Working with Me – Clients Say it Best
Did you read The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams? Or Carl Rogers, humanist psychologist, On Becoming? Both are about how our lives are about becoming the real version of ourselves. That’s been my journey.
I didn’t know how to stand up for myself. And that is a place many of my clients start.As a child, I was extremely shy and it’s been a journey ever since, to find my voice and wisdom that people told me I had. But did I believe it? Not until I was in my 40’s and started to focus on me instead of everyone else’s needs.
I had lost myself in the roles I played, at work and in relationships. I didn’t understand boundaries until I was in my 40’s. Boundaries help keep hold of who you are and what you stand for, where your “line” is, and how you deal with people in life and work. I avoided the tough stuff. In 2015, one of my three focus words/phrases was “lean in,” and I meant that at work and in life. It is a constant struggle, but I’m aware of it and work hard at it.
Along the way, there were things I couldn’t figure out on my own. So, like many of my clients, I worked with a coach, have had several therapists at different, difficult times and I also have an accountability partner for my work projects, especially those big goals. That gives me ideas, empathy for clients who come to me with the same need and super support at getting things done which are important to me.
When I turned 50 that I decided to more seriously deal with the ADHD piece. I’d been able to compensate with my organizational and work/productivity strategies for the most part, but the cracks were showing up again. So back I went to my team. And I’ve returned since then, because as you may know or not, many symptoms look similar in different neurological differences.
In my corporate career, I learned how to work with clients, how to present and teach and mentor, individuals and groups. That helps me today in our work. In my nonprofit volunteer leadership during this career, I challenged myself to step up, lean in and deal with challenging situations directly, more quickly and strongly than I ever had before. It was the right decision for my growth and the organization.
So, for you: Part of my role is to help you open up to other possibilities when you are feeling stuck, whether we are focused on systems for productivity in self employment or at work, or managing your ADHD or other brain based challenge. Your role is to know YOU. That’s all I ask: openness, ready to work, open to change and reflection.
Staying up to Date: Education & Certifications
I love to learn. I’m curious and enjoy hearing other perspectives. I add what I learn to what I already know and hopefully, my clients benefit from this. The credentials are important more so that you know I continue to educate myself, understand ethics, and also that I grow; I want to continually bring this to clients.
Education & Professional Certifications
- 25+ hours of advanced education annually, from psychologists, therapists, productivity experts, coaches, counselors.
- Certified Organizer Coach® from The Institute for Applied Coaching, a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. This program merges coaching skills with organization and productivity so is unique.
- Master Trainer, Level V — Highest certification program level: leadership, publication, training, service, and commitment to the field of study and exploration of Chronic Disorganization and Organization.
- Program Mentor, Level IV –mentoring a student through the CPO-CD® program.
- Certified as a professional organizer, specializing in chronic disorganization (CPO CD®), Level III. A mentor-based, 18 month indepth program to build our confidence, skills, self-awareness and knowledge of factors affecting people struggling with chronic issues with organization (things, thoughts, time).
- ADHD Specialist, Level II: 27 hours of classes in ADHD and chronic disorganization, several textbooks and an exam.
- Certificates, Level I, in: ADHD, life transitions, mental health, time management.
- Master’s of Business Administration, MBA, marketing, Babson College, Massachusetts. Liberal arts Bachelor’s undergraduate degree, French Studies. Smith College, Massachusetts.
Giving Back through Leadership
- Member/subscriber: Institute for Challenging Disorganization [chronic disorganization support, for neuro -diverse clients]
- 2 years as ICD’s Research Director
- ICD’s president, president-elect, president, immediate past president
- 2 time president, local professional organizers’ NAPO chapter [National Association of Professional Organizers and Productivity Professionals]
- Member of ADHD Coaches
- Member, ADDA, Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Many presentations on ADHD, life transitions, and productivity over the years, several international (CHADD, Japanese Life Organisers).