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VISION

According to the Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV), "hesed" חָיָה is a Hebrew word that is used over 250 times in the Old Testament referring to unfailing, steadfast and loyal love, referring to a type of lovingkindness that is from God, through us, and to others.

 

It is our vision at Hesed ADHD to see a world where ADHD-ers are able to lovingly and compassionately find long-lasting purpose, clear direction, and to thrive in being powerful and positive impacts in everything we do.​

MISSION

At Hesed ADHD, our mission is to partner with ADHD-ers, or those who suspect a diagnosis of ADHD, from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, with particular specialization in Asian-Canadian, Asian-American, immigrant cultural backgrounds, women, and those of the Christian faith. We strive to strategically develop effective and unique tools rooted in holistic-person-centered care, evidence-based research and education, and a strengths-based, ADHD-informed perspective. Our aim is to enhance self-awareness, compassion, and understanding, empowering individuals to find clarity in their lives and become agents of change in the world.

Your ADHD Coach Mary

MOT, OT Reg. (BC), OTR/L (Washington State), ADHD Coach, ADHD-CCSP

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​Mary's Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts in Hearing & Speech, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

  • Master of Occupational Therapy, The University of Sydney​, Australia

  • Registered Occupational Therapist in BC, Canada

  • US NBCOT Certified Occupational Therapist, Licensed in Washington State

​ADHD Specific Training​​

  • Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP, PESI)

  • ADDCA ADHD & Life Coach Training

  • MentorCoach ADHD & Positive Psychology Training

  • Social Thinking Assessment & Intervention

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) -- in training

Further OT Training​​ 

  • Ayre's Sensory Integration Theory (CLASI, Modules 1 & 2)

  • Bilateral Integration and Sequencing Dyspraxia (BIS-T)

  • Certified Behavior Instructor for Autism (Level 1)

  • DIR Floortime 101 (ICDL)

  • iLs Practitioner (Integrated Listening Systems)

  • Sensory Defensiveness and Wilbarger Protocol

  • Pediatric OT Telehealth Provider

  • Principles of Assessment + Intervention for Children (OT Australia)

  • Traffic Jam In My Brain (Jereb)

  • The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism

  • Attachment Theory: Foundation to Regulation and Learning Potential

  • Toileting, Interoception, and Nutrition

​Mary's ADHD-resumé in a (large) nutshell:

  • ​Fellow Asian-Canadian-American ADHD-er (combined type), Christian by faith, brought to life by nature/all things beautiful, regulated by movement/sports (basketball!), motivated by creativity and curiosity, deeply inspired by stories and seeing people thrive against all odds.

  • VIA Character Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, Spirituality, Curiosity, Honesty, Love, Social Intelligence, Kindness, Creativity

  • Occupational therapist by education/ professional background. Passionate about the collaborative partnership process in building awareness and advocacy for individuals with amazing neurodivergent brain types (experienced with ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing integration) as well as developmental different-abilities (dyspraxia, developmental/visual motor differences).

  • Strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming, trauma-informed.

  • Lived across 3 continents/4 countries/7 cities. Calls Maryland her longest home so far (DMV!). Currently located in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Switched through 4 majors in college (biology, kinesiology, architecture, back to kinesiology, then hearing and speech), graduated with the last one!

  • Switched from PT to OT during graduate school. Graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney, Australia.

  • Worked for 5 years across Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne in the community, corporate, aged care, and private practice-- with particular experience and passion working as a pediatric occupational therapist.

  • Several health concerns & major health events within herself and her family. Continuous burn out with work. Constantly putting out "fires" within her life. Anxious, confused, frustrated, and very lost.  

  • With great insistence and urgency by health professionals and family, and finally coming to terms with not putting this aside any longer, obtained a full assessment and diagnosis of ADHD as an adult in 2 countries (just to confirm her inner skeptic!)-- *deep breath* now everything started making sense... but of course, going through the cycle of grief, finally coming to terms with the diagnosis... now what?

  • Therapy! Working backwards to the present. Inner healing. IFS. And a lot of helpful podcasts and books (all of Aundi Kolber's booksThe Best of You with Dr. Alison Cook, Made for This with Jennie Allen, ADDitude, Coach Cathy Rashidian's Proudly ADHD).

  • Discovered ADHD Coaching! Experienced the powerful effects of ADHD Coaching-- passed 2 difficult OT licensing exams, discovered her actual learning modalities (AFTER all those years in school...), realized the power of advocating for herself and her family, experienced incredible mental shifts, honed in self-awareness, finally started understanding the reasons behind her burnout and what to do about it moving forward.

  • Started studying at ADDCA, discovered an entire community of amazing support and beautiful humans!

  • Continuously, lifelong journey of working within herself and her family to better understand ADHD and how it affects the entire family's wellbeing as her immediate family members all have very unique ADHD brains that show up in very different ways.

  • Inspired to dedicating this next chapter of her life in helping ADHD-ers experience the effectiveness and positive life changing impact she experienced herself through ADHD Coaching coupled with her occupational therapy background. 

  • Deeply enjoys exploring cultural and religious nuances in the context of mental health and "disability". 

  • Oh yes, she can speak Mandarin (can’t read/write... yet)! And she is learning Cantonese from her husband!

  • If you've made it this far, what are you waiting for? Let's get started! 

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