Twila utilizes her practical, creative, organizational, computer, and systems development expertise, her entrepreneurial skills and her diverse background to assist clients in achieving their goals. She offers her honesty, integrity and genuine caring to support clients through the coaching process. She encourages balance, self-awareness and simplification. She believes it is important to create systems and environments that support the person with ADD / ADHD just the way they are and that it is also important to focus on their gifts and talents.
Background: After ten years in accounting and business management, she moved on to Nursing in 1985, starting at bedside, then to Nurse Educator. She initiated and managed the Nursing Case Management Department at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Next she worked with TQM teams in data analysis and inter- departmental recommendations effecting change in work flow and information systems.
Using these experiences, skills and her coach training she has coached her clients successfully for over while developing effective systems and strategies for those with ADD/ADHD.
Basic areas include:
Systems development, implementation & maintenance
Decision making and cognitive tools
Structure that is "just right" for each individual client
College Student SmartPlanner
Sensible Systems Workbook
Audios: Moving beyond ADHD & Perfectionism, Mindfulness - Attentional Guided Imagery Series
Graduate School of Coaching
ADD coach training - Diana Edwards, MCC
Enneagram Spectrum coach training
ADDA & CHADD Conferences
Arizona Boxer Luv Rescue (Rescue organization for Canine Boxer dogs)
Past volunteer Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching
Past volunteer ADHD Coaches Organization
Past volunteer Arizona Center for the Blind
Past volunteer Arizona Mental Health Organization
Sunday thru Thursday - varied hours
I discovered Twila during the most difficult time of my life. She helped me create stability and order in my life during a time when I felt completely lost after my husband left and sought full custody of our son. I am not sure how I would have navigated without Twila. She is an incredibly talented and intuitive coach, and I highly recommend her! Twila is very gifted in being able to quickly understand "where you are" and where you need support and/or structure. She takes a tailored approach to assisting you where you need help the most. Twila is able to help you learn how to gain and maintain focus - which is a true blessing if you have ADHD. She is able to help you create and maintain an orderly environment, define your values and life purpose, effectively organize, plan and manage projects. I honestly feel like I cannot do Twila justice with my inadequate attempt to describe what she has done for me. Twila has been instrumental in my life changing for the better in so many ways."
I call Twila my Fairy Godmother! I am 33 and have struggled with ADHD for years and Twila is the only person I have worked with that I felt really "gets me" but doesn't also have ADHD herself. She is calm when I am not, assertive when she needs to be, and challenges me to be realistic and more kind to myself and others. The systems and tools she has developed are uniquely designed for me and based on 18 years of working with ADHD adults. Twila also truly cares for you as an individual. If you are tired of feeling frustrated and are ready to make some changes in your life, Twila is the coach you want walking you through the journey of becoming the person all of us we know we can be.
I have been working with Twila Gates for two years and cannot express the enormous difference she has made in my life. Before Twila, my life was total chaos. Twila has helped to clear a path for me to move forward, focus on priorities, and cut out overwhelm. I am beginning to transform myself from inside out. I have been able to grow as a person in ways that I never would have if not for Twila. No matter how personal the issues, Twila has been there for me with helpful tools, strategies, wisdom, and support. Twila's daily planning system has taught me how to budget my time, prioritize and execute tasks, and prevent the day from "running away with me." The "Ideal Week" she helped me create is essential to help me function at my best and focus on my goals. The SmartPlanner allows me to break down projects, keep the current ones in my awareness, and easily access next steps, and move forward my highest priorities. Having someone to talk to each week to discuss obstacles and come up with creative and wise solutions together has really helped me to stay on track and elevate the way I handle what comes up in my life. Her understanding of how to help people with ADD become productive is brilliant, but on top of that, Twila is the most sincere, genuinely caring person I have ever met. She has made a profound difference in my life. I am much calmer, happier, more confident in my success, and most importantly I am a better person because of her.