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My Story


Mikayla is working towards a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a therapist in training and is completing her clinical practicum working with individuals and families struggling with severe addiction and/or clinical mental disorders, youth offenders with emotional trauma, behavioral and conduct disorders. Her specialty is ADHD.  


Mikayla is a member of Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society. Delta Kappa is the official honor society for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and serves to further and complement the work being done by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the International Family Therapy Association. Delta Kappa recognizes the achievements of Mikayla Phan for maintaining a 4.0 GPA through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northcentral University.


She is also a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the Wisconsin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (WAMFT), as well as on the Wisconsin Association of Marriage and Family Therapists committee conference board. Mikayla and her son now reside in Madison, Wisconsin.



Mikayla Phan was adopted from Vietnam and grew up in a small town near Chicago, Illinois. She has traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia since the age of eleven, including but not limited to riding the famed Transiberian Railroad System from Beijing to Budapest. In 1992, she was the youngest to ever be accepted as a student in the Chinese Language Department of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China and the only student to finish their 3-year program in ten months. Mikayla holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese History and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


In 1997, she moved to Beijing where she learned and lived the Chinese culture for nine years. It was in Beijing that Mikayla was blessed with motherhood. From 1998 to 2011, Mikayla created and tailored her own home schooling curriculum for her son who has ADHD. She was also the founder of Beijing’s only expatriate home schooling community group to date. In 2003, Mikayla wrote an essay entitled, “Path to Parenthood” about overcoming cultural boundaries as a foreigner and home schooling parent in China, which was published in a post-graduate textbook, Beyond Cultural Anxieties: Ingredients of Fear, Tests of Character (Trade Paperback, Sept 2004).  Mikayla was also the director of a children’s program in Beijing, for which she trained the teachers and wrote a tri-level EFL curriculum, equipped with accompaniment workbooks.  Additionally, Mikayla holds a double certification as a Life Coach and ADHD Coach and has experience coaching individuals with ADHD from toddlerhood, preteens, teenagers, adults, and seniors for nearly two decades.  She has been a guest blogger for the Center of Coaching Certification website and a total of fifteen of her writings have been featured.  Mikayla has also written a contribution chapter specifically about ADHD, which was published in the most recent edition of Coaching Perspectives (ISBN-13: 978-0692330135).



Although there are no licensing requirements for coaches, Mikayla holds a double certification as a Life Coach through the esteemed Center for Coaching Certification and as an ADHD Coach through JST Coaching, and studied directly under one of the nation’s most famous ADHD coaches, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett.  Both programs are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and follow the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics.  Mikayla is a member of the ICF and follows the ICF Code of Ethics and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Code of Ethics.

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