James M Ochoa, LPC, Director
James Ochoa is on a mission. In a way he always has been. He was born the seventh of eight children in Houston, Texas and almost immediately began to feel the faint hum that all ADHD sufferers feel. It would be safe to say that his journey to find answers for his issues began as early as is humanly possible.
Then, at the age of four, he had a traumatic accident that would alter his life forever. While playing on his parent’s car, he fell, hitting his head on the concrete. After the doctors examined him they were not hopeful, and everyone prepared for the worst. While in the hospital, James had what he describes as his first spiritual experience, one that he can still recall with great clarity and emotion. His father had been in Vietnam working a construction job, and he took a leave from his contract to come visit James in the pediatric ward of their local hospital. As his father walked toward him, James remembers seeing a blue orb-like structure above his bed. In his mind, this was a sign and he knew it immediately. His father didn’t see the blue orb, of course, but James remembers that he was stunned to hear James announce, “Dad, I’m not gonna die. I’m here for a reason.” As it turned out, many decades would pass before James truly understood what that moment and that proclamation meant.
In fact, it mostly eluded him until the summer of 1989 when he was working at an ADHD summer program for kids. “It was total chaos,” he says. “But the lights and intrigue that these kids came to the table with was like…Oh my God, they’re brilliant and we’re not seeing it.” He immediately recognized his calling and resolved to spend his life trying to find answers for himself and others. For almost two decades, now, he has done just that.
His work with patients and extensive personal study of the neuroscience of ADHD has allowed him to find answers that work. His new book Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD is just the latest mile on a many-long miles journey he is on. His discoveries and success in his own life and with his patients have made him a much in demand speaker these days.
James lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Edie. They have two sons, Gabe, 25, and Jules, 20.
Kim Lauritzen, Office Manager
Kim is the backbone of The Life Empowerment Center and the person you'll talk to when you call. Kim has been managing appointments and assisting with community referrals since 1999, the year James opened his practice. As the sole office administrator, she keeps the center’s staff and clients on track. Her efficiency, easy going style and good humor are what keep the practice running smoothly!
She and her husband, Layne, are thrilled to call Austin home as they enjoy all that the city has to offer with their three adult daughters who live nearby. Kim graduated from UT Austin in 1983 with a degree in Journalism.
Kim is happy to assist you with any questions between 9:30 & 2:00, Monday-Thursday.