Happiness GPS® – Teacher Reviews

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Raun K. Kaufman
Clyde Haberman
Beverly Haberman

Raun K. Kaufman

“Extremely energetic and dynamic – A great energy and presence to be around. He made me feel as though anything was possible no matter what the obstacles.”

Laurie Rodin, Occupational Therapist, New York

“He has a wonderful presence about him. My dialogues with him were amazing; I was very open and said what I wanted to say. He helped me to learn to be happier with myself. He has an awesome attitude towards everyone. I really enjoyed my time with him in his class and my dialogues.”

Becca Mullinax, High School Student, South Carolina

“He is what the program is all about. He teaches by using examples from his life, and we can relate to those feelings and emotions. He conveys a sense that anything is possible. He has inspired me to be more than what I ever thought I could be.”

Tom Wilson Surgical T. Massachusetts

“Raun was a powerhouse. He beams with good energy. His dynamic presentation skills made you hang onto his every word.”

Terry Unwin Wife Massachusetts

“Excellent! Raun is funny, engaging, approachable, real, genuine. He relates to real life events which helps me to learn and adds validity to the message.”

Catie Forte Investor Relations MA

“Raun is very intelligent and energetic and happy. His vibrations of happiness and joy lifted up the spirit of the class almost immediately.”

Ali Mashayekhi Dentist MA

“What a charismatic man! Raun’s sense of humor and natural ‘people person’ orientation made the morning spirited and alive. He’s so real.”

Debra Libow Incurement Analyst NY

“Great. Raun established rapport within the first 30 seconds. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it that fast before. Led us with confidence and expertise.”

Curtis Gross Chiropractor VT

“I found Raun irresistibly inspiring. His enthusiasm and authenticity about his own happiness really got me excited and kept me present. I was so drawn into the material in a fun way. That’s how I like to learn.”

John Rasmussen Electrical Engineer Canada

“How exciting to see a self-assertive person who is simultaneously kind, loving and sharing. The clarity of the process, as he presented it, was a wonderfully beneficial shock to my emotional being.”

Thomas K. Pedersen Advertising/Marketing Executive New York

“Wonderfully joyful and accessible, Raun has an exuberant and simultaneously calm manner that puts people at ease and encourages them to open up.”

Alex Tobias Musician New York

“Exuberant, helpful, kind, knowledgeable, inspirational. A great sharer.”

Bettina Zwerdling Management Consultant Massachusetts

“Raun is enthusiastic, energetic, humorous. He has a great grasp of the material. A good presenter.”

Dotty Foote Social Worker North Carolina

“Probably the most effective, dynamic speaker I have been privileged to meet. I am touched by his unusual combination of sweet vulnerability paired with unmovable confidence and self assurance.”

Aliza Stern Matchmaker, MA

“Raun is amazing! He is vivacious, funny and a wonderful teacher. At one point, a participant became upset and started to cry; and he dialogued with her in such a calm, caring, loving way that she was able to choose happiness and peace in that moment.”

Victoria Rentz Writer/Student, NY

“Powerful, funny, resourceful – a dynamic speaker. I found myself constantly searching inward during his lecture. He was just fabulous!”

Lori Dameron Sales Rep, MA

“Wow! He was in ‘flow’ with our class. Energetic. Keeping and highlighting the thread of his teachings together. I was blown away by his deep understanding of the Option Process®.”

Joshua Berman Project Manager, MA

“Excellent – high energy, entertaining, thoughtful and thought provoking; a master of his craft!”

Sharon Cohen Human Resources Manager, MA

“Amazing! Bright, witty, insightful. Brought all of these qualities to class.”

Steve Silverman Retired New York

“Excellent energy and communication. Very dynamic!”

Dale Emge Business Manager Missouri

“A real pleasure to be in his class! He was witty, very knowledgeable and kept the class alive and jumping with enthusiasm.”

Richard Cannata General Manager Massachusetts

“Exceptional! I enjoyed him! Articulate, funny, approachable. He set me at ease. Raun made the content exciting. I wanted to hear more from him.”

Heidi Isler Yoga Teacher, Group Fitness Director Massachusetts

“Very impressive. Great humor. I loved how he took the mystery out of it by just being real and laughing and speaking as I imagine he speaks when talking to good friends.”

Sue Tvaroha Computer Specialist New Hampshire

“The way Raun presented himself and the materials felt like I was able to fully digest an extremely healthy meal. It was truly a gift to spend time with him.”

Josef Schatz Student Massachusetts

“Energetic and excited. Exciting! Raun made you feel like taking on the challenge.”

Kim Hopkins Homemaker California

“Raun’s enthusiasm was contagious! He is very engaging and funny!”

Carol Murphy Bookseller Pennsylvania

“Terrific! Raun was funny, helpful, so articulate, and knowledgeable! He has such great energy and presented a fun class.”

Jan Heyde Architectural Designer/Interior Designer Massachusetts

“Raun is fantastic. His proficiency is both encouraging and delightful. He is very effective.”

Cindy Rinehimer Retired New York

“Excellent! Raun is fun, energetic, has a good sense of humor, is light, and engaging.”

Bruce Krall Retreat Developer California

“Thank you, Raun, for providing me with the tools to truly live my life happily and accept myself for who I am.”

Mary Beth K. Homemaker/Speech and Language Therapist New York

“Inspirational, animated, and fun to be with. Raun taught some very key elements in a way that was light and profound at the same time.”

Sonja Sweeney Massachusetts

“Raun has very high energy and entertaining. He is strongly inspirational.”

Kate Lynch Health Educator Connecticut

“An inspiration to meet Raun. He has a very high energy level and enthusiasm. He is very knowledgeable about the material and is a very good presenter.”

Bill North Consultant Pennsylvania

“It was great to work with Raun. I enjoyed the materials he presented.”

Tom Wharton Teacher Vermont

“Raun is energetic, dynamic, and fun. I wanted to see more of him!”

Shannon White Graduate Student Michigan

“Raun is a great presenter, teacher, and person. His style was full of fun, acceptance, and was non-judgmental.”

Julia Godden Residential Counselor Massachusetts

“Raun is unbelievable! He is inspirational and down to earth. His positive energy radiated from him to me.”

Walter Finger Investor/Builder Texas

“Raun is fun, enthusiastic and caring. His session was a wonderful mix of compassionate listening and gentle encouragement.”

Ginger Schulman Delivery Person New Jersey

“Raun is totally balanced, with the most beautiful animation and passion I have ever experienced. He is exhilarating! He is gifted at gift giving and so wise. A blessing to meet and know.”

Betty Grondin-Jose Social Services/Parent Aide New Hampshire

“Raun is totally energetic! He brought great humor, excitability and love to our class!”

Kristina Simonds Office Manager Connecticut

“What an amazing guy Raun is! He is open, funny and an inspiration.”

Carrie Wulfman M.D. Vermont

“What a joyous spirit! I’d love to take a week long class with Raun. He is gentle, funny, confident and gracious.”

Kathryn Wright New York

“Raun put the group at total ease. He made it fun and exciting to make changes happen.”

Neal Croissen Data Warehousing Manager Maine

“I loved Raun’s energy and joy and his examples of making choices seem so simple.”

Carol Stoddard Certified Hand Therapist/O.T. Massachusetts

“Raun is thoughtful and intelligent. Kind and caring. Guided experiences well.”

Millie Beck Educator New York

“I saw Raun with the ability to pass his love and compassion very freely to others.”

Carol Carpenter RIV Vermont

“Raun was excellent. He has a very calm, presence yet strong command of the material.”

Christen Ring Financial Services Florida

“I liked Raun’s teaching style – his centeredness and sense of peace about him. He was very easy to understand and very genuine in his approach.”

Mary Ellen Kline Marketing Missouri

“Raun challenges your inner self. This is a gifted person. Much love.”

Gary Torre New York

“Raun is very, very good! He’s fully immersed in the Option Process® and is able to share what he knows well through his classroom presentations.”

Marie Forman Homemaker New York

“A natural! Raun was born to teach. His knowledge and understanding of the Option Process® flows out of him like a waterfall, with passion and excitement and power, yet with a peaceful, calming effect.”

Vince Sandull SRPI Registrar Massachusetts

“Raun was very good. I enjoyed Raun’s teaching. I enjoyed his happiness.”

Joe Ring Sales Associate Florida

Clyde Haberman

“Excellent. Clyde is just incredible. He is totally focused and clear. His gentle spirit and his keen intellect are a delight. His ability to be totally present is an incredible gift.”

Stephanie Dickinson, Full-Time Mom, Illinois

“I love Clyde. He is such an open, loving person. He helped assist our class to experience major breakthroughs for themselves.”

Nancy Boehme Flight attendant Washington

“Clyde is Awesome! He is very easy to focus on, with a gentle nature and presence. Clyde is dynamic and soft-spoken at the same time.”

Chantelle Horton Accountant Michigan

“Exceptional! Clyde did an extraordinary job of introducing, explaining, and modeling the principles of The Option Institute. He also emerged as the thread throughout this weekend that kept its continuity, its sense of movement, and its logic. Clyde is warm, funny, compassionate, joyful, and loving.”

Donna Hall Management Consultant/Trainer NC

“Excellent! Eloquent and elegant with the process, wonderful presenter, and Clyde has the excellent ability to connect with participants. His timing is wonderful.”

Barbara Rigney Corporate Health Care & Wellness NJ

“Clyde was awesome, sensitive, loving, great with demonstrations, and encouraging of people to stretch and to move beyond their fears.”

Chamonix Olsen Speech-Language Pathologist NY

“Clyde was a caring teacher. He is genuine and very self-confident and caring. He was a very fun teacher. Spontaneous in his approach, you never knew where he was going to go next, and this made class exciting, interesting, animated, and fun!”

Andrea Cummings Family Therapist MA

“Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Clyde helped me create a new Tara. He is a caring individual and he touches everyone he comes into contact with. Clyde will be in my heart forever – Thank you for seeing me as I am! I love you for all you do! You make the world a better place in which to live.”

Tara Finn Head Teacher Assistant New Jersey

“Clyde was amazing!! He seemed to know exactly what each participant needed and how much to push them and challenge them. He knew how to heighten the stimulus so that we could face our fears and realize they weren’t as bad as we thought. I felt loved by him and felt that he truly wants the best for me – and everyone in the program.”

Kelly Griffith Child Facilitator Trainee Massachusetts

“What a natural! Clyde’s temperament, humor, and authenticity make it easy for people to trust and open up. He encourages people to take charge in a way that helps them believe they can, and it’s easy to see why his work is such an integral part of the growth of so many students.”

Corinne McKeown Development Director Massachusetts

“Awesome! The best facilitator – clear, focused, engaging, loving, compassionate and direct.”

Phyliss Grace, RN Entrepreneur New Hampshire

“Insightful. He brought the group ‘out’ in a wonderful, gentle but forceful way the first night, which set a great tone for the whole weekend. Each day he maintained the momentum and pushed the group forward. He was the best person we could have had to be the primary leader/facilitator of the program.”

Ted Axelrod Executive, Management Advisory Massachusetts

“Excellent! From the first session right on through to the last, his skill, presence, acceptance and authenticity were tangible. I felt safe to explore myself and came away with clear cut awakenings that have changed my life.”

Karen Mashayekhi Customer Service Massachusetts

“Stunning. Clyde is the daddy, brother, friend, husband, lover that everybody wants!”

Jane Buckle Educator/Director New York

“Charismatic, kind, thoughtful in his words and acts. I followed his words throughout the lectures without ever drifting. He had the ability to draw all people in the group to go where they needed to go in their own lives and maintain the collective whole of the group at the same time.”

Lori Dameron Sales Rep Massachusetts

“Clyde, you created safety and acceptance in such a loving and respectful way from our first gathering – I feel this gave us all the permission to explore in the ways we felt most comfortable. Every time you returned to our group was a gift. You are most observant and tenderly encouraging.”

Maryanne Kufs Early Childhood Education Massachusetts

“Excellent teacher, nonjudgmental, kind; kept interest high while having a reassuring, relaxed approach; aware and present to the class. Clyde was always aware of individual needs as well as the class’ needs as a group.”

Sarah Lampkin Nurse Anesthetist MI

“What can you say to the person who gave you back control of your life? I am so grateful for the perfect introduction to the best parts of myself and the opportunity to be good to myself from now on. Clyde is very present, caring and available, and creates an environment that is easy and allows me to be comfortable. Clyde is incredibly challenging!”

Heather Baker-Berry Insurance Agent Ohio

“A master teacher of the most extraordinary kind. This Institute is exceedingly well served with him on staff. He presents a clear and comprehensive outline for us to take away.”

Yvonne Gaverielle Teacher Massachusetts

“Outstanding! A true professional. Extremely knowledgeable in content, methodology and delivery. Brought warmth and humor to the content, and maintained the philosophy of the program (using Dialogue Process®) when it would have been much easier to simply be sympathetic.”

Steve Silverman Retired New York

“Clyde was wonderful, humorous, kind, gentle and tough all, at the same time. I truly enjoyed our time with Clyde.”

Kathy Stillwell Teacher Aide New York

“Great, wonderful happy, energetic, and truly concerned about trying to help us. He made the sessions fun – never boring. Helped us to go outside our comfort zone and face our problems rather than keep running away from them.”

Kathy Meyer Consultant Texas

“Totally present, kind, patient, playful, vibrant, and funny. A very powerful person. I see qualities in Clyde that I will take home with me and reflect on as a tool to help keep this powerful work alive for me. I will never forget this time that I spent with him!”

Jay Wiley Photographer Pennsylvania

“Absolutely the best! Excellent! Clyde has the ability to immediately draw you into the Option Process® in a non-threatening way. He is very relaxed, easy to like and to relate to. He has a soothing voice and an easy manner. He provided good information, presented in a helpful way.”

Vivien Galiano Advertising/Marketing California

“The master teacher. Clyde is an excellent model for the Option Process® Dialogue.”

Peg Adkins Educator Vermont

“Excellent, present, funny, lively, and animated. Clyde is sensitive and able to keep things moving.”

Dana Wiley Administrative Manager/Social Worker Pennsylvania

“Clyde was amazing. He was very responsive to the class’s needs. He is a powerful example of the benefits of the Option Process®.”

Jeanne Billman Business Manager New York

“Clyde is wonderful! He has made me feel very accepted and changes seem so attainable. He is very encouraging to both individuals and the group as a whole. His teaching style is animated, keeping the group involved and interested, plus his stories that exemplify how change can occur are very helpful. I have thoroughly enjoyed being in Clyde’s class!”

Amy Proger Student Maryland

“Awesome! Clyde is supportive and kind. It felt as if a true friend was guiding you through an incredible life change.”

Kim Hopkins Homemaker California

“Excellent. Clyde has been a wonderful person to have classes with. You could feel the love and the passion from him.”

Christina Jensen Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator Trainee Massachusetts

“I truly enjoyed Clyde’s teaching methods and enthusiasm throughout. I loved the attitude he presented as well as the concepts which I was able to comprehend.”

Josef Schatz Student Massachusetts

“Wonderful, kind, sincere, and knowledgeable. I definitely knew I would not be judged by Clyde. The whole class was relaxed and ready!”

Jan Heyde Architectural Designer/Interior Designer Massachusetts

“Clyde is beyond excellence.”

Harriet Torpie Teacher New York

“High energy, good demeanor, and sensitive to people. Clyde provided an excellent grasp of the concepts and really drives them home.”

Bruce Krall Retreat Operator California

“Very good introduction and atmosphere creating choice. From the get-go, Clyde instituted a sense of safety, comfort and acceptance. He continued these qualities throughout all three of his classes.”

Penny Love Vlahos Student Illinois

“Clyde made the nervous, new participant in me feel so relaxed and accepted on the first day. As our knowledge of the Option Process® grew, he kept in step with expanding our minds and giving us the tools to move forward.”

Amy MacDonald Sales Pennsylvania

“Excellent! Clyde has so much patience bringing forth the importance of changing our beliefs so we can improve our lives.”

Bernard Stukas Retired New York

“Clyde was gentle, warm, and able to lovingly probe and encourage us to stretch ourselves in new ways.”

Daniel D’Amore Supervisor, Parks Department Maryland

“Clyde was extremely patient and gentle. He helped put me at ease. I especially liked how he encourages you, and also respects your wishes.”

Rhonda MacMillon Writer Indiana

“Clyde did a great job of asking very thought-provoking questions in a non judgmental and accepting way. I really enjoyed him!”

Kathy Reincke Consultant Illinois

“Super! Clyde really set the stage for allowing everyone to be open and honest with their beliefs.”

Tom Whorton Teacher Vermont

“Clyde is a wonderful, caring teacher. His kind manner was especially appreciated.”

Shannon White Graduate Student Michigan

“I enjoyed Clyde as a teacher and liked the combination of calm steadiness mixed with a twinkle of a smile.”

Francesca Noble Teacher New York

“Very comforting to be around. I have, well, I used to have an issue feeling comfortable around men, but with Clyde, that never was my experience. Instantly I felt his support, and he has just the best intentions. Thank you, Clyde, for your acceptance.”

Julia Godden Residential Counselor Massachusetts

“Excellent, organized, and personable. I enjoyed Clyde’s presence, his visualizations, and his ability to relate to the group right away.”

Sonja Sweeney Massachusetts

“Extremely focused! Clyde was a wonderful role model for the Option Process®.”

Kim Hubelbank Homemaker New Jersey

“Clyde was warm, fun, and asked very incisive questions.”

Kate Lynch Health Educator Connecticut

“Excellent! Clyde was present, helpful, and authentic.”

David Michael Engineer/Senior Manager Massachusetts

“Clyde is able to connect with people quickly. He builds rapport by being friendly, approachable, and accepting. He has a very good presentation and can ‘think on his feet’.”

Bill North Consultant Pennsylvania

“Clyde is very warm, enthusiastic and 100% supportive of all thoughts and feelings. His creative teaching methods kept me wondering and excited for what was next!”

Kristina Simmonds Office Manager Connecticut

“Clyde is gentle and has love in his eyes. I felt safe being led by him through the visualization processes. I would like to have one such session with Clyde every week!”

Carrie Wulfman M.D. Vermont


“Clyde is the best! He really can bring out feelings in everyone he comes in contact with. I wish I could talk to Clyde on a weekly basis. THANKS!”

Vic Swanson Sales Michigan

“Clyde’s teaching method was genuine and real. I felt he was present all of the time he spent with us. His method of using dialogue throughout the group time was effective and a good example for us to follow when communicating with others in our lives.”

Rick Jose R.N. New Hampshire

“Clyde was excellent at facilitation and helping each individual looking into their belief systems and helping them to change. “

Carol Stoddard Certified Hand Therapist/O.T. Massachusetts

“Clyde is a mentor in the truest sense of the word. He is clear, concise, understanding, and non-judgmental. He is a great facilitator.”

Walter Finger Investor/Builder Texas

“Clyde is wonderful and provided great insight. He helped me to relax and enjoy the process that was falling into place. The materials he provided in class were so helpful in gaining personal understanding.”

Tracy Will Colorado

“I enjoyed Clyde the most. He was compassionate, nurturing, witty, relaxed and genuine.”

Jay Frost Writer Massachusetts

“Clyde is wonderful, patient and awe inspiring!”

Kate Tilton Artist Vermont

“Clyde is wonderful! Gentle, kind, probing, inspiring! Insightful. Provided excellent comfort level.”

Millie Beck Educator – Adj. Prof. New York

“Clyde is an outstanding group facilitator and mentor. He has a special capability to make people comfortable in opening up their feelings and beliefs without any judgement on them.”

Scott Claver Computer Software Technology and Development

“The best!! I learned in his classes. He has a great teaching style and such a warm heart.”

Shanna Hughes Downey Student Illinois

“Clyde is excellent. Just great, in tune with group.”

Jocelyn Lessard Sales Connecticut

“Excellent! I thought Clyde was a very caring and giving person, very devoted.”

Carol Carpenter RIV Vermont

“Warm, connecting, intuitive. Clyde has a natural command of the Option Process® Dialogue.”

Barry Buchanan Yacht Carpenter Maine

“Superb! Clyde is gentle yet engaged and challenging and humorous. I felt very comfortable with him and got a lot of benefit from the way he brought others ‘out of their shells’. “

Dr. Dolores Goyette Chiropractor – Private Practice Massachusetts

“Excellent – Clyde used a wonderful combination of humor, wisdom and compassion to guide each of us in our own learning process at our own pace.”

Mary Ellen Kline Marketing Missouri

“Clyde is the very best teacher, excellent! He makes the Option Process® human and real and therefore possible. Humor, warmth – Heart!!”

Ruth Prastice Part-time Cashier Arkansas

“Clyde: Excellent, wise, kind, caring, clear, empathetic, patient.”

Carole Goldberg Massachusetts

“Clyde is a great educator. His ability to challenge ourselves. He is wonderful. Thanks so, so much.”

Gary Torre New York

“Clyde is an incredible inspiration. I am amazed at his energy, patience, sharp understanding of other people, and for his unconditional acceptance and love for other people. Clyde has really motivated me and helped me to understand my beliefs and judgement. I can’t emphasize enough how talented and amazing Clyde is.”

Sandra Gordon Student Illinois

“Clyde is soft-spoken, direct, open and insightful. What a ‘master’. Thanks for what you do. You do make a difference.”

Bob Greenbaum Entrepreneur California

“Clyde is awesome! I felt comfortable, accepted and loved. He is a truly genuine person. Reminds me of a big warm, strong hug. “

Marty Frazier Contractor Sales/Student Maine

“Clyde is the very best teacher, excellent! He makes the Option Process® human and real and therefore possible. Humor, warmth – Heart!!”

Ruth Prastice Part-time Cashier Arkansas

“Clyde: Excellent, wise, kind, caring, clear, empathetic, patient.”

Carole Goldberg Massachusetts

“Clyde is a great educator. His ability to challenge ourselves. He is wonderful. Thanks so, so much.”

Gary Torre New York

“Clyde is an incredible inspiration. I am amazed at his energy, patience, sharp understanding of other people, and for his unconditional acceptance and love for other people. Clyde has really motivated me and helped me to understand my beliefs and judgement. I can’t emphasize enough how talented and amazing Clyde is.”

Sandra Gordon Student Illinois

“Clyde is soft-spoken, direct, open and insightful. What a ‘master’. Thanks for what you do. You do make a difference.”

Bob Greenbaum Entrepreneur California

“Clyde is awesome! I felt comfortable, accepted and loved. He is a truly genuine person. Reminds me of a big warm, strong hug.”

Marty Frazier Contractor Sales/Student Maine

“Excellent!! I liked Clyde’s style. He was very loving, funny and always got to the heart of whatever anyone was speaking about. He was extremely helpful to me.”

Marie Forman Homemaker New York

“I have an admiration and respect for Clyde. He’s wonderful! Clear, confident, warm, knowledgeable, and so loving what he’s doing!”

Vince Sandull SRPI Registrar Massachusetts

“Clyde is great. He just seemed like he was totally connected with everyone in our group. His timing was great. He was just a great mentor to our group.”

Joe Ring Sales Associate Florida

“A true inspiration. I felt a closer connection with Clyde. His presence placed me at ease. He has a firm grasp of how to lead a group.”

Casey Murray Marketer Connecticut

“Clyde is a dynamic and engaging instructor. He was a wonderful facilitator and teacher. He has a gift of helping people come to a place that they feel safe and open to share with others.”

Christen Ring Financial Services Florida

“Clyde is an outstanding facilitator with a true understanding of people. He has a great ability to ‘feel the pulse’ of the room, people and situations around him. He is a true credit to this program, and his professionalism was incredible and a testament to the methods taught here.”

Jeff Goldfarb Operations Professional Pennsylvania

“I liked his energy, it was calm and peaceful. He drew me into the lessons. His natural good humor, openness, and fresh creativeness helped us all attend to our own process!”

Janwillem Muster Teacher Maine

“Clyde asked how many would be willing to trust for the next exercise. We all raised our hands and proceeded to then do an exercise that appeared inane, repetitive, silly, and then had the power to blow everyone’s mind away. It was mesmerizing and powerfully evocative, and no one remained unchanged.”

Julie Swarner Utah

“I believe Clyde did an amazing job teaching this group. He made the Saturday morning judgement class so much fun, yet so fulfilling. After that class, I saw drastic changes not only in myself but so many others in the class. He was so sincere and really made the material easy to understand.”

Ann-Marie Fowers Nanny Massachusetts

“Clyde is very loving and accepting of the whole group. He makes the whole experience very easy.”

Christopher Stanley Safety Director Maine

“It was clear what a warm wonderful man he is, and what a great ability he has to convey warmth and support.”

Pam Larsen Teacher Massachusetts

“Present, caring, gracious. I felt like a welcome guest in his classes.”

Susan Blodgett Accountant Massachusetts

“Clyde is warm, kind, sensitive, and very entertaining.”

Ann Alexakos Para Professional New Hampshire

“Just excellent! The way in which Clyde demonstrates that he is here for us – for me – opened me up to accept The The Option Experience program content and to take advantage of the opportunities to change beliefs or to further shape new beliefs that are making it possible to experience more happiness.”

Mark S. Lane Interpreter for the Deaf Maine

“Clyde is the man. He is so sweet and gentle. He has a great sense of humor. I loved his classes; they were so much fun. The exercises were the best. He is such a powerful man with his words. They had a great impact on me and my life. Thank you, Clyde.”

Lisa Burrel Office Manager New York

“Excellent. Inspirational. Clyde really knew how to work the group, touch individuals, bring them gently to their pain, and move to healing. Clyde is a talent.”

Denise Shipper Full Time Mom New Jersey

“I loved Clyde’s sense of humor, smile, graciousness, and ability to handle all situations. Clyde was knowledgeable, loving, enthusiastic, and very relaxed. Clyde created a very safe atmosphere.”

Betsy Hall Guidance Counselor Massachusetts

“He was so clear, concise, attentive to each one of us, and he always showed a willingness to work with an individual and our group comfortably.”

Kaete Roche-Held Art Teacher New Jersey

“Clyde is very effective. He has excellent rapport with participants. Engaging, fun, positive. He’s a great example of Option Institute’s principals.”

Mark Finklestein Physician Pennsylvania

“Very effective, enthusiastic, genuine about himself and what he is presenting”

Dan Duncan Employment Voc. Rehab Rhode Island

“I found Clyde most effective in making me feel safe enough to share very intimate information. He is very animated, alive, a good speaker with a good sense of humor, warm, and open.”

Danny Klempfner Real Estate Consultant Canada

“I loved him. He was evocative; provocative; moving people around the room so they could get deeper into their stuff. He’s a great leader, confident, warm, and loving.”

Laurie Harrison Registrar Massachusetts

“I was truly moved by his sense of caring.”

Louis Pomerants Designer Vermont

“Clyde has wonderful energy; a joy to watch in class.”

Alisa Cromer Publisher Florida

“Clyde is an awesome individual. He is an excellent teacher – I loved his exercises, his mannerisms and especially his voice! I felt very comfortable with him.. He is 100% accepting and non-judging.”

Jane McTarvey Computer Programmer/Soon-to-be Medical Student New York

“Clyde has the presence of sage and radiates a sense of inner peace that is present in his teaching. I appreciated his encouragement to ‘jump right in’.”

Martha Fenton Writer Portland

“Clyde has been very helpful, dynamic, and inspiring. A genuine compassion seems to radiate from him in all my interactions with him.”

Don Brickley Substance Abuse Counselor Virginia

“What an inspiring guy! He was a really great guy! He was a great coach. I especially liked the way he modeled acceptance for the participants even when someone didn’t want to answer a question or get up in front of the group.”

Tom Barron Computer Programmer Tennessee

“Clyde was very helpful to me because he, like me, had lived years afraid to show people who he really was. His discussions were inspirational and motivating for me. He made me see that self-judgement is so wasteful. I am grateful for his insight.”

Nadia Jabri Sales/Marketing New York

“Clyde was wonderful! So accepting and so loving! He taught me that I can let go of self-judgement and through loving others in their unique individuality, I can love myself.”

Kim Adams Manager Connecticut

“Clyde was fun. He has a great sense of humor and good stories. The stories were helpful in understanding the concepts because I could relate to them. His energy and joy was contagious and kept my attention and focus.”

Jen Wiltsie Teacher’s Aide New York

“Extremely attentive, he really pulls you into it. Very charismatic. Doesn’t give the teacher knows best impression. Innovative in class-structured exercises.”

Ahmber Palmer Student Florida

“Great voice! Loved/valued your supportive yet encouraging-to-stretch style. You got people to not hold back without feeling threatened.”

Susan McGarvey IT Consultant Pennsylvania

“Clyde is upbeat, enthusiastic, energetic.”

Ellen Horwitz Registered Nurse California

“Clyde was a joy of spontaneity, gentleness and insight. Thank you, Clyde!”

Charlotte Palmer Reading Facilitator Florida

“Awesome! I really valued the experiences I had during his classes. I felt the most comfortable with him.”

Shannon Tomai Student New York

“Clyde was warm and comfortable. He gave a lot of examples which helped. He was very good – great personality.”

Diane Carr Software Developer Massachusetts

“Very good, He was able to get the energy flowing in the room so people could be as open and as honest as they would like to be.”

Thomas Avona Marketing Promotions Ohio

“I think Clyde was an excellent opening teacher. He made me feel a part of what was happening; not just an observer. His presentation of self-judgements was clear and concise.”

Frankie Cataldo Retired Pennsylvania

“Clyde is a warm, sweet, deeply caring individual. I felt that I connected with him the most of all the teachers. His sense of humor helped people get comfortable in the program. I enjoyed his way of speaking, his personal stories and the way he put his heart out – Loving everybody.”

Andrea Douglas At Home Mom Alaska

“Clyde was warm and sincere. His personal stories really helped relay what he has learned and that change is possible in a concrete way. The meditation he did was amazing – really effective! I also liked the gentle way in which he encouraged participants to share and participate.”

Allison Plotch Massage Therapist New York

“Clyde made my weekend. He is a gem – very attentive and present.”

Renee Schwartz Designer North Carolina

“Clyde was great. His sincerity and interest was quite apparent in his teaching. I had a tremendous amount of success with his exercise and had so much fun doing them.”

Francine Morris Executive director New York

“Excellent, very engaging and enthusiastic. Sense of humor adds to the presentation.”

Rick Widdekind Retail Manager Maryland

“I will only write this once – since it applied to all the teachers – everyone was passionate and caring – everyone was knowledgeable and fun – every one was patient and pleasant to listen to. Everyone believed in what they were teaching and their enthusiasm was contagious. The Option Institute should be proud of its staff.”

Steven Orloff Freelance TV Cameraman Massachusetts

“Very soft spoken and gentle. Clyde was kind and caring and very loving.”

Elliot Doxer Retail Planner Massachusetts

“Energetic, articulate, sincerely involved in the process and benefits for all of us. A great understanding of the process and insights into how to apply them.”

Allan Goodman Salesperson New York

Beverly Haberman

“I love Beverly – It really is just like talking to a friend, very simple, down to earth, easy. I always feel like she’s inviting me, in a very gentle manner, to dig deeper and explore further.”

Kevin Ochs, Order Planning, New York

“Charismatic and hopeful – her passion, love, and belief in The Option Process and power of dialogue and mentoring is incredibly inspiring and empowering. I particularly like how she told & shared about her own growth in the process.”

Candace Mahony,Sales, Maryland

“Beverly is a lively, energetic and very caring person. She helped me go deep into my soul.”

Marcel LeClaire Fleet manager Vermont

“Beverly’s sparkling and unassuming nature is very powerful. Her strength is obvious.”

Lisa Elmore Market analyst North Carolina

“I found Beverly great to work with. She really fulfilled everything that The Option Institute is about. Beverly was completely nonjudgmental and nondirective, making it very easy to get as much as possible out of the time with her.”

Brian Wallace Waiter/Student NH

“Beverly is phenomonal! She is light, with great clarity and energy.”

Yaakov Rothstien Information Technology NY

“Beverly’s gentleness and strength of sharing with us was such a gift.”

Bethany Naismith Massage Therapist WI

“Beverly is reservedly wild! Keen, in touch. My perfect first contact with The Option Institute. Go,Girl,Go!”

Diane Rolka Mother, R.N. MI

“Thank you for making acceptance powerful and active. That was the piece that held me back. I love your teaching style – and I am so grateful for knowing you. Wonderful teacher/mentor/human being – powerful woman!”

Carolyn Pedersen Artist/Teacher New York

“Fabulous! It was great to have a class with Beverly. She was a wonderful teacher. Very sweet.”

Julie Sando Child Facilitator Trainee Massachusetts

“I felt an amazing warmth and love radiating from Beverly, along with a sense of immediate acceptance. Great speaker – she made it very easy for people to open up to her and to each other.”

Mallory Wurzburg Student New York

“Clear, bright, shining, articulate and gentle.”

Phyliss Grace, RN Entrpreneur New Hampshire

“Another calm, strong force! Gentle and sincere but insistent on our pursuit of what we came for. “

Irene Blanchard Homemaker and Teacher Michigan

“I enjoy being in Beverly’s presence. She is loving, caring and so giving of who she is. She is present, respectful of where people are and never loses sight of what people can do if they choose to – and she offers them the opportunity to grow if they choose to. I love you Beverly; you are very special.”

Shirleen Johnson Child Facilitator in Training, Canada

“Thank you for taking such good care of me from our very first contact – your light filled my heart – the power and compassion you shared were in themselves healing. “

Maryann Kufs Early Childhood Educator, MA

“A powerful, dynamic, extraordinary and present woman!”

Susan Charow Art Therapist, NJ

“Beverly is strong and loving – a beautiful blend.”

Susan Lindsay Singer/R.N., MA

“Very good communicator – keeps attention – great job. Enjoyed having her unique view on the material. Hers was sweet music to my ears. Thank you!”

Jane Buckle Educator/Director, NY Cathie Burnmester Nurse Michigan

“Great teacher – her full, loving heart is visible as she teaches. Wonderful meditation facilitator. Great at asking everyone to participate.”

Carolina Kaiser Son-Rise Child Facilitator Trainee Massachusetts

“Great. Real. Amazing as a meditation guide. Perfect voice. Soothing. Gentle.”

Jodie Lapchick Ad Executive Maine

“Her soft gentle approach was wonderful. She provided an easy, safe place to be and from which to explore. It was clear she lived what she taught.”

Noreen Coughlin Office Manager Connecticut

“She made the Dialogue Process® deepen in meaning and purpose. Her presence was very engaging and empowering, as she called upon each of us to go further in the process of questioning our own beliefs.”

Erika Cohen Tutor, Consultant New Jersey

“Beverly is an excellent teacher in her ability to clearly display the premise of the Option Process® and really help every single person apply it to themselves. She has a certain radiance to her that I found to be inspirational as though she was always focused on the class totally present. She is truly a commendable teacher.”

Amy Proger Student Maryland

“Excellent. Beverly’s confidence and excitement in one’s own ability to change themselves is contagious!”

Patti Klein Physician/Anesthesiologist New Jersey

“Enthusiastic, energetic, good sense of humor. Beverly is detailed, perceptive, and I enjoyed her classes very much.”

Ludwina Zurowski Retired Wisconsin

“I found Beverly to be very nurturing with a good number of very insightful suggestions and comments to help me think a bit differently. She helped me a lot! Thanks!”

Marylou Kolnik Educational Consultant Illinois

“Beverly is dynamic, engaging, challenging, and well informed.”

Jennifer Raiten Social Worker New York

“Beverly is absolutely wonderful!”

Julie Mantis Student Florida

“Awesome! Beverly is all kindness and warmth. I knew she really wanted us to progress through The Option Experience and be successful! She is so knowledgeable and confident! She has great style!”

Jan Heyde Architectural Designer/Interior Designer Massachusetts

“Very clear, articulate, loving, and firmly grounded in The Option Institute attitude. Beverly has a gentle, compassionate presence, and clear, incisive insights.”

Karen Mashayekhi Personal Coach California

“Joyous. Beverly gave a clear presentation and warmth that made you comfortable to open up.”

Kim Hopkins Homemaker California

“Beverly is down to earth, caring, and humorous. She is great in her own special way.”

Carol Murphy Bookseller Pennsylvania

“Very good! Beverly is focused, has good enthusiasm, and is direct with the Option Process® Dialogue.”

Bruce Krall Retreat Developer California

“Beverly was great at explaining and providing examples of the Option Process® Dialogue. She helped me greatly in learning the importance of being present.”

Amy MacDonald Sales Pennsylvania

“What a total 100% shining star! Beverly is amazing! What a gift of encouragement she presented me with. I will be thankful to her forever.”

Julia Godden Residential Counselor Massachusetts

“Beverly was terrific! I felt she was helping all of us use the Option Process® in a very loving and effective manner.”

Kathy Reincke Consultant Illinois

“Beverly is sincere in wanting us to discover our happiness within. It has been my utmost pleasure to be in her presence and to be her student.”

Mary Beth Krom Homemaker/Speech and Language Therapist New York

“Graceful, conscientious, and comfortable. Beverly’s facilitation and teachings were very skillful. She used every situation and scenario that came up to point out the teachings at a deeper level.”

Sonja Sweeney Option Institute Staff Massachusetts

“Exceptional! Beverly was very warm and genuinely interested in the participants’ beliefs.”

Kim Hubelbank Homemaker New Jersey

“I enjoyed Beverly as a teacher and appreciated the care she showed towards us, as well as the down to earth quality she has.”

Francesca Noble Teacher New York

“Beverly is sparkling and loving and makes space for all possible growth. She gives gentle guidance and follow through.”

Ginger Schulman Delivery Person New Jersey

“Beverly has a mastery of the Option Process® Dialogue that makes it easy to understand and practice. Her quiet empathy helped me reach places I didn’t think I could or would have otherwise.”

Mark Webb Creative Director New York

“Wow! Beverly is such a cool woman! She is so full of energy and all of it so positive! Just listening to her and looking at her face, feeling her energy, helped to see and feel my own energy and feel my own happiness. She is so warm and loving and has a terrific voice for a teacher. She is so engaging. “

Sid Diamond Computer Consultant Maryland

“Beverly is a truly outstanding person! Her softness and warm smile were so inviting, and helped to make a loving environment.”

Kristina Simonds Office Manager Connecticut


“Beverly is confident and fun and her instruction reflects both qualities. She presents the Option Process® Dialogue thoroughly and beautifully!”

Carrie Wulfman M.D. Vermont

“Beverly is excellent! She is enthusiastic, thoughtful and wise.”

Linda Derrickson Farmer Wisconsin

“She is very sweet and positive. She is most insightful in her listening and responding.”

Pam Larsen Teacher Massachusetts

“Beverly is a wonderful spirit and very easy in experiencing all emotions around her because of her caring. She is supportive and kind.”

Kathryn Wright New York

“Wow! Beverly is brimming with enthusiasm. She is top notch! She is fun to watch and created the space for healing very well.”

Mark Kessenich Facilitator/Healer Wisconsin

“Beverly is genuinely excited to be with the class on our journey. She is a great facilitator!”

Walter Finger Investor/Builder Texas

“Beverly is a truly outstanding person! Her softness and warm smile were so inviting, and helped to make a loving environment.”

Kristina Simonds Office Manager Connecticut


“Beverly is confident and fun and her instruction reflects both qualities. She presents the Option Process® Dialogue thoroughly and beautifully!”

Carrie Wulfman M.D. Vermont

“Beverly is excellent! She is enthusiastic, thoughtful and wise.”

Linda Derrickson Farmer Wisconsin

“She is very sweet and positive. She is most insightful in her listening and responding.”

Pam Larsen Teacher Massachusetts

“Beverly is a wonderful spirit and very easy in experiencing all emotions around her because of her caring. She is supportive and kind.”

Kathryn WrightNew York

“Wow! Beverly is brimming with enthusiasm. She is top notch! She is fun to watch and created the space for healing very well.”

Mark Kessenich Facilitator/Healer Wisconsin

“Beverly is genuinely excited to be with the class on our journey. She is a great facilitator! “

Walter Finger Investor/Builder Texas

“Beverly’s love is clearly genuine and available to us all. I think her personal appreciat the class every step of the way. I loved her class.”

Lisa Burrell Office Manager New York

“Beverly is serene, peaceful, comforting. She is an excellent teacher and is 100% accepting and non-judging.”

Jane McGravey Computer Programmer/Soon-to-be Medical Student New York

“I was impressed with her clarity and the simplicity and directness of her delivery. I wish I had more time with Beverly. “

Tom Barron Computer P. Tennessee

“I thought Beverly was very helpful with explaining the dialogue process. She made me realize that it is possible to change beliefs through self-exploration and examination.”

Nadia Jabri Sales/Marketing New York

“Beverly is great. She helped me to see that The Option Process® Dialogue can be an instrumental tool in questioning my beliefs. It never occurred to me before that ‘I am my own best expert’!”

Kim Adams Manager Connecticut

“Beverly is a warm unspoken kindness that is always present. There is a strong tone of belief in her voice.”

Ahmber Palmer Student Florida

“Wonderful! Beverly taught me the Option Process® Dialogue wonderfully. I was even able to use it with myself one morning in the shower after a bad dream and I felt happy immediately!”

Katie Worth Grocery Store Clerk Wisconsin

“Beverly is warm, enveloping, fully open, wise, gentle and probing.”

Robin Hendrix Technical Writer New Jersey

“Beverly is kind and understanding – listened intently. I won’t ever forget her.”

Bettye Farmer Housewife Tennessee

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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly '5 Days to Live') , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

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  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

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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,



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