We support clients from all over the world with skills related to communication, emotional intelligence and regulation, time management, attention, planning and prioritizing, and organizing at home and work by developing and enacting individualized coaching plans based on their unique challenges and needs, so that clients gain skills, confidence and the abilities to take on even bigger challenges.
Our organization’s larger mission is to help neurodivergent folks find the resources we need to live better lives as individuals, and to further disability awareness and social justice efforts to improve all of our lives as part of the larger world community. We support strength-based, evidence-based assessment and skill-building, social and disability justice paradigms, and a commitment to taking care of one another.
About Our Coaches:
Danielle Sullivan (she/they) is the owner and founder of Neurodiverging Coaching, and offers most of our webinars, group programs, and parent training programs. Danielle is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Solution-Focused Coach, Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Certified Transformational Coach, and a certified Trauma-Informed Specialist.
They’re a graduate and certificate-holder of the Neuroscience Academy, a 34 hour program in applied neuroscience and brain health (2021). They hold a B.A. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia (2007) and a M.A. degree, graduate certificate in women and gender studies and a certificate of college teaching from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2013). Danielle has also completed significant continuing education in positive psychology, coaching through resistance, emotional intelligence, and child psychology.
Danielle had intended to remain in academia to work on gender, disability, and religion, but pivoted after she was diagnosed autistic around age 30 after her eldest child was also diagnosed. In looking for resources for herself, she found very little, and began producing the Neurodiverging Podcast to try to develop and offer resources for others like her, and who have kids like hers.
Danielle is polyamorous / ethically non-monogamous and queer, and is dedicated to providing a safe space for growth and discovery for folks and families of all kinds and configurations. They are a member of the International Coaching Federation, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. You may also be interested in their continuing self-education reading list here.
Jenn Beavington (she/her) – Hi there, nice to meet you! I’m Jenn, a neurodivergent unschooling Mama in a neurodivergent family with my sweetie and 2 kiddos living on small island in BC, Canada. My passion is cultivating the conditions for transformation, through supportive connection with individuals, groups, and communities.
My background is in child and youth care, counseling, coaching, community development and facilitation. My current special interests are neurodivergence, PDA, and herbal medicine. My family and I have deeply struggled with our own unidentified neurodivergence, are in recovery from burnout, and continue to craft a life that is more authentic for our real needs each day.
As a certified life coach through the Coaches Training Institute, I have woven coaching skills into my work with communities, groups, and individuals over the past 15 years, including hosting community-based mothers support circles for the past 8 years. My approach draws on self-compassion, intuition, metaphor, creativity, and embodiment as sources of insight and action. As a coach, my role is to offer compassionate presence to support the exploration of your unique needs, values, and vision, and hold space for you to live into your vision in ways that truly fit you.
Jeremy Walker (he/him) is a certified life coach who specializes in mental health, relationships, development, transformation, and neurodiversity. He discovered he was on the autism spectrum at age 45, after encountering autistic burnout.
After a 25-year career in software development, Jeremy graduated from Newfield Network’s ontological coach training program in 2018 to dedicate himself to coaching full time. He currently holds a PCC credential with the ICF and is trained in developmental theory, cognitive behavioral methods, trauma informed coaching, shadow work, somatics, and mindfulness. Jeremy holds a PACT certification from Polarity Partnerships, and offers polarity mapping as a tool to help clients think in more flexible ways, up-level their values, and discover the wisdom of both-and.
Jeremy strives to meet each of his clients where they’re at, creating a safe environment where untapped wisdom can emerge and new perspectives can reveal possibilities for empowered action to achieve breakthrough results. For those who are ready to declare they’ve had enough of feeling stuck, Jeremy can help them work to release limiting beliefs and transform self-defeating patterns of behavior.
Jeremy likes to think of coaching as a powerful light that illuminates the path forward. It can be very helpful to see where we’re going, but we still have to walk the path ourselves. By doing so, we discover our capacity to rekindle the spark of inspiration we were born with and crack the emotional code that unlocks our greatest potential. No matter how difficult the path gets, the good news is that it’s all welcome here, the glory, the shame, and the WTF. The even better news is that as we keep going, it naturally becomes a masterpiece of beauty and greatness beyond words!
Mav Atis-Valentine (They/Them) Hey Hey! My name is Mav, and I am a neurodivergent master’s level therapist and certified life coach. I live in central Pennsylvania with my wife, and our 4 furry and feathered friends.
It’s most important to me that the clients I work with are met with a level of love and acceptance so that they can go on to model that level of love and acceptance within themselves. This allows us to let go of layers of shame that keep us stuck as neurodivergent folks living in a neurotypical world.
I have years of experience in trauma-informed therapy modalities and have combined my training as a therapist with my skills as a coach to help clients meet their goals in a way that is mindful of their history, nervous system, and individual needs.
In my work as a coach, I work very closely with the LGBTQIA+ community to help individuals accept themselves and live authentically. I also work with clients who are dealing with spiritual or religious trauma to help them come to terms with their beliefs or lack thereof. In my practice, I use a therapy coaching model which allows me to work with clients in the way that fits them; not limiting myself to any specific modality or approach. Overall, I’m here to partner with you on your journey to emotional healing, wellness, and success.
Jacqueline Coursey (she/her) is a Certified Neurodiversity Family Coach and Group Coach, as well as an AANE (Asperger/Autism Network) Certified AsperCoach. She is the owner of Sacred Space Coaching.
As a fellow neurodivergent, Jackie understands how tricky this world can be for us. She battles significant ADHD and empathizes with how real the struggle is. Let’s make inroads together!
Jacqueline’s goal is to guide you toward self-understanding, self-acceptance, goal setting, and skill building. She’ll work with you to identify where you’d like to see improvement in your personal, professional or academic life. Her objective: Work herself right out of a job. In the beginning, she creates the scaffolding and nudging necessary. Both decrease as you hit your stride.
Areas of Concentration
- Employment (Interviewing skills, resume, finding AND KEEPING job or looking for better job)
- Social Life (Meeting people, attending events, increasing comfort in public)
- Independence (Daily life, transportation, financial, organization)
- Academics (Completing assignments, communication with professors, obtaining resources)
- Time Management and Organizational Skills Practice
- Insight into Self (Understanding interests, strengths, challenges)
Jackie received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and participates in the UC Davis Mind Institute’s Family Navigator Support Group for Parents Of Adult Children & Teens and The Stanford Neurodiversity Project’s Special Interest Group of Neurodiversity.
Lila Hartelius: With a background in guiding and coaching individuals and organizations to recognize and connect with their own strengths and resources in clarifying and realizing their visions, dreams, and goals, I am turning toward more fully focusing on working with neurodivergent individuals. For many years, I have had a burning desire to work more with people around organizing, purposeful productivity, creativity, and self-care yet was able to find few people who needed my help in these areas.
Bingo! The answer came when in 2021 I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum. It dawned on me that my passion for helping people in these areas has come out of my own enthusiasm to share what my 15+ years collectively researching, experimenting and reflecting in these areas has brought me. It has helped me better understand how to identify and cultivate customized ways of engaging with my life that work better for me as an autistic individual. Who better, then, I realized, to offer my insights and gained experience to than people who, as neurodivergent individuals, may have struggled in similar ways in these areas?
Fundamental to my approach to all four of these areas is an intellectual and embodied understanding of the importance of actively and concretely practicing self-love and cultivating self- compassion. A creative soul, I draw on theoretical and experiential understandings of the creative process as an inspirational guide in coaching. I get excited about the approach of creating a space in which something might happen, a notion I learned from theater studies in college. In the realms of self-care and purposeful productivity, I am particularly passionate about guiding individuals in cultivating a personalized approach that integrates an awareness of chronobiology – e.g. ultradian rhythms, sleep-wake cycles, menstrual or lunar cycles, and solar year seasons.
8 years of working in English language training taught me a lot about learning how to learn (memory, motivation, attention, time management, learning style, etc.). Subsequently, in 2021, I completed a language coaching certification in an approach called Neurolanguage Coaching® (registered US and European trademark in the name of Rachel Marie Paling), a method and approach created by Rachel Marie Paling which integrates neuroscientific understandings of how the brain learns and a recognition that each brain has its own way in which it likes to learn. My insights and learnings from my experience and education in these areas inform my approach to working with neurodivergent clients.
As a queer non-binary woman who has been involved in LGBTQIA+ community efforts, I aim to create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ individuals and those questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In addition, I am bilingual and can facilitate sessions in English or French.
After two years studying dance, drama, and music at Bennington College, I received my bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Naropa University where I focused on linking performing arts with psychology and the notion of ritual-informed personal and collective healing and transformation.
About Our Writers:
Crystal Byrd Farmer (she/her) is an engineer turned educator from Gastonia, North Carolina. She is founder of Gastonia Freedom School, an Agile Learning Center for disabled children. She also serves as a board member with the Foundation for Intentional Communities and the BIPOC Intentional Community Council. Crystal identifies as Black, autistic, disabled, and polyamorous.
Sophia Kaur is a queer neurodivergent Sikh researcher and writer whose work focuses on the intersection of security, silence, and trauma. They are currently a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow and hold two Masters: one in Social Work and the other in International Relations.
Sophia is working on their first novel, Saying Hello, which follows a young Sikh who discovers themselves through grief, culture, and family. In Sophia’s spare time, if she’s not binge-watching Netflix and chilling with her dogs and cats, she’s supervising her partner gardening while she sips coffee and pretends to help. Learn more about Sophia here: www.sophiakaur.org
Tesni Linden (they/them) lives in a quiet corner of New England with an amazing, supportive partner and their chatty, exuberant, lovable felines. Tesni has a wide range of interests which, at the moment, include reading, yarn crafts, and learning about the insects, arachnids, and reptiles in the area – and of course, researching and writing for Neurodiverging!
Podcast guests: My guest information is here.
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