Jack Ori likes to say that he took the “long way around” to the life he was meant to live. Born and raised as the girl he was not, he struggled with anger, depression and social difficulties that interfered with his ability to use his intelligence for anything productive. It wasn’t until he began gender transition in his early 30s that he began living up to his potential. Today, Jack is pursuing his Masters in mental health counseling at the New School in New York City while earning a living as a freelance writer and life coach for young adults and their families. His mission is to help young people overcome self-destructive and self-defeating behaviors, raise their self-esteem and take pride in who they are. He has a special interest in working with LGBT young people and their families as well as with young people who are dealing with drug and alcohol abuse or self-harming behaviors.