Raising children is the most important and most challenging work there is! I've worked with children and parents for over 20 years. I've helped parents define their family vision and translate that vision into doable routines and boundaries that communicate love, security, and respect to their children. Everything children need to thrive.
As a school psychologist, I'm also uniquely positioned to support and advise families when their child is struggling at school. I am available to support parents and/or students in problem solving academic struggles, developing academic intervention to improve basic academic skills, consulting with parents to implement interventions at home or with a tutor, establishing homework routines, and supporting students with special needs. I also work to support older students in setting and working towards academic goals or making decisions with regard to choosing a college and making the most of the college experience.
There is no more exciting time in life then when you're poised to become a "real" adult or when you're navigating you're first major adult decisions! Exciting, but it can also be an overwhelming, confusing, and scary time. Let's work together to clarify your goals and take the steps you need to move forward.
Maybe you'd like to develop a more rewarding social life or you're deciding on a career. Maybe you have some habits or behaviors you'd like to change. Perhaps you'd like to become a more effective advocate with the others in your life--teachers, parents, bosses, or peers. We will work together on your goals. I will simply be guiding you through the process and helping you stay true and accountable to your future you.
I can relate to the struggles in your life because I have had them too. What I offer you as a coach and collaborative partner is compassion, expertise, and, when you need it, the occasional well-timed kick in the pants!
Let's work together to ACCOMPLISH your goals.
As a friend said recently, I was born to coach. It really is what I've always done! Before life coaching came on the scene, I was just "friending" people through difficult times. Then I got some training and experience and Life Coaching was born. It's a natural fit! There's nothing that feeds my soul more than helping others find and achieve their own brand of success. Be it parents' wanting what's best for their children, youth finding their sense of agency or young adults searching for their own path.
I grew up in a small rural town in Southwest Ohio the youngest of three daughters. I attended Wittenberg University, worked in Psychiatry as a clinical research assistant, married a wonderful guy and then went to graduate school at the University of Cincinnati. I ALMOST finished a Ph.D. but had my first daughter instead and she was way more fun to play with then writing up my dissertation. Eight years later I had my youngest daughter and another 8 years later I began my Coach training and practice. My oldest daughter loves basketball and attends college in Colorado. My youngest is a social butterfly who loves all animals and musical theater. My husband, youngest and myself continue to live in the Cincinnati area and share our digs with 3 dogs, a disgruntled cat, a guinea pig, and a bunny named "Bud".
1: As a kid I had a pet duck that I won from a county fair. Donald was actually a Donna who grew up to be 4-H Grand Champion Duck! She used to sit on my lap and give me awkward duck kisses.
2: Like my daughter, I love horses. I grew up riding and showing horses well into my early thirties. I'm enjoying watching my 11 year old learn to ride and volunteer at a local barn.
3. I love being outside and especially love creek-hiking and kayaking. My dragonfly logo is reflective of my passion for time on the water. One of my earliest memories is of me watching dragonflies around a small pond on my Grandmother's farm.
4. Along with my love for nature comes my love for MUD! I recently began throwing clay and I'm flooding my friends and family with new ceramic pieces. Theres nothing more relaxing to me than working with clay!