Mentors collaborate with client’s existing clinicians to integrate the skills developed in therapy into their daily lives. Mentoring is the action arm of therapy; we help clients implement the DBT and CBT skills developed in a therapist’s office, out in the community as the issues arise. Mentors also provide support via phone and text outside of session hours.
Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them and assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. Mentoring empowers a young person to build self esteem and know that they matter.
We match mentors and mentees based on background, specialization, relational ability, and communication style. Mentors will meet with mentees out in the community to achieve goals, build self-esteem, and provide support in real time as issues present themselves.
Clinical Mentoring
Clients are paired with a masters level clinician who is able to integrate into their daily lives and has the sophistication to help process acute clinical issues in real-time.
Therapeutic Mentoring
Clients are paired with a highly trained and relatable mentor with the ability to effect change through building trust organically.
Parent Support Coaching
All parents are encouraged to participate in this part of our program, which focuses on reshaping the familial dynamics to ensure long term success.
Therapeutic and Sober Companions
A therapeutic or sober companion is essentially hired emotional support. We provide specialized mentors to work with clients who are in crisis or need more intensive services.
The Live-in companion program is designed to show our clients a similarity between someone similar to them who has overcome their own obstacles and lives a healthy, purposeful life. This pairing is crucial to the long-term success of our members, both for giving the client an unlimited personal resource for their personal issues and having an intermediary between themselves, their family, and their clinical team.
Live in companions conduct daily, weekly, monthly reviews to help establish a clients progress and develop a plan for sustained and continued growth while taking into consideration the clients needs and input.
In sitting down with families, we strategize to find a location for living that doesn’t greatly disrupt the clients daily routine but creates the healthiest atmosphere possible for that particular client to achieve their goals. Living conditions consist of the client and the companion. This personal “live in” dynamic helps establish the bond between mentor and client, so that it truly becomes more of a friendship. The mentor is there for support, and to help implement positive growth strategies at all times.
Additionally, companions provide all the necessities to facilitate a productive purposeful life. Companions will help clients become familiar with skills that will ultimately allow them to become independent adults. This can include budgeting and money management, developing educational goals, as well as simply dealing with the ebb and flow of human emotions. Regardless of the affliction the client is facing, a one on one mentor can be the catalyst to long lasting change and redirection towards health and productivity. In short order, most clients, begin to become self sufficient and confident, realities that would have taken a considerable time to achieve outside the personal relationship with a mentor.
We believe one of the pillars of any full and dynamic life is a degree of social interaction and certainly fun. While companions are there to hold the line, it is also their responsibility to make sure that clients stay upbeat and positive, and we have found there is no greater way to create and sustain this attitude then make sure our clients our engaging in fun activities balanced with handling their personal responsibilities.
We provide round the clock care, on-call, or to accompany clients during certain activities.
Ace Saltzberg
A native of West Los Angeles, Ace ultimately graduated Cum Laude in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Antioch University. Throughout Ace’s high school career, he was an active volunteer at Teen Line, a crisis hotline for teens struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Ace found his calling by combining his love of helping others with his expertise in marketing and began his work in the therapeutic industry leading prevention programs for teens with Beit T’shuvah, a non-profit treatment center in LA.
Steve Vital

Steve grew up in Boston, MA where he worked as a big brother for adolescent burn victims through the local fire department. Steve got his MFT at Antioch University and works as an individual and family therapist. When Steve is not working with clients, he is an active athlete and trains in Mixed Martial Arts.

Eliza Monteverdi

Eliza grew up in Ventura County. She received her Bachelors in Psychology at Azusa Pacific University and Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since graduating, Eliza has gained experience working in diverse clinical settings. Eliza currently works for Engage Therapy as a group therapist in Engage's Partial Hospitalization Program and at Pepperdine University as a counselor and advocate for Undergraduate and Graduate students. 

Keri Johnson

Keri was born in San Francisco, California. She attended SFSU and then went on to earn a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University. She has worked with clients in a mentoring and counselling capacity at numerous treatment centers. She enjoys pilates, boxing, yoga, and rock climbing in her spare time.

Tyler Forte

Tyler grew up in Boston, MA and studied psychology at MassBay College. He moved to LA 10 years ago and has been working as a mentor with teens and young adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues through several programs since. Tyler is an aspiring novelist, enjoys hiking, volleyball, and being outdoors. 

Christiana Grolitsch

Christiana was born and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor Degree from Antioch University where she double majored in Addiction Studies and Psychology, and holds a minor in Urban Communities and Environments. Christiana is an MSW Candidate and honor student in the Adult Mental Health and Wellness concentration at the University of Southern California. 

Jake Solomon

Jake grew up locally in Los Angeles and went to local private high schools. Jake works at a local treatment center for young adults and is going to school to become an art therapist. He is an incredible artist who's work has been featured in several galleries across LA and enjoys spending his free time at the gym.

Jessica Fishel

Jessica was born in Canada and grew up in Los Angeles. She attended Crossroads High School and then University of Wisconsin. She has worked for the last 7 years developing curriculum for local high schools and speaking to teens across LA about the dangers of addiction and mental health issues. She is currently pursuing her MFT. 

Morgan Beard

Morgan attended Duke University and then earned an MPS in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has worked in schools and hospitals using art as a means of helping teens express themselves. She has worked as a life coach and mentor with a variety of clients since moving to LA incorporating, yoga, meditation, and art into her work with clients.

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