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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In every generation, there are those whose journey through life will be unconventional… They do not need to go through this alone.

Introducing an All-New Evolution Mentoring Program!







If you are truly ready to  find and commit to real love, the journey begins here.

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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.


• 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.

Adolescence Is Not A Disease!


“You don’t need to become an expert in parenting teens. Instead just become the expert in raising your own!”

Adolescence Is Not A Disease: Beyond Drinking, Drugs and Dangerous Friends – The Journey To Adulthood  (Advantage Media 2016), available Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

A thought-provoking, engaging expose on the impact of modern fear based parenting and schooling, contrasted with a refreshing approach that will inspire hope and restore power and sanity to parents and teens. Based on 50,000 hours of successful work helping teens grow into thriving adults.

This book will also give you a window into the inner world of how Jeff works with teens… from late night skype calls guiding them through a relationship conflict, to midday text exchanges helping them get refocused to excel on an exam, to a 90 second phone call with a college student where asking her one question probably saved her life…

Whether you have a teen who is struggling or you are being proactive, this book is a must read to equip parents to help their teen succeed in complex competitive scholastic and social environments.


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The Challenging Journey Of The Smart, Sensitive, Perceptive Teen

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.

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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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3 Ways To Work With Jeff

Private 1:1 Evolution Mentoring

swirlComprehensive, customized 1:1 mentoring for teens and young adults, ages 13 to 30.  Includes 24/7 access via text, email and phone. 

 Small Group One-Day Intensive:

Small GroupGroups offered monthly on weekends in New York and San Francisco. Limited to 6 participants. Must apply. 

 HeroPath Weekend Workshop:

A fascinating training that helps older teens (16+) and young adults to find their Life Direction. heroPath For Teens Logo

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