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 certified life coach with a niche in self-regulation 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 willpower, I learned how to implement the tools I needed to succeed. My love of learning developed as I discovered personally intriguing subjects. 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 typical teenage boy, I watched my children learn and function differently, which triggered my curiosity to understand what I was witnessing. That was when I 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, 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 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.
Joy Gandell received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology from McGill University and her Master’s of Science in Administration with a major in Management from the John Molson School of Business. For almost 20 years, she worked in Human Resources. Joy discovered a passion for executive function skills and coaching after her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation. She shifted her career focus and delved into coaching and executive function skill development. She received intensive training, obtaining certificates in the Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically, Empowering Students Through Coaching, The Foundations of Shanker Self-Reg. , and Shanker Self-Reg Facilitator. Joy has also obtained her Associate Certified Coach level through the International Coaching Federation.
Today, Joy coaches individuals (15 years +) on learning and succeeding in school, self-regulating, and achieving their critical life skills goals. She is particularly passionate about training, mentoring, and coaching people on Self-Regulation skills because she believes that success in school and life largely depends on the ability to self-regulate, a cornerstone to building executive function skills and personal growth.
Joy believes her clients are all resourceful, resilient, and capable of achieving the goals they set for themselves through coaching and learning how to hold themselves accountable. By establishing a trusting relationship and keeping a safe space for her clients, she can help them achieve the self-awareness they need to develop the strategies and action plans for success.
Joy is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the ADHD Coaches Organization. She actively participates in professional development by participating in various training courses.