Mentor Certification – Program Reviews

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“I thought I was coming to a training program that would teach me a practical skill, but that was maybe 5% of it-the other 95% was learning-once and for all-to get really comfortable in my own skin- because it is only from this space of self-acceptance and love that I can deliver the simple, useful questions of the dialogues.”

Erik Linthorst, Mentor / Film Maker, California

“Certification has without a doubt been one of the most significant and powerful months of my life. The program has been delivered with excellence; the classes were fun, clear, well-balanced and very useful. The love and support from all the staff to learn and grow has been outstanding. Thank you so much for your willingness to take each step in training and self-studentship with each of us. It is an honor and a delight to now be a fully equipped mentor and an ambassador for this process in the world.”

Rachel Jacobson, Psychology / Neuroscience University Student, United Kingdom

“This month has been life changing for me. Having uncovered how I generate has helped me allow myself to be me, to love me and to be whom I am with. What a Gift!.”

Benjamin Hoffmann, Design Innovator, Belgium

“Mentor training allowed me to look deeper, farther and more intensely into myself than any program I’ve ever taken. The gift it offers to you to bring to the world (the dialogues) is only matched by the gift it offers to you to give to yourself.”

Chris Kisling, Mentor / Bus. Development Mgr., Los Angeles

“Dear Bears, I think of you often … and lately, it has been more often than I would have expected. I continue to be grateful for The Option Process and most specifically for the Dialogue. It has been one of the most remarkable and life-altering tools I have in my toolbelt on this delicious adventure … So, I wanted to express my gratitude to you and Samahria … for how you decided to live your life so many years ago … that manner which infected and inspired the work that is an outpouring of your way of life … the people it touches (those you see there at the Institute and those like me who have been gone for a little while) … I gush … in my heart you are deeply loved … a special, warm, fuzzy, slightly teary hug to you … Thank you … Thank you … and a thousand times … Thank you, Meghna “

Meghna Bhagat, Education, Oregon

“Dear Samahria and Bears, You know, there is rarely a day that goes by that one of you and/or both of you aren’t in my thoughts. The two of you are such a gift to humanity and this planet. And everyone whose lives you deeply touch (me being one of the many) then spreads your Great Love farther across the planet. There are a number of people in my life who have also been deeply affected by your teachings/philosophy through their interactions/dialogues with me and listening/reading the Option material. I love this work!!! The opportunity to share my home 24/7 with a young woman (20 yrs) with autism has recently come up and I’m currently researching the possibility of this happening. Though I have questions regarding the Son-Rise program and older individuals, the whole idea is exciting and inspiring. These past 2 years learning about Option and Son-Rise have been THE most amazing journey. My feet have never felt this solid on the earth. And I am feeling excitement and joy about being here. Finally!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your passion, commitment, big love and beautiful support. I’m coming in January to audit the middle 2 weeks of Mentoring Training. I so look forward to wrapping my arms around both of you again. Thank you for being in my life…I feel very blessed. Happy Holidays! Love, Shayu “

Shayu Talbot, Self-Employed, Canada

Dear Bears, Samahria, Raun, Beverly and Clyde, Stan, and of course, Zoela!

I thought I would write notes of thanks to each of you, but as I think of one, I think of all. There is love and power in the group you have created. You are all so passionately and perfectly living ‘The Option Attitude’, teaching through your living example and your superb execution of The Option Process® Dialogue, so the laser sharp clarity, powerful commitment and conviction of the group have become so much greater than the sum of its parts – a force of nature that I celebrate in love. My wildest dreams could not have hinted at the bigness of the gift I gave myself in participating in the Mentor Certification program you so lovingly created. I’ve never been happier!

From the moment I left The Option Institute after graduation you have been in my thoughts. Each of you, all of you, every morning as I open my eyes in gratitude for another day to joyfully play in. Every morning as I ask myself what my intention is, I think of you. Throughout my day as I check in to see how accepting and happy I am with myself and the world around me, I think of you. If my answer is ‘yes’, I’m living my intention. If my answer is ‘no’, a quick question of ‘what do I want more – the unhappiness or whatever it is that I’m using the unhappiness to get?’ has become my quick-draw tool of choice to help me crystallize and go after what I want.

I embrace you throughout my travels beautifully wrapped in the sublime glow of your smiles, words and footsteps. Yes, yeah, yippy, thank you, each of you, all of you!

Roe Dibona, Restaurant Manager & Certified Option Process Mentor/Counselor, New Jersey

Hey Bears, Our yoga teacher asked our class to ‘dedicate our practice to someone who has helped you open up and get more comfortable in ourselves.’ I instantly thought of you, so I would like to take this opportunity to offer my gratitude for creating the loving supportive environment at the Option Institute which allowed me to grow and change in the way I have. I am loving Mentoring in the uk and my practice is growing well which is really exciting. Again I so grateful to be able to pass on what you have taught to me. Much love to you and Samharia,

Rekha Neilson, Certified Mentor, United Kingdom

“I learned to let go of anxiety, self-judgment and fear of others and to trust myself and truly listen to others in ways I never have before. I received tremendous love and support in conjunction with the challenges of learning and growing. I realized in much greater depth that we can change what we think and feel at any time.”

Jon Hillegeist, Workforce Development / Organizational Effectiveness, Connecticut

“Certification 2007 was a phenomenal training program and the biggest opportunity for the most profound personal change. I took that opportunity to become accepting and loving towards myself which resulted in accepting and loving others (teachers, participants, volunteers, staff).”

Steffan Golt, Mechanical Engineer, Texas

“The tools I learned in mentor training are the top of the line. I have used them to totally redesign myself and my life for the better. I sincerely felt like I didn’t have to die first before I could experience Heaven. This training program is a month of Heaven on Earth! And I will take this experience with me in every moment of my life.”

Heather DAmore, Photographer / Therapist, Maryland

“I have learned the amazing transformative skill of The Option Process Dialoguing, which I will joyfully share with the rest of the world. I have uncovered and changed more self-limiting beliefs than I ever thought possible. It was a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience that I highly recommend everyone to experience.”

Mark Walker, Life Coach, United Kingdom

“Have you ever had a moment or an experience so extraordinarily beautiful and rewarding that you felt your life would be complete even if that moment was to be your last? For me, Certification was an astounding collection of such moments. I cannot imagine another environment for profound personal growth and rapid, deep learning that could rival the efficacy of this program. The changes I have made in this month are radical, fundamental, and solid. What I’m taking away with me can scarcely be described in words, but the first ones that come to mind are surely love, gratitude, and joy.”

Susan Griffin-Tobin, Freelance Writer, California

“Imagine being kept in an incubator for a month; kept warm with love and support; fed and strengthened daily with your own learnings and insights; inner wisdom brought out through gentle, probing questions from those who teach. Imagine growing stronger in who you are, in what you know, and finding that deep place of trust inside that enables you to help birth empowerment in another human soul. Finally, at the end of the month, picking through the last of your shell and spreading your wings, and realizing in that moment that you are, and always have been, a magnificent eagle. The depth of my learning in Certification has taken me soaring to new heights, singing louder, loving bigger, and feeling deeper. I am so blessed to now have the skills to help birth this wonderment and joy in others.”

Therese Leboffe, Marketing Director, Massachusetts

“Certification has been a fantastic journey for me, and a really amazing education in understanding the human dynamic. My intention was to learn The Option Process® Dialogue fully so that I could help other people, but throughout the program I learned so much more about myself than ever before, and that was the greatest gift I have ever received. I am refreshed, ready, and capable to give and share love with other people. Thank you very much for all we have learned.”

Niels Hojer, Manager, Denmark

“I came to Certification to learn one of the most powerful tools for human development and self-studentship in loving that I have ever found. I received so much more! The faculty consistently taught us with the highest level of excellence and expertise in The Option Process® Dialogue, while encouraging us to expand our studentship and apply ourselves intellectually, passionately, and with complete dedication to each task at hand. We became a magnificent learning community for each other and each day we became more of the teaching we came here to learn: to be present, to be nonjudgmental, to see everyone as their own best expert, and to consistently and passionately want the best for ourselves and each other. I will carry these teachings with me into everything I do from now on!”

Erika Cohen, Tutor/Educational Consultant, New Jersey

“Certification has touched my life in ways far beyond what I ever imagined. My intention was to learn to be an Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, in order to share the amazing tool of the Dialogue with others. I am finishing the training program not only with excellent skills and excitement about sharing the Option Process® Dialogue, but also having experienced incredible life changes. During this month, I had the opportunity to really confront my doubts and challenge my fear of letting my light shine in the world in a big way. I am leaving the program knowing that in letting my own light shine brightly, I am not overshadowing others nor dampening their spirits, but am, in fact, encouraging others to let their own lights shine. I am incredibly grateful for the skills I have learned, but even more for all the love and acceptance that encouraged me to uncover my light and share it.”

Lee McLendon, Educational Counselor, Vermont

“Certification was far and away the most powerful program I have ever taken, anywhere. I learned more about myself and about living a truly accepting life than I had ever imagined. I will be a totally different person and foster parent because of this experience. I see my love as spreading out like ripples on a pond and touching everyone.”

Bob Roos, Foster Parent, Minnesota

“Certification has been the ultimate learning experience of my life. I have learned so much more about myself and The Option Process® Dialogue. I have let go of the person I was in order to be the person I could be — the best and biggest Robin — bigger and better than I had ever dreamed! I am now fully loving myself and the ‘explorer’; fully trusting; fully present with no judgments; fully knowing that the explorer is his own best expert; and knowing that everything is perfect. To be able to hold myself in this way in a Dialogue session is an incredible gift — to me, the explorer, and the world.”

Robin McCarthy, Social Worker, Maine

“signed up for Certification because I wanted to share The Option Process® Dialogue, which has enabled me to overcome what I once saw as unmovable obstacles to peace and happiness. What I walk away with is so much more — a deeper sense of who I am, what I want, and what I am truly capable of. Even though I came here happy and content with my life, I was able to uncover and discard several beliefs that I wasn’t even aware had been holding me back from reaching my potential. Now, I feel I am really on my way to a happier and more successful and empowered life. Thank you, Option Institute.”

Patty Waldman, Attorney, Maryland

“Certification has been an amazing, life-transforming journey for me. In learning to be an Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, I have learned how to live my life in a completely different and incredibly fulfilling way. We have been so blessed with a skillfully crafted program and dedicated, loving, and talented teachers. This has enabled me to learn how to be truly loving, completely present, and accepting as a Mentor and in my life. The gift of a question and the power of the dialogue have given me a new way of being and the tools to continue to transform myself, moment by moment, day by day forever! Thank you with all my heart.”

Leah Taylor Roy, Philanthropic Foundations Chair, Massachusetts

“The 1-month Certification immersion program is an awesome way to learn mentoring. Learning about mentoring is not merely learning a technique, although there are specific skills involved. This month has been a tremendous opportunity to learn about being the kind of person I have aspired to be: totally loving and present with myself and those whom I mentor. To be immersed in this program for a month has afforded me the opportunity to be reborn — dropping self-judgments; facing and conquering fears; learning to trust myself, the dialogue and the explorers; and growing my love bigger! In addition to all that, I also learned the science and art of being an Option Process® Mentor/Counselor.”

Kathleen Panning, Pastor, South Carolina

“Without reservation, the monthlong program, Certification, was an absolutely priceless opportunity to recreate myself into a more self-aware, loving, accepting, clearer, and happier person. I made concrete and specific changes in how I am with myself, not judging or needing to be afraid of others’ judgments anymore. The most freeing and empowering lesson is to recognize that we are not static but always changing. Since I’ve learned to totally love and accept myself, I can now more clearly deliver this with excellence and clarity to others.”

Nancy Love, Counselor, Massachusetts

“During Certification, I learned through mentoring as well as exploring that deep inside everyone, including myself, there is only ‘goodness.’ Whatever we do, even if it appears to be self-defeating or sabotaging, we are always doing our best to take care of ourselves. Having this knowing in my heart gives me trust and confidence to be myself, to dare to go for my wants, to be open to whatever comes in my life.”

France Frascarolo, Research Psychologist, Switzerland

“There has never in the history of my life, been a program like Certification, that supported its participants with the love, encouragement, and pure desire to make winners out of each and every member of the group. It was in that incubator of absolute helpfulness and prayer (from teachers, staff, volunteers, and fellow students) that each and every one of us birthed a brand new person into being.”

Lynette Louise, Writer, Texas

“What I learned to let go of in Certification is perhaps even more valuable than the mentoring skills I acquired. I see myself more loving of self and others, and more relaxed, open, accepting, and present to the miracles of life. These attributes, in addition to helping me to be an Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, enrich my whole life. I’m so grateful for a new and wondrous way to walk in the world.”

Honey Freidman, Chiropractor, New York

“What a wonderful journey Certification has been. I had the opportunity to really get to the roots of my self-judgment — and therefore all judgment. I found a way out of myself in learning The Option Process® Dialogue — both as a mentor and an explorer. This was the chance I’ve always dreamed of to develop solid communication skills in listening and in expressing myself.”

Hope Tilton, Full-time Mom, Vermont

“Up until now, I thought going to the eight-week course, Living The Dream, was the best gift I’ve ever given myself in my life. Well, now I have a new best gift. I came to the Certification program originally to improve my mentoring skills, but I leave here with so much more. I went to the deepest depths I’ve ever gone with respect to the studentship of myself. On this incredible journey, I not only saw beliefs that supported areas of unhappiness and self-defeating behaviors, but I changed them in an instant. I always heard about the ability to do this, but when I changed some pinnacle beliefs, so many other non-supportive beliefs folded like a deck of cards. I am so excited as I live my life with new beliefs to support a so much more user-friendly world. Oh, I also learned how to be a mentor, and I absolutely love it!!!”

Stan Cohen, Retired, New York

“The Certification program is the most comprehensive, well thought out and implemented program I have ever experienced. My results are a comprehensive knowledge of the Option Process® Dialogue, growth in every area, and a passion for mentoring and for life that will never leave me. If you’ve thought about mentor training, and want to know yourself in a whole new way, this program is for you!”

Ellen Stanley, Educator, Maine

“Certification has been the most fantastic experience of my life. I can say truly I have never worked so hard and had so much fun, personal growth and insights as I have had this month. I find it amazing that any organization could provide so much love and support while holding the highest standards and clarity for a complete educational and life experience.”

Dave Tully, Investor/Consultant, Washington

“What an Incredibly Amazing Process! I am honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to learn how to truly love myself and accept myself. The true gift is that I NOW have the ability to share this experience with others. The gift of love, the gift of acceptance – how can you put a price on it? To appreciate the time we spend with ourselves and those we love is one of the gems I will take with me and share with others. Certification taught me about how I live my life and how I then could live it with love and trust. By making my own personal transformation, I now have the ability to give someone else the same gift!”

Jeanine Eckensburg, Psychiatric Social Worker, Massachusetts

“Certification was absolutely awesome for delivery, for the sheer pleasure of learning, taking apart human dynamics and for one month of looking at me. With or without a certificate, I got for myself a priceless gift – deep belief in myself as a completely whole human being. It was awesome this month; I learned incredible lessons. I’ve spent years going after achievements, diplomas, and degrees as a way to earn the right to believe in myself. I saw, finally got, that belief in myself is free, a gift/decision I give to me. I have this and a deeper love for this incredible process and way to be with people, and a deep love for all the teachers and staff who help create what happens here and the possibilities of lifetime change. My love and heartfelt gratitude to all of you – Bears, Samahria, Raun, Clyde and Beverly and The Option Institute staff.”

Mim Burkholder, Development Coordinator/Nurse, Connecticut

“Certification was invaluable as a way to sharpen and deepen what I know and I now have even more clarity of the Option Process® Dialogue. It was an opportunity to renew and remember what it is I want for myself in my life. It was wonderful to see old friends and share with them the experience of learning, participating, and supporting a terrific class of mentors-in-training. Many thanks!”

Deborah Evans, Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, Washington

“The opportunity to audit the Certification program was an unparalleled gift. I have deepened my learning of the Option Process® Dialogue in profound ways that will impact my practice and the experience of my clients. Taking this time to stand back and reflect upon my logic has grounded my understanding and increased my confidence and trust in myself as a Mentor. I know so much! And I have so much more to learn about this awesomely simple yet profound process. When’s the graduate course for Mentors? I’ll be there!”

Kathleen Joyce, Consultant/ Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, Minnesota

“I feel privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to be here, review and learn more and be in the presence of such greatness (meaning not only the extraordinary teachers but the new Mentors as well, to witness their passion, perseverance and dedication).”

Isis Maria Cohen, Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, New York

“By changing myself, I change the world. The Certification program is an excellent avenue to facilitate change.”

Jassendra Kent, Student, Kansas

“My original intention for doing the Certification program was to be certified as an Option Process® Mentor/Counselor. After one week that goal paled into insignificance, as my life was changing rapidly in so many wondrous ways. I was learning to love in a way that was not imaginable – I was so much more present with others and this opened up a new meaning of life – to be actually there 100% with someone. I found a clarity of purpose – to serve others for the rest of my life – a new beginning!”

Ron McDiarmid, Business Manager, Australia

“I have always looked for a place to learn how to activate unconditional love with no tricks and manipulations. The Certification program was my answer to that prayer. I am going to be so much more effective in giving, teaching and supporting others with honor and love. I feel blessed”

Lior Taube, Special Education, Israel

“This program is the fast track to mastering the dialogue process and technique. It is fast paced but exhilarating. While the emphasis is not on personal growth per se, the growth work is inevitable as we learn how to mentor with love and acceptance. This has been a month of profound learning not only about the Option Process®, but also about myself. Learning how to mentor has been learning how to love and trust myself in a very deep and profound way.”

Grace Tomai, Mother/Wife, New Hampshire

“I have been blessed to have taken other programs previously at the Option Institute – all of which have been amazing, particularly Living The Dream. However, even knowing from those experiences of the Institute’s capability and passion for excellence could not have prepared me for the delivery of excellence I experienced during this program. They created a curriculum, learning environment and teaching style that is unparalleled. No one could ever get certified in a month, I doubted – especially me! But what I learned to be true is that no one had ever tried – especially me! Trust the process, trust the teachers and trust yourself. This has been a guidepost of life learning that I take with me. This month has been a fantastic journey of love, learning, growth and laughter. I received such incredible love, support, guidance and inspiration that I am now capable of giving to myself and to others as never before. As they say, if you have a dream – begin it! Begin it now! It only gets better from here”

Emily Sims, Massachusetts

“A marathon of mind, body and spirit where you discover what it means to love.”

Mary-Beth Gangemi, North Carolina

“I came here to learn how to be a mentor, which I certainly did – and I had fun doing it. What I never expected was how much I learned about myself on this incredible journey and how much closer I am to being the person I always wanted to be. I shall leave here knowing that I can and will create the life I want and I know what I have learned this month will benefit me and those close to me for the rest of my life.”

Michele Getkate, Banker, The Netherlands

” came to this program as if I was jumping from an airplane with a parachute that I knew would open, but wasn’t open yet. I dared myself in all areas of my life to go to the edge. I am leaving, not with an open parachute, but walking safe on the ground! I have created so much in my life – I can see the future calling and I am walking toward my wants. “

Deodete Packer, Engineer, Brazil

“don’t want it to be over. I don’t want to leave. Never have I been able to challenge myself, learn and grow as I have done this month. I have found wonderful parts of myself I never knew existed – done things I didn’t believe I could do. I have had two careers with companies where delivery of excellence and caring were a fundamental and joyful part of the culture, but I have never experienced such excellent support as I found this month.”

Jeanie Metzger, Retired-Corp. Management, Alabama

“The course was high powered and very informative. I wondered after the first week why they didn’t charge more for it! Many life enhancing learnings that I am very excited about taking into my own life as a wife, parent, teacher, and friend.”

Dawn R. McMamara, Self-employed, Massachusetts

“This Certification program took all what I learned about myself in the Living The Dream and gave me the opportunity to take it in a new level. The beliefs cannot be on the surface any more, they go deeper and deeper every dialogue”

Efrat Compagnano, Israel

“I feel like I have tools to take out into my world which I can use for myself and for others. I have learned so much about how I operate in this world in a personal level along with learning how to be there in the most empowering way I know how as a mentor for another.”

Laura McDiarmid, Shop Owner, Australia

“I learned I could do more and be more in an intense short period of time, with passion and love. I learned that by facing my discomforts and fears I could understand them, and they disappeared. By exploring my issues I can change my life and be the person I’ve always wanted to be… me! I learned I could love more than I ever thought possible.”

Karen Fitch, Option Process® Mentor/Counselor, Ohio

“Year after year I came up with reasons why I could not do Certification 2008-too much money and not enough time seemed to come up the most! Finally, after all is said and done, with a full month in my gut, I have to ask you the reader of this…”When are you going to decide that you are worth the money and the time to finally know yourself this deeply?” This month was a perfect example of jumping without a parachute and no stone has been unturned in my life…in the end I have landed on my feet-fully grounded at last. It was worth every penny!! AND ALL OF MY TIME!!”

Nancy Haas, Writer and Option Process Mentor, Pennsylvania

“If you want to be absolutely loved, absolutely nurtured, absolutely accepted for a whole month while growing yourself to be more absolutely loving and accepting of yourself and learning very deeply what it means to truly be loving and accepting and present with others…come to Certification. It will be the beginning of a new life for yourself, your friends and family and the world.”

Shayu Talbot, Community Social Worker, Option Mentor and Counselor, Canada

“Certification 2008 is the most “in-depth” experience to learn the dialogue and at the same time recreate yourself to be more loving, accepting of others. After these 4 weeks being present has a totally new quality for me. I hear what people say, not what I believe they wanted to say, and this skill helps me to be an extraordinary mentor inside and outside the dialogue.”

Iris Tuomenoksa, Consultant, Massachusetts

“Certification 2008 is the most fabulous of all the Option programs (and they all are fabulous!) because it teaches me the skills to be a mentor which are actually the skills and tools I want for myself-to be loving of me and loving of you, to be accepting of me and accepting of you, to be curious and interested in me and of you. If and when I have judgments that get in my way, I leave the opportunity to immediately explore them and to go for what I want in a more happy way.”

Robin McCarthy, Social Worker, Maine

“Certification 2009 went way beyond my wildest dreams. Not only did I learn the basic skills needed to mentor, but I experienced an exponential growth in myself and my 7 sisters. I leave transformed, I start a new episode in my life. These 4 weeks I have laughed, loved and had joy that I hadn’t known before.”

Clio Osman, Teacher, Germany

“I have had the best time! I’m leaving with a skill I feel so proud of and honored to have learned. I am so excited to take it back into my family and professional relationships, knowing I have changed so deeply.”

Cathy Betoin, Clinical Psychologist, United Kingdom

“The Option Process is about learning to be the best version of yourself! It is about finding your own inner core and peel away all the layers of discomfort and unhappiness! Certification 2009 has exactly been above that – in a huge way! Not only have I learned so much about myself for these 4 weeks – so many layers of discomfort have been discovered and peeled away – but I have also gained the skill to continue the process and the journey on my own! And the ability to give this gift to other people in my life!”

Sanne Schroll, Economist and Ph.D Student, Denmark

“The extraordinarily high standards of the curriculum, teaching and bar for certification were the reasons I came. My desire, however, was to liberate myself from the emotional corset I had worn for years. During the training I was expertly taught and encouraged to see the corset was optional. I’ve become a master student of myself and of living from an accepting, non-judgmental attitude. I’ve gained an exceptional skill set to mentor people in the Option Process Dialogue so they can gain understanding and love for themselves. This is the ultimate training for personal transformation. I am ever grateful.”

Leeza Steindorf, Option Process Mentor, Feldenkras Practitioner & Peace Educator, Germany

“Certification 2009 went way beyond my wildest dreams. Not only did I learn the basic skills needed to mentor, but I experienced an exponential growth in myself and my 7 sisters. I leave transformed, I start a new episode in my life. These 4 weeks I have laughed, loved and had joy that I hadn’t known before.”

Clio Osman, Teacher, Germany

“I have had the best time! I’m leaving with a skill I feel so proud of and honored to have learned. I am so excited to take it back into my family and professional relationships, knowing I have changed so deeply.”

Cathy Betoin, Clinical Psychologist, United Kingdom

“The Option Process is about learning to be the best version of yourself! It is about finding your own inner core and peel away all the layers of discomfort and unhappiness! Certification 2009 has exactly been above that – in a huge way! Not only have I learned so much about myself for these 4 weeks – so many layers of discomfort have been discovered and peeled away – but I have also gained the skill to continue the process and the journey on my own! And the ability to give this gift to other people in my life!”

Sanne Schroll, Economist & PHD Student, Denmark

” Dear Bears Please keep me on your mailing list out of the thousands of e-mails I get Yours are the go to 1st . I love the Option institute and all that I have learned. I attended Mentor Certification Program in 2010 and took off the sign S_T_U_P_I_D ! As Beverly states “If such a thing exists” Thank you so much for all your love. I am now taking beginning Algebra and have gotten all A’s . You can tell Clyde that I got my 1st 100 on a test ever. All because I dropped the belief that I’m stupid. NO more anxiety over what I have yet to master. I am now curious and excited about attending class and what I can learn next. I am on a journey to become a nurse one that I have put off for 20 years all because I held this old belief. I now know after challenging myself and allowing others to love and guide me through Mentor Certification that I can do anything I WANT!!!!! If I was to recommend to anyone I’d recommend taking Mentor Certification Program for all that you can learn about yourself. I had to love myself first and the rest is just this amazing journey of increasing that love outward.. Thank you and keep the e-mail coming. Lots of Love Kathleen Corelli Byrne “

Kathleen Corelli Byrne, Mental Health Aide, Connecticut

“The Mentor Certification program has touched my life in ways far beyond what I ever imagined. My intention was to learn to be an Option Process Mentor/Counselor, in order to share the amazing tool of the dialogue with others. I am finishing the training program not only with excellent skills and excitement about sharing the dialogue, but also having experienced incredible life changes for myself. “

Lee McLendon, Educational Counselor, Vermont

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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