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Jeniffer Kerstetter - ADHD Coach About

"How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become an ADHD Success Coach?"

To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting “compelling story”, that brought me to where I am today – coaching people like you on exactly what to do to live an abundantly healthy, powerful, successful & hi-functioning life while navigating ADHD symptoms/tendencies. That defining moment in my life happened in 2017.

 

My Story

To give a little history, back in junior high school my grades weren’t making the mark. My mom was the first person to notice that something wasn’t aligned with my school work and attention span. My mom reached out to the school nurse who was also a close friend. She referred us to a resource that did a deep compilation with a behavioral inventory that led to my diagnoses of ADHD.  This helped me embrace and understand how I could live my life with my new and very real diagnosis. This program put me in touch with a counselor and medication to help me manage my condition.

I so clearly remember the counselor, Barbara, who I now perceive more as a coach. There was one specific moment where Barbara cleared off her desk and asked me to organize her desk, during a moment in which I was lamenting how I was unable to do things successfully and feeling terrible about myself.  I was able to organize the desk and put it back together. I was able to organize and get the job done using my own brain power.  Barbara created a support system to help me develop tools for my ADHD toolkit for five years.

In 2000, I headed off to University after years of working with my counselor, Barbara.

Upon arriving at University, there was an instance in which I pulled a 3-day all-nighter and then crashed for three days.  This was the point in time I realized I was addicted to my medication, Ritalin. I was on my way to class when this realization struck.  I raced back to my dorm room and flushed all the addictive medication down the toilet. I then  phoned my mom who was concerned immediately about this decision due to my past with dealing with ADHD symptoms such as impulsivity, inattentiveness, disorganization, and the inability to prioritize my time and cross things off my to-do list.

As university continued I wasn’t sold on the Psychology major I declared.  Here was the deal about Psychology, nothing about diving deep into people’s icky pasts resonated with me.  I wanted to assess were people were right here and now in their life and proprep them forward.   Upon graduating with BA in psychology, I switched gears, with the mindset of “maybe helping ADHD people is not my calling.”  So, I continued following another passion of mine which is local history.  I spent the next two years working on my American Studies Master’s degree in which I thoroughly enjoyed, but after graduating I found myself working at a gas station thinking, “This can’t be my calling!!”

So, the search continued . . . I made my way through college now twice without medication and using the strategies I have learned in middle school were continuing to work.  As life’s navigations continued, I started substitute teaching and fell in love with learning and helping kids in general.  I soon attended a third university in which I became Elementary and Special Education certified.  I was hired immediately after I graduated.  I now felt I was onto something and going in the right direction.  Not exactly what I was looking for, but it was a stepping stone in the right directions.

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During this period, I got married and found myself shortly thereafter navigating divorce. Later, I would find myself dealing with my mother’s stage 4 lung cancer, getting remarried, the birth of two daughters, and my mother’s passing. It was apparent the strategies that were in place as a middle schooler, college student, and young adult for ADHD were no longer standing up to the new challenges facing me.

In 2017, I was drowning in the paperwork and disorganization of my entire life. I felt both hopeless and helpless, as a mother of two, that was navigating big family challenges at home. I not only had my ADHD to deal with but also had symptoms of depression and anxiety and was simply lost. I felt so unlike myself at this time and my friends and family kept asking me what needed to change. I was miserable. I started looking for ADHD resources, read some books and it was at this time that I was interested in working with a coach. I was now ready to reclaim my life. I put myself out there and called an adult ADHD coach.

We started our work and things started to hit for me. I no longer wanted to teach.  I was totally zapped from the work. I knew there was so many elements of this current career path that were out of my control and this was very much out of alignment with the best working environment for my condition and personality.  My core values were out of alignment with the education system and I knew my skill set would be more impactful with me showing up as a coach.

I made the decision to become an ADHD coach for people of all ages, including children, however, I wanted to target women entrepreneurs. I now owned my passion, celebrated my successes and started coaching women entrepreneurs with ADHD or ADHD tendencies on how they can do the same: I watched them shed their guilt and shame, increase their confidence, and learn to prioritize their best life too! I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other women gain clarity, support and actionable tools to take back the power in their own lives, so they can pass these same success strategies onto their children.

Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients:  I quit my job as a public educator, I am living my dream of traveling around the country, and I am finally able to put my family first rather than my sick days at school.  I have created the 90-Day ADHD Success Strategies Program . This 9-part program helps you become clear as to where you are NOW, what your challenges are, how ADHD affects you personally, how to set goals, become accountable, transform your mindset, how to familiarize yourself with your patterns of success, form positive habits that work just for you, and create the balance you have been seeking.

I serve women who are in a constant state of frazzlement with juggling their ADHD, job, kids, family, husband, or any combination of these and more and want so badly to find strategies that work for them. The women in this program come out of the program being able to balance their ADHD symptoms with ease.  For example, women who are unable to prioritize their to-do list will learn skills and strategies to prioritize and be productive.  Women who feel they never have enough time will realize they have all the time in the world when they focus on time management.  Women who complete this program will have clarity as to where they are now and where they want to be with a more positive mindset.

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