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My Story

 I had no idea I had ADHD until I was 40 years old. Looking back at my "before diagnosis" life I realize that I was constantly seeking strategies to support what I now know are my ADHD symptoms. Looking back at the 13 years "post diagnosis" I am in awe of how much my understanding of myself as a woman with ADHD has allowed me to restructure my life in a way that allows me to thrive.

 

In the words of the Grateful Dead...

“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” 

Setting the Stage:

I am 37 years old, pregnant with my 3rd daughter and sitting at my desk trying to figure out where I made the mistake in the experiment I am doing. I am underemployed and under-earning. My work is boring and mind-numbing.

I hear a ‘ping’ and I look at my phone to see a text from a dear friend. Something lights up inside me as I read she is going back to school to become a psychotherapist. I have been contemplating becoming a psychotherapist for years.

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"You either take control of your life or it takes control of you. It’s that simple."

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When I realize I have ADHD and how it becomes my super power

Three years later I am in school to become a psychotherapist. I am like a duck taking to water. I am learning about ADHD in women. As I read through the stories of other women with ADHD I am muttering to myself, “Yes,” and “Yup…sounds like me,” and “Oh crap, that sounds like my kiddo!”

Three weeks later, in November of 2010, I am in my therapist's office and the results of my testing show that I officially have ADHD. I am feeling so many emotions. I am relieved because I have a coherent understanding of the struggles I’ve had all of my life. I am also deeply sad because it’s taken so long to get a diagnosis.

This A-Ha moment is the beginning of my journey where I align my life to honor my ADHD brain and set myself up for success.  

 

Over the next 13 years I release toxic people and people pleasing. I get off of anti-depressants. Learning about my ADHD brain reinforces that there is nothing wrong with me, that I have a lot to offer. Today, I have self-care, time-management and organizational strategies that allow me to feel in control rather than overwhelmed with my life. All of this allows me to thrive at work and in relationships. And this is freedom. 

My passion for supporting you!

Although, I stumbled my way into thriving I am truly grateful for my path because it has allowed me to become an expert on what I am passionate about…helping you thrive with ADHD! I have personal experience, I am trained professionally, and I have worked with clients to support them as they overcome the many challenges that are a part of living with ADHD in this society.

Before my ADHD diagnosis I found healing in psychotherapy, yoga, meditation, and group support. I have decades of experience practicing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. I became a certified yoga teacher in 2010. My PhD was in human nutrition and I worked with Cate Stillman to become a coach in Ayurveda.

During my early years as a psychotherapist I became an expert in using an integrative approach to support others in overcoming eating disorders and substance abuse. In addition to using standard psychotherapy I supported the people I worked with by integrating mindful breathing, mindful movement, self-compassion, building on client strengths, and building a supportive community. 

If I could do it, so can you. If my clients can do it, so can you. I don’t know what your path will look like. But I know that you can restructure your life so that it works for you. I do know that you can release limiting beliefs. You can do the hard thing and you can thrive. 

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