Who I Am
Hello, My name is Anne Sabagh, and I am a Certified Life Coach. I specialize in working with individuals on the autism spectrum, highly sensitive people, those with ADHD, and other such neurodiverse traits. I am on the autism spectrum and a highly sensitive person myself, and understand first-hand the sensory overload and overwhelm many neurodiverse people experience. I seek to help my clients thrive despite any challenges that accompany their neurodiverse traits. I work with my clients to help them improve their executive function skills, which are a set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. They are also the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.
Growing up, I always knew there was something “different” about me. I tended to feel things very deeply, sometimes took much longer than others to get over seemingly trivial slights, was strongly moved by music of all genres, my favorite being rock and roll, and often wrote poetry from a very young age to help me process whatever I was feeling. I was easily overwhelmed by too much noise, large crowded spaces, things happening too quickly for me to process, and much else.
In , I went into a bookstore in Washington, D.C., and saw a book called The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. Without reading anything but the title, I knew that was me. I purchased it and have referenced it now for many years. It was written by psychologist, Dr. Elaine Aron, a highly sensitive person herself, who actually coined the term Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP in the mid 1990’s. I am so grateful for having found this book years ago to realize there was not only a term for the way I had felt all my life, but that it was a trait, and there was nothing wrong with me.
In late 2018, December 17th to be exact, I also came to learn that I am on the autism spectrum. I identify as, and experience the world, much the same as many individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome do.
Learning this about myself was a huge relief for me, as it further helped to solidify that I was simply wired differently, and affirmed once again, that there was nothing wrong with me. I am grateful to have this realization about myself, which has helped me to make sense of so much of my life experiences that preceded this knowledge. I seek to help other neurodiverse individuals realize the same.
What Is Life Coaching
Life coaching works with all aspects relating to a person’s life; including independent living skills, social skills, relationships, career, health and well-being. Some reasons people seek to work with a life coach are to improve their executive function skills, relationships, and careers, and enhance their interpersonal and communication skills just to name a few. Coaching involves the coach and client working together to help the client achieve their personal and professional goals through the development and execution of action plans.
My Coaching Approach
Being an HSP and Aspie myself, and experiencing daily the challenges that can accompany living in this world with heightened sensitivity, I have learned ways to work with my sensitivity in order to cope with daily life and thrive despite the overwhelm/sensory overload I sometimes experience. I feel called to work with others to help them navigate their challenges, create their best lives, and recognize their neurodiverse traits as gifts that they bring to the world.
What is important to know about working with me is that I am a strong proponent of neurodiversity and do not believe in a cure for autism or any other neurodiverse traits; as they are not diseases. Rather, I believe in helping each client determine what their strengths are so they can play to their strengths and minimize and navigate their areas of weakness, as well as improve their executive function skills.
I have a direct and engaging approach to working with clients, and seek to help them stay positive, focused, and uplifted. I help each client realize that they already have within them, the resources to reach their goals. I ask my clients what they would like to achieve by the end of each session and work with them to help create an action plan to achieve their goals, building in accountability and ways to navigate obstacles that may come up.
How Long Does Life Coaching Take?
The length of time it takes for each person to see results varies from person to person. Many people get what they are looking for in between 8–16 sessions. Life coaching is an investment in you, so being committed to the process is important. You are worth it! Here is how the coaching process often flows for clients to give you an idea of what to expect when working with a life coach. Keep in mind, this is just a guide, and it is up to the client and coach as to how they collectively believe is best to proceed:
- When clients first begin working with a life coach, it is helpful to meet weekly for the first 4 sessions to begin getting traction towards their goals. At this stage, the client and coach are identifying internal and external obstacles, and clients are learning new things about themselves each week.
- Once clients have gained self-awareness and movement through their initial 4 sessions, they may wish to meet every two weeks to keep up their motivation and practice new skills between sessions.
- Once clients feel they are making good progress, they may wish to cut back to coaching sessions once a month to maintain their gains. This allows them to test their new skills, and determine which areas they feel confident in, and which areas they may need more support.
- Once clients have met their goals, they may choose to meet for quarterly “check in” sessions. This allows them to review what strategies are working well and what may need to be to be tweaked in order to keep them moving forward.
My Certification, Professional Liability Insurance, and Code of Ethics
I obtained my life coaching certification through the World Coach Institute, a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. I abide by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) code of ethics.
I also maintain professional liability insurance through Alternative Balance/Citadel Insurance Services, LC, and am happy to provide proof of insurance upon request.
I look forward to working with you to help you create your best life, achieve your goals, and see your neurodiverse traits, despite their challenges, as gifts.
Thank you and Blessings!