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I have been a mentor and life coach for teens and adults for many years, with the following focus areas and tools that I offer and share from my own experience and success:

  • mindfulness and meditation for stress-reduction and well being

  • guidance around goals, focus, accountability, six month, one year,  five year plans

  • recovery issues after a solid period of sobriety

  • a minimalist journal method

  • mind-mapping techniques for personal organizing and breakthroughs

  • creativity and productivity for art and writing

  • organizing art shows and self-publishing

  • job searching and interviewing skills (I have been on hundreds of job interviews)

  • technology sales skills

  • online dating for men and single dads

  • parenting, co-parenting

  • running, triathlons, climbing, marathon and ultra-marathon training and nutrition/weight management

From a long-time successful client: "Charles coaching style is really easy to work with... I had weekly phone sessions for several months. In that time (and since) I found myself more accepting of my past down times which in turn helped me produce more work (and not waste as much energy feeling bad about self when down times hit again). He is a kind and knowledgeable artist with lots of great ideas, tips and stories to share. Highly recommend!!"

In the past 20+ years I have run marathons, a few triathlons including two half-ironmans, dated a lot, had a lot of fun, did a lot of volunteer work with teens and adults, lots of rock climbing, writing, art. I have been sober for over 25 years and I have done a lot of work in this area, in terms of more in-depth step work and emotional and accountability work.


Then I magically became a dad, became a single dad, dated some more, wrote and self-published two novels, wrote a lot of poetry, made a lot of visual art and showed it and sold it, practiced meditation and mindfulness with a Soto Zen teacher and others, and survived and thrived in many years of Silicon Valley sales.

I had a great life coach for five years, Wickie Stamps, and now I have a new one who is also great, Michelle Olsen, and I have also advised startups pre-funding. I am working on life coach certification and MIndfulness Coach certification, and my rates are currently lower during this time. After I receive cerftification, my rates may increase for some clients, but in general my rates will be a sliding scale.

Rates are free for the first introductory conversation, 30 minutes, and $40/hour after that, for phone or video chat. I also like to support via text, and email. I encourage you to work with me to develop a six month, one year plan, or five year plan and the first step is often to email me a list of problems, issues, or goals you want to work on, at, and if it looks like a potential fit we can schedule the first free intro session.

Another great place to start is with Bruce Mau, the great Canadian designer, and his "Incomplete Manifesto for Growth" or with videos of Tara Brach or Pema Chodron to learn more about mindfulness. I look forward to working with you and to help you achieve your goals and new levels of life satisfaction. or 415-637-7330 call or text

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