Who I Am
Hello, My name is Anne Sabagh, and I am a Certified Life Coach. I specialize in working with highly sensitive people, individuals on the autism spectrum, and those with ADHD, and other such neurodivergent traits. I am a highly sensitive person and on the autism spectrum myself, and understand first-hand what it feels like when the world feels overwhelming. I seek to help my clients thrive despite this overwhelm. I work with my clients to help them improve their executive function skills which are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for 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, I also came to learn that I am on the autism spectrum. I identify as, and experience the world, much the same as individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.
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 neurodivergent individuals realize the same.
What Is Life Coaching
Life coaching works with all aspects relating to a person’s life; including relationships, career, health and well-being. Some reasons people seek to work with a life coach are to help build self confidence, work on time management and work/life balance, improve their relationships and careers, and enhance their interpersonal and communication skills just to name a few. Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires clients to maximize their personal and professional potential and helps them to achieve their goals through the development and execution of action plans.
My Coaching Approach
Being an HSP and an 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 the feelings that come up due to their heightened sensitivity, create their best lives, and recognize their sensitivity and neurodivergent traits as a gift 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 neurodivergent 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.
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 the answers that provide the means for them to reach their goals are already inside of them. 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:
- When first beginning your work with a life coach, it is helpful to meet weekly for the first 4 sessions, so that you can begin getting traction towards your goals. At this stage you and your coach are digging in to your inner and external obstacles, and you’ll be learning new things about yourself every week. I ask that my clients commit to at least 4 sessions initially, so that they may see progress and can decide from there how they wish to proceed.
- Once you’ve gained self-awareness and movement through your initial 4 sessions, you may wish to meet with your coach every two weeks to keep up your motivation and so that you have plenty of time to practice your new skills and try out your strategies between sessions.
- Once you feel you are making good progress, you may wish to cut back to coaching sessions once a month to maintain your gains. This allows you to test your new skills, and determine which areas you feel confident in and which areas you may need more support.
- Once you have met your goals, you may choose to meet with your coach for quarterly “check in” sessions. This allows you to review what strategies are working well and what may need to be to be tweaked in order to keep you moving forward.
My Certification and Code of Ethics
I obtained my life coaching certification through the World Coach Institute and abide by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) code of ethics.
I look forward to working with you to help you create your best life, achieve your goals, and see your sensitivity or any special needs you have, despite their challenges, as a gift.
Thank you and Blessings!