We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Coffey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born on a Naval base in Olongapo City, Philippines, but we lived in Howe, Texas throughout most of my childhood. Both of my parents worked outside the home, providing my sisters and I with our basic necessities. Not until I became an adult did I truly learn of their slight salaries and how modest our lifestyles were. My parents taught me the values of hard work, responsibility, and integrity, as they did their best to live their own paths. Accordingly, I began doing farm-related summer work for my maternal grandfather at the age of nine. Such work was hard and physically-demanding, with the hot North Texas summers and endless number of tasks making me appreciate my bed each night. As the years passed, I thought a lot about my higher education and career path, as I knew that I likely was not going to get a degree in agriculture and become a farmer. Academics seemed relatively easy for me, although I did not anticipate my future educational and financial challenges. With much financial-aid preparation and through a series of events, I ended up studying psychology and religion in college, wanting to eventually teach and/or become a clinician. While in college, I was able to support myself through various jobs. These included my entre’ into social services by becoming a Home Hospice volunteer and Resident Counselor at a home that catered to those struggling with chronic mental illness. And, here I am, about 30 years later, continuing to be one of the lucky few whose education, career, and purpose all seem to coalesce. This coming together epitomizes the way my background and upbringing have impacted my current state: I always remind myself of the clear privileges that have, in part, allowed the opportunities afforded me, and I hope to frequently use these opportunities to serve others.
What should our readers know about your business?
I specialize in building healthier relationships, especially for couples and executives. With couples, they learn to overcome their reactive patterns by replacing them with responsive connections. As for executives, they often increase their emotional intelligence to optimize their professional performance and improve their employees’ morale. So, my work frequently involves guiding others to more compassionate, collaborative, and connected relationships. My current business began as a part-time gig about 22 years ago. Now, as a fee-for-service clinician and coach, I rely on all the relationships I’ve formed and continue to make as the feeder to my practice. Private practice is not for the faint of heart, as mysterious fluctuations can occur, and sometimes, determining how to keep one’s referral sources steadily producing can be trying. But, my focus has remained on taking care of myself while serving others. And, such a focus continues to excite me everyday, as I view it as another opportunity to have a meaningful impact.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many things to do in North Texas, but I’m quite fond of White Rock Lake and it’s surrounding trails. Some of my favorite restaurants include The Henry, rise n 1, and Gemma. Prior to the pandemic, the art and music scenes were intriguing and entertaining. And, although we can have extreme weather variations in a day, spending time outside, especially in the numerous parks, is always fun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dr. Frank Thomas