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I'm a trained professional Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Coach in
Vancouver, BC, Canada who has ADHD and has been coaching Adults with ADHD since 2003. I'm an ADHD advocate, lead the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and am on the board of CHADD Vancouver.
I coach entrepreneurs and working professionals with attention surplus condition aka ADHD on three continents over the phone. I self medicate with information and learning have a 180 page+ website here and a larger blog at Adult ADD Strengths.
I helped to get the first city in Canada, Vancouver, BC to declare ADHD Awareness Week
I was trained at CTI, The Coaches Training Institute and at Linda Anderson's (past president of ADDA the Attention Deficit Disorder Association) Advanced ADHD Coach Training. I'm a member of the ICF International Coaches Federation and a regular attendee of the Vancouver ICF meetings.
Here's a section on my coverage in print, radio and TV over the years.
ADHD, and deal with it daily. I've often either dealt with
or am currently dealing with some of the things my clients
are currently having problems with. No claims to perfection.
Linda Anderson's (current ADDA President) Advanced ADHD
been coaching Adults with
ADHD since 2003.
- Created and lead
the non profit Vancouver Adult
ADD Support Group
the board of CHADD
- Was on ADDA's ADD coaching policy committee
current in my field by attending ADD conferences, teleclasses
in the ICF's ADHD Special Interest Group.
in the CTI's ADHD Niche Community.
- Have a large blog on Adult ADD called Adult ADD Strengths.
- As you can easily tell by my website and Adult
ADD Blog, I spend a great amount of time surfing the
web for information on ADD putting my information and learning addiction
to good use :)
Professional Training and Education
my professional coach training as a Co-Active Coach at CTI,
The Coaches Training Institute in 2003. They've been around for
more than a decade and they train coaches worldwide. I loved
the in-person, experiential way they taught coaching. I've taken Linda Anderson's (past president of ADDA)
Advanced ADHD Coach Training.
I'm a member of the International Coaching Federation. I keep up to date in the coaching
field by attending workshops, local coach meetings, teleclasses
and devouring large sections of the web relating to coaching
and ADHD coaching.
from the University of Alberta with a degree in Political
Science, a minor in History, concentrating in International
Made the Dean's Honours list and had one of my essay's published. I tend to get a bit
irritated when I hear someone with ADHD said their doctor / psychologist / psychiatrist said to them "oh you can't have ADHD, you did OK in school."
ICF International Coaches Federation
Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group Founder and Leader
CHADD Vancouver (Children and Adults with ADD) Board Member
Do I Do This?
people in getting the most out of their lives gives me great
satisfaction. Coaching is my preferred delivery method for
changed my life. I've experienced the life changing power
of coaching, and want to use it to help other people.
is my career path as an expression of my life purpose.
makes a powerful, practical difference in people's lives.
I really enjoy it, it's extremely fulfilling. I get more energy
at the end of the call than I had at the start, and I don't
come to the call asleep.
mission of mine is to assist other people like me with Attention
Deficit Disorder and this is the best path for me to do so.
the adult ADHD coaching process, I can help you better understand how ADHD affects you, and collaboratively work with you so you can more effectively manage the negative aspects of Adult ADHD at work and home, so you can focus more on the positives of ADHD.
My 5 Signature Strengths
From Dr. Martin Seligman's Authentic
ingenuity, and originality
- Love of learning
- Curiosity and interest in the world
- Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
- Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
Photo of me at Freelance Camp Vancouver leading a session called Shock and Awe - How to recognize, manage and reduce being overloaded and overwhelmed at work.
Photo by the talented Jeremy Lim
in Edmonton, Alberta
in Ottawa, Montreal, Kamloops, and Sapporo, Japan
B.C., Canada is currently home.
travelling; been to 11 European countries, Japan, Korea,
Hong Kong and the US
in the Asia Pacific sections of two international divisions
of the Alberta Government
ESL, listening, public speaking and cross cultural communication for 3 years in Sapporo, Japan on the northern island of Hokkaido,
while learning Japanese and how the Japanese people achieve
I spent 2 years teaching ESL in Vancouver. Teaching
ESL was great training for coaching because you really have
to develop your listening skills, especially listening for
non verbal communication.
Apple computers in the Vancouver area for the past
7 years. Sold to a lot of people in the creative industries, many of them exhibited the symptoms of ADHD (ADHD is often a competitive
advantage in that sector). A large part of that job was being
able to discover the clients need's through asking the right
questions and listening carefully to the answers.
being set free from my toxic job (loved the product, loved
the customers, but did not love the toxic job environment),
I got coached and took an Awakening workshop at Clearmind in Langley, BC based on A Course in Miracles. The change in
my life was dramatic.
wanted to find out what my life purpose was and what career
path would express it, so took some workshops, attended lectures,
talked to a lot of people, and did a lot of reading and reflection.
Also worked with 2 coaches, Jean-Pierre LeBlanc and Bruce
Skipper, and did a 10 page Radical Clarity questionnaire (wrote
50 pages). My experience with coaching was phenomenal! I've
always believed in the power of an objective outside observer
to see things about ourselves that we can't notice, even before
I knew what coaching was, but was really impressed with the
results and insights I got from being coached.
was so impressed with the powerful effect that coaching had
on my life that I decided to become one. I go to
2 or 3 coach educational events a month as well as 2 ADD support
group meetings a month and I'm continuing to learn everything
about coaching that I can because it resonates with me at
the bone marrow level.
Arts I've enjoyed learning.
Some of my clients are spiritual, some are religous, some are both, some are neither. I don't force my beliefs on them and they don't force theirs on me. Different things work for different people. Otherwise we'd all be clones and that would be boring.
like doing Yoga, Qi
Gong, and various types of meditation, and am very interested
in practical personal growth and spirituality (I prefer it
to religion, some like one or the other, some like both and
some prefer neither, each to his own) and alternative medicine.
I love learning. I've
met with people who I would consider to be very spiritually
advanced from different spiritual traditions and notice that
they often have more in common with each other than they do
with people who are at the lower ends of the spiritual spectrum
in their own traditions. There are many different paths up
the mountain, at the base there are a lot of differences but
as you go higher up there are less differences and more similarities.
I did a 10 day Vipasanna retreat (Buddhist silent retreat but a non denominational
one, Christians, Jews and non religious people attend) last
January near Merritt, BC. It was amazing. I highly recommend
it to anyone. Went in with a bad back, was concerned it would
totally lock up and I'd have to go home. I went out with a
better back at the end! There is physical pain, and there's
the amplification of it you create through your mind and your
emotions. With training, you can separate the two and reduce
If you want incredible clarity of mind, not to
mention peace of mind, give it a try, you don't have to be
a Buddhist. Your mind gets extremely clear and sharp after
10 days of silent meditation, and your sense of awareness
becomes phenomenal. It's great for ADDers, because focusing on the breath and scanning the body gives the very active ADHD mind something to occupy itself with so we can begin to gradually quiet the mind.
I've enjoyed the benefits of a wide variety of types of meditation for many years. I've studied different spiritual traditions including Esoteric Christianity, Vedanta and Tibetan Buddhism.
Currently I'm enjoying exploring Advaita Vedanta.
Personal and spiritual development have been long-standing
commitments in my life and I've devoted a large amount of
time, energy, awareness and money to these commitments.
was featured on CITY TV on the topic of Adult ADHD. They found
my website and asked to interview me. The video of the interview
is here. Here are my other media mentions.
Find out how I can help you learn how to manage your ADHD more effectively, with less stress, and reach your goals.