Work with a Certified Health Coach - Happy Healthy Rested
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The Happy Healthy Rested Approach

“What are you going to tell me that I haven’t already heard?”

This is a question I’ve heard a lot in this information saturated 24/7 world. You might be using an app on your phone or wearing a device on your wrist right now that can tell you how to count calories and measure how much exercise you’re getting. Is it working?

My goal is to introduce you to an integrated approach to health and wellness.  I’m curious how all the areas of your life are connected. For example, do you feel overwhelmed? Pulled in a million directions? Does this cause you to make quick decisions about your health or to overeat? Does poor quality sleep or lack of sleep prevent you from achieving your goals? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

My approach is to consider factors beyond what is on your plate. Don’t worry, we will definitely discuss what you’re eating (particularly whether you are eating local and organic produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and drinking water) but we may also discuss the other factors that are affecting your daily life.

We’ll work together so you can finally reach your health related goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, improving sleep, and maximizing energy. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the  lifestyle choices that work best for you. This understanding will help you implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, sleep, and health.


I’ve now been getting consistently 6-8 hours of sleep/night for the past month. This is incredible, because before I started working with Deirdre, I had several nights in a row where I was getting 0-3 hours of sleep (my monthly average was probably 4-6 hours). I had a physical feeling of dread every time I went into my bed, and Ambien was losing its effect. I was taking 2.5 mg and suddenly I was requiring 5 mg, and even that wasn’t a sure-bet to put me to sleep. I would describe my coach as:
Expert, open, flexible, magician with a magic wand. -Melissa P.
I have been able to constructively recognize some of the thoughts and behaviors that may have been contributing to my anxiety and sleep problems. I now feel confident in my abilities to overcome some of my previous fears associated with insomnia. I have the resources to help myself when I previously may have felt helpless.
– Rachel K.
The most significant overall change I have noticed has been that I no longer feel ruled by my depression and anxiety. For the first time I have confidence in myself and my abilities. I have never enjoyed life the way I am today—enjoying each moment—thanks to Deirdre’s help.
– Amy H.
Thank you so much for helping to jump start my road back to health! I also will let all my friends/family know how awesome you are!!
– Elizabeth C.
Insomnia is no longer a controlling factor in my life. For my part, when I would go through a bout of severe insomnia, the insomnia itself would become an all-consuming obsession, e.g. “what’s wrong with me? When will this ever end?” Working with my coach gave me tools to control my reaction to both common insomnia “triggers” as well as the insomnia itself, to where I no longer experience these “anxiety spirals” should I encounter a night or two of bad/no sleep.
I would describe my coach as extremely accessible and compassionate, with a deep well of knowledge on sleep disorders and their treatment. I would recommend my coach to literally ANYONE that is experiencing insomnia or sleep disturbances of any kind. -Dwane L
You helped me work through how I approach these middle of night wake-ups. As a 60 year old woman, it seems they are just gonna happen. But I have figured out some good strategies for lulling myself back to sleep: I know that I can just go downstairs; I can make that melt-y feeling in my hands and breathe deeply; I can rationalize by knowing it’s just nature waking me up and likely not my “fault”, and I take comfort in knowing that the sleep the night following a bad one is usually quite good. -Therese W


“I never feel rested.”

Nearly every day since I have worked as a clinical sleep psychologist, I hear those words. Many patients tell me that they have felt this way for decades and that this feeling has been resistant to numerous trials of prescription medications. Many resort to taking sleeping pills, maintaining chaotic lifestyles, and making quick and easy food choices because they feel too tired and overwhelmed to make better choices. In addition, very few people feel truly heard by their health care professional. With shorter appointment times these days, there is only enough time to address the most critical health issues in the appointment. What would it feel like to be truly listened to? This is why I received training in holistic health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2015.


With HHR you will learn how to make better choices to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle so that you can be more effective both at home and at work.


HHR Logo

The HHR logo is illustrated by three colors, each one representing elements of my program. Yellow is the power of the sun to regulate our sleep and improve our mood. Blue is the importance of darkness and sleep that allows us to feel rested. Green, the combination of yellow and blue reflects the vitality of the food we eat and the greenery of the beautiful outdoors. All elements are critical for our health.