ADHD/Life and Positive Psychology Coach
Before practicing as a coach, I received an MBA in Healthcare Accounting and Marketing and an MS in Communication Disorders. Subsequently, I completed Basic, Advanced, and Family training through the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). I hold a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), an Advanced Certification Coach Graduate (ACCG) designation from ADDCA, and PCAC certification from the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC).
Some facts about me:
I was born in Brussels, Belgium
I live with my husband, my two daughters adopted from Russia, and the one who always ignores me—my 130+ lb Great Pyrenees
My top 5 favorite foods are Liège Belgian waffles, crêpes with dark brown sugar, Hungarian chicken paprikash, paneer makhani, and artisanal cheeses—the stinkier, the better
I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult
I'm perfectly imperfect
The Tale of My Journey
"Living and flourishing with ADHD – how can it be done?" This crucial question served as my launching point, sparking a journey of profound self-discovery and exploration, deep learning, and unyielding determination. My odyssey of personal growth eventually led me to partner with and support others on their unique transformational quest.
A key turning point in my journey involved identifying and harnessing my character strengths—the positive qualities that make up the very essence of who we are and shape our actions. Amidst the upheavall of the pandemic, I undertook a deeper exploration of my strengths and committed to expressing at least one or two top "signature" character strengths each day. I engaged in activities that were a natural expression of what I did well, endeavors that reflected my strongest qualities.
I embraced the powerful mental constructs of multiple "selves," which became an integral part of my transformation:
my ideal self (the person I was steadily working towards becoming)
my best self (who I am at my personal best in the present moment)
my authentic self (an all-encompassing reflection of me, showcasing me at my best and my worst moments)
my possible selves (the myriad paths I envisioned in the labyrinth of my mind, each a potential life journey)
Simultaneously, I set free the "ought self" (the person I thought I should be according to others—a ghost of societal norms that had kept me stuck and held me back.
The outcome? A complete paradigm shift. Expressing my character strengths energized me, allowing me to experience a heightened state of flow in my life. I deepened my relationships and connections with others. I developed more resilience, overcoming obstacles and challenges with greater ease. I felt happier, less stressed, and more optimistic, hopeful, productive, and accomplished. By aligning my behaviors with the framework of my multiple selves and my strengths, I discovered that I could reshape and significantly enhance my quality of life.
I believe in our human potential to flourish, and it's become a goal of mine to help others discover and open their personal doorway to an engaged, meaningful, and positive life that meets their highest aspirations and is full of possibility.
I'm passionate about helping my clients discover skills, gain insights, leverage strengths, overcome obstacles and executive function challenges, and take actionable steps to achieve greater levels of happiness and success!
Who are my Clients?
Having been in the coaching field for 7+ years, I've worked with a diverse range of clients, including many diagnosed with ADHD. I've partnered with professionals, creatives, entrepreneurs, and other adults ranging in age from 21 to 70+.
My clients generally are:
introspective and self-aware
open to exploration, experimentation, and new experiences
willing to take small action steps to gain momentum toward whom they want to be and what they want in life
aware that Rome wasn't built in a day
What's my Coaching Approach?
Aside from using my strong knowledge of ADHD when working with clients with ADHD, I employ a framework based on the science of positive psychology and integrate evidence-based principles from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused coaching, and appreciative inquiry in all my coaching sessions.
I'm a strong proponent of a multimodal approach, utilizing strategies and tools that work together to target multiple and interrelated aspects of development—Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, and Emotional (SPIRE)—to promote wellbeing and optimize functioning. I draw on a whole person and strength-based approach to more effectively support my clients.
I use a positive psychology platform that is HIPAA-compliant. Clients can easily access exercises, activities, tools, etc., in their portal via computer, tablet, and smartphone.
It is only possible to leverage your strengths if you know your strengths. So, what are your top character strengths, and how can you use them to your advantage? If you're interested in learning more, click the button below and send me a message.
"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened."
— Lao Tzu —
My Top Character Strengths:
Love of Learning
Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
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Adult ADHD & Executive Function Coaching
(for ACC or PCC)