ADHD and LD Life Coach -Students and Adults
Justin Converse became a certified life coach in 2018 through The Life Coach Institute of Orange County and began working with both children and adults before starting his training with JST Coaching and Training. JST focuses on working with teens and adults with ADHD and Executive Functioning issues. Prior to coaching, Justin majored in psychology at Ohio University, and it is because of his experiences there that sparked his interest in coaching. At age six, he was diagnosed with ADHD as well as a Learning Disability. Because of this, he was medicated at an early age and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) was established. Back then it was standard to treat ADHD and Executive Functioning issues solely with medications and academic accommodations because it was assumed he couldn’t succeed on his own. In school, he was very disorganized, but because of these accommodations he always had someone to make sure he turned in his work on time. However, this situation set him up for failure once he started university. Without the IEP and personal instructor, he struggled to keep his life organized and to find the motivation to study.
These struggles with basic life skills made Justin realize the benefits of having a knowledgeable and experienced coach and has given him a passion to help others succeed and achieve their goals. Combining Justin’s personal experience with his knowledge of ADHD and executive functioning, Justin and his clients can work together to reach their goals and attain the skills needed to succeed in life. Justin's belief is that once you take the step to join in the coaching process, nothing is out of reach. Justin's hobbies include paddle-boarding with his boyfriend, taking the dog to the beach, and traveling as much as possible.
Executive Function Student Coach
Dea has over 11 years of teaching experience. She graduated from St. John’s University as a dual major in Childhood Education and Special Education. Additionally, she received her master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She loved her first job at a middle school in Queens, where she taught various subjects in different classroom settings over 7 years.
As a parent, Dea realized she spent a lot of time commuting and wanted to be closer to home. After working in an Elementary school for 3 years, she decided to move to Florida to Homeschool her own son while still being able to work in the education field. While in Florida, Dea has worked in centers that have given her a chance to deepen her understanding and approach to Executive Function skills. Dea's approach is to build a strong foundation based on the individual client's needs and interests. Dea tries different techniques and methods to see which works best for each child. Above all, Dea believes consistent communication and cooperation will help us reach our target goal: preparing children for the future.
ADHD and Growth Mindset Coach-Adults
Kelly is an ADHD and Growth Mindset Coach, who focuses on helping her clients adopt a positive mindset, develop self compassion, and identify their individual strengths, as the powerful foundation for lasting change. Kelly is well-versed in the many ways ADHD can manifest in kids, teens and adults, and has an arsenal of tools to help her clients strengthen their executive functioning skills, rewire their brains for more positive thinking, and gain a stronger sense of self worth, all through a compassionate ADHD lens.
Kelly has been mentoring kids, teens and adults, as well as been a vocal coach for the last 13 years. She is the mother of 2 children; one with severe ADHD, and is currently homeschooling, using ADHD friendly teaching styles to adapt to her son’s special needs. She graduated from the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA).
As a mother, and woman with ADHD herself, Kelly understands the struggle of managing family life, a busy household, and building a business, and looks forward to helping her clients turn from overwhelm and low-self esteem, to confidently thriving.
Ekaterina is a certified ADHD Coach who works with adults on transforming their lives for the better. Her mission is to help neurodiverse adults create a life of their dreams by reducing everyday struggles, building positive life habits, and increasing joy. Ekaterina enjoys assisting individuals with balancing work, personal projects, relationships, and self-care. Her coaching style is warm, empathetic, and flexible.
She helps ADHDers understand not only how their unique brain wiring works, but also how to take advantage of the performance and character strengths they already possess. She will challenge you to use your innate creativity to create systems and structures that would work for you. If you struggle with inattentiveness, Ekaterina will partner with you to find strategies for success. If it is impulsivity that causes you trouble, she will be happy to share how mindfulness can serve as an antidote (yes, even for our ADHD brains!).
Having been diagnosed later in life, Ekaterina dove in headfirst to learn more about the mind and the brain. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Davis. Ekaterina worked as a software engineer but became an ADHD coach to honor her true passion for helping people on their ADHD journey. She completed the Advanced ADHD & Life Coach Training Certification Program at the ADD Coaching Academy. Ekaterina is also a certified yoga instructor, skydiver, and proud space nerd.
Adult ADHD and 2e Coach
Lauren is an Adult ADHD and Parent Coach who focuses on helping clients create calm and manage the chaos. Lauren helps clients gain control and balance for themselves, their child and their family. Regardless of the number of family members with ADHD, everyone in the household is impacted. She helps clients learn about the uniquely wired ADHD brain and develop specific strategies to create an environment for success and harmony.
For the past twenty-five years, Lauren has been an advocate and educator for her daughter who struggles with ADHD and Executive Function challenges. She learned to navigate the health and school systems and understands the joy and challenges of parenting a neuro-diverse child. Through patience and persistence, she helped her daughter achieve great success and independence. This experience motivated Lauren to become an ADHD coach. It is her wish to impart that wisdom to other parents who are struggling with their children or themselves and to support them in their journey.
Lauren received a BA from Boston University and a MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University. Lauren has coaching certificates from the Co-Active Training Institute and the ADHD Parent Coach Academy. She also holds a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and a certification in Plant Based Cooking from the Rouxbe School of Cooking. Lauren is a certified Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator and loves to teach people about compassion and eating healthy through lectures, private chef events and food demonstrations.
Lauren is married with three children and a dog, which is her fourth child. She enjoys entertaining, tennis, photography and travel.
Adult ADHD and Parent Coach
Coach Mike Liss, Esq. has practiced law for 28 years and has coached people part-time for the past 6 years. He now focuses his coaching practice on ADHDers who are in recovery, like himself.
Mike’s life has certainly not been linear. He grew up in Queens an underachiever who scored well on standardized tests, who managed to get into law school by LSAT alone. “Super-bright but doesn’t apply himself” is what they said. A brilliant trial lawyer from the start, Mike has won enormous verdicts and helped a lot of clients. But, Mike has always wondered what else is out there, and what his life was about.
He raised his kids as a single parent from when they were little. He side-tracked into culinary school and professional kitchens for a while. He did a lot of personal growth work and coached for years, but still felt like he didn’t fit in with most adults, most lawyers and the world in general.
The pandemic’s initial isolation put Mike in a bad mindset, feeling pretty disempowered and anxious. One day, while hiking and listening to a podcast about reducing anxiety, he figured something out—he has ADHD (which he knew nothing about) and that also meant he was addicted to a medicine that was making all of his problems a lot worse. He detoxed and entered the world of recovery.
Mike is committed to coaching much more than he lawyers. He wants to work with people in recovery who have ADHD. It’s what he loves and what makes him at home with himself.
Mike is a believer and student of both the evolutionary theory of ADHD and of developmental-trauma theories of chronic anxiety. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida and is happy to meet in person with South Florida clients. He loves working with clients outdoors, even if they do so over devices. He’s a life-long outdoorsman, who hikes, fishes and wanders with and within animals regularly.
He trained as a coach with with Landmark Worldwide in 2015 and at CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) in 2021. He is married and his two children are now adults.