About Deb

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“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”
–BrenĂ© Brown

My Story

After college, I graduated from medical school. When it came time to choose a specialty, I chose psychiatry, because I wanted to help people become happier, emotionally stronger, and more successful in life. Although my interest in helping others remained constant, I quickly discovered that being a practicing physician was not for me. So, after my training, I stepped off this path. During the next few years, I raised my children and began to create my life, in a way that made me feel purposeful.

I built a career as a medical writer. At the same time, I created change in my city and at my children’s schools by crafting and implementing public school policy procedures at a city-wide level to keep children with food allergies safe and included.

Over time, my writing jobs became more of a “have to do” than “want to do.” I knew I needed to find a career that would allow me to help people become “unstuck” — to help them create meaningful professional and personal lives. When I discovered coaching, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I became trained and certified as a coach through Coaches Training Institute in 2014. Most recently, I became certified in Neuroscience coaching through BeAbove Leadership in 2017.

As a coach, I combine neuroscience and intuition, helping you access and use the wisdom in both your left and right brain hemispheres.

If you want to have a complimentary conversation, contact me.

What’s Important to Me

Here are my core values that I bring to every coaching relationship:

  • Authenticity: Superficiality drives me crazy. Ask my friends: I am honest and expect others to be honest, too. I bring honesty to my coaching; I’ll tell you what I notice and what I hear in our sessions. If I hear that you sound overwhelmed or excited, I’ll tell you!
  • Continual learning: I believe that we need to keep learning about ourselves through inquiry and trying new things. Specifically, this means that I bring neuroscience concepts and tools to you, so that you can change your thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Connecting and collaborating: When I coach, my attention is 100% on you. I am not driving, looking at a computer screen or checking emails. I am listening to your words, and to the energy behind the words. I love networking and collaborating with others, and sharing ideas.
  • Holding the “big picture” and “small steps” at the same time: When we coach, I will hold your “big picture” agenda: who you are, what your strengths are, and what makes you feel purposeful. I also tap in to my Type A qualities to get tactical and help you identify the “small steps” you need to take from one session to the next.
  • Being responsive: I believe in being responsive and doing the things I say I’ll do. I am on “retainer” by email the entire time we work together. If you email me with a success or frustration, I’ll email you back within the day. If I say I’ll send you a link, I’ll send it to you. You can count on me to keep my word.

My Background and Credentials

My coach training and CPCC certification is from the Coaches Training Institute, an internationally-recognized program based in San Rafael, California, and my PCC certification is from the International Coach Federation. I am a Certified NeuroTransformational Coach through BeAbove Leadership. I am trained in Reiki and Eden Energy Medicine, and am an Akashic Records Certified Practitioner. My undergraduate degree is from Harvard University, and my medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to working with individuals through coaching, I am a speaker, workshop leader, teacher, and author.

Outside of Coaching

I live near Boston, MA, with my husband and three children. I am a member of Toastmasters, and proudly achieved my Triple Crown Award a few years ago. For fun, I am an avid reader and enthusiastic beach-goer.

If you are ready to feel more in control of your life, contact me for a complimentary, confidential consultation.