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A mentor plays a critical role in helping someone achieve their goals and influence their success.  At Key Mentoring, our mentors guarantee that our clients are not alone in dealing with day-to-day or long-term challenges and that someone is there to guide them who understands their unique situation.  Furthermore, we empower our clients to build self-esteem and lead productive lives.

We match mentors and mentees based on their background, shared interests, personality style, lived experience and relevant training. Mentors meet with mentees at-home and in the community to achieve goals, build self-esteem, and provide support in real time as issues present themselves.

From helping a client with homework, working together to build a resume, taking a client surfing, or practicing DBT skills at a coffee shop, we help clients live a more fulfilling lifestyle and develop self-sufficiency.

 

  • Therapeutic Mentoring

    Clients are paired with a highly trained and relatable mentor with the ability to effect change through building trust organically.

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  • Parent Support Coaching

    Parents are paired with a clinician who works with them on a weekly basis to help them learn new tools for communicating with their child, enforcing boundaries, and creating accountability. All parents are encouraged to participate in this aspect of the program.

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Mentoring is…

Key  Mentoring is akin to a therapeutic big brother/sister program. Mentoring involves one-on-one sessions with our therapeutic mentors, out in the community doing activities that help our clients learn to improve their mental health and overall wellbeing. Mentoring is designed to assist clients in  integrating the tools they’ve learned in therapy or treatment into their real lives on a daily basis. Our mentors collaborate with each client’s therapist and act as the action arm to therapy, by helping clients get out of the house, develop meaningful connections with someone they can relate to who has lived a similar experience, and find healthy outlets for them to engage in to improve their mental health and overall way of living. Mentoring is designed  to provide an advocate for clients, someone who uniquely  understands what it is  like to live in the  client’s shoes and can help clients improve their life skills so that they can improve their quality of life. The beauty of mentoring is that we can customize the program to meet the unique needs of each client and provide whatever level of support is needed that most seamlessly fits into their schedule, from 4 hours per week after school or  work to 24/7  live-in support,  mentoring is designed to support clients regardless of their individual circumstances and needs.

Who we help…

Clients who struggle with:

  • Mental health issues
  • Substance misuse
  • Failure to launch, in need of life skills
  • Needing direction or a role model
  • Isolation and gaming as their only coping skill
  • Difficulties in school and keeping up with homework
  • Students with anxiety/depression
  • Lack of self esteem & direction
  • Lack of community and connection
  • Transitioning back home from a therapeutic program

We work with all genders, typically from the ages of 13-30, but can help older or younger clients as well if we determine our program would effectively improve their lives. We support clients who struggle with mental health, substance abuse, and/or  failure to launch issues, often with co-occurring or dual diagnoses.  We help a wide range of clients in unique circumstances, from the freshman in high school who is struggling to manage their anxiety and school work when therapy is not enough support, to the young adult client who just completed treatment and needs support transitioning home, remaining sober and launching into an autonomous, fulfilling life.

How we help…

Mentors are therapeutically trained and matched with clients based on their personal experiences, their communication style, and mutual interests to make sure that they can connect with and build rapport with clients easily. We speak to whoever refers a client, their parents, therapists, psychiatrists and/or teachers, and the clients themselves to determine how we can best support a client and who on our team would be the  most appropriate fit. We then determine the most appropriate number of hours per week to best support a client  based on their unique needs and schedule. Mentors and clients spend time together out in the community doing activities, from surfing or skating, to working out, to hiking, to yoga/meditation, to building resumes and practicing interviewing for jobs, to learning how to grocery shop and cook, we tailor the activities based on whatever the client’s goals are. Mentors meet with clients a minimum of twice per week, often with one session being a physical activity and one designed to help develop life skills or practice integrating therapeutic skills into the client’s  daily lives.

Examples include:

  • Supporting a client practicing DBT skills and grounding techniques while at a crowded flea market
  • Helping a client go grocery shopping based on a predetermined budget and teaching the client how to cook healthy and affordable meals
  • Taking a client to AA meetings and fellowshipping after the meeting by going to grab dinner
  • Going on a hike with a client and practicing a  mindfulness meditation/yoga at a lookout point
  • Teaching a client how to surf
  • Helping a client build out a balanced schedule so that their free time is spent productively and helps the client manage their stress  around getting schoolwork done on time

Parent Coaching

Parent coaching is designed to support parents by giving them access to their own clinician who will support them as their son or daughter works with a mentor. Parents will work with a coach for an hour per week to develop  effective communication skills, learn how to set and hold boundaries, implement natural consequences, and develop tools to understand their children and their unique set of issues by working with a clinician who collaborates with the child’s mentor. Parent coaching will help parents be able to connect with their children and understand their unique set of issues in a way most parents do not.

Oftentimes, issues a client faces stem from the family system and thus all elements of the system must grow together for lasting change to occur. If a client is working with a mentor to grow and make changes, the parents similarly can benefit from working with a coach to support their child’s growth and development. Otherwise, old parental patterns and behaviors may undo the changes  a child  is trying to implement. Our team of parent coaches will work with the client’s mentor to make sure that the  parents are capable of supporting and understanding their children in a way most parents do not, which will allow children to feel more comfortable opening up to and confiding in their parents.

We provide round the clock care, on-call, or to accompany clients during certain activities.

Director of Mentoring

  • Ace Saltzberg, MA, PsyD Candidate

    Ace Saltzberg, MA, PsyD Candidate

    Director of Mentoring & Companioning

    A native of West Los Angeles, Ace attended Crossroads High School before he moved to Boston and graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He earned his Master’s in Clinical Psychology and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Antioch University in Santa Barbara.

    Throughout Ace’s high school years, he was an active volunteer at Teen Line, a crisis hotline for teens struggling with a variety of mental health issues, a basketball and flag football coach, and volunteered at Camp Harmony, a sleepaway camp for homeless youth. Despite his extracurricular activities, Ace struggled in high school and college yet was eventually able to find his calling by combining his love of helping others with his expertise in mental health and substance abuse recovery. Ace began his work in the therapeutic industry leading prevention programs for teens with Beit T’shuvah, a non-profit treatment center in LA, where he spoke at local high schools and temples educating teens about the risks of substance misuse and working diligently to destigmatize mental health struggles.

    Ace has been the Director of our Mentoring Program since 2017 and expanded the program from a substance use program for teens to a program that services teens and young adults who struggle with substance use, mental health,  behavioral, and/or failure to launch issues. Ace helped develop our parent coaching program, recognizing that many issues our clients face stem from the family system and that in order to create lasting change,  both the children and parents need to be supported in growing alongside one another so that they both have new tools and communication skills that allow the entire family system to function differently. Ace’s passion for working with families inspired him to go back to grad school and pursue his PsyD so that he can be more effective in helping families achieve meaningful growth together.