Hi, and welcome to Positive Focus! Allow me to share a bit of my “ADHD” story…
When my son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 11, I was embarrassed that I didn’t recognize it myself. My son’s symptoms did not fit neatly into the definition of ADHD I learned while in college and during my early years as a special education teacher. While not physically hyperactive, my son had cognitive hyperactivity. I had never heard of this before his diagnosis. My son’s thoughts were firing in his head a thousand miles a minute and coming out of his mouth literally faster than he could form the words.
I began learning everything I could about ADHD in order to try to help my son. Through this updated education I not only understood my son’s challenges better, I also began the slow process of accepting what he could and could not control. This acceptance gave me an explanation (not an excuse!) when talking to family, friends and teachers about behaviors he still struggles with. More importantly, it gave me significantly more patience than I had before I understood the very real challenges he was facing with his ADHD.
Ironically, or maybe not so ironically, several other family members are also impacted by ADHD to varying degrees, including me! As I now know, ADHD is very inheritable. My family is living proof of this!
Unfortunately, there is still a tremendous amount of stigma, judgment and lack of education on the part of parents, teachers, bosses and others when it comes to understanding ADHD. Seeing how this lack of understanding impacts those with ADHD led to my decision to become an ADHD Coach.
I firmly believe that coaches without ADHD-specific coach training, in addition to an intimate understanding of how ADHD shows up uniquely in each person, can unintentionally do more harm than good.
If you have ADHD and are looking for a coach, please confirm they meet these requirements:
- Completed ADHD educational training and Coach-Specific ADHD training to prepare them to coach individuals with ADHD.
- Have a firm belief that ADHD can offer many strengths- and they coach each of their clients to utilize them.
- Are able to listen without judgment. (REALLY- NO JUDGEMENT!). People with ADHD are judged enough and do not want or need it from their coach!
- When working with children and families, the coach has completed specific training focused on the unique skills needed to offer this service.
Why Hire Me…
In 3 words: I get it. I really do– and not only because I have over 25 years of experience living and working with individuals with ADHD and executive function challenges. That definitely helps, but by itself it is not nearly enough. My extensive training in ADHD and coaching individuals impacted by ADHD gives me a unique skillset that, when paired with my experience, adds incredible value for my clients.
My credentials and training are listed below. I include them because they are important–and I am proud of them. However, I hope you will work with me not only because of my credentials, but because when you do, you know that what gets me up in the morning, every morning, is my passion for supporting individuals impacted by ADHD. I know how often we hear our own inner “gremlin” saying things like “What’s wrong with you, why can’t you get started?,” or “Why can’t you just get out the door, on time?”. I love watching my clients change those negative thoughts into positive ones – and I can’t wait to talk with you to see if we are a good fit to work together.
- Seton Hall University- BS in Developmental Disorders and Elementary Education
- Shifting to a Social Justice Mindset; JST Coaching & Training, 2020
- ADD Coach Academy: ADDCA Certified Coach Graduate (ACCG) in 2017
- Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families, ADD Coach Academy, 2017
- ADD Coach Academy: Graduated from Advanced Coach Training Program, 2013
- Time Management Certification: Seeing My Time Professional Training, 2015
- CHADD Parent2Parent teacher training, 2014
- JST Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD, 2014
- Faculty Member- ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), 2019-2021
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and registered mentor coach- International Coaching Federation (ICF)
- Professional Certified ADHD Coach (PCAC)- Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC)
- Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) Board Member, 2017-2021
- ADDCA Certified Coach Graduate (ACCG)- ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA)
- Among the first ADHD Coaches in the world to complete the coach training course, Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families, 2017
- Completed the JST Coaching accredited coach training program “Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD”
- Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization
- International Coaching Federation (ICF)
- Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC)
- Professional Member of Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD)
- Professional Member of American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD)
- Professional member of the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)
- Professional member of Attention Deficit Disorders Association (ADDA)
- Member National Alliance on Mental Illness- North Carolina (NAMI-NC)
- Former member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)