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Professional Creative Coaching

Jeffrey Mince  - Former Buddhist Monk, Certified Positive Psychology Coach,

Professional Musician.

About Me:

As a Positive Psych practitioner, I've been voraciously studying the practical science of happiness, creativity, and a meaningful life. As a long-time Buddhist practitioner and former monk, I've taught hundreds of Buddhist Psychology workshops and classes, guided tons of meditations, and logged more than 1000 hours of silent meditation on retreat, and, as a professional musician, I've performed at concerts and in recording studios all over the world, mentored many extraordinary musicians, and looked deeply into the creative process.


Punk Monk Works is my way of consolidating my life's experiences into a practical path that honors positive change by helping my clients to cultivate insight, clarity, meaning, courage, and self-acceptance.

My History:

In a music career spanning over twenty years, I’ve worked with renowned producers and engineers in every major studio in the Los Angeles area. I’ve also toured and recorded internationally with punk rock icon, Nina Hagen, among others. In 2009, I left the music industry to single-pointedly pursue the disciplines of introspection and meditation. Eventually, I became a Buddhist monk, and after years of structured training, began teaching Buddhist philosophy and psychology full-time via retreats, workshops, and college-level courses. Following my natural inclination to grow and learn, and my creative ambition, I eventually transitioned away from the ordained monk way of life, and after re-establishing myself as a performing and recording drummer, began to mentor exceptional aspiring musicians. Since then, I've continued pursuing my personal development by training to become a positive psychology coach, through my daily insight meditation practice, and by dedicating myself to constantly improving as a musician.



Insight Coaching sessions provide a proven structure that purposefully facilitates deep conversations about your most important things. Using my Positive Psychology training in combination with a lifetime of experience as a Buddhist teacher, meditator, and a professional musician, my job is to help people get the results they want by bringing out the best in them - just like athletic coaching, it's about helping people develop their inherent skills and talents. Check out these examples of Positive Psychology in action. 

Big talk examples  (not small talk) :

  • What do I want?

  • Who am I in my life?

  • Where am I going?

  • How can I get there? 

  • How can I achieve my goals?

  • How do I self-regulate?

  • How can I incorporate meditation into a busy daily life?

  • How can I incorporate spiritual practice into healing?

Initial Consult:

A free 45 minute introductory session for new clients. Ask questions and meet the coach.

No Cost



One to One:

* Personalized, focused life design and insight sessions last 50 minutes, and include a 15 minute check in by phone or online between sessions.



Small-Group Coaching:

Designed to bring Positive Psychology and mindfulness techniques to group dynamics and creative processes.

120 minutes at $500

* Sessions are result-oriented and are NOT meant to be endlessly ongoing. The number of sessions will be mutually agreed upon with no obligations.



Positive Psychology Coaching In Action

Alara age 43 is a successful concert musician who was considering a career shift to another position that would take her to another country. Despite offering clear new opportunities, the options and choices would affect her financially and personally, so were weighing heavily on her. Coaching allowed Alara to use her own facilitated wisdom to face fears, identify strengths, and feel more confident in her choices.

Michael age 28 had been working in the L.A. Music scene for years as a side musician, playing guitar in backup bands for various touring musicians, and as a part-time studio musician. When he began to feel burned out by the day to day hustle, he came to coaching for clarity on possible next steps as far as a career pivot that could help him feel like his work was more spiritually and creatively satisfying.

Alex aged 48 wanted to take steps to pursue his artistic passion for painting part-time, with the possibility of it leading to a full-time career. Coaching with Alex was about finding his creative voice, putting time for painting aside from his regular life, and connecting with an artistic community. We also, eventually, worked with his concerns about showing his work publicly.

Robyn 38 is a fiction writer who was feeling uncharacteristically stuck with writer's block. Robyn was coached past her stuckness with a greater awareness of her own creative spark, personal inspiration, resources, and resilience - all leading to her feeling more inspired and confident.

Robert age 27 is a sucessful fullstack developer who despite enjoying coding and project managing for various start ups and corporations, felt disconnected and somewhat isolated in life. Sessions were focused on Robert's own values, his increased connection with others, his creative energy source, and his self-identified purpose in life.

Dance Company X is a workshop client that now uses learned coaching techniques to generate new ideas, new collaboration concepts, and to enhance group connections through the recognition of team strengths, and by identifying members existing / inherent positive resources.

Record Label A had a successful band on the verge of imploding due to infighting, egos, and terrible communication skills. The label hired in creative team coaching, and by using a variety of Positive Psych collaboration techniques and other skills, we successfully helped the band to re-energize, refocus, and renew their shared creative spark.

Maizey age 32.  The future looked bright for Maizey's band when they were unceremoniously dropped from their recording label. Maizey felt like her life's purpose had vanished from underneath her. Coaching helped Maizey to recover her creative spark with resilience, courage, and hope for the future.

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Jeffrey Mince

Certified Positive Psychology Coach

Los Angeles, CA 


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