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How Josh can help:

  • Tactics to lower your cost of tuition
  • Strategies to make the cost of college more manageable
  • A smart student loan strategy that can save you thousands of dollars
  • An understanding of how much tuition you can afford and how to lower your bill
  • Your likelihood of getting financial aid
  • Tax Credits that can save you thousands
  • Tax scholarships for small business owners
  • Navigate need based vs. Merit based Aid
  • Pay for college without disrupting retirement plans
  • Get the most “bang for your buck” in a college

The Dollars and Sense of why ACT/SAT prep is important

As you are preparing for college there are many important factors to consider, but one large component is the sheer costs of college. For many families (especially with more than one child) college is the single largest expense they will ever purchase. One of the easiest ways to ease the burden on your family is through scholarships. And every family regardless of income can apply for merit based financial aid (scholarships earned by your child’s sweat equity). If you plan ahead and put in the work – these merit-based scholarship can save you tens of thousands! And the award process is often pretty straight forward…

Merit Based Scholarships – Grid System

Many colleges have offer merit-based scholarships on a “grid” system. If you meet the requirements at each level of the grid your get X number of dollars. Each level has its financial requirement and each level has it’s amount of money offered if you exceed that requirement. (See Below). Arm yourself with a good GPA and good ACT/SAT scores and put yourself in great position to get money to help ease the financial burden.

Josh Bennett

College and Educational Consultant

About Josh Bennett, CFP®

Josh is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and the founder of Vincere Wealth Management. Josh is also a passionate personal finance nerd.

Josh Actively works with families on how to balance the high cost of paying for college with their other financial goals (such as retirement). Josh is the son of a college professor and grew up with a passion for higher education.

Josh’s passion for higher education and for helping families with their finances is what led him to start Venere’s college funding program.

Josh is happy to offer you and your family an initial consulting session to answer any questions about his service and how it can help your family better afford the costs of college.

College Financial Planning
How Josh can help:
  • Tactics to lower your cost of tuition
  • Strategies to make the cost of college more manageable
  • A smart student loan strategy that can save you thousands of dollars
  • An understanding of how much tuition you can afford and how to lower your bill
  • Your likelihood of getting financial aid
  • Tax Credits that can save you thousands
  • Tax scholarships for small business owners
  • Navigate need based vs. Merit based Aid
  • Pay for college without disrupting retirement plans
  • Get the most “bang for your buck” in a college
The Dollars and Sense of why ACT/SAT prep is important
As you are preparing for college there are many important factors to consider, but one large component is the sheer costs of college. For many families (especially with more than one child) college is the single largest expense they will ever purchase. One of the easiest ways to ease the burden on your family is through scholarships. And every family regardless of income can apply for merit based financial aid (scholarships earned by your child’s sweat equity). If you plan ahead and put in the work – these merit-based scholarship can save you tens of thousands! And the award process is often pretty straight forward…
Merit Based Scholarships – Grid System
Many colleges have offer merit-based scholarships on a “grid” system. If you meet the requirements at each level of the grid your get X number of dollars. Each level has its financial requirement and each level has it’s amount of money offered if you exceed that requirement. (See Below). Arm yourself with a good GPA and good ACT/SAT scores and put yourself in great position to get money to help ease the financial burden.

Josh Bennett

College and Educational Consultant

About Josh Bennett

Josh is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and the founder of Vincere Wealth Management. Josh is also a passionate personal finance nerd.

Josh Actively works with families on how to balance the high cost of paying for college with their other financial goals (such as retirement). Josh is the son of a college professor and grew up with a passion for higher education.

Josh’s passion for higher education and for helping families with their finances is what led him to start Venere’s college funding program.

Josh is happy to offer you and your family an initial consulting session to answer any questions about his service and how it can help your family better afford the costs of college.

What is a psychoeducational evaluation?

Dr. Bruns, our psychology tutor, conducts psychoeducational evaluations to uncover the underlying cause(s) of academic difficulties when there is no known or suspected medical/neurological disorder.  Dr. Bruns and his team use a variety of assessment tools to identify processing strengths and weaknesses, learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalulia), ADHD, non-verbal learning disability, social and emotional disabilities (e.g. anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder or ASD, and other psychological disorders impacting learning and school performance. Psychoeducational evaluations include an in-depth review of educational records, parent and teacher interviews, observations, rating scales, and individually administered tests to assess children and adolescents in the following areas:
  • Sensory-motor processes
  • Attention and impulse regulation
  • Processing Speed
  • Working Memory
  • Auditory Processing
  • Language
  • Visual-Spatial Processing
  • Memory
  • Executive Functioning (e.g. planning, cognitive flexibility)
  • Reasoning
  • General Intelligence
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Functioning
  • Academic Skills (e.g. reading, writing, mathematics)

What is an educationally related mental health assessment?

Dr. Bruns and his associates conduct educationally related mental health assessments to determine whether or not a child may require mental health related services in order to benefit from their special education program.  This assessment typically entails detailed health and developmental history, diagnostic interviews, observations, and standardized measures of personality, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

What are the purposes of an evaluation?

As an educational psychologist in the East Bay Area, Dr. Bruns and his associates conducts psychoeducational, neuro-educational, and educationally related mental health assessments to assist families and schools in determining whether a child has a learning disability, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, social and/or emotional disability, or other condition that significantly impacts learning and school performance. This information can then be used to develop an individualized intervention plan that supports the child future successes in school. Some of the benefits of an assessments include:

  • Fair unbiased evaluation of a student’s learning and behavioral needs
  • Specific information regarding learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Assistance for parents and schools in planning appropriate interventions support
  • Assist in determining eligibility for Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Assist in determining eligibility for Section 504 accommodations
  • Assist in determining eligibility for College Board (SAT) accommodations

What should I as a parent expect from this process?

  • The process begins with a free 20 minute telephone consultation during which Dr. Bruns will ask about your concerns and reasons for seeking evaluation.
  • Dr. Bruns will answer any questions that you may have and provide recommendations that may, based on the information provided, include a formal evaluation.
  • Dr. Bruns will work with you to determine an appropriate time line, schedule one or more testing sessions, and provide a cost estimate of his services. For psychoeducational evaluations, testing sessions typically last 5 to 7 hours, scheduled over 2 to 3 sessions, and assessment results are completed roughly 2 weeks after testing is completed.
  • ​Parents will receive a comprehensive assessment report from Dr. Bruns and his associates clearly explaining the assessment findings and recommendations. They are encouraged to read through the assessment report and take note of any questions they may have. Dr. Bruns and his associates will then schedule a time to discuss the report findings with them to make sure that the report accurately reflects their son or daughter, answer any questions, and provide guidance in terms of appropriate next steps.

How much does an evaluation cost?

The cost of evaluations varies depending on the number and type of tools and techniques. However, specific costs will be discussed during a free initial consultation and agreed upon prior to the initiation of services. Dr. Bruns is confident that you will find the cost of his services as a Bay Area psychologist to be extremely competitive with others in the field. Flexible payment plans are available and Dr. Bruns also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.  In addition, clients with Flexible Medical Spending Plans should investigate reimbursement as they may be able to recover the cost of assessment and/or intervention services.

Jeffery M. Bruns, Ph.D., (ABA)

Licensed Services – Behavior Analyst (ABA), Behavioral/Educational Psychology, Counseling, Mild/Severe Disability, Remedial Care and Cognitive Disabilities.

About Jeffrey

Since completing my work in abnormal child behaviors, I have been working in the field of public education and in private practice as a behavioral therapist, diagnostician and psychologist. Eight of these years have been spent researching and developing for human behavior discipline and management by adopting an industry-based standard of achievement. I took these standards of industry and adapted them to behavior management programs.

Expertise is in the application of Invasive Behavior Modification (Applied Behavior Analysis) for childhood disorders, teenage family dynamics, young adults and the elderly cognitive disabled. Specialization in Psychological, Emotional, and Neurological and Achievement assessment for elementary, secondary and post-secondary disabilities, (evaluations for petition for testing Accommodations based on Learning Disabilities per American with Disabilities Act following National Conference of Bar Examiners and ACT). Specialization in application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for adolescent programs: Clinical, School wide, Family. I am the author of one other book on child behavior, which is due for publication in the fall: Boys Town. How group therapy can fulfill critical needs of the individual. I am on the board of directors of an educational publishing company as a consultant.

Behavioral Intervention
What is a psychoeducational evaluation?
Dr. Bruns, our psychology tutor, conducts psychoeducational evaluations to uncover the underlying cause(s) of academic difficulties when there is no known or suspected medical/neurological disorder.  Dr. Bruns and his team use a variety of assessment tools to identify processing strengths and weaknesses, learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalulia), ADHD, non-verbal learning disability, social and emotional disabilities (e.g. anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder or ASD, and other psychological disorders impacting learning and school performance. Psychoeducational evaluations include an in-depth review of educational records, parent and teacher interviews, observations, rating scales, and individually administered tests to assess children and adolescents in the following areas:
  • Sensory-motor processes
  • Attention and impulse regulation
  • Processing Speed
  • Working Memory
  • Auditory Processing
  • Language
  • Visual-Spatial Processing
  • Memory
  • Executive Functioning (e.g. planning, cognitive flexibility)
  • Reasoning
  • General Intelligence
  • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Functioning
  • Academic Skills (e.g. reading, writing, mathematics)
What is an educationally related mental health assessment?
Dr. Bruns and his associates conduct educationally related mental health assessments to determine whether or not a child may require mental health related services in order to benefit from their special education program.  This assessment typically entails detailed health and developmental history, diagnostic interviews, observations, and standardized measures of personality, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
What are the purposes of an evaluation?
As an educational psychologist in the East Bay Area, Dr. Bruns and his associates conducts psychoeducational, neuro-educational, and educationally related mental health assessments to assist families and schools in determining whether a child has a learning disability, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, social and/or emotional disability, or other condition that significantly impacts learning and school performance. This information can then be used to develop an individualized intervention plan that supports the child future successes in school. Some of the benefits of an assessments include: ​
  • Fair unbiased evaluation of a student’s learning and behavioral needs
  • Specific information regarding learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Assistance for parents and schools in planning appropriate interventions support
  • Assist in determining eligibility for Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Assist in determining eligibility for Section 504 accommodations
  • Assist in determining eligibility for College Board (SAT) accommodations
What should I as a parent expect from this process?
  • The process begins with a free 20 minute telephone consultation during which Dr. Bruns will ask about your concerns and reasons for seeking evaluation.
  • Dr. Bruns will answer any questions that you may have and provide recommendations that may, based on the information provided, include a formal evaluation.
  • Dr. Bruns will work with you to determine an appropriate time line, schedule one or more testing sessions, and provide a cost estimate of his services. For psychoeducational evaluations, testing sessions typically last 5 to 7 hours, scheduled over 2 to 3 sessions, and assessment results are completed roughly 2 weeks after testing is completed.
  • ​Parents will receive a comprehensive assessment report from Dr. Bruns and his associates clearly explaining the assessment findings and recommendations. They are encouraged to read through the assessment report and take note of any questions they may have. Dr. Bruns and his associates will then schedule a time to discuss the report findings with them to make sure that the report accurately reflects their son or daughter, answer any questions, and provide guidance in terms of appropriate next steps.
How much does an evaluation cost?
The cost of evaluations varies depending on the number and type of tools and techniques. However, specific costs will be discussed during a free initial consultation and agreed upon prior to the initiation of services. Dr. Bruns is confident that you will find the cost of his services as a Bay Area psychologist to be extremely competitive with others in the field. Flexible payment plans are available and Dr. Bruns also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.  In addition, clients with Flexible Medical Spending Plans should investigate reimbursement as they may be able to recover the cost of assessment and/or intervention services.

Jeffery M. Bruns, Ph.D., (ABA)

Licensed Services – Behavior Analyst (ABA), Behavioral/Educational Psychology, Counseling, Mild/Severe Disability, Remedial Care and Cognitive Disabilities.

About Jeffrey

Since completing my work in abnormal child behaviors, I have been working in the field of public education and in private practice as a behavioral therapist, diagnostician and psychologist. Eight of these years have been spent researching and developing for human behavior discipline and management by adopting an industry-based standard of achievement. I took these standards of industry and adapted them to behavior management programs.

Expertise is in the application of Invasive Behavior Modification (Applied Behavior Analysis) for childhood disorders, teenage family dynamics, young adults and the elderly cognitive disabled. Specialization in Psychological, Emotional, and Neurological and Achievement assessment for elementary, secondary and post-secondary disabilities, (evaluations for petition for testing Accommodations based on Learning Disabilities per American with Disabilities Act following National Conference of Bar Examiners and ACT). Specialization in application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for adolescent programs: Clinical, School wide, Family. I am the author of one other book on child behavior, which is due for publication in the fall: Boys Town. How group therapy can fulfill critical needs of the individual. I am on the board of directors of an educational publishing company as a consultant.

Services include

  • Individualized guidance in identifying best-fit colleges for your son or daughter
  • Guidance in developing a robust college list
  • Financial affordability options and resources
  • Tips on getting the most out of your college visits
  • Essays: expert help with generating ideas for writing stand-out essays
  • Help with learning about majors and career paths you might be interested in
  • Guidance in choosing high school classes, if needed
  • Assistance with the particular needs/requirements of student-athletes
  • Help with organization and meeting deadlines
  • Working with transfer students, and the deadlines unique to the transfer process
  • How to best interpret acceptance letters and potential aid packages
  • Advice on mentally and physically preparing for the big move!

The benefits resulting from Joan’s services perhaps are best summed up by one of the many testimonials from clients she has received:

Had I gone to a large college, I would have survived, and even gotten good grades. But I would have stayed in my room most of the time. By learning that I’d be better off at a small college, I’ve gained so much confidence..This college is perfect for me!Written by a student
Joan’s college consulting services for my daughter are indispensable. We did not even know how identify possible colleges to visit because of the overwhelming choices and information. Joan’s methods have made us confident that we are now on the right track.

Joan is professional, prompt, caring and incredibly knowledgeable about the college application process, financial choices, and how to navigate the internet while researching colleges. We do not need to worry about missing deadlines for applications or whether we’re going to miss out on possible financial aide because we didn’t know how the system works.

A major plus in having Joan work with us is the resulting positive communication between my daughter, my husband and me (much of it initiated by my daughter). The peace of mind that Joan has given us is worth every penny!A.L., Walnut Creek

We are so happy and relieved to have found Joan, she is giving our daughter a great deal of positive support and expertise guidance in helping her find the right college.

We truly appreciate Joan’s reassuring and calming presence throughout this whole process. I would highly recommend her to any student who needs a stress-free college search.L.H., Pleasant Hill, CA

We were overwhelmed with the process of finding an affordable college option for our daughter. Joan Case proved knowledgeable about not only many schools and their benefits but helped clear a path for us to see these possibilities more clearly. Joan provided us with some great information on smaller universities we never would’ve found on our own. Her experience and advice gave us the focus we needed to move forward in our efforts.

Thank you Joan for giving us the framework and tools to build a broad list of school options to apply to this fall.M.K., Walnut Creek, CA

Joan Case

College and Educational Consultant

About Joan

Joan actively works with high school and community college students throughout the SF Bay Area, advising them in all aspects of the college choice and admissions process. She is passionate about helping students find a college that is a perfect fit for them, as well as alleviating much of the stress that families tend to experience during this process!

Joan’s personal experience with attending colleges is varied, which she feels is a significant asset in working with her students: She attended UC Irvine and Cal State University, Long Beach, while playing varsity tennis on scholarships. Subsequently, she attended graduate school at Duke University and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.

After many years of working as a physical therapist, Joan became fascinated with the college search process, particularly as she helped her two daughters successfully navigate their way to colleges that were best-fits for them! As she began to help other families and friends, she decided to take formal training and earned her certificate in Independent College Consulting. As a result, she is a skilled and expert guide in helping other families through this process.

Joan is happy to offer you and your family a free initial consult session, to answer any questions you may have about what her services entail!

College Consulting
Services includes
  • Individualized guidance in identifying best-fit colleges for your son or daughter
  • Guidance in developing a robust college list
  • Financial affordability options and resources
  • Tips on getting the most out of your college visits
  • Essays: expert help with generating ideas for writing stand-out essays
  • Help with learning about majors and career paths you might be interested in
  • Guidance in choosing high school classes, if needed
  • Assistance with the particular needs/requirements of student-athletes
  • Help with organization and meeting deadlines
  • Working with transfer students, and the deadlines unique to the transfer process
  • How to best interpret acceptance letters and potential aid packages
  • Advice on mentally and physically preparing for the big move!
The benefits resulting from Joan’s services perhaps are best summed up by one of the many testimonials from clients she has received:
Had I gone to a large college, I would have survived, and even gotten good grades. But I would have stayed in my room most of the time. By learning that I’d be better off at a small college, I’ve gained so much confidence..This college is perfect for me!Written by a student

Joan’s college consulting services for my daughter are indispensable. We did not even know how identify possible colleges to visit because of the overwhelming choices and information. Joan’s methods have made us confident that we are now on the right track.

Joan is professional, prompt, caring and incredibly knowledgeable about the college application process, financial choices, and how to navigate the internet while researching colleges. We do not need to worry about missing deadlines for applications or whether we’re going to miss out on possible financial aide because we didn’t know how the system works.

A major plus in having Joan work with us is the resulting positive communication between my daughter, my husband and me (much of it initiated by my daughter). The peace of mind that Joan has given us is worth every penny!A.L., Walnut Creek

We are so happy and relieved to have found Joan, she is giving our daughter a great deal of positive support and expertise guidance in helping her find the right college.

We truly appreciate Joan’s reassuring and calming presence throughout this whole process. I would highly recommend her to any student who needs a stress-free college search.L.H., Pleasant Hill, CA

We were overwhelmed with the process of finding an affordable college option for our daughter. Joan Case proved knowledgeable about not only many schools and their benefits but helped clear a path for us to see these possibilities more clearly. Joan provided us with some great information on smaller universities we never would’ve found on our own. Her experience and advice gave us the focus we needed to move forward in our efforts.

Thank you Joan for giving us the framework and tools to build a broad list of school options to apply to this fall.M.K., Walnut Creek, CA

Joan Case

College and Educational Consultant

About Joan

Joan actively works with high school and community college students throughout the SF Bay Area, advising them in all aspects of the college choice and admissions process. She is passionate about helping students find a college that is a perfect fit for them, as well as alleviating much of the stress that families tend to experience during this process! Joan’s personal experience with attending colleges is varied, which she feels is a significant asset in working with her students: She attended UC Irvine and Cal State University, Long Beach, while playing varsity tennis on scholarships. Subsequently, she attended graduate school at Duke University and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. After many years of working as a physical therapist, Joan became fascinated with the college search process, particularly as she helped her two daughters successfully navigate their way to colleges that were best-fits for them! As she began to help other families and friends, she decided to take formal training and earned her certificate in Independent College Consulting. As a result, she is a skilled and expert guide in helping other families through this process. Joan is happy to offer you and your family a free initial consult session, to answer any questions you may have about what her services entail!

Pre-Test Meditation for Students

Meditation and mindfulness techniques are a scientifically proven method of stress relief.

More than 1,500 medical journals back up the many benefits of meditation such as; improved focus, calming nervous system, improved memory, promote relaxation, lower blood pressure and heart rate, alleviate anxiety, improved sleep, increase creativity, improved immunity, and create peace of mind by decreasing physical and mental stress.
“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.”

Topics covered during the 1 hour session

  • Understanding Alpha brainwaves
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Types of Meditation
  • Entering a Flow State in the exam room
  • Memory and study techniques
  • Relaxation exercises

This is an experiential class to prepare a student before any test. All the topics are extremely beneficial now and any time during their life.

How much does a session cost?

Rates for this service are $75/hr. There is a one hour minimum.

Kathryn Remati

Certified Meditation Instructor

About Kathryn

Kathryn Remati is a certified meditation teacher, Health Instructor for Kaiser Permanente, and creator of the popular Tranquil Me meditation app.

Kathryn began meditating at the age of 16 at a time when she was on probation for misconduct, depressed and failing school. After a meditation course, she was able to turn her grades and her life around. She went on to complete a BA in Psychology and an MA, and now dedicates her life to sharing her passion for meditation with people of all ages but has a special understanding of teen stress.

Pre-Test Meditation
Pre-Test Meditation for Students
Meditation and mindfulness techniques are a scientifically proven method of stress relief.

More than 1,500 medical journals back up the many benefits of meditation such as; improved focus, calming nervous system, improved memory, promote relaxation, lower blood pressure and heart rate, alleviate anxiety, improved sleep, increase creativity, improved immunity, and create peace of mind by decreasing physical and mental stress.

“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.”

Topics covered during the 1 hour session
  • Understanding Alpha brainwaves
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Types of Meditation
  • Entering a Flow State in the exam room
  • Memory and study techniques
  • Relaxation exercises
This is an experiential class to prepare a student before any test. All the topics are extremely beneficial now and any time during their life.
How much does a session cost?
Rates for this service are $75/hr. There is a one hour minimum.

Kathryn Remati

Certified Meditation Instructor

About Kathryn

Kathryn Remati is a certified meditation teacher, Health Instructor for Kaiser Permanente, and creator of the popular Tranquil Me meditation app. Kathryn began meditating at the age of 16 at a time when she was on probation for misconduct, depressed and failing school. After a meditation course, she was able to turn her grades and her life around. She went on to complete a BA in Psychology and an MA, and now dedicates her life to sharing her passion for meditation with people of all ages but has a special understanding of teen stress.