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:
Somatics – All 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 Skills – Most 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.
• Teens who are struggling with the demands of teen life and it is effecting their overall well-being:
- 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.
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
Is your son or daughter on a different path?
In every generation there are those whose journey through life will have unique challenges, ones not easy to navigate. If your son or daughter are one of them, this program is for them. Some are on a different path because life circumstances has forced them to overcome challenges they cannot avoid.
For others, it is because they’ve realized something about their values, their character or their ambitions and desires, that makes them the kind of person for whom conventional accomplishments and experiences alone will never be fully satisfying.
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 too. By 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..