Before I was coached by Melissa I was drowning in unfinished manuscripts making it hard to focus on the task at hand and remain focussed to wrap up and submit manuscripts.  It’s also difficult dealing with the rejected papers as it’s a constant fight against the imposter syndrome.

The coaching program helped me to reflect honestly on who I am, face the past demons and make a plan to move forward. 

The way I saw myself has shifted.  I was reaffirmed that I am a good scientist, I write well and my research is worth publishing, and to accomplish my goals I need to be patient and forgiving with myself, but persistent. 

I don’t need to take complete responsibility with the entirety of my publications but have learned to focus my research and writing on the message that I want to convey. 

Melissa helped to maintain the focus and positive reinforcement of the good that I wanted to achieve.


It was an incredible experience to work with Melissa. I’m feeling prouder that my inner-confidence levels are increased more than ever before.  Also, when I applied the learned strategies/tools in my ongoing writing projects such as fellowship applications and grants, I could see the improving my confidence, reducing the anxiety and fear, and experience positive results by applying them correctly.