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I help my clients discover the unique ways they need to preserve and restore their energy so they can learn how to hack their brains to get stuff done.

All services are offered in English only. Coaching services are only done online.

JOY GANDELL • Coach, Speaker and Advocate

About Me

I am a warm, curious, empathetic self-proclaimed nerd as I LOVE reading & learning. I love to know why things happen and why people are motivated to do what they do. I have tapped into my love of reading, my curious nature, and my resourcefulness to answer these questions. I have relied on these traits as the cornerstones of my personal and professional growth and resilience. I feel deeply for suffering people who need help and be there for others. I am community-minded and believe I have to give back to society.

My career has evolved from psychology to HR, and now a life coach with a niche in self-regulation, trauma, and executive function skills. I have been on a mission to understand why some people succeed effortlessly and why some people struggle. 

I was not always this self-proclaimed nerd who loved learning. As a child, I struggled in school and with many executive function skills. Through time and self-awareness, I learned how to implement the tools I needed to succeed. My desire to help people led me to the Human Resource profession and kept me there for nearly 20 years. Things changed when my daughter was diagnosed with Cancer, and I realized I wanted to have a more profound impact on how I was helping people. When she was later diagnosed with ADHD and three learning disabilities and my son became a neurotypical teenage boy, I watched my children learn and function differently, which triggered my curiosity to understand what I was witnessing. That was when I became passionate about learning and started to learn about developing executive function skills, self-regulation as well as some neuroscience to help me uncover the mysteries of what was happening in their brains.

I decided to apply all the knowledge I acquired through my years of learning about Pediatric Cancer side effects, researching ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Executive Function Skills, Self-Regulation, Trauma, the science behind learning, and advocating for my daughter by becoming a certified life coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I finally found a way to have a profound impact on the lives of others, specifically for the neurodivergent and pediatric cancer communities, by empowering my clients to find solutions to meet their unique blend of needs. I see my clients as resourceful, whole, and capable of change, and I approach each coaching relationship primarily through my empathy, calm, respect, and kindness.

Professional Development Journey


 Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling specializing in Psychotherapy (in progress)


Certified Clinical Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner


The Self-Reg Learning Facilitator’s Program


The Self-Reg Foundations Certificate Program


Associate Certified Coach – The International Coaching Federation


Master of Science in Administration, Management


Bachelor of Psychology

Professional Association Memberships

  • Ritma: Interveners and Therapists Group in Alternative and  Complementary Medicine

  • Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada Inc.

  • The Canadian Association of Integrative and Energy Therapies

  • International Coaching Federation

  • ACEP: Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

My Podcast

Being With Joy: A Quest To Crack The Parenting Code

Joy Gandell is a parent like you and, ever since she had her first child, has experienced the parenting stress every parent feels not knowing what to do and how to get it right. Since no guidebook was given at the birth of her 1st child, she has researched the right way to do things almost every step of the way. As time went on and her children grew and life situations became more complex, the search for answers got more frequent, and the questions deeper and seemingly more pressing. The constant pursuit for answers is a lonely place, so she created this podcast for like-minded parents who feel alone and want to join the quest to crack the parenting code. Since all children are unique, there cannot be one size fits all answers. The emphasis will be on sharing lessons learned, connections made, insights, and asking further questions. The podcast has ended. Here is a selection of the most important episodes.

Being With Joy: Self-Reg S1E10

May 26th, 2021|

In this episode, I talk about Shanker Self-Reg and how it has helped me for myself and as a parent. Listen in to hear all about this amazing lifelong process that changes the way we see behaviour.

Being With Joy: All Roads Lead To The Limbic System S1E9

May 26th, 2021|

This episode is the lead up to the Self-Reg episode. It is important to talk about the Limbic System when we talk about wanting to understand our and our children’s behaviour. I’ve heard so many people talking about the Limbic System influencing our behaviours that it became necessary to address here.

My Services

Free Stuff

Please check out the following freebies Joy has available so that you can work with her on your own time and benefit from what she has learned.

Revitalize Your Life with Self-Regulation Practices

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Discover self-regulation’s transformative benefits and access additional resources by simply clicking the button below. Take charge of your well-being today!

  • YouTube Videos:

  • Curated YouTube Playlists for many of your Self-Regulation, EFT, and Executive Functioning needs


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Joy has coached me since September 2019. She has helped me in my time management during my college studies. She is very organized, structured, and reliable. She knows how to help someone become more accountable to oneself and others; is also a warm communicator, very patient, and asks the right questions to prompt autonomous responses. Indeed, she is a great life coach that can answer many needs because of her wide variety of knowledge and expertise in executive functioning. I recommend her!

Joel Jobin, Student

We want to thank you for your work with our daughter earlier this year. She benefited from working with you, and we can see a remarkable difference in how she is managing stress this year. It’s a tough time for all, but in particular for adolescents, so I’m glad she was able to connect with you ahead of starting her university experience.

Anonymous parent of a teen, Professional

The benefits of Joy’s coaching have changed the way I see myself. I really did not know what to expect from a coach but am so happy I made the decision. Her advice is based on her strong knowledge base and I have learned so much from her. She continues to challenge and hold me accountable but does so in such a genuine way, that I look forward to every session. Joy ensures that the goals are my own which is incredibly important.  Her consistent encouragement makes me feel that I am not alone.  Her empathy has taught me to be empathetic towards myself.  I am privileged to have Joy as my coach as she has helped me understand how to take care of myself and get better at that every day.

Anonymous, Professional

Working with Joy was life-changing. She was able to help me identify barriers and create action plans that fit my lifestyle. She listened with a compassionate ear and asked questions that fostered clarity, perspective, accountability, and acceptance in all areas of my life. My relationships at work and at home improved tremendously while working with Joy. Her knowledge and expertise as a Life Coach are world-class.

Brookley Carmichael, Certified ADHD, Executive Function and Life Coach

I have been coached by Joy, and she is an outstanding coach. Joy has a perfect balance of professional experience and coaching practice to keep me on track and directed. Coaching with Joy has brought much order, focus, and improved, efficient performance to my professional and personal life.

Samantha Rosenberg Rudolph, Educational Leader & Coach

I am deeply grateful for Joy’s guidance and support during a challenging period of grief. With her expertise in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), she provided me with the tools to navigate the overwhelming emotions and guilt I was experiencing. Joy’s compassionate presence and personalized tapping techniques helped me release the heavy weight of sorrow, allowing me to find peace and acceptance. I wholeheartedly recommend Joy to anyone seeking healing and emotional well-being. Her support has made a meaningful difference in my life, and I am truly thankful for her presence on my journey.

Nathalie Chénard, ADHD & Sleep Coach, Professional

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