I’m an Ohio girl at heart, raised in a large Catholic family where I was taught to work hard, help your neighbors, and make a great rhubarb pie. Northern California has been my home for the last 30 years. I love to ski in Lake Tahoe, cycle on Mount Diablo, and dig around in my flower garden. I’ve been married over three decades to the love of my life, the guy who always pushes me to be the best version of myself. We have two adult sons, both Eagle Scouts, who learned early on to question self-limiting beliefs and push the boundaries of what they think is possible, both personally and professionally.
When you keep your mind and heart open,
what you’re looking for finds you….
I found coaching over 20 years ago when I was working with a group of psychiatrists who were exploring and expanding treatment for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A new profession in its infancy, coaching was exactly what I was looking for to bridge the gap between the internal personal growth work I was doing as a therapist and the external restructuring my clients needed with daily challenges such as getting to work on time, keeping a daily schedule or creating an exercise routine. I quickly fell into being among a small group of professionals in the country who had experience as a therapist with the training of a coach, plus years of work with adults with ADHD in a clinic setting. It put me in a unique position to write a chapter on ADD Coaching in Dr. Daniel Amen’s New York Times bestselling book, Healing ADD, and to participate in creating the first set of guidelines for ADD Coaches for the newly formed Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Association.
My favourite part about being a coach is witnessing my clients creating positive, tangible changes in their life in a short period of time, changes that bring their lives more meaning and fulfillment.
I love the creative process of working together to come up with systems and strategies that fit each individual and his or her unique set of life circumstances, so that goals and dreams are no longer on the to-do list but become a reality.
Whether you have challenges with attention and focus, or you want to improve your personal leadership at work or at home, I can help you learn to create internal and external order in your life so you can harness your strengths and be the best version of yourself. I’ve worked with individuals, groups and organizations, all the way from Facebook and Microsoft executives to baseball teams of little leaguers. There is one common theme among them all: everyone wants to be happy. Everyone deserves to be happy, and that includes YOU!
With change comes resistance.
Every time you want to take a step forward, there’s a voice that wants to hold you back. It’s like this personalized style of trash-talk, the kind that says, “you’re not good enough”, “why bother trying- you’ll just blow it”. Resistance is natural.
I’m passionate about helping you weed out the trash talk so you can hear the stronger, quieter voice within, the one that’s always there, the one that knows you and believes in you. I call this your trust-talk. I love watching a client or an audience member come alive when they stay more connected to their trust talk than to their trash-talk.
A trusted friend and mentor, Rick Carson, once called me “a pit bull on a rump roast” when he witnessed my hard work in achieving a goal. Aside from the choice of breed (I’m more like a Golden Doodle), I considered it a compliment.
I will go to the mat for you 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.
Let’s talk about YOU and what you want to create in your life or your organization.