I was not a very confident kid. I had low self-esteem, no self-worth, struggled in school and had difficulty making connections with peers. I was bullied. Throughout my adolescent years, I battled severe depression and anxiety and headed down a self-destructive path of substance abuse and self-mutilation. Being expelled from high school followed by a near death overdose landed me in an intervention clinic. I spent the next 4 years living in rehabs, group homes and institutions. I was lost.
In the last 2 years of incarcerations, I crossed paths with some great mentors who helped me turn my life around. I was amazed when I discovered how strong I am. I learned to believe in myself, realized my worth and slowly began to pick up the pieces. By 17, I was coaching leadership circles and mentoring new residents at the boys home I was living in. My journey to coaching men started there.
I’m a Certified Professional Coach with a Bachelors in Communication Arts from Pratt Institute. I spent the last decade studying human behavior through various physical and interactive modalities and training. My coaching has developed through the combination of that training and a determination to understand the condition of men.
In a lifetime of studying leadership, psychology and theories of human development, what I've decided is that there is no one model or system that can be applied to all. Wouldn't life be much easier if there was? But how can we apply a black and white formula to the grayest area of humanity: the mind? We cannot. I have an arsenal of tools rooted in a multitude of different models and theories that I pull from as I customize my style to you specifically. I believe it's the most efficient way to help YOU. That said, in a nutshell, my philosophy is this: Figure out who you are, accept yourself, love yourself, then be yourself. And there are many ways to get there. We need to explore and discover YOU first. We will talk, I'll ask questions and we will get to know you better. Next we act. True happiness and success requires action. As a team, we will formulate an action-based plan specific to you that will help you achieve your goals and start living a life that feels richer with purpose.