Coaching is a partnership between the coach and client. The coach utilizes a thought-provoking and creative process to inspire the client to maximize their potential. Coaching is not therapy. The focus with coaching is on setting goals and developing strategies to achieve those goals. Coaching empowers a person to identify ways to overcome obstacles that are getting in the way of their success.
Do you want to do a better job with any of the following, but are struggling with the skills to do so. These are just some of the executive functions we can work on together.
planning; homework, study, projects, sports, college, research paper
time management; schoolwork, hobbies, home chores/duties
prioritizing; doing what needs to be done vs. only doing what is fun or easy
organizing; agendas, backpack, lockers, sports equip., room
paying attention; focus for lectures, conversations, note taking
proper social skills; listening, filtering thoughts, friendships
controlling impulses; self-regulation with food, money, and other activities
Students: Being coached is extremely rewarding because YOU are in control. However it takes commitment. Clients are held accountable to a weekly session with the coach during which time they will come up with actions to accomplish a short term goal, or move closer to a long term goal. Weekly check-ins on progress are also expected to ensure designed actions are being taken.
Parents: If the parent is "sponsoring" the student/client, they can support the student, but must be willing to let the coach and student co-engineer a process for positive growth and change. During the introductory session, the parent has the opportunity for input into the goals developed by the client. In addition, parents will be updated on the progress of the client to a point that no breaches of confidentiality between coach and client occur.
I am a passionate, action-focused Coach. While I specialize in working with adolescents and college age students with either ADHD or specific weaknesses in executive functioning, I will also coach adults when their goals are not better suited for a specialty coach (business, nutrition). I firmly believe that every human being has creative and productive strengths to reach their goals.
In addition to extensive training from JST Coaching & Training, I have also worked in both Fairfax and Loudoun county public schools. I am currently working towards my ACC certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), anticipating receipt of that in 2018. I have a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University and received a teaching certificate from Old Dominion University.