INTEGRATIVE EXECUTIVE FUNCTION COACHING
Individualized Coaching for Neurodivergent Individuals to Support Executive Function, Anxiety and Wellbeing
Something has brought you here. Maybe fear or anxiety is keeping you from getting started on an important task or project. Maybe you're feeling challenged to keep up with your work and daily schedule. Maybe completing things is just not happening, as much as you want it to. I'm so glad you're exploring options.
In my experience as a coach, I've learned there is no one size fits all approach.
If you're looking to learn and practice an individualized set of skills and strategies to help you reach your goals, you are in the right place. Patient Minds works with you to help you understand your strengths and your vulnerabilities to begin to understand yourself better. We work together to create a set of skills, strategies, and tools that are most effective for you to help increase your focus and attention, learn what is happening in your brain, identify barriers, and come up with a plan to move forward. We get there together by taking a unique path that will meet your needs and goals.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION COACHING
Individualized Coaching for Building Skills & Self-Awareness
There are many layers to Executive Function Coaching, and I approach each client from a holistic view. We consider your current academic or work tasks, what your environment is like, what additional support you may need, and what your most immediate needs or goals are. If you aren’t sure, that’s okay. We’ll take the time during the intake session to begin figuring that out together.
Coaching may include the following:
Assessing your strengths and vulnerabilities and building on your strengths
Defining goals you want to work on, and experientially practicing and putting skills and strategies into place
Areas to address might include: Task Initiation, Time Management and how to work through resistance and procrastination, Prioritization, Organization, Planning, Self-Awareness & Self-Advocacy, Focus & Attention, Metacognition, Stress Management and Work/Life Balance & Wellbeing
Working together to find an approach that best meets your unique learning and processing needs
Learning how to self-advocate and ask for help
SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPING SELF-AWARENESS & COPING WITH ANXIETY
Accessible Mindfulness and Somatic Practices, Especially for Differently Wired Brains
Often, clients will find it beneficial to combine work with both learning about the brain and how that connects to anxiety as well as understanding more about how to pay attention inside and outside of themselves.
By learning mindfulness, movement and breathing strategies, clients can increase their focus, cultivate a calm mind and strengthen resilience when practicing together in coaching sessions through moments of discomfort.
Some Approaches that may be used:
Directly teaching concepts, skills, concrete Neurodiverse friendly mindfulness practices with visual supports that we reflect on together
An active learning approach to learn more about the brain, anxiety, and the nervous system
Teaching specific skills to address anxiety and overwhelm
Strategies for addressing your inner critic
How to address shame and coping mechanisms that may not be working
MODALITIES USED DURING COACHING
STRATEGIES FOR SUPPORTING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
Learn Specific Skills for Your Needs Which Could Include:
*Time & Project Management
*Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy
MINDFULNESS THAT SUPPORTS NEURODIVERSITY
* Learn What Mindfulness is and How it Can it Support Differently Wired Brains
* Breaking the "Rules" of Mindfulness to Make it Accessible to Everyone
LEARNING ABOUT YOUR BRAIN
*Gain an Understanding of How Anxiety Impacts Your Brain, Which in Turn Impacts Work, Focus and Learning
TRAUMA INFORMED APPROACH
Helping You Feel Empowered Through Choice & Confidentiality
SOMATIC AND BREATHING PRACTICES
Learn Breathing & Movement Practices to Support Self Regulation
LEARNING ABOUT YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
*Gain a Greater Understanding of How Stress and Your Nervous System are Interconnected
*Learn Skills to Support and Calm Your Nervous System
IS COACHING RIGHT FOR YOU?
Coaching may be right for you if you:
Are available to meet typically once a week and to be an active participant in building your capacity
Understand that we move slow to move fast, and we don’t rush the process
Are ready to take a look at some of the beliefs that have been holding you back
Want to develop greater self-awareness and to feel empowered to make different choices
Want to learn skills for self and emotion regulation
Want to co-create an individualized toolbox of skills and strategies
Want to gain a greater understanding of what is happening in your brain when you are experiencing anxiety, overwhelm, or procrastination
Are ready to feel supported as you make incremental changes
A BIT ABOUT ME
I am an experienced coach with a warm, compassionate, and down-to-earth approach.
Holly has 20+ years of experience in the field of education and coaching. Additionally, she completed several hours of mindfulness training, to include specific training to support those who are Neurodiverse. Holly has training in areas of mental health to support a holistic approach to working with her clients, knowing that all areas of life are connected to create wellbeing.
Holly uses multiple approaches when working with her clients, knowing individuals are most successful when provided with alternative ways of approaching a situation or task. She believes each person has a unique learning style, and invests the time to build a relationship with her clients to create a safe environment. Holly has developed a particular interest in working with clients who benefit from strategies to cope with stress and anxiety, in addition to support with executive function skills. She enjoys teaching clients skills for greater self & emotion regulation and developing greater self-awareness. Holly cultivates a learning and coaching environment that reflects a strengths based and growth mindset approach.
Holly is a member of the International Coaching Federation, Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network (CBODN), is the co-leader of the new DC Metro Association for Talent Development (ATD) Community of Practice Wellbeing@Work, and has worked as adjunct faculty at Marymount University. In addition to her role coaching, Holly is a Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor and has her E-RYT-200 certification. She presents and teaches on topics related to Coaching, Neurodiveristy, Stress Management, Mindfulness and Wellbeing. Holly has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.
When Holly isn’t working, she enjoys practicing yoga, being in the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, or reading a good book under a tree.
Dr. Renata Fire, Psychologist
“Holly has such a gentle and compassionate way of working with her clients, offering them valuable skills"
"Holly is a great coach. I came to her for help navigating my ADHD and transitioning into a new role. She is highly perceptive, willing to adapt to different learning styles, and was great at holding me compassionately accountable to my goals. I highly recommend working with her. You won’t be disappointed!"
“As a recipient of leadership coaching, I have experienced significant breakthroughs, such as progress in overcoming Imposter Syndrome, that have launched me toward a new and fulfilling career trajectory! I am very grateful for the fantastic support and skilled insight that has enabled me to reach the goals that I had previously thought impossible.”