“Seeds of Awareness has been a vital program at Live Oak for the last 5 years providing one-on-one and small group support for our students. In addition, our SEEDS counselors works with our teachers to integrate social emotional learning components to our class meetings. Parents and staff deeply appreciate these services that may often go unmet in schools without such a dedicated team. The professionalism of the program, commitment to best practices in counseling, integration throughout the program, and the expertise that our SEEDS team provides to our staff and parents is invaluable. “Matthew Morgan—Director of Live Oak Charter School, Petaluma
“The counselors who have come to our K – 8 school from the Seeds-of-Awareness organization have truly exceeded expectations. They are professional, knowledgeable, and our students at all age levels are drawn to them. Every counselor we have worked with has made easy connections with students and staff. We consider them an integral part of our program. The organization itself is responsive to our unique needs, and Doug has a very collaborative spirit.”Laura Shain—Super Intendant at Lagunitas School District.
“We have used counselors from Seeds of Awareness for the past three years. In every instance they have provided extremely professional, experienced practioners who have the ability to relate well with students, parents and teachers. Their positive, mindful approach contributes greatly to the social/emotional well-being of our community. Please feel free to contact me for any further information.
“Jeffrey Escabar Princial of Marin Preperatory School
“Our Seeds of Awareness counselors have been a huge support to students at Pivot, many who face significant challenges in their lives. The counselors have shown true dedication to helping students and are always willing to do what they can to work around difficult schedules and support the students in any way they can. They are also very professional and great at collaborating with our teachers. Working with Seeds of Awareness has been a very positive experience.”--Caitlin Johnson, Education Psychologist with Sebastopol Charter Waldorf
“Extremely enjoyable. He’s getting opportunities to have fun with other children, in ways he has not experienced before. Of course, it’s facilitated by wonderful staff, very positively and effectively. Nathan really looks forward to coming each Tuesday, and whenever I pick him up after his session, he’s seemingly very happy and more vocal about his intentions, once he gets home. Doug is extremely kind and patient. No matter how Nathan responded (or failed to respond) during the “intake”, Doug was not only accepting, but very helpful in facilitating Nathan’s participation.”
“Now, I have always liked the idea of a social skills group, but been wary of them, wondering if they would make my son feel different or stigmatized. But, at the recommended of his doctor, and at the direction of a good friend whose son attends their summer camps, I found my way to Fiddleheads. I still can’t believe my luck!”
“It helps that R loves nature and the outdoors, but the key is the wonderful and talented counselors (Mark and Lisa) who, in the course of providing the kids with a simple and grounding outdoor experience, identify opportunities for teaching that a group of kids playing and exploring together will yield, and skillfully lead discussion and reflection. They are also great about staying for questions after a session and providing a great summary by email as well (well-written and insightful to boot!)”
“I feel lucky to be in Fiddleheads,” “The counselors are wonderful” “I feel so safe, like I can say anything and really be myself.” These are direct quotes from my 10 year-old son who has just started the social skills group at Tilden Park in Berkeley. For context, he is basically your average 10YO in terms of interest and ability, and while very socially minded (i.e., friendships are very important to him) he has always lagged socially and emotionally, and struggled trying to form relationships in school.”