Natalie Houston Boston, Massachusetts
Life Coach, Performance Coach, ADD ADHD Coach
Is procrastination holding you back?
Do you have a goal you really want to pursue, but it keeps getting pushed aside?
Do you have lots of ideas, but you're not sure which project to focus on, or how to get started?
I can help. I support people who want to stop procrastinating, gain more control over their time, and move forward on the projects and goals that matter most to them.
Many of my clients are adults with ADD/ADHD who find coaching support and accountability valuable in establishing habits and structures for time management and focus.
As your coach, I will support and help you to:
--identify your most important goals
--develop a clear plan to move you forward
--remove blocks and obstacles
--take powerful action to create the success you desire
I coach over the phone, so we can easily arrange a time that suits your schedule, no matter where you live (I currently have clients in three countries and many time zones).
Your coaching session is completely confidential, giving you safe space to explore any questions or concerns you have.
My coaching style is compassionate and action-oriented. I listen deeply to what you say in order to fully understand your perspective. Together we can identify your goals and priorities and discover the best solutions for you.
I have trained as a coach with CoachU and have my ACC certification with the ICF. I’m also an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
I share my life with my partner and two dogs. I'm a longtime vegan and student of yoga.
Natalie has 3 reviews.
- E.B., Associate Professor
Natalie is super smart, and asks fantastic questions. Really excellent ones, just the right ones at the right time. While working with her I have achieved a lot, both in terms of specific projects and in the attention to the larger, deeper aspects of work. She’s helped me work through challenges in my life as an academic administrator—everything from preparing for an important meeting to reframing the metaphors through which I conceptualize my admin life. Our meetings have been hugely useful in charting out research agendas and sticking to them, despite the multiple demands of teaching and admin duties. I really feel I’ve made some excellent decisions about my career trajectory that feel right to me; the process has been authentic, and so it means I am at peace with the decisions I have made. Natalie is an excellent listener, with a great sense of humor. You can be your full self with her, and discuss all the different parts of your work or home life as needed.
- J.S., Associate Professor of English
This testimonial is addressed especially to academics and professionals who are looking for an astute, worldly-wise and well-informed coach. It comes with warmest appreciation and praise for Natalie Houston’s smarts and skills.
I encountered Natalie about 2 ½ years ago when I was feeling depleted and demoralized by an unsatisfying academic profession. State budget cuts had affected my university and our faculty were overburdened, stressed, and generally under pressure. Usually, I get enormous pleasure and stimulation from academic research, but at that time I found myself making little progress because teaching and administration duties had become overwhelming.
Natalie helped me figure out how to become a fierce defender of my own research time. She helped me establish and stick firmly to research goals, and knowing I had her backing me gave me the courage to be firmer about refusing intrusive tasks.
I’m now writing regularly, am back on track with publishing, and feel so much more motivated and in control. If you’re looking for somebody informed about the demands of academe and also impressive in her familiarity with resources for living a more invigorated, satisfying, and joy-filled life, try Natalie.
- Thad, University Lecturer and Poet
In the year I’ve worked with Natalie I have seen real changes in my life, changes I have been trying unsuccessfully to make for a long time. I’ve stopped procrastinating about tackling a large writing project, for instance; I’m making better choices about the use of my time, feel less overwhelmed by what I have to do, and have more time and energy to relax and enjoy the things I love.
I’ve always been a hard worker, but have had to struggle to compensate for ADD. Natalie has worked with me to discover strategies for change that I can really use.
I have discovered how to use the “15 minute” rule to get started on long-term projects, to get past reluctance to tackle something disagreeable, to deal with email efficiently, and to make good use of short blocks of time. I am becoming aware of the way negative mental images or narratives can affect my behaviour, and am learning that substituting more positive ones can make a real difference.
When I finish a conversation with Natalie, I feel I have a new perspective; in particular, I appreciate Natalie’s sensitive and mindful approach to problem solving.