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I help my clients discover the unique ways they need to preserve and restore their energy so they can learn how to hack their brains to get stuff done.

All services are offered in English only. Coaching services are only done online.

JOY GANDELL • Coach, Speaker and Advocate

About Me

I am a warm, curious, empathetic self-proclaimed nerd as I LOVE reading & learning. I love to know why things happen and why people are motivated to do what they do. I have tapped into my love of reading, my curious nature, and my resourcefulness to answer these questions. I have relied on these traits as the cornerstones of my personal and professional growth and resilience. I feel deeply for suffering people who need help and be there for others. I am community-minded and believe I have to give back to society.

My career has evolved from psychology to HR, and now a certified life coach with a niche in self-regulation and executive function skills. I have been on a mission to understand why some people succeed effortlessly and why some people struggle. 

I was not always this self-proclaimed nerd who loved learning. As a child, I struggled in school and with many executive function skills. Through time and willpower, I learned how to implement the tools I needed to succeed. My love of learning developed as I discovered personally intriguing subjects. My desire to help people led me to the Human Resource profession and kept me there for nearly 20 years. Things changed when my daughter was diagnosed with Cancer, and I realized I wanted to have a more profound impact on how I was helping people. When she was later diagnosed with ADHD and three learning disabilities and my son became a typical teenage boy, I watched my children learn and function differently, which triggered my curiosity to understand what I was witnessing. That was when I started to learn about developing executive function skills, Self-Regulation as well as some neuroscience to help me uncover the mysteries of what was happening in their brains.

I decided to apply all the knowledge I acquired through my years of learning about Pediatric Cancer side effects, researching ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Executive Function Skills, Self-Regulation, the science behind learning, and advocating for my daughter by becoming a certified life coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I finally found a way to have a profound impact on the lives of others by empowering my clients to find solutions to meet their unique blend of needs. I see my clients as resourceful, whole, and capable of change, and I approach each coaching relationship primarily through my empathy, calm, respect, and kindness.

My Official Bio

Joy Gandell received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology from McGill University and her Master’s of Science in Administration with a major in Management from the John Molson School of Business. For almost 20 years, she worked in Human Resources. Joy discovered a passion for executive function skills and coaching after her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation. She shifted her career focus and delved into coaching and executive function skill development. She received intensive training, obtaining certificates in the Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically, Empowering Students Through Coaching, Self-Reg Foundations Certificate Program, and the Self-Reg Learning Facilitator’s Program. Joy has also obtained her Associate Certified Coach level through the International Coaching Federation. 

Today, Joy coaches individuals (15 years +) on learning and succeeding in school, self-regulating, and achieving their critical life skills goals. She is particularly passionate about training, mentoring, and coaching people on Self-Regulation skills because she believes that success in school and life largely depends on the ability to self-regulate, a cornerstone to building executive function skills and personal growth.

Joy believes her clients are all resourceful, resilient, and capable of achieving the goals they set for themselves through coaching and learning how to hold themselves accountable. By establishing a trusting relationship and keeping a safe space for her clients, she can help them achieve the self-awareness they need to develop the strategies and action plans for success.

Joy is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the ADHD Coaches Organization. She actively participates in professional development by participating in various training courses.

My Podcast

Being With Joy: A Quest To Crack The Parenting Code

Joy Gandell is a parent like you and, ever since she had her first child, has experienced the parenting stress every parent feels not knowing what to do and how to get it right. Since no guidebook was given at the birth of her 1st child, she has researched the right way to do things almost every step of the way. As time went on and her children grew and life situations became more complex, the search for answers got more frequent, and the questions deeper and seemingly more pressing. The constant pursuit for answers is a lonely place, so she created this podcast for like-minded parents who feel alone and want to join the quest to crack the parenting code. Since all children are unique, there cannot be one size fits all answers. The emphasis will be on sharing lessons learned, connections made, insights, and asking further questions. Since all parents are busy, this podcast will be seasonal, with short episodes launched weekly. You can find all transcripts and sources mentioned in the episodes here.

Being With Joy: Self-Reg S1E10

May 26th, 2021|

In this episode, I talk about Shanker Self-Reg and how it has helped me for myself and as a parent. Listen in to hear all about this amazing lifelong process that changes the way we see behaviour.

Being With Joy: All Roads Lead To The Limbic System S1E9

May 26th, 2021|

This episode is the lead up to the Self-Reg episode. It is important to talk about the Limbic System when we talk about wanting to understand our and our children’s behaviour. I’ve heard so many people talking about the Limbic System influencing our behaviours that it became necessary to address here.

My Services


1-1 Coaching

When you choose one-on-one coaching, you and I meet at the interval of your choice for 30 or 50-minute sessions where I support you as you hold yourself accountable for achieving your goals.


Speaking Engagements

If your audience is looking to hear from someone who has parented through a child’s physical and/or mental disabilities, advocated for their child, learned how to teach Shanker Self-Reg and overcome life’s devastating obstacles, Then Joy is the speaker for your next event.

Free Stuff

Please check out the following freebies Joy has available so that you can work with her on your own time and benefit from what she has learned.


Please check out the following articles where Joy Gandell has been featured or quoted.

Have you ever wondered how to live an easier life but struggle to know where to start? In my 5 Steps To Executive Function Success, I’ll break down my top 5 tips so you can achieve more efficiency and peace daily. Sign up below to access your free ebook!


Have you ever wondered how to self-regulate with more ease but struggled to know where to start? With my Self-Regulation Framework, I break it down into two parts and present the Qs you should be asking yourself so that you can start your self-regulation journey right away. Sign up below to access your Framework.




The following resources have been curated to assist you on your journey. I do not make any commission from sharing them with you.


I have been coached by Joy, and she is an outstanding coach. Joy has a perfect balance of professional experience and coaching practice to keep me on track and directed. Coaching with Joy has brought much order, focus, and improved, efficient performance to my professional and personal life.

Samantha Rosenberg Rudolph, Educational Leader & Coach

Joy has coached me since September 2019. She has helped me in my time management during my college studies. She is very organized, structured, and reliable. She knows how to help someone become more accountable to oneself and others; is also a warm communicator, very patient, and asks the right questions to prompt autonomous responses. Indeed, she is a great life coach that can answer many needs because of her wide variety of knowledge and expertise in executive functioning. I recommend her!

Joel Jobin, Student

Working with Joy was life-changing. She was able to help me identify barriers and create action plans that fit my lifestyle. She listened with a compassionate ear and asked questions that fostered clarity, perspective, accountability, and acceptance in all areas of my life. My relationships at work and at home improved tremendously while working with Joy. Her knowledge and expertise as a Life Coach are world-class.

Brookley Carmichael, Certified ADHD, Executive Function and Life Coach

The benefits of Joy’s coaching have changed the way I see myself. I really did not know what to expect from a coach but am so happy I made the decision. Her advice is based on her strong knowledge base and I have learned so much from her. She continues to challenge and hold me accountable but does so in such a genuine way, that I look forward to every session. Joy ensures that the goals are my own which is incredibly important.  Her consistent encouragement makes me feel that I am not alone.  Her empathy has taught me to be empathetic towards myself.  I am privileged to have Joy as my coach as she has helped me understand how to take care of myself and get better at that every day.

Anonymous, Professional

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