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Melanie Sobocinski, Ph.D., PCC

Melanie Sobocinski is an ICF-certified PCC and a MentorCoach CMC with an ADHD specialization. She loves working with graduate students and professors with ADHD, helping them build the tools needed to thrive in academia.

Melanie's journey to becoming an ADHD coach began when she found herself in need of coaching support. As a doctoral student, Melanie hired her first coach to help her navigate the dissertation process and was transformed by the coaching experience. Being coached was also an integral part of her journey through the tenure track as well. After getting bored with the tenure track, Melanie launched a professional organizing business and pursued coaching credentials. During that time, she did her best to hold things together as her undiagnosed ADHD took an ever-bigger toll on her family.

Melanie identifies as a proud member of the ADHD community, parent to an ADHD++ kid, a voracious reader, recovering academic, and certified ImpactParents Sanity School® trainer. She has lived experience as a struggling academic with ADHD, and says that coaching is what helped her and her family thrive, pre- and post-diagnosis.  

Melanie is not currently accepting new coaching clients — she is expected to have availability for new clients for our 6-month One-to-One Coaching program in the late Spring or early Summer.

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Why do you like working with high achievers who have ADHD?

Because I am one and I get it! I finished my ADHD coach training while still in denial about actually having ADHD. It took having my kid diagnosed with ADHD to see all the ways in which ADHD shaped my academic journey and career choices since then. I love working with my people and supporting my tribe to bring out their brilliance and help them shift from overwhelm and overwork to confident self-management with a minimum of effort.

Melanie's Coaching Style

I'm nerdy, into self-improvement and self-management strategies, and love helping people find ways to work with the brain they have to reach the goals they're after. 

In her coaching work, Melanie helps clients to:

  • move from mindsets like "I should" to a place of choice

  • identify goals and troubleshoot barriers to achieving them

  • develop personalized strategies and tools to support their unique brains and working styles

  • upgrade from adrenaline-based self-forcing to authentically positive mindful self-guiding

  • get curious about possibilities while staying grounded in the realities of navigating ADHD and the academic system

Certifications & Training

  • Awarded Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from International Coaching Federation (ICF) in 2020

  • Completed ImpactADHD Sanity School® Live for Parents Certification Program in 2019

  • Completed MentorCoach LLC coach training, ADHD track

  • Awarded Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) from MentorCoach LLC in 2016

  • Awarded Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from International Coaching Federation (ICF) in 2016

Education & Work Experience

  • Received a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from University of Michigan in 2002

  • Was an Assistant Professor of Art History at University of Michigan - Dearborn from 2003-2010

  • Was Co-Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture, published in 2015

  • Has been in business as a bootstrapped, profitable solopreneur since 2010

Education & Experience

Interested in working with Melanie?
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