Neurodivergency, ADHD, trauma, genetics and the complex reality….
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
3M ago
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash My hesitation to write about trauma and the pull to do so I’ve been researching this for a long time now, both by listening to my fellow neurodivergents on various social media, and during gathers like NeuroEmergence and by listening to and reading some of the experts in both fields (trauma and neurodiversity). For a long time now I’ve considered James Ochoa‘s concept of intervention fatigue a valuable name for what is part of the neurodivergent trauma. He describes continuously being unaccepted for who you are, and presented with solutions that do not fit ve ..read more
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Strengths-Based Coaching : why does it make sense?
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
5M ago
Because I’ll be offering a Strengths-Based group coaching program and course in the final quarter of 2022 I thought it would make sense to create some content on why I love to work with this coaching modality. Here is a short video: You can find a lot more information on the course page, here https://www.brilliantlydiverse.com/sb-coaching-course-2022/ This offer is both an online guided course to help you discover your Strengths, and a group coaching program. And if the enrollment period has passed and you still want to know about my Strengths-Based approach to coaching: feel free to book a co ..read more
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The Mikel Rijsdijk Memorial grants 2022 have been awarded
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
5M ago
The first days of September are a mix of feelings of stress, responsibility, and joy as I get to announce the recipients of my coaching grant for the second year in a row. This grant is meant to help neurodivergent clients who have financial barriers to coaching services. If you have not heard of this grant before, you can read more here https://www.brilliantlydiverse.com/the-mikel-rijsdijk-memorial-grant/ The application process is opened once a year in early summer, and winners are announced in early September. If you, or your company, would like to sponsor the grant or know potential spons ..read more
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Sleep, ADHD and other neurodiversities (start of a blog series)
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
The importance of good sleep can hardly be overestimated. Especially for those with ADHD and other neurodivergencies. We need our time to replenish more than most! Meaning we need to go beyond the simple remedies like lavender oil and hot milk and dive deep into what can be problematic about sleep for us specifically. Things like: Things like: not getting to bed on time procrastinating going to sleep with in bed activities distractions in the bedroom unable to fall asleep once you are in bed, and have the lights out restless legs rumination/worry keeping you up boredom leaving your mind seeki ..read more
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Neurodiversity adjacent treatments and intervention fatigue- or: How my second visit to a dietician provoked despair
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
As I left the dietician’s office after our second appointment I wanted to cry. I did not, at that time, but later that evening, as I was taking a bath I did.  I also began to unpack what about this experience was so extremely uncomfortable for me. I wanted to persist, I wanted to not give up. I actually love food, make time for healthy cooking and I was extremely motivated to make this work. But something in the way the two meetings so far went left me with an intense feeling of hopelessness.  Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash (It has been a long while since I wrote a blog with suc ..read more
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Ready to get coached? Wondering where to get started?
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
The simple answer to that is: find a good coach. They will no doubt have a good process to get to know what you want to be coached on, what you might need, and where you can get started. But what about the less simple answer? Well, ultimately coaching is a process led by you, the client. You need to decide what areas of life you want to be coached on. How deep you want to go into vulnerable topics if you want to work on mindset, and if learning how to self coach will be part of your aims. Or do you just need to get your head above water before deciding on anything else? I use a number of tools ..read more
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5 types of lists that help the ADHD brain, part one
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
an introduction I want to spend some time talking about how lists can be really helpful when you have ADHD and share some general ideas about how lists can be “tweaked” to work better for you. How can lists help you succeed? Before I get into talking about the types of lists I’ve used to help myself, and my clients, manage ADHD I want to also acknowledge that a lot of us can build up a resistance to or a fear of using lists. Why is that? And why is it still useful to make apply these tools and invest some time and energy in experimenting with them? Visual thinking can guide and constrain how w ..read more
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An important note on all my Strategy sharing communication (blogs, tweets, coaching, etc)
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
I want to make a note to refer to any time I’m sharing strategies, tools or tricks with you. It’s important that you understand that this is where I am coming from when I share strategies. Not understanding the intent and approach could undermine your progress and leave you with intervention fatigue. Pushing yourself hard to blindly follow someone else’s strategy, just because “it worked for them…”, is not worth it. And it will undermine that inner voice that knows you all too well and can help you find what works for you. The neurodiversity approach is about recognizing that we all have diffe ..read more
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Part 2: Sleep, ADHD and other neurodiversities
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
The importance of good sleep can hardly be overestimated. Especially for those with ADHD and other neurodivergencies. We need our time to replenish more than most! You can read part one of this blog series here: Sleep, ADHD and other neurodiversities start of a blog series In this series I aim to talk about common challenges we face around sleep Things like: not getting to bed on time procrastinating going to sleep with in bed activities distractions in the bedroom unable to fall asleep once you are in bed, and have the lights out restless legs rumination/worry keeping you up boredom leaving ..read more
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What is your big coaching question?
Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity
by BC
1y ago
Consider your coaching questions… Coaching requires the client to know where they want to go, or at least: to have some idea of what they would like to get out of coaching. Of course, a coach can also help you clarify this. But if you don’t invest time- in the beginning of your coaching relationship- in getting that clarity, the results will suffer. The coach cannot wave a magic wand and make your life better, because the process of making it better is a trajectory unique to YOU. Only you know what will make things better for you. Dissappointing, I know! Coaching is not educating There is a co ..read more
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