What is ADHD Coaching?
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with or without the hyperactivity) Coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership created to facilitate personal growth and self-empowerment. The goal is to help the client move towards and succeed in discovering their inner purpose and passion so they can go on to lead a more meaningful and rewarding life.
What is the role of an ADHD Coach?
An ADHD Coach provides a specialized process in which clients address challenges associated with ADHD and make the most of their exceptional strengths. Through a clear understanding and recognition of how ADHD manifests, the coach employs a toolkit of strategies, models, and systems for helping clients learn about their ADHD and turn it to their advantage.
What is the role of the client?
Coaching is a client-driven process and, in order for it to be successful, the client must possess a strong desire for personal growth and improvement. Coaching works best when the client is action-oriented and determined to reach his or her goals.
How does an ADHD Coach differ from a therapist?
An ADHD Coach works specifically with issues that are particular to those who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A coach is NOT a psychotherapist and works with clients on tactical, not psychological, issues. Coaches may work in tandem with therapists if they discover help is required beyond their coaching scope of abilities.
If I am on medication, do I need ADHD Coaching?
While medication can certainly help, combining medication with ADHD Coaching is ideal. If there are psychological issues to address, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and /or Acceptance Commitment Therapy can be powerful resources as well.
How does the Coaching process work?
The coaching process begins with an initial consultation in which the client shares his or her history, current challenges, and goals they would like to achieve. The coach and client then collaborate on developing a strategy that is specific to the individual’s needs. The coach provides structure, targeted questioning, and constructive feedback, but the client ultimately drives the process forward. Through weekly contact (either in person, via phone or Skype) and text or email check-ins, we work together to begin forming a solid foundation of applicable skills that will last throughout the coaching process and into the years to come.
How long does a typical ADHD Coaching contract last?
The amount of time spent working with each client varies depending on the specific needs and goals of each client. It generally takes 2-3 months for the average person to form a habit. Therefore, new clients are encouraged to consider a minimum commitment of 4-6 months. Post-Secondary students are encouraged to attend 2 full semesters of coaching. For some clients, this will be enough time to feel confident in their ability to move forward without future coaching. For others however, they will stay on for maintenance coaching.
How do I know if I am ready for ADHD Coaching?
Coaching is beneficial to people of all ages and from all walks of life. In order for coaching to work to its full effect, clients must have a strong desire for change and personal growth. They must commit to take action and engage fully in the coaching process. They must also be open to new ways of doing things and participate in implementing person centered structure. We are ultimately trying to transform that voice in your head that keeps telling you “I can’t because I (insert LABEL here)…” to “I can because I have learned specific personal strategies to take control of my life.”
Coaching focuses on creating specific skills sets for clients to adopt into their everyday lives. Often though, those affected with ADHD have co-existing conditions (such as depression, anxiety, etc) that can impede or inhibit their coaching progression. Often, coaches will work in tandem with the clients various health care providers. As a coach, I may suggest therapists and medical professionals to help overcome these obstacles.
What are some examples of topics that a client could bring to a coaching session?
Career Exploration and Advancement
Scholastic / Career Exploration and Advancement
Relationship / Family Strategies
Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism
ADHD Specific Resources
Assistive technology / apps
Self-awareness and Self-esteem concerns
Education on their ADHD
Tips on how to ADDvocate for yourself or someone in your family
Developing a skill set/toolkit specific to their concerns and interests.
Exploring the exceptional strengths of ADHD
…the possibilities are endless!!!
Last but not least, how much does ADHD Coaching cost?
Please contact me for a FREE 15 minute consultation including details on pricing and tailoring a plan/ program that fits your specific needs, goals and budget.