Elise
INTEGRATIVE PYSCHOTHERAPISTADHD COACH, TRAINEE COUNSELLOR, MUM MENTOR

DIAGNOSED SEVERE ADHD, SON DIAGNOSED ADHD, DAUGHTER AWAITING AUTISM ASSESSMENT, DAUGHTER AWAITING ADHD ASSESSMENT & HUSBAND AWAITING ADHD ASSESSMENT

Elise is no stranger to ADHD! – it was when she was getting her eldest son diagnosed, she realised she ticked all the boxes herself and received her own Severe ADHD diagnosis at the age of 49. Suddenly she understood her constant struggle to ‘fit in’ and to manage her life when others seemed to find it so easy! She finally realised why she’d tried so hard to keep jobs but lack of concentration and focus and low boredom levels always got the better of her.

Elise had had severe ADHD unknowingly and had dealt with all the troubling situations and life experiences that had come with it, with no help or understanding – which is why she is now so passionate about helping others.

Elise has experienced some extreme life-threatening situations that are so often faced by those with undiagnosed ADHD. These issues and past life experiences have allowed Elise to have a real understanding of how ADHD can make clients feel completely and devastatingly overwhelmed and out of control.

Elise was constantly searching for some kind of ‘normality’. Her life continued without meaning or success until she became a mother to three children. Her marriage to their father was shortlived and she found the ability to be what she felt was a ‘proper mother’ constantly eluded her. Left alone with three small children under the age of 5 she found herself struggling far more than the average mother.

This led her to make completely the wrong choices when looking to establish a stable home and ended up in a bad relationship that she then felt unable to leave.

Her young children where very demanding and unusual behaviour issues started coming to the fore. It was at this time that she sought help and her eldest child was diagnosed with ADHD. It was apparent when reading more about this disorder that her youngest child also had ADHD and her middle child also showed traits of ASD. Struggling with motherhood and her own inability to cope, her mental health was impacted and she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Elise constantly felt she was struggling an uphill battle and felt terribly judged by society. She did however become a strong advocate for her children and learnt as much as she could about ADHD.

Feeling the frustration and the seeing the complete devastation that ADHD could wreak on childrens and families, Elise felt that more had to be done within the educational system. She had seen her own son struggle with friendships and the social aspect of school life as well as be totally misunderstood by staff and dealt with in a way that just alienated him and made his struggle even worse. Elise was adamant that children with ADHD should be seen as more than a disorder. Too often a complete lack of understanding by educators and the education system in general just writes ADHD and ASD kids off.

Having known how easy it is to find ADHD causing your life to spiral out of control, Elise is passionate about helping particularly young people understand their diagnosis and why they behave in the way they do, allowing them to take control of their life rather than the ADHD taking control of them.

Whilst working at a West Country FE College Elise became the unofficial ADHD Lead and successfully led a one-woman campaign to bring a better understanding of how ADHD manifests in students to the other lecturers and staff. She was committed to ensuring all her ADHD students developed a strong self-belief and a wider understanding of opportunities that were available to them. She didn’t want them to feel the condition limited them in any way.

Elise became a highly-skilled Classroom Support Worker & and Lecturer gaining over ten years experience. Elise specialised in managing the challenging behaviours that students with ADHD and ASD sometimes presented with and had a natural way of calming situations down by being on the same level as her students. They knew she was ‘one of them’ and ‘she got them’.

During her time at the College, Elise’s major achievements were playing a part in raising student attendance from 20% to 83% whilst working within The Specialist Education Unit for students who could not stay in mainstream education. She also developed and led specialist workshops to train Support Staff in dealing with ADHD behaviours within the classroom and helping Lecturers and Support Staff gain a greater understand of why ADHD students communicated and behaved the way they did

Ironically Elise herself had not succeeded at school however she later discovered she could join Mensa being within the top 3% of the populations’ highest intellects.

She had lost numerous jobs unable to cope with the finer detail of office life. Her friendships failed regularly and she often self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. She travelled the world and lived a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle but always felt she didn’t fit in and her impulsive behaviour often saw her being shunned – even within the more outlandish circles.

However she used this knowledge to motivate herself to attend University at 26 after leaving school with very lack-lustre exams results 10 years earlier.

Her life experience and her genuine understanding of the wider issues often faced by ADHD students has been life-changing for Elise. She had a knack of building rapport with the most hard to reach students and was often called into resolve situations that had left other teachers in tears. Elise could always communicate with the most angry and distraught of students.

Elise trained as a Teacher and was seen by students as their ‘preferred choice’ due to her understanding and more creative way of helping the student who had often been ‘written off’.

She constantly inspires everyone she meets with her wide knowledge and enthusiasm. She has a skill that allows her to see positive aspects of a person and help them realise and develop their own aspirational goals. Elise believes that by understanding what our main challenges are – we can own them and learn to fit in a world that otherwise we will be constantly fighting against. Elise will constantly look to inspire and help young people to not let lack of self-worth overtake them and instead use all the qualities and challenges ADHD presents and turn them round to their advantage.

 

Qualifications

  • Life Coaching Diploma Level 3 NCFE Accredited ACCPH 2020
  • Counselling Skills Level 2
  • Diploma in Education and Training (DETs) Level 5 2016
  • Challenging Unacceptable Behaviour TUC 2011
  • Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4 2012
  • BA (Hons) Historical Studies 2.2 1995

 

Further Training

  • Trainee Counsellor Currently
  • Creating ADHD Workshops and specialist training for support staff and lecturers at FE College
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Behaviour Management
  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent Training in radicalisation awareness

Elise
ADHD COACH
TRAINEE COUNSELLOR
MUM MENTOR

DIAGNOSED SEVERE ADHD, SON DIAGNOSED ADHD, DAUGHTER AWAITING AUTISM ASSESSMENT, DAUGHTER AWAITING ADHD ASSESSMENT & HUSBAND AWAITING ADHD ASSESSMENT

Elise is no stranger to ADHD! – it was when she was getting her eldest son diagnosed, she realised she ticked all the boxes herself and received her own Severe ADHD diagnosis at the age of 49. Suddenly she understood her constant struggle to ‘fit in’ and to manage her life when others seemed to find it so easy! She finally realised why she’d tried so hard to keep jobs but lack of concentration and focus and low boredom levels always got the better of her.

Elise had had severe ADHD unknowingly and had dealt with all the troubling situations and life experiences that had come with it, with no help or understanding – which is why she is now so passionate about helping others.

Elise has experienced some extreme life-threatening situations that are so often faced by those with undiagnosed ADHD. These issues and past life experiences have allowed Elise to have a real understanding of how ADHD can make clients feel completely and devastatingly overwhelmed and out of control.

Elise was constantly searching for some kind of ‘normality’. Her life continued without meaning or success until she became a mother to three children. Her marriage to their father was shortlived and she found the ability to be what she felt was a ‘proper mother’ constantly eluded her. Left alone with three small children under the age of 5 she found herself struggling far more than the average mother.

This led her to make completely the wrong choices when looking to establish a stable home and ended up in a bad relationship that she then felt unable to leave.

Her young children where very demanding and unusual behaviour issues started coming to the fore. It was at this time that she sought help and her eldest child was diagnosed with ADHD. It was apparent when reading more about this disorder that her youngest child also had ADHD and her middle child also showed traits of ASD. Struggling with motherhood and her own inability to cope, her mental health was impacted and she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Elise constantly felt she was struggling an uphill battle and felt terribly judged by society. She did however become a strong advocate for her children and learnt as much as she could about ADHD.

Feeling the frustration and the seeing the complete devastation that ADHD could wreak on childrens and families, Elise felt that more had to be done within the educational system. She had seen her own son struggle with friendships and the social aspect of school life as well as be totally misunderstood by staff and dealt with in a way that just alienated him and made his struggle even worse. Elise was adamant that children with ADHD should be seen as more than a disorder. Too often a complete lack of understanding by educators and the education system in general just writes ADHD and ASD kids off.

Having known how easy it is to find ADHD causing your life to spiral out of control, Elise is passionate about helping particularly young people understand their diagnosis and why they behave in the way they do, allowing them to take control of their life rather than the ADHD taking control of them.

Whilst working at a West Country FE College Elise became the unofficial ADHD Lead and successfully led a one-woman campaign to bring a better understanding of how ADHD manifests in students to the other lecturers and staff. She was committed to ensuring all her ADHD students developed a strong self-belief and a wider understanding of opportunities that were available to them. She didn’t want them to feel the condition limited them in any way.

Elise became a highly-skilled Classroom Support Worker & and Lecturer gaining over ten years experience. Elise specialised in managing the challenging behaviours that students with ADHD and ASD sometimes presented with and had a natural way of calming situations down by being on the same level as her students. They knew she was ‘one of them’ and ‘she got them’.

During her time at the College, Elise’s major achievements were playing a part in raising student attendance from 20% to 83% whilst working within The Specialist Education Unit for students who could not stay in mainstream education. She also developed and led specialist workshops to train Support Staff in dealing with ADHD behaviours within the classroom and helping Lecturers and Support Staff gain a greater understand of why ADHD students communicated and behaved the way they did

Ironically Elise herself had not succeeded at school however she later discovered she could join Mensa being within the top 3% of the populations’ highest intellects.

She had lost numerous jobs unable to cope with the finer detail of office life. Her friendships failed regularly and she often self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. She travelled the world and lived a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle but always felt she didn’t fit in and her impulsive behaviour often saw her being shunned – even within the more outlandish circles.

However she used this knowledge to motivate herself to attend University at 26 after leaving school with very lack-lustre exams results 10 years earlier.

Her life experience and her genuine understanding of the wider issues often faced by ADHD students has been life-changing for Elise. She had a knack of building rapport with the most hard to reach students and was often called into resolve situations that had left other teachers in tears. Elise could always communicate with the most angry and distraught of students.

Elise trained as a Teacher and was seen by students as their ‘preferred choice’ due to her understanding and more creative way of helping the student who had often been ‘written off’.

She constantly inspires everyone she meets with her wide knowledge and enthusiasm. She has a skill that allows her to see positive aspects of a person and help them realise and develop their own aspirational goals. Elise believes that by understanding what our main challenges are – we can own them and learn to fit in a world that otherwise we will be constantly fighting against. Elise will constantly look to inspire and help young people to not let lack of self-worth overtake them and instead use all the qualities and challenges ADHD presents and turn them round to their advantage.

 

Qualifications

  • Life Coaching Diploma Level 3 NCFE Accredited ACCPH 2020
  • Counselling Skills Level 2
  • Diploma in Education and Training (DETs) Level 5 2016
  • Challenging Unacceptable Behaviour TUC 2011
  • Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4 2012
  • BA (Hons) Historical Studies 2.2 1995

 

Continued Professional Development includes:

  • Trainee Counsellor Currently
  • Creating ADHD Workshops and specialist training for support staff and lecturers at FE College
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Behaviour Management
  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent Training in radicalisation awareness