Growing up in a family of eleven children, my sisters and I spent much of our childhood caring for other siblings, including premature twins with developmental disabilities. This experience gave me a glimpse into the difficulties we
face when caring for loved ones.
In addition, I had a major life transition when my daughter suffered a traumatic brain injury as an infant that left her with cognitive impairments. Caring for her over the years included understanding the many aspects of caring for an individual with brain injury, especially since it was not as well known nor supported at the time. I had to transistion to my new normal and find resources that helped me along this journey.
I realized the real need to help support those with other life transitions. My education and personal experiences have helped me gain significant knowledge in organizing and planning the specific financial, medical, legal, and social arenas related to changes in our life.
My own personal experiences inspired me to get a doctorate from the University of Arizona in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on stress management and behavior change. I wanted to understand understand how to change our behavior to adapt to new situations and reach our goals, professionally or personally.
In my career, I worked as a consultant and coach for individuals, leaders, and executives, helping them organize and develop their teams and themselves to become more productive as leaders within their organizations and improve areas of their personal lives.
Many aspects of personal and team development overlap with our own life challenges. I gained experience and fine-tuned skills to interpret research, design educational material, and present to various audiences on many topics. Organizing and planning made my personal and career responsibilities so much easier. Now, I am at a point in my life where I would like to share what I have
learned with the community.
As a consultant and coach, I can assist those going through life transitions--caring for a family member, coping with stress, or struggles in your relationships. Ultimately, this puts tools and resources in our own hands and takes the burden and responsibility off of others should something unexpected happen.
~Dr. Marla E. Jirak
Dr. Marla E. Jirak
Graduate from the University of Arizona; Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences; Tucson, AZ