My name is Rachel Gans-Boriskin. I am a coach, teacher, wife, mother and friend. I am blessed to have lived a life full of incredible highs and remarkable lows. From each experience I have grown and come to respect and honor the resilience of the human spirit.
I spent a great deal of my life waiting for things to get easier. And then one day I realized that it would never be easy. There would always be challenges. I came to understand that a good life is not one without strife and pain- it is a life in which the challenges make you stronger and make you value that which is good in the world. A meaningful life is full of messiness and laughter – and by those standards, I am exceptionally blessed.
This new perspective helped me evolve. With the help of a coach, I was able to identify the things in my life that were in my power to change and find ways of handling those that were not. I got in touch with my values and strengths and embarked on a new path that honored my gifts and my ideals.
I am a CTI trained coach with degrees in communication from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University and am a full time lecturer in communication at Simmons College. I have also worked as a professor of communication at Clark University, Northeastern University and Brandeis University among others. In my work as a professor, I have helped my students identify their goals and strengths and mentored them as they set forth on their journeys. I love working with young people to help them channel their dreams into actionable plans.
I have training in communication, psychology, positive psychology, counseling, ADHD coaching and mindfulness. I use this training to help clients develop the strategies that work best for them.
I am also the mother of a child with special needs and in my work as the president of my town’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), I help support parents and caregivers as they balance their own needs and those of their loved ones. I know how difficult it is to take care of yourself when you are busy taking care of others.
I bring to my coaching the wisdom of lessons from the halls of academia, the politics of offices, the bonds of friendship, the responsibilities and love of family, and the tragedies and triumphs of living. But most importantly, I bring my genuine interest in people and my intuition. My passion in coaching is to help people become the best versions of themselves.