About Coach Samantha, MS
My approach is to coaching is primarily strengths-based (as opposed to the mental health approach used in psychotherapy), and utilizes elements of positive psychology, individual learning and processing styles, practical skills development, and data-driven methods and assessment tools. I am constantly updating my knowledge about ADHD, its impact, and the effectiveness of various treatments as new peer-reviewed evidence emerges, and use this to better inform my coaching practice.
Areas of Expertise
My particular area of coaching expertise is with people who have been diagnosed with ADHD as adults, often within the past five years, many of whom also have other simultanously present (co-morbid) conditions, including autism/autistic spectrum, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and substance use. I also work with clients who wonder whether they have ADHD, or expect that they do, but are not formally diagnosed.
I work with a wide age range of adults, however I do seem to attract quite a few clients who are women in the early and mid-career stages of their lives (ranging in age from early 20s through 40s), who either want to level up at work, at school, or are looking to transition to a new career that is better suited to them. Alongside career development, we also work on improving interpersonal relationships (including partners, spouses, dating, and platonic friendships), parenting endeavours, and personal development of identity, and fulfilling hobbies and pastimes.
I am passionate about social justice and improving health and wellness inequities, and I work with clients who have a diverse range of backgrounds and lifestyles. I’m open to working with clients who are followers of a diverse range of religions / faiths / spiritual frameworks, and those who follow none. I am specifically welcoming to clients who have (or have had) unconventional, non-normative, and/or marginalized experiences and identities, including but not limited to:
blended families (e.g. divorce, separation, adoption, multiple co-parents, chosen family, etc)
transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming
LGBT, LGBTQIA, QUILTBAG — lesbian, gay bisexual, queer, asexual, pansexual, intersex
polyamorous, polyamory, polyam, open relationships
BDSM / kink
unconventional occupations (e.g. activists, artists, performers, sex educators, sexuality coaches/surrogates)
To read more about my story and personal ADHD journey, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Training, Qualifications, background
I received my specialist ADHD Coach training from ADDCA, the ADD Coaching Academy in New York, the only ADHD and life coaching training program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (I am a current ICF member). My educational qualifications include a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics. My professional/work background is varied: I have worked in research and consulting in education, public health and epidemiology, harm reduction, international development (at HQ and out in the field), and law. I’m now finishing up the Advanced ADHD Coach qualification at ADDCA, and working toward coaching credentials with the International Coaching Federation and the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC).
My Story and personal ADHD journey
When I was diagnosed with ADHD and started treatment in my early 30s, my life began to fundamentally change. I finally felt myself becoming slowly “unstuck” from the painfully frustrating plateau I had fought to move on from for so many years. I am fortunate that my diagnosing psychiatrist referred me to an ADHD coach as part of my ADHD treatment regime. Before then, I was not aware that ADHD coaches even existed. I myself was a dedicated ADHD coaching client for nearly three years before beginning my own ADHD coaching practice. In fact I still see that ADHD coach twice each month! I also regularly meet with a Mentor Coach these days. My experience as an ADHD coaching client catalyzed an extremely powerful process of self-acceptance and self-discovery, so much so that I decided that I wanted to help others in the same way. If you’re interested in learning more about my specific story, keep an eye on this site for my forthcoming blog - it will be one of the first entries.