Meet the Coach: Adrianna Mannix
What attracted you to become a coach?
I grew up in a family of 11 and from a very early age I was always helping them to resolve their personal issues. I realised from that experience that I had a natural gift directed towards problem solving.
Where did you train?
I trained over an 8-year period, my passion was in health psychology and coaching. I trained in many colleges around Dublin, PCI, Clondalkin, IBHT Newbridge, co Kildare, Marino Institute of Education, and finally I did a masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and motivational interviewing at the Waterford Institute of Technology.
What kind of coaching do you offer?
I am passionate around building confidence, resolving relationship concerns, working with ADHD, managing anxiety, building resilience and offering compassionate coaching based around acceptance and commitment therapy.
How does coaching help?
Coaching clients get transparency and start to understand their shortcomings. Within this process they start to regulate and manage certain behaviours and thoughts that in the past caused them suffering. I help minimise that suffering through a process of education, empathy, and sharing my own shortcomings and victories.
What sort of coaching clients do you usually see?
I see all types of clients: people who have lost their direction in different areas of their lives; people who want to work on nutrition/fitness; those with anxiety; those wanting to build resilience, resolve sleep problems, understand ADHD and relationship concerns.
Do you ever suggest books or other materials to clients?
This is definitely something I offer, sharing recipes to improve their health, education around hormones that help elevate their moods, books that help them understand their personal issues and offer the realisation that they are not alone in their struggles.
What do you like about being a coach?
I like the process of when you begin with your client and then the different stages of their development as they open up and see themselves and the world through more compassionate eyes.
In the understanding of their triggers they can learn to manage and regulate themselves thus creating a space to minimise their suffering on a day-to-day basis.
What is less pleasant?
When you have to tell a client that you can’t support them as the connection isn’t there and move them on to a more suitable match.
What is one life lesson you try to live by?
“This too shall pass” – this has always helped me in difficult times as I realise we all experience difficult situations and they pass, if we are lucky enough we get to see the benefits of our difficult experiences and how they help us build resilience, awareness and compassion.
What do you wish people knew about coaching?
That we all need it from time to time and it's completely accessible and acceptable to ask for help.
Do you have a favourite client testimonial or particular success story?
My name is Olivia and I am 19 years of age. I have been a client of Adrianna’s for the guts of four years and can honestly say her coaching has changed my life. I found myself in a very dark place at an incredibly young age carrying a weight no 15 year old should have to endure. I found myself stuck in a mindset and way of life that brought me only misery. However, with the help of Adrianna I find the person I was and the life I was leading unrecognisable. I am content with my life and with Adrianna’s help and guidance, have been able to find ways in which I can manage my struggles and lead a great life. Her support has been unending and no matter what the situation, Adrianna is there.
My anxiety consumed me at one point. However, what was once a constant presence is now merely a momentary thing that I can effectively manage and that always passes. Without Adrianna , this would not be the case. Her coaching is simple but most effective and does not leave you feeling overwhelmed by all that goes on in your head. I cannot thank her enough for the positive change she has helped me bring into my life and only wish that everyone in this world could have someone like Adrianna by their side.
Testimony for ADHD coaching / CBT client
I simply describe Adrianna as the person who brought the smile back to my son's face. Adrianna portrays ADHD not as a disability but a gift and in doing so, restores that confidence that had all but disappeared. She has a true understanding of an individual with ADHD and an incredible ability to read, understand and guide that individual.
Her message is delivered with such enthusiasm and most importantly, my son listens, understands and is guided. My son gets Adrianna, he trusts Adrianna and knows she will always be there for him to put him back on track.
Adrianna has a genuine interest, is a pleasure to work with and will always be welcome in my home.