After receiving my Master’s Degree, from The College of William and Mary, I began my career as a Social Worker, with the City of Williamsburg, Va., specializing in Child and Family Services. Through this opportunity I gained invaluable experience working with a diverse population regarding adoption, foster care, family and school issues, mental health issues, crisis intervention, and developmental and behavioral issues.
In 1986, I joined Human Development Associates, and worked as a Certified Medical Psychotherapist under the supervision of Jonathan Stolzenberg, M.D.. Human Development Associates was a consortium of professionals, specializing in different aspects of developmental disabilities, in Hartford, CT.
In 1996, I relocated to Stamford, CT. and transitioned my work into an online private practice, ADD Coach Services, providing nationwide coaching services via video chat appointments.
My life has been brimming with ADHD and Learning Differences. Some of my siblings, many extended family members, in-laws, friends and children, all have attention and/or learning differences. Some of the people in my life have chosen to pursue a diagnosis and intervention; others deny it is part of their reality. Some exhibit the typical hyperactive profile; others are not at all hyperactive. There is every ADHD/ADD type, and subtype, a wide variety of learning differences, and a real cornucopia of co-morbidities, among my loved ones. She has watched many of those closest to her succeed with, or suffer from, these conditions…depending on their degree of acceptance.
To be transparent, I too have neuro-differences. I have numerical transposition and was a very anxious child and young adult. I was fortunate enough to take an intensive meditation course in college, and chose psychology as my major. Combining what I learned from the two disciplines, I learned to manage my anxiety. Finally, the many years of education I acquired on my professional journey, also provided me with the information and tools I needed to actually master my anxiety.
A lifetime of up close and personal observations of so many neuro-diverse people, coupled with my personal experience, has led me to a deeper understanding, than I might otherwise have, of the impact mental health conditions can have on one’s life. Through both my personal and professional experience, I have had the opportunity to see every intervention, and treatment, put to the test in the trenches.
Over the years, their have been many clients who either could not take medication or needed something more than their medication offered. My constant quest to help my clients be better took me on a never-ending journey of neurology and the many variables which impact our brain. This resulted in my developing a comprehensive, multi-model approach to my coaching. I use the proven science of neuro-plasticity, meditation, exercise, and nutrition, weaving them together with the pragmatics of schedules, meal planning, and communication skills, along with the education and understanding of the multitude of nuances which accompany mental health issues, to provide the most comprehensive support possible.
Because mental health issues touch the lives of so many of those close to me, I have a uniquely deep understanding of my clients life experiences and am passionate about relieving the accompanying suffering it can cause. I committed to working tirelessly to find the most appropriate coaching tools for each individual client.