About Coach Samantha, MS
My approach 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.
I have led an interesting and colorful life, as have most people who have ADHD (particularly if we’ve not been diagnosed until adulthood). As a coach, I am open-minded and non-judgmental; I am committed to facilitating a space in which my clients feel able to bring up anything they wish to address during the coaching process. I understand that ADHD is a condition that can and does impact every single aspect of a person’s life, which is why I consider very few topics to be too “taboo” to address during the coaching process.
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 am specially trained as an ADHD and Life Coach, and received my Basic and Advanced Coach training through the ADD Coaching Academy (ADDCA) in New York, the only ADHD and life coaching training program that is fully accredited by the International Coach Federation (I am a current ICF member). My other 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 firms. I am actively working toward credentialing 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.