What is mentoring?
Navigating the teenage and young adult years is often very challenging for both parents as well as the youth who are going through these transitions. I have found in my work that while most teenagers or young adults might shudder at he word 'therapy,' they are open to meeting with a mentor or a coach. Similarly, although one might not be at all willing to open up at an office face to face with a stranger across a desk, the prospect of going for a walk in the park or shooting some hoops offers a comfortable venue for a teenager to explore the challenging aspects of what is emerging during adolescence. Mentoring differs from traditional therapy in that it takes place outside in the world. Mentoring can be seen as coaching for the mind. Like a therapeutic relationship, the bond that develops in mentoring is profoundly healing. I believe in developing a strong rapport with my clients. While I do not explicitly treat mental illness, much of what emerges in mentoring work is similar to that which develops through a therapeutic relationship. Through the evolution of an authentic relationship, an adolescent can enter into young adulthood with more confidence, maturity and self-awareness.
During sessions we might go for a walk together, play sports, listen to music, or talk over tea. The important facet of our work is building a trusting relationship so that true vulnerability may be shared and genuine guidance may be both given and received. I help kids navigate important life transitions such as entering college, moving away from home, dealing with first jobs, first relationships, etc;. Other common symptoms that my work addresses include excessively defiant behavior, trouble interacting with peers, ADHD, and confidence/self-esteem issues.