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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.

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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.

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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.

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Adult ADHD and 2e Coach 

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.

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Adult ADHD and Parent 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.

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ADHD Productivity Coach

Gloria is an ADHD Productivity Coach, who focuses on helping her clients create systems and routines that feel good to them, that focus on their strengths/needs, and that work for how they want to live their life. Gloria is from Annapolis, MD and has over 17 years of Special Education teaching experience. She graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University with a Masters in Leadership and Education with an emphasis in Special Education. Additionally, she received her Bachelors in English Literature and has a Certification in Administration. She loved her job at the high school teaching English Literature to 9th and 10th graders and working with students on achieving their goals in and outside of the classroom.

Gloria is the mother of 2 boys, one with ADHD, and has also been married for 14 years to a spouse with ADHD!  As a woman with ADHD herself, Gloria understands the struggles of being multi-passionate and creating a life and a business that she thrives in while working a full time job, managing the household, the budget and all of their family activities!  But, she is also proof that it can be done!

 

She can't wait to help her clients go from feeling chronically chaotic to clear and focused on creating a life they love!