Our Students Say
APA Business of Practice Network (BOPN)
5835 College Avenue, Suite B
Oakland, CA 94618
MentorCoach Program taught me much more than the craft of virtual coaching.
Since the very first day I have found many ways to use the techniques
that Ben included both in my private practice and in my new coaching
business. I can't over-emphasize the excitement of the class and the
incredible sense of community that develops over 6 months. I am delighted
with the experience. Thanks, Ben."
Christopher Wemple, Ph.D
4455 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite A400
Washington, DC 20008
Program has transformed my professional life. It has helped me to gain
knowledge and skills in coaching, practice development, and in the use
of the Internet as a sophisticated global marketing tool.
"In this extraordinary
training program, we were given superb instruction in individual and
group coaching. The program is unique in that students are given as many
individual and group coaching clients as they need. Most of the class
members were coaching individually from the first weeks of the program.
And by the ninth week, I was designing and co-leading my first virtual
group using MentorCoach telephone bridge lines, which included members
from across the U.S. Working with virtual groups is not only a powerful
way to leverage your time to increase your practice income, it is also
a way to provide your clients with a cohesive and supportive new modality.
gained in the MentorCoach Program, along with Ben's guidance and support,
I have selected a market niche, established my own web site, and have
begun publishing an email newsletter, The Divorce Survival Guide, that
has already developed a global readership.
"Ben is not only a
great source of many ideas, he is also generous with his time, resources,
and energy. He models the best of coaching skills with his insight, encouragement,
and positive feedback. His leadership has set the tone for the collegiality
and mutual support of the membership of the virtual MentorCoach
"If you are a therapist
looking to expand your practice with state-of-the-art training in personal
and professional coaching, this is the real thing. I recommend the MentorCoach
Program without reservation."
Dr. Charles E.
168 Business Park Drive, Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
"The MentorCoach Program
has offered so many different things for me personally that I clearly
must continue in the Graduate Teleforum. From 'computer wannabe' to a
reasonable level of competence wasn't even an imagined agenda item at
the outset. All I wanted was some other opportunity to move out from
under the folded economic umbrella of managed care. I was one of those
who had to ask about the meaning of 'bridge lines.'
"I've since had an
ABD (all-but-dissertation coaching client) who regularly calls from Tokyo
(a very interesting guy from Dartmouth and USC) and a whole host of ABD's
from all over the States and Canada. In that time I've put together and
led my own Beta Class, my own website, a hardcopy protocol for regular
mail, two full programs of training, and a serious vision for the future
that likely will provide a completely different lifestyle than the 10-hour
days and regular emergency night calls I've fielded for 30 years.
I've seen the vision of group teleconferences and the fun and income
potential present in that format. I've been trained over the years by
internationally known teachers and supervisors, and have never had the
straight, practical feedback I have received with your program. My advice
to anyone who has already been working in the 'mental health' context
for years is that this is opportunity staring you in the face -- go for
it. You will kick yourself 2 years down the line when your idea already
has someone else's name on it. Actually I didn't know my own niche until
I caught the *applicability* of the vision and then it came to
me in an airplane on the way home from a conference (Pharmaceutical
"Finally, one less
obvious point: the MentorCoach group is made up of bright people with
some visions of their own. And the groups were very stimulating and witty/creative not
something I see much of in daily practice.
"Thanks for the memories
and the future."
Lynne M. Hornyak,
Co-Editor (In Press). "Healing From Within:
The Use of Hypnosis In Women's Healthcare"
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
Past President, District of Columbia Psychological Association (DCPA)
Suite 117, 1301 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Program is an invaluable experience that is helping to reshape my professional
future. Ben is an effective model, skilled at facilitating the group's
interaction as well as responding to our individual needs and concerns.
He is incredibly generous in sharing practical ideas and technical information.
The MentorCoach group format has been very helpful in providing peer
support and encouragement, as well as for networking and brainstorming.
"The most reassuring
part is that I know that I have the skills necessary to turn this creative
avenue into a professional reality. I would recommend this Program to
any professional who is similarly seeking a creative alternative or addition
to their practice."
Jeffrey I. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
3 Washington Circle, NW #405
Washington, DC 20037
Program is most likely a one-of-a-kind. Where else can predominantly
psychotherapists find like-minded colleagues that are striving to make
the transition to coaching? Ben provides an atmosphere in our virtual
meetings that promotes a sense of support and community. He is also generous
in his sharing both of his time and a wealth of practical knowledge.
I would recommend this Program to anyone who is seriously thinking about
incorporating coaching into their professional repertoire."
Mary Joan Albright,
1112 South Kenwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Program is a winner. A well-organized, informative, well-paced program
that is stimulating and fun. It allows each person to progress at his
or her own speed. Ben is an excellent presenter and facilitator who inspires
you to tackle new things and tells you the concrete steps to take. His
supportive approach encourages a helpful, collegial attitude among group
"Now as I retire from
the faculty of the University of Maryland's Department of Psychiatry
in Baltimore, I am launching my next career as an Executive Coach for
career women facing change. I highly recommend the MentorCoach Program!"
Bob Lappin, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and practicing therapist for 25 years
8332 Exodus Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20882
Program offers many new and exciting ideas as well as workable strategies
for therapists who want to look at alternative ways to use their skills
to help unlimited populations. Ben is a great teacher and model for the
therapist becoming a coach. He shares his vast resources and knowledge
Jo-Linda Butterfield, Ph.D.
2006 Wallace Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Program has been a solid bridge to a mid-life career change and has catapulted
me into exploring and experiencing coaching as a viable career option.
Ben is truly a master at working with a group and through his generosity
and modeling, the members of our class offered support and expertise
to each other in establishing coaching practices. As our guide through
this new territory, Ben fostered a sense of camaraderie, helped deal
with failures and pitfalls, tightened up our goals, and kept us on the
path so we could all experience success. His enthusiasm is contagious,
his resources and contacts seemingly endless, and his attentiveness to
each member of the group through phone and email contact is impressive.
After taking this class on transforming a psychological practice into
coaching, you will...virtually be there!"
Richard "Dick" B.
5103-D Backlick Road
Annandale, VA 22003
Program was a wonderful example of a community of people genuinely reaching
out to help, assist, share, explore and grow with each other in the truest
meaning of the helping profession. And you, Ben, set the tone. The material
was excellent. The information was more than useful. The interest clearly
was designed to empower each and every member. But more than that, there
was an example of selflessness, of not holding back, of giving support
with substance, involvement with information, and the excitement of exploration.
Thank you. If you discovered a new list, you let us know. If you uncovered
a possible niche, you encouraged someone to ...just do it. For
Mary Ann and me, a whole host of options opened up. We will not just
be doing videotaping and photography, but coaching others who do it to
increase their marketing skills, their communications skills, and hopefully,
"Again, thank you.
Ben, you have been a true coach, a supportive cheerleader, and an unselfish
teacher gifts that seem to be contagious, given the style of the
group. One last time...thank you."
Kelly Collins, MA, CEAP
14901 Broschart Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Program provides helping professionals with a very practical approach to diversifying
their practice. Throughout the course, Ben shared his extensive experiences
and technical knowledge with us to help us take the necessary steps to
quickly move forward with starting a coaching practice. Most importantly,
the group not only provided me with support and encouragement, but allowed
me the opportunity to get feedback on my ideas and concerns.
"By the end of the
class, it was amazing to see the remarkable successes that were already
taking place. It was inspiring and helpful to all of us working to create
a coaching practice. I recommend the MentorCoach Program to
anyone who is interested in finding new and exciting ways to help people."
Joseph Mancini, PhD, LCSW-C, DSW
4 Woodsend Place
Potomac MD 20854
"When Ben first invited
me to enter his MentorCoach Program some months ago, I was skeptical though
hopeful that I would learn something new. As a therapist, I knew and used
a great number of coaching techniques before entering the Program; nevertheless,
I was pleasantly very surprised at how much there was to learn about coaching
on the phone and about marketing strategies.
"Marketing is something
I hate doing and usually do not want to investigate except under duress.
But Ben actually made the topic interesting and accessible. As for learning
to coach on the phone, it was fascinating and actually quite easy to learn.
"Ben was very generous
in offering us his pool of clients from which we could draw low-fee or
free coaches. The delight I experienced in doing this hands-on, individual
coaching was superceded only by my joy in conducting a four-week group
session on the phone following Ben's protocol with our class made
doing my own group session easy and fun.
"Though I am not yet
ready to shift my practice significantly into coaching, I will do so in
time and be very grateful to Ben and my classmates for all the info and
guidance they produced. One major bonus of the class was the writing up
and dissemination of class sessions by one of my classmates, thus giving
all of us a reference guide.
"Two words to potential
class members: Do it!"