Jayson Blair, mental health coach and managing partner at Goose Creek Consulting, is a driven and passionate coach focused on helping others.
In 2003 Jayson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After years of managing his bipolar disorder, Jayson lives by the belief that his purpose is to not judge others. His personal experience has allowed him the privilege of being able to develop a deep connection with his clients and foster an open, honest environment to encourage positive change.
Jayson’s specialties include motivating clients, managing bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizoaffective disorder and psychosis, borderline personality disorder and substance abuse. He also has experience working with individuals with mental disabilities, eating disorders, sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In addition to his personal experience with bipolar disorder, Jayson has spent many years working with individuals, their loved ones, support groups and others in inpatient and outpatient care settings. He is a seasoned advocate for his clients under any circumstance including school services eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with Disability Services Programs.
As well as being Goose Creek’s mental health coach Jayson is a career coach. As a career coach Jayson assists high school students, college students and adults with their resumes, to formulate and achieve their career goals, as well as provide career aptitude and personality testing.
Jayson believes that his role as a coach is to listen and guide his clients in a low-pressure, supportive environment while providing a system of accountability to ensure goals are met. Through his struggles and triumphs, Jayson has learned many lessons which he utilizes in his coaching. Jayson’s non-judgmental attitude puts his clients at ease and allows them to work together to develop a realistic plan of action to encourage positive, proactive change. He is able to connect on a personal level with his clients and manage any concern they may have.
Qualifications, Education, Experience:
Jayson is a certified life coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF). He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and the executive education programs at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally known and sought-after mental health writer and consultant. He has spoken on mental health issues at institutes such as Washington & Lee University, Winston-Salem State University, Roosevelt University, and Columbia College of Chicago.
Prior to founding Goose Creek, Jayson worked as a certified life coach at Ashburn Psychological Services. He is a founder of and served as executive director of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northern Virginia. Jayson and the organization were responsible for outreach, community service and peer specialist training. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the International Bipolar Foundation. Jayson was a member of the Regional Recovery Workgroup, a state government sponsored group focused on improving mental health services in Northern Virginia. He has helped facilitate support groups and has sponsored mental health educational programs. He is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching, a McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School affiliate.
See Jayson, his family and
colleagues speak about life with bipolar
disorder in this WebMD TV documentary.