Dr. Alyssa Adams
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I believe that there are events in life that create a clear “before” and “after.”

Think about your life. What events have occurred that you were never really the same after?

I believe that we can create transformation for ourselves.

I’ve had a few points in my life where transformation was the result of a painful situation. But, I STRONGLY believe that we don’t have to hit a point of crisis before we commit to real change in our lives.

During my senior year of college, my best friend (and ex-boyfriend) died unexpectedly.

I’ve had significant health issues that landed me in the hospital — twice. Once, I was told I may only have a few years to live.

I’ve worked so hard in certain professional roles that I felt I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I felt like I couldn’t leave or it would all fall apart. I worked tirelessly and ended up quite sick as a result.

I went from a high achieving, individual professional to leading a team of 17! I doubled down by taking on more and more of the responsibilities, I couldn’t find peace in the CHAOS of the environment, and I burned out - QUICKLY. It took me a year to recover from the intensity of this role.

Each time, there was a powerful - and sometimes painful - personal transformation that occurred.

Why?

Because there are things that shake your foundation in a way that provide you with two options — spiral down into helplessness and excuses OR relentlessly pursue a personal evolution.

I challenged myself to transform. To transform what I knew to be true, my assumptions, my beliefs, my expectations, how I cared for myself, how I viewed myself, and I demanded that only those things that upheld my standards were allowed to stay in my life. I got very serious about putting my needs up front - it no longer felt honorable to drive myself into the ground in the service of leading or supporting a mission (even a really worthwhile one).

There is a way to lead, to inspire, and to achieve - while taking care of yourself - while growing and evolving. It’s the only sustainable way.

I’m holding you to the transformation that you say you want – this is what I do.

I understand having a big dream that you want - NEED - to achieve. I’ll help you do that - without losing yourself in the process.

We will build self-confidence and an UNWAVERING trust in yourself. These are the cornerstones that need to be present to reach any goal and to lead effectively. Us high achievers tend to have a STRONG inner critic. It can unravel our self-confidence if we let it. We will address this head on - and learn to change how we think about ourselves.

We will blend strategy and practicality with imagination and innovation.

We will revolutionize balance between personal and professional life.

Even us high achievers can have moments - lots of them - where we don’t feel like we’re worth it. We wonder if we have what it takes to be an inspiring, empowered leader. We wonder if dealing with work stress and burnout and an unraveling personal life are just the costs associated with being a leader (they aren’t, by the way).

Maybe we’re too afraid to move forward, but we KNOW you have unfulfilled potential.

We need more leaders like you. We need people who lead with heart and soul. We need people who will lead from within. We need leaders who embody psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

Let’s partner to do just that.

I challenge you to think about — what is the cost of NOT taking action?

I’m here to walk with you on this journey.



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  • Enrolled in the ICF-accredited, Advanced Certified Personal & Executive Coach Program at the College of Executive Coaching - expected completion in 2019

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD

  • APA-approved internship and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and research neuropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

  • PsyD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Maywood University in Scranton, PA

  • BS in Psychology from the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University

  • Training in positive psychology, emotional intelligence, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), personal & executive coaching, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), and various integrative health modalities, such as mindfulness and meditation

  • Credentials:

    • Clinical Psychologist (licensed in District of Columbia & Virginia)

    • Board Certified Coach (BCC)

    • Certified Nutrition Specialist provider (CNS)

    • Certified to administer the EQ-i 2.0 - a measure of emotional intelligence

    • Trained in 360 degree assessments and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)


More About Me

I love traveling and exploring new cities, and I currently live in Washington, DC. I have a love-hate relationship with coffee/caffeine (mostly love). I like hiking, yoga, reading more than a normal amount of self-help books, dog training, music, and stand-up comedy. I’m always working toward being more efficient and making life easier and more organized. I love digging into the psychology research to learn more about holistic and intuitive leadership. I love supporting the highly sensitive person (and identify as one). I find consciousness and empathy research fascinating!

I’m 50% practical and 50% imagination. I help you think about what is really possible for you. You can count on me to bring out the humor and lightness in our conversations. There is no reason that introspection and inner work needs to be dull or overly intense. We can keep it light, playful, and meaningful. My clients describe me as no-nonsense, straightforward, kind, and funny. Our work together begins with a strong commitment to change. I hold you to that commitment and it is at the center of our coaching work. I am just as invested and will walk with you toward your goals of creating a thriving personal and professional life. I’d love to talk with you!


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Meet James

James is my almost 3-year old English Bulldog, who is quirky, stubborn, and quite the stud. He loves all food (especially green beans, sweat potatoes, bananas, sardines, and peanut butter), belly rubs, and being dramatic. He hates boxes, rain, my Instant Pot, and people who don't pet him. He lives in Washington, DC and likes tapas restaurants.

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