’t mean they won’t listen to advice from others.  Too often though, in the absence of trusted adults who have established credibility and make them feel respected, teens turn instead to their peers (who know less than they do) or to popular media (which doesn’t give a damn about them).

If parents are The First Voice in a child’s life. Peers and Pop-Culture/Media form a screaming, cacophony of noise that become the Second Voice in their life – the one teens mostly listen to during the Coming-of-Age stage of life we call adolescence.

The voice of the Wise Elder, once revered and painstakingly sought out, has been mostly lost in modern society. For hundred of teens around the globe, Evolution Mentoring is changing that… and can for your teen tooBy providing a wise, but updated, contemporarily relevant, voice that comes from someone who is not a parent yet is also a responsible, moral, experienced adult… someone whom teens respect, listen to and will allow themselves to be challenged by..

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Evolution Mentoring Works: Here’s Why

For an untold number of reasons we’ve lost the role of elder in our modern societies. This means children, especially adolescents and young adults, are often  left to their own devices to figure out what life is all about. This process driven by trial and error often leads to significant and serious errors that are unnecessary because they don’t have a trusted advisor to turn to before crisis hits. Many of them won’t turn to parents precisely because their way to prove their autonomy is to prove they can handle things without needing the advice of the exact people they are establishing their autonomy from – namely their parents.

I’ve built my career around building the critically important relationship with them that they need during this stage of life…  holding that space where these teens and young adults can find the answers they seek … not in conversation, but by example and the direct advice that can only come from experience and expertise.

Evolution Mentoring is not for every teen.  If though you are a values driven family, and have a teen who is inclined to wanting more out of life than the mediocre norms, Evolution Mentoring can build confidence, focus, faith in life’s possibilities and the courage to pursue a substantial, authentic life.  Learn How

Live Presentations: London, England & Athens, Greece

The Missing Piece: The Answer To The Driving Question Of Teen Life

Wellington College, London: International Conference on Coaching In Education:  November 2013

Every parent has a dream for their children’s lives… All teens have dreams for their lives. But what if Life Has A Dream For You…?

Are you awake and alert enough to recognize it… bold enough to act on it… What happens for those who do?

TEDx Youth Academy – Presentation to 18-24 Years Olds in Athens, Greece  Nov 2011

“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have one before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” 
― Joseph CampbellThe Hero with a Thousand Faces