Testimonials

“Brendan is a thoughtful, caring, honest consultant who has gone the extra mile for our family.  Even before I hired him, Brendan called a few times to follow up and offer his insights.  Impressed by his willingness/desire to help, I hired him.  Brendan spent many hours calling wilderness programs to find a suitable placement for my son, which wasn’t so easy given some quirks on our end.  After we’d selected a wilderness program, enrollment was delayed due to complicating factors on our end.  Brendan and I then processed various ways to safely get my son to wilderness with help from professional support. Brendan went back to the drawing board and offered up several approaches, including the option of using a skilled interventionist.  Other consultants I had spoken to had only discussed two methods of transport:  by parent, or by transport company.  I was hugely relieved after Brendan assessed the situation and suggested not only the idea of an interventionist, but one of the most skilled interventionists available. The interventionist developed a rapport with my son over a few days of talks and persuaded him to travel with him (the interventionist) to the wilderness program.  As my son was preparing to leave the wilderness program, Brendan offered strategies for a smooth transition back to the home setting, including drawing up a list of expectations that would be reviewed and agreed upon before my son left camp.  Brendan has checked in on us a number of times even after his “job” was done.  Brendan is a consummate professional with a heart of gold.  I recommend him without reservation.  A+++++++”

Mother, 2021

“I give the highest possible accolades to Cloverlea Consulting for their patience, support, dedication, and service to myself and my daughter. We were really struggling following a very tumultuous divorce. In instances where us parents were not able to communicate and make decisions regarding our daughter’s mental health struggles, Brendan was there to consult and coordinate with us and helped us make very difficult decisions at a critical time. Thanks to his expertise and fortitude, we are engaged with a highly comprehensive and beneficial therapeutic services program and have seen significant growth in a very short period of time. I am forever grateful that we have received this help.”

Mother, 2021

“Brendan has been interested in my son’s progress since first meeting him. He went the extra mile and offered a home visit and spent as much time as needed with my young adult son to assure that he felt comfortable with him. My son has complicated mental health issues that accompany his Asperger’s. Brendan was very tuned into my sons needs as well as the family system. He was patient with us and worked diligently to identify the best possible therapeutic program options for him. He even visited one out west to be certain of its credibility. He kept in contact with me and helped me through the entire process, including program decision making, logistics, and placement coordination. Furthermore, he has followed the progress every step of the way. We have weekly calls with his treatment team, and I view Brendan as a critical member of the team, as he asks probing questions to confirm that the program is making every effort to treat my sons needs as best as possible. He is always available to me for support and processing.  I consider Brendan to be an extreme asset and recommend him highly.”

Father, 2021

“Brendan is a charismatic, energetic, highly experienced and credentialed
professional in the educational and therapeutic fields. He will leave no stone
unturned, he will fight every fight, and rest assured your child will be given
credible and reliable options that will make the difference”

Client, 2020

“Brendan is a true gem! Under his guidance our son has grown tremendously, and we feel blessed to have had him as an advisor. He was with us from the very beginning, and we know we would not be in the position we are in right now if not for him. His patience, kindness, dedication, and devotion are all unparalleled. We had many ups and downs, and he was with us through it all, guiding us to always do what was best for our family. Our son has grown in leaps and bounds socially, emotionally, and academically, and that is in large part due to Brendan’s influence. We are so thankful for the solid foundation our son received under Brendan’s guidance and feel confident that the skills he helped our son learn will serve him well throughout his life!”

Lisanti Family, NY, 2019

“It is an honor and pleasure to know Brendan O’Neil. We first met when he was serving as an administrator at a highly reputable therapeutic boarding school that my son attended for three years. It was an incredibly difficult time for me, having to send my only child away from home at such a young age. As I was seeking help, I felt a great deal of uncertainty, I had a tremendous amount of questions, and no straightforward answers. I was undergoing a very difficult divorce and we needed to assure that our child was cared for. Brendan was the first person I encountered at the school. He was very well-organized, respectful, and patient with me and my son. He was truly giving and genuinely devoted to his work. With his extensive background in therapeutic and educational programming, he deeply understood the underlying problems and all the issues associated with them and tried very patiently to accommodate both students and parents. In my particular case Brendan served as a bridge of communication between me and my son during a very difficult time. He has extensive knowledge in child and adolescent development, social skills, family issues, and academic needs. Time and time again Brendan would go out of his way to find a reasonable educational and therapeutic solutions in critical situations, all the while maintaining respect for the child and family needs. Brendan even went out of his way to help our family during a vulnerable time over the holidays. I have witnessed Brendan organize and facilitate critical parent-teacher meetings, co-participate in sensitive legal matters with judicial representatives, and continue to develop enriching and dynamic activities and trips, critical interventions, and basically anything that would be beneficial to my child’s development and maturation. Brendan shows his character and professionalism in every corner of his work. You genuinely have a feeling of a decent and caring individual who is a true expert in the clinical and educational field.”

“I highly recommend him”

Dr. Joseph Shyknevsky, New York City, 2019

“Brendan O’Neil began working with our 13 year old son upon his arrival to a therapeutic boarding school a few years ago. He was a mentor and supporter for our son, and a guide for my husband and myself, as we journeyed on this road together. The goals and strategies Mr. O’Neil provided were invaluable. Each time we were with our son, we saw the beginnings of a highly-functioning, self-sufficient young man. Where he would spiral out of control prior to his work with Mr. O’Neil and the staff at the school, our son learned in time to remain in control and discuss his feelings and he was more able to compromise and advocate for himself.”

“Mr. O’Neil always made himself available to discuss any issues that arose pertaining to our son. An example that comes to mind is at the beginning of our son’s stay, Mr. O’Neil created a strategy to help him engage in positive discussions on his phone calls home. He discussed “goals” for our calls together and pointed out the highlights of his week to share with us. This approach gave our son a foundation to communicate with us in a way that brought us closer and made the most of our time together. Mr. O’Neil took small, methodical steps with our son and his approach worked. We also know now how to ask our son questions (motivational interviewing) to prevent him from becoming sad or fearful.”

“We have learned, under Mr. O’Neil’s guidance, tools that brought us closer together, and our son continues to learn how to be the best he can be. Our family is at a much better place than we were prior to our son’s participation with Brendan and staff, due significantly to his work with Mr. O’Neil.”

Phyllis Lindy Gutterman and Lawrence Gutterman, 2018

“I have known Brendan since my oldest son began working with him in 2012. We remained in frequent contact over the three years of my son’s placement at a therapeutic boarding school. Following his graduation, I have kept in contact with Brendan and received council regarding my son. Brendan is one of those people in the field who “gets it.” He is compassionate and supportive but firm. He has a strong presence about him without being overbearing and maintains a calm demeanor. The boys trust for him is a reflection of his professional abilities and his absolute dedication to his work. Brendan has always been available to talk with me and I still call him for advice even though my son has graduated over a year ago. Brendan has always been calm even when I was not and has given me spot on advice. His patience with everyone is a gift most of us do not process. My son is now in traditional school. I have no idea what would have happened to him or our family without Brendan’s help.”

Mother, CA, 2017

“I am writing this letter to recognize the outstanding work that Brendan O’Neil has done with my son. My son spent two years under Brendan’s direct supervision. During this time my son’s emotional growth was the equivalent of four or five years. I owe much of this to Brendan’s hard work with my son in all aspects of his life.
I can truly say that I was very fortunate to have my son work with Brendan as his primary education coordinator and mentor. As a parent, Brendan consistently communicated with me and it was apparent he always had my son’s sincere interests at heart.”

“Brendan receives my strongest endorsement for potential clients”

Father, MI, 2016

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