Challenges & Practical Solutions

Which Challenges Are You Facing?

Over the past 35+ years The Option Institute has helped thousands of people live their very best life – heightening day-to-day happiness, deepening their closest relationships, increasing inner strength and personal effectiveness, and overcoming life’s biggest challenges. Our unique workshops and individual support services have helped people to overcome and master issues that have plagued them for years. No matter how many times you’ve tried and not succeeded, no matter what you’ve done in the past, there is hope and infinite possibility. We have the experience and capacity to help you.

Below, you will find a list of some of the life challenges faced by people who have come to The Option Institute. Whether you’re looking for yourself, or for someone close to you, please follow the links below to find out more about how we can help.

MIND & INNER STRENGTH

From Anger to Anxiety, we may face mental and phychological challenges in our complex modern world. Learn about programs and solutions to many of these challenges.

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HEALTH & HEALING

Physical health issues can effect us or our loved ones in profound ways throughout our lives. We approach these challenges with unique solutions and concepts.

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LIFE CHALLENGES

The ups and downs of life can be difficult to navigate throughout our lives. See new and powerfull solutions to many common life challenges.

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MIND & INNER STRENGTH

Anger

The Option Institute has helped thousands of people overcome issues revolving around anger. Here are solutions for those struggling with anger-based challenges.

SOLUTIONS

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

From a subtle feeling that is just below the surface to outright panic, overcoming anxiety is a challenge that many of us face.

SOLUTIONS

Depression

Whether you are dealing with feelings of sadness, clinical depression, post-partum depression or any other variation, we have the tools and techniques that can help.

SOLUTIONS

Empowerment & Assertiveness

Many people have come to The Option Institute to  supercharge their confidence in order to feel strong on a day-to-day basis and ultimately, to pursue their greatest goals.

SOLUTIONS

Fears & Phobias

Big or small, fear can impact every facet of your life — from your career, to your health, to your relationship. Many people from all walks of life have come to The Option Institute to gain freedom from fear.

SOLUTIONS

Self-Esteem

Living with low self-esteem can be tremendously exhausting. Take some time to learn about the effects this has on our lives and see solutions that can help you feel better all the time.

SOLUTIONS

Stress

We live in a fast-paced world that often feels inflexible and unforgiving. Stress abounds for countless reasons. At The Option Institute we offer stress relief that is completely unique.

SOLUTIONS

HEALTH & HEALING

Positive Body Image

Millions of men, women, boys and girls are struggling with eating issues. We can provide you with assistance more powerful than you have probably ever imagined.

SOLUTIONS

Women’s Issues

Many women accomplish incredible amounts in their daily lives. Yet, instead of feeling happy, confident and empowered, many women feel weak, small and unhappy.

SOLUTIONS

Stress

We live in a fast-paced world that often feels inflexible and unforgiving. Stress abounds for countless reasons. At The Option Institute we offer stress relief that is completely unique.

SOLUTIONS

LIFE CHALLENGES

Anger

The Option Institute has helped thousands of people overcome issues revolving around anger. Here are solutions for those struggling with anger-based challenges.

SOLUTIONS

Empowerment & Assertiveness

Many people have come to The Option Institute to supercharge their confidence in order to feel strong on a day-to-day basis and ultimately, to pursue their greatest goals.

SOLUTIONS

Grief

Grief has impacted many of us at various times in life – death of a loved one, illness, the end of a relationship, financial loss and the perception of failure in a career. See solutions that can help you overcome & move on.

SOLUTIONS

Leadership

At The Option Institute we teach leadership mastery — the ability to lead not only with technical prowess, but also with a deep sense of calm, empowerment, fearlessness and strength.

SOLUTIONS

Parenting

Becoming a parent is a pivotal moment in a life. For many, the day-to-day tasks of parenting can be rewarding as well as challenging and even overwhelming. At The Option Institute we will help you to feel at ease.

SOLUTIONS

Relationships

Whether you’re looking to improve communication with a spouse, have better interactions with a colleague or beloved friend, or find a little guidance in how to deal with your children, here are solutions to help.

SOLUTIONS

Stress

We live in a fast-paced world that often feels inflexible and unforgiving. Stress abounds for countless reasons. At The Option Institute we offer stress relief that is completely unique.

SOLUTIONS

Women’s Issues

Many women accomplish incredible amounts in their daily lives. Yet, instead of feeling happy, confident and empowered, many women feel weak, small and unhappy.

SOLUTIONS

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Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid

 

Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,

Jackline

 

Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar