Spectrum Peer Mentoring
What is Unique to Spectrum Mentoring?
We bring an eclectic approach:
Spectrum Mentoring is based on the study of various holistic healing and spiritual modalities, including Positive Psychology, Catholicism, Mystical Christianity, Mystical Judaism, Tibetan Buddhism, Indian Yogic Literature, and self-actualization.
We offer a solid program designer:
Spectrum Mentoring pulls from 1,000s of hours of study in the field of autism, neurodiversity, and diversity and inclusion. The program designer is a neurodivergent (autism spectrum), has worked for years as a manager responsible for employee well being, raised a son who is on the autism spectrum, and is a professional educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Education.
We have a philosophy we standby:
We abide by Spectrum Suite’s mission to make quality resources affordable, available, and attainable. Mentors are ready to adapt and flexible to the client’s changing needs. We believe in responding to our highest self, coming to the table with authenticity and vulnerability, and continually striving toward the self-betterment.
Is mentoring like mental health therapy?
Mentoring is not the same as mental health therapy. There are distinct differences. Mental health counseling is oftentimes oriented toward healing, managing, and repairing past experiences (e.g., trauma, destructive patterns of behaviors, mental health conditions, abuse). Mental health therapy is focused on insight regarding the past and how to relieve pain or dysfunction. Therapy often includes a diagnosis and a treatment plan. A counselor is generally seen as an expert that can provide intervention, insight, and advice that might not be gained without the counselor’s assistance.
At Spectrum Suite we serve clients who do not currently have a mental health condition, or personal circumstance, that is obstructing their ability to achieve their goals. In example, a person who is actively partaking in Spectrum Mentoring Sessions already has their depression under control, through some means, such as therapeutic support, nutrition, medication, diet, or exercise. Spectrum Peer Mentors do not diagnose, confirm, explore, or assist in the management of mental health conditions.
How do I know if mentoring is a right fit for me?
Spectrum Mentoring is best suited for an individual who is:
- Looking to increase their potential in multiple areas of their life;
- Energized to explore a new venture, such as a project, idea, job search, life goal;
- In need of support, understanding, guidance, and accountability;
- Willing to utilize resources, tools, and strategies to broaden self-awareness; or
- Ready to get unstuck.
Spectrum Mentoring involves a forward-potential approach. Unlike mental health therapy or counseling, mentoring sessions don’t explore the roots of the past or seek to remedy pain and dysfunction. We look at the here and now and how we can approach today to better prepare for tomorrow.
What are some topics that are presented in Spectrum Mentoring?
Topics vary and are individualized for each client. Clients are encouraged to create their own roadmap to success, by choosing from a list of categories to focus on during sessions. Mentors collaboratively work with each client to formulate a realistic plan. Sample topics include exploring life options, examining strengths, finding support, communication skills, managing anxiety, self-advocacy , self-empowerment, resilience, setting boundaries, practicing forgiveness, guided visualization, and story telling.
What does Spectrum Mentoring Look Like?
A professional-client relationship of support, positive regard, and acceptance; self-discovery and the development of goals to achieve potential;
intentional conversation and exploratory inquiry; acknowledging effort, examining progress, accountability of actions.
Contact us at everydayaspergers @gmail.com for more information.
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