It came to me when I was 17
I was traveling through the Appalachian hollers of West Virginia with a teacher, a young nun who had taken me under her wing after the sudden death of my father.
We were visiting a small group of nuns who worked in the community. They lived in a humble apartment on the second floor of a rickety old house.
One of the nuns was a social worker for the local children’s protective service. She told us how, that very morning, she had removed two children from an abusive household because they had been pushed against a hot potbelly stove and burned.
In that moment, something deep shifted in my heart. That’s when I decided to become a social worker.
Now, years later, I realize why I connected with this brave woman and her story.
I will go to the mat for my clients because I’m committed to bringing out the best in you. And, at the same time, I will be right next to you, when an open, caring heart is the best salve for rough times.
As a medical social worker and licensed therapist, I’ve worked with pregnant teenagers, families with loved ones suffering from psychiatric disorders and children with serious health issues. I’ve gone to the deepest depths with men and women from all walks of life.
I’ve also navigated the journey with hundreds of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
For a dozen years I had the good fortune of working alongside Dr. Daniel Amen, who pioneered the use of brain imaging in psychiatry. Thanks to my exposure to his work – and interviewing his clients – I began to understand that my own childhood “spaciness” was not from being born with blonde hair, as my brothers teased, but was actually a mild form of ADHD.
I learned everything I could find on the topic. And then I discovered coaching.
Why I became a coach: Taming the gremlins
As a therapist, I always felt that there needed to be more action between sessions, more of a concrete structure to help my clients move through the process of change and take charge of their lives.
During my coach training program, I was introduced to the work of Rick Carson, author of Taming Your Gremlin®: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way.
For the first time, I was able to turn off the incessant, distracting chatter in my mind and fully be myself. It was one of the most freeing experiences of my adult life!
I immediately began sharing Gremlin-Taming® with my kids, my clients and my colleagues. It was the piece that completed the puzzle … the gift that helps me guide my clients to find their strong, capable spirit within and create order, internally and externally.
I will put my experience to work for you.
If you sincerely want to change your life but are finding it hard to make progress, what could be holding you back is the gremlin, the voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough, you can’t get it together, you don’t deserve happiness and success.
If the gremlin gets his way, you’ll hold yourself back from owning and celebrating your own gifts and resources – the gold we all have within ourselves.
Together we will dig for the gold within you.
I will guide you to and through your deeper places to the freedom that should be yours.
I will be with you, helping you learn new life skills, encouraging you to take the risks, small and large, that will enable you to build the life you want.