ABOUT LINDA SWANSON
“It’s never too late!” I find myself thinking that when I hear people my age or even much younger talking in limited terms about what is possible at their stages of life. Growth and new opportunities to contribute are always open to everyone.
I’ve had the opportunity to experience many things in my life, and more are coming! In introducing myself, I’d like to tell you a few of the things I’ve been engaged in so far, including the following work and volunteer positions: church organist and choir director, church education director, Montessori school teacher’s aide, elementary school volunteer coordinator, waitress, temporary office worker, camp counselor, legal secretary, Avon lady, office manager, president of neighborhood association, business owner, editor, writer, founder and organizer of local progressive group, restorative justice practitioner, ADHD coach, board member, public speaker, court appointed special advocate volunteer, hospice volunteer, and a few more!
Over the years I have also marched, demonstrated, and worked for social change for these causes, among others: bringing an end to war — all war and specific wars, rights for women, protecting the environment, establishing equal civil rights for all, advocating for compassionate immigration policies, establishing effective and sane gun control, and creating a system of economic justice. My husband and I have been arrested twice in Washington, DC, in non-violent sit-in protests to protect the environment.
I’m also a life-long learner. I’ve have been involved in formal education for much of my life, having earned one BA and two Master’s degrees in addition to multiple certificates from courses on topics ranging from acting to polymer clay sculpture to master gardening to proofreading and copyediting.
My family is a huge part of my life. It has been my joy to raise two remarkable children and to support them and their spouses as they raise our four amazing grandchildren. Now there are social activists in all three generations, I’m proud to say!
What I didn’t know for much of my life was the impact ADHD was having – my own as well as my husband’s – on just about everything we did. There were lots of positive impacts: spontaneity, creativity, compassion, marching to our own drummers down paths that differed from others in our families.There were also the downsides of living with ADHD such as failure to plan and set realistic goals, as well as major challenges with time management, finances, and organization, among others.
It became clear to Neil and me that our life experience, our education and training, and our interest in helping others were guiding us toward a new late-in-life career – coaching! We are drawn to work with not only individuals with challenges similar to the ones we’ve lived with but also individuals with challenges that differ from our own. The key characteristics of my ideal clients are eagerness to learn and grow, willingness to work on changing habits and thoughts, and interest in developing and releasing their talents and strengths to make the world a better place for everyone!
It has been my privilege to graduate from the advanced training program at the ADD Coach Academy. I have earned the PCC credential from the International Coach Federation and the PCAC Credential from the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches. Below are a few more pieces of my background.
If you are eager to find ways to make the most of your gifts and talents to make the world a better place, reach out to me through the Contact links on this site to schedule a free 30-minute Introductory Conversation. During that conversation you will have an opportunity to let me know what you want from coaching and to ask me about myself and how I coach.
I hope to hear from you to talk about how coaching can help you reach your goals and increase the contribution you are making to your family, community, and world!
- BA – Wilson College Chambersburg, PA – major in music
- Masters in Religious Education – Union Theological Seminary, NYC
- MA – Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA – Concentration in Restorative Justice
- Diploma – ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), Albany, NY – Advanced Program
- International Coach Federation (ICF) – Global, and Metro DC Chapter
- ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)
- Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
- ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia
- ACCG (ADDCA Certified Coach Graduate) – ADD Coach Academy
- PCC (Professional Certified Coach) – International Coach Federation
- PCAC (Professional Certified ADHD Coach) – Professional Association of ADHD Coaches
- Secretary – Board of Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC)
- Editorial Advisory Board, Attention magazine, a publication of CHADD’s national office
- Facilitator – CHADD Parent Support Group in Haymarket/Gainesville, VA
Linda coached me for over a year. She is very compassionate and non-judgmental. She never made me feel bad about my ADHD or the shortcomings I have as a result of it. She helped me to understand that it’s not a personal failure. She is very encouraging and patient too – even when I got frustrated she continued to support me and offer suggestions. I was able to make great progress with her help. I highly recommend her as an ADHD coach.CP, Virginia
These past 12 weeks working with you proved more than I could’ve imagined. I’ve hit so many personal and professional milestones and have gone through some of the toughest challenges in my life. Having you there supporting, listening, celebrating, and cheering me along helped keep me grounded and able to celebrate those little things I wouldn’t have normally noticed and learn that I do not need to be ashamed of or make excuses for who I am. 🙂CB, Virginia
Linda is an incredibly insightful and intuitive ADHD Coach. I always feel more focused and ready to face my challenges after I talk with her. Her compassion and empathy are gifts she easily shares. For me, having Linda as my coach is like having a huge shortcut to reaching my goals.PB, North Carolina
“My experience of coaching with Linda has stayed with me in a very positive memorable way. I found Linda to be a calming and insightful presence whilst coaching. Partnering with me, she enabled me toward coaching goals that I found very helpful. Thanks again, Linda.”ML, New Zealand
I had reached a point in my life where I knew I needed help (in experiencing life in a different and positive way). Linda’s warmth and caring coaching skills with her knowledge and experience is making a huge impact in how I perceive and react to issues. Because of her insight and encouragement, I have begun making conscious changes that have literally “set me free” from entrenched ways of thinking. I feel more “me” and more confident in “me” than I’ve ever felt and I have never laughed so much in such a long time! Thank you Linda – I am so grateful!MS, Virginia
Linda is extremely warm and caring. She seems to be very familiar with ADHD issues and was able to get right to the heart of mine very quickly. She also was able to help me to figure out new ways to deal with them in a way that worked for me, instead of just offering general techniques that haven’t worked for me in the past.TM, Virginia