Meet Shirley

Meet Shirley

Shirley is a life coach who provides relief for professional Mamas of exceptional children so that she and her family can have a peaceful household.  Shirley has over 25 years experience serving families and youth and earned a Master of Arts in Psychology in Education with specializations in community counseling and school counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.  She has worked as a family therapist, counselor, disability student coordinator, researcher, life coach, psychology professor, academic advisor, residential coordinator, and mentor at Indiana University, Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Family Excellence, residential treatment facilities, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and community centers.  Shirley started Possible Mama because she found herself as a professional working Mama with an exceptional child.  She realized that juggling a career, the needs of her sweet child, and herself can be quite overwhelming and demanding.  Between work, doctor visits, special diets for my Sun, dealing with my Sun’s educational needs and school, and maintaining a household, I found my needs were getting overlooked and my creativity stifled.  I took a hard look at myself when everything began falling apart. Chores were being neglected.  I stopped interacting with my friends.  My marriage fell apart.  My Sun barely did anything outside the house.  I began picking up the pieces and realized that taking care of myself MUST be a priority in order to take care of my Sun.  I began to dig deep by meditating daily, regained a sense of peace and faith, nourished my body with a healthy foods and sleep, strengthened my support network,  choose a career that aligned with my values and got my household in order.  Today, I can happily say both my Sun and I are thriving all because I choose to put my self care needs first.