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Resiliency Coaching

I’m not here to “fix” your life. I’m here to help you reclaim it.

1:1 Resiliency Coaching

“I know I need to be taking better care of myself, but I don’t know how to get myself to do it consistently.”

After rolling out of bed late again, you’re probably kicking yourself for missing your aspirational “meditate” event on your calendar… assuming you haven’t deleted that meditation app by now. Been there! Ready to try something new?

Resiliency Coaching focuses more generally on building coping skills and strategies to improve someone’s sense of ease through daily routines. Exploring your relationship to self-care, together we look for opportunities to develop a stronger, more skillful practice to fortify your mental health!

Drawing from a trauma- and social justice-informed lens, while utilizing interventions from positive psychology, I can help you deepen your ability to thrive in your daily life.

Clients often share struggles in these areas:

Daily Self-CareBurnout
PerfectionismManaging Anxiety
Setting BoundariesOverwhelm
Low EnergyWork/Life Balance
Time ManagementSustaining Habits

ADHD/Executive Function Coaching

“Why can’t I just do the thing I’m supposed to be doing?”

This is the common refrain from clients that are struggling with executive function. If you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle with your brain, and that procrastination is ruling over your life, I’m here to help!

ADHD/Executive Function Coaching is a great option for folks who aren’t sure how to break out of the anxious cycle of avoidance, or can’t seem to muster up the will to get things done, no matter how desperately they want to.

Drawing from a trauma- and social justice-informed lens, while utilizing interventions from positive psychology, I can support you in developing new skills and strategies to set you back on track with more confidence and self-compassion.

Clients often share struggles in these areas:

Sense of DirectionChronic Boredom
Habits & RoutinesProcrastination
Task CompletionOrganization
Imposter SyndromeSelf-Doubt

Trauma Response Coaching

“It feels like I’m stuck on autopilot, like I’m so busy trying to make everyone else happy that I forget myself in the process.”

Trauma survivors, particularly those who are very empathic, face a unique set of challenges. This often shows up around people-pleasing (fawning), overworking (flight), emotional reactivity and defensiveness (fight), and getting “stuck” in a state of overwhelm or emotional detachment (freeze).

As a peer support practitioner, I can’t provide therapy. But what I can offer is the affirmation and insight that comes from connecting with someone who has lived experience.

Drawing from a trauma- and social justice-informed lens, while utilizing interventions from positive psychology, I can help you cultivate greater self-awareness and empathy as you begin to untangle your past from your present.

Clients often share struggles in these areas:

Emotional RestrictionCodependency
Freezing Under PressureWorkaholism
Sensory SensitivityAvoidance
Emotional ReactivitySelf-Blame

I felt so seen. Sam has this amazing ability to identify exactly where you’re stuck, while guiding you back to your strengths and values. It’s amazing to feel like I’m not tripping over my own feet anymore.

— Leah K.

Q: What, exactly, does coaching with you look like?

Coaching consists of a 45-minute video or phone conversation. Through motivational interviewing and positive psychology interventions, I get a stronger sense of where you might be stuck, while offering you some actionable feedback and encouragement! You’ll then receive customized resources and guidance to help you take some next steps.

Q: How much does a session with you cost?

Currently I offer sessions on a sliding scale of $75-175 for 45 minutes. If this isn’t accessible to you, please email me!

Q: I’m not sure what kind of coaching I need. I kind of need all of them!

That’s actually the case for the majority of my clients! Not to worry — I’ll tailor everything to meet your unique needs.

Q: How many sessions do I need?

In an ideal world, you would have as many sessions as you feel you need! I usually recommend working together for once or twice monthly for about three months. However, I know that not everyone can afford ongoing coaching, so I do my best to accommodate everyone’s specific circumstances.

Q: How is this different from therapy?

Therapy is conducted with a licensed psychotherapist and is designed to address a variety of mental health concerns through specific healing modalities. Which is fancy talk for “this is a form of clinical treatment!” The coaching that I provide is peer support, not treatment, and is designed to help you address day-to-day challenges by collaborating with someone who has lived experience.

Q: Do you have any certifications?

I’m currently completing my positive psychology practitioner certification through the School of Positive Transformation, which is accredited through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) service. Additionally, I have two undergraduate degrees in the social sciences from the University of Michigan, with a focus on public health.