Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Personal Mentoring Services provide you with your very own personal mentor whose role is to be an assiduous, facilitative, catalytic change agent, advocate and ombudsman of you, with you and for you.  Each and every person needs a healthy admixture of permission and encouragement to be who they are and not who they are not and the consistent and appropriate challenge to become who they are to be.  Consequently, you will derive immediate and continuing benefit from the life lessons of a truly “seasoned” community elder, who has “been there and done that” so that you do not necessarily have to learn all of your life lessons the hard way.  When the protégé is ready the personal mentor appears.

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Personal mentors provide you with a uniquely individualized personal relationship to learn some of the expressed and implied rules, endemic to the vast multiplicity of roles, across the broad life domains of work, love and play.  Your personal mentor can “give you a fish” or alternatively can “teach you to fish”.  The whole point is to for you to choose your particular path in life with meaning, purpose and value “with a little help from a friend”.  A personal mentor helps you become the best you can be for you.

Personal mentoring is extremely different from life coaching.  The focus of a life coach is often limited to a performance-based, task-oriented agenda which is invariably predicated upon a subordinate-superordinate hierarchical model.  The focus of a personal mentor is generally unlimited insofar as it is agenda-free, process-based, life-oriented and predicated, at core, upon a collaborative, non-hierarchical model.  Mentoring is positively biased solely in your favor because your personal mentor cares about you and your personal development.  If you “fit-in” with everyone else, great; if not, then fortunately, the world is a big enough place for you to find a way that’s just right for you! Coaching is impartial and biased in the service of addressing a specific behavior or skill so that you participate or contribute better to a group or team.  Personal mentoring puts the “I” back in life and the “me” back in meaningful!

"What's in it for me” is a dynamic power-free and power-full non-clinical mentoring relationship where you will learn to live, laugh and love with “oomph”.  When you select your personal mentor, you will enter into a friendly, respectful and dynamic relationship with a high-functioning “life-elder” who will not only respond with honesty and candor to any and all of your questions, but also help you to significantly refine the quality of those questions so you are able to arrive at much better, more utilizable set of answers for yourself.

Who are we?  During the course of our 35+ year careers, respectively, as mental health professionals, Dr. Larry and Dr. Glenn have learned a thing or two about life, and the three-legged ‘stool’ of work, love and play which comprise it.  The personal “narratives” of each one of us has necessitated our confronting our self, alone by our self, in service of our self and also in service of others.  Along the way, we have actively sought the wise counsel of personal mentors, good and true, who provided us, by their lived examples, with excellent role modeling, that we might emulate such qualities and attributes in them that we experienced as personally meaningful, useful and relevant in our own life. Dr. Larry and Dr. Glenn have been to heaven and hell on earth and lived to "talk the talk", but more importantly to "walk the walk".  Throughout our respective journeys, we have each learned the importance of re-creating our self in our own image with the help of our own exemplary personal mentors.

Your role in the mentoring process is to think, judge and act in accordance with your emerging and evolving values-system in the interactive “give and take” with your own personal mentor.  You must make a sincere and sustained commitment to yourself and to the mentoring process which challenges you to aim high and do your best, albeit, in a fair and honorable manner, by your definition.  In the Oriental tradition, “when the disciple is ready, the master appears”.  However, “if your cup is already full, there is nothing more to add to it”.  Consequently, your role is to be ready, willing and able to open yourself up, by emptying yourself out, in order to fill yourself full with what you need to live and thereby be full-filled.  Always remember that “quitters never win and winners never quit”.  Are you a “quitter” or are you a “winner”? The choice is yours, alone, to make.

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) has formulated a foundational algorithm by which, theoretically, and through which, methodologically all PMS-rendered services are based upon.   First, growth occurs through the successful resolution of conflict, whether between others or within oneself.  In the absence of conflict and its successful resolution, growth does not fully occur.  However, where conditions are ripe for the successful resolution of conflict, growth is possible.  Second, growth occurs over “psychological time”.  Since time is a hypothetical construct, it can be defined in linear, curvilinear and many other innovative ways to serve the varying adaptive resources relative to the stresses and presses of life’s adjustive demands.  Third, the model predicts that any progress will invariably lead to regress in service of what is necessary that must be done for consolidation to result.  It is less relevant to see progression or regression because “if you fail to heed the lessons from history, you are doomed to repeat it”.  Moreover, in order to integrate adaptive competencies, one must partake of a dialectical loop by which the “movement” goes forward and backward into the "moment of the present”. Hence, “movement” is essential as the "inertia of movement” informs and reforms the outcome of any process until the resultant dynamism becomes transformed or deformed.  Finally, the PMS call to action is “forever and ever and always and always forward and backward into the present”.  In brief, you learn how to navigate and then to integrate work, love and play into your life.

Personal mentoring services can take place by phone, Skype, or in person (30-minute minimum).  Appointment times are initially scheduled with our administrative staff.  Thereafter, you can schedule additional consultations directly with your personal mentor.  To schedule your first appointment, contact us at: 1-815-455-6736 or Contact PMS. How your personal mentoring services are structured is simply a matter of how you and your personal mentor structure the “organic” nature of your mentoring relationship.  You may schedule personal mentoring “sessions” daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.  Times can vary widely.  You choose what is best for you at a convenient time that works for your personal mentor and you.

There are 4 Mentoring Access Plans (MAP) to choose from:

"STANDARD ACCESS" fees are one hundred dollars ($100.00) per half-hour and are rendered in half-hour increments, or fractions, thereafter.

Rates apply Monday through Friday (except for U.S. holidays) from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. “Standard Access” is the preferred access mode for most all PMS Protégés.

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) offers three additional access availability services, as follows:

"PREMIER ACCESS" fees are one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) per half-hour and are rendered in half-hour increments, or fractions, thereafter.

Rates apply Monday through Friday (except for U.S. holidays) from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday (except for U.S. holidays) from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

“Premier Access” is the preferred access mode for PMS Protégés who choose to receive personal mentoring services either before or after “regular business” hours.

“CONCIERGE ACCESS” fees are two hundred dollars ($200.00) per half-hour and are rendered in half-hour increments, or fractions, thereafter.

Rates apply Monday through Friday from 9:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M.; Saturday from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

“Concierge Access” is the preferred access mode for a select number of PMS Protégés who choose to receive personal mentoring services, ad lib.

“SPECIAL ACCESS” reduced fees are available for qualifying individuals who are: (1) full-time students at an accredited school (proof of continuous enrollment required); (2) active-duty U.S. military personnel (proof of active duty required) or U.S. military veterans post-9/11 (proof of honorable discharge required); or (3) others with “special needs” who can substantiate significant, bona fide, financial hardship (proof of Federal tax return past two years required).

Rates apply Monday through Friday (except for U.S. holidays) from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Please note that “Special Access” services shall be limited to one (1) half-hour service per appointment, up to a maximum total of twenty-four (24) services within a twenty-four (24) month period commencing with the first date of service,. For “Special Access” eligibility and fees, in the sole discretion of Personal Mentoring Services (PMS), call .

“Special Access” is the preferred access mode for PMS Protégés who are just “launching” into young adulthood, are serving or have served their country through military (or comparable) service, or those who are truly in great financial need.

Times listed are based on Central Daylight Saving (CDT) and Central Standard Time (CST) for Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA.

PERSONAL MENTORING SERVICES (PMS) does not require the user to sign-up for any length-of-term contracts and offers "pay-as-you-go" for your personal mentoring needs. 

All services are scheduled by appointment only. 

Twenty-four (24) hour prior notification to our office is required to avert full charge for cancellation. 

Pre-payment for all personal mentoring services is required unless there is a continuous payment guarantee on file.

3 Simple Steps to your Personal Mentoring Services

Step 1. Submit PMS Terms of Service Authorization Form

Step 2. Choose your preferred Mentoring Access Plan (MAP)

Step 3. We contact you to schedule with your Personal Mentor 

If you prefer, call us at 1-815-455-6736 to pre-pay by alternate means

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