ABOUT NEIL SWANSON
Let me tell you a little about myself and my journey and about how I might help you on your journey.
My role as a coach is to ask you powerful questions that help you gain clarity about who you are and what is possible for you. Rather than sharing advice or promoting a specific outcome, I support and assist you without judgment as you discover your own best solutions to your challenges. Your own personalized solutions are the ones most likely to be effective and enduring for you.
Before becoming a life coach, I worked as a minister, a counselor, a construction contractor, and a building consultant. Along the way I have engaged in volunteering and activism in an effort to make a positive difference in the world. This diversity of experience, combined with overcoming some of my own challenges, has helped me become an effective coach.
For decades, many of my patterns of thought and behavior had a negative effect on my functioning in school, at work, and in family life – causing me to perform far below my potential. This caused pain, not only for me but also for those nearest to me. I thought I was simply failing to exercise good self-discipline and just needed to “shape up.” My inability to shape up, however, left me feeling ashamed and discouraged.
Linda and I have been married for 48 years. We have two lovely children and four beautiful grandchildren. As I have grown in my self-acceptance and understanding of my ADHD, my relationships within and outside of the family have become increasingly open, authentic, and meaningful.
I eventually discovered, through some excellent coaching (including insights from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology), that there are better ways to understand and effectively address challenging patterns of thought and behavior. It turned out what I was dealing with was classic inattentive ADHD. I began learning productive and satisfying ways to respond to my ADHD challenges. This learning was so transformative for me that it inspired me to become a coach so that I might help others transform themselves.
In recent years, I have been thrilled to be able to play a role in the unfolding of new visions and improved functioning in the lives of many. I would love to have the chance to share in your discovery of who you are and who you can be.
- BA in Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- MA in Theology, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
Some Relevant Training
- Pastoral Counseling, American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, NYC
- Parent Effectiveness Training, Ridgewood, NJ
- Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA
- Nonviolent Communication (NVC), 500+ hours, mainly with Robert Gonzales, Portland, OR
- Life Coach Training with Leadership that Works, Troy, PA (11-month program)
- Advanced ADHD Coach Training, seven-month training, ADDCA, Albany, NY
- Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
- Mental Health First Aid Certification
- Addiction Recovery Training, McShin Foundation Leadership Training Institute
- International Coach Federation (ICF)
- ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
- Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
- CPC (Certified Professional Coach) – Leadership That Works
- ACC (Associate Certified Coach) – International Coach Federation
- PACG (Professional ADD Coach Graduate) – ADD Coach Academy
- CACP (Certified ADHD Coach Practitioner) – Professional Association of ADHD Coaches
- Co-Chair of Partners for Community Resources, Warrenton, VA
- Consulting Member – Special Education Advisory Committee, Fauquier County School Board
- Facilitator – CHADD Parent Support Groups in Haymarket and Warrenton, VA
It has been a great pleasure to have Neil as my coach. It felt natural to share whatever was going on at the moment. I knew Neil would listen without judgment, with only my best interest at heart. Having Neil as my coach has helped me to practice more compassion with myself. He guided me to a peaceful place. Ultimately, having Neil by my side, allowed me to have a greater perspective, that grew and grew as we worked together. It’s a funny thing, because at the start of every session, I didn’t even know that perspective was what I needed, but by the end, when I had it, I knew that I had all that I would ever need. What a great experience to have. Thanks, Neil!SW, Connecticut
Neil has been working with me on my ADD about two months. I canceled last week and when he called this morning, I had forgotten that we were scheduled. It was all I could do not to cancel again, and I was sure it was a waste of time. But by the end of the call, Neil had led me to generate two strategies that I’m optimistic will help me address my biggest challenge: avoiding planning. I’m not there yet, but Neil has once again helped me find some optimism and chip away at my challenges. Ultimately I have to do it myself, but Neil’s thoughtful guidance and caring are helping me make the way.KB, New Mexico
Thanks again for all your help and great advice. I’m feeling much better about things and life in general. I greatly appreciate it!JW, Virginia
Neil offers a warm and friendly environment that puts one at ease and in a relaxed state. I consistently found myself in a more aware and articulate state during our sessions. As if my ADHD was left out on the front porch during each visit. Neil was able to understand my ADHD issues and could relate to them very easily. His knowledge and experience in this area allows him to identify the specific issues that make life more difficult for the ADHD individual. Neil was always able to provide me with the right “tools” to address my ADHD issues. I always felt that I had something useful to take away after each session. I highly recommend Neil to anyone looking for an effective ADHD coach.TK, Virginia
I have worked with Neil for several months and have learned much about myself. He is practical, insightful, caring, and funny. He has a way of cutting through the “stuff” I talk about to the essence of what’s important. He encourages me to look at things from different viewpoints that result in my realizing I can make different choices. I highly recommend Neil if you want to move forward in your life.CF, Pennsylvania
Before becoming a client with Neil, I looked at my ADD as a weakness. Coaching has allowed me to see myself in a new light. This new light allows me to focus on my innate strengths and abilities, as I move forward with a stronger sense of self. The impact and understanding of my life that I have gained from working with Neil has been invaluable.DL, Oregon