How can a coach help you?

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ADHD Coaching focuses on the specific needs of the individual being coached. Like all coaching, it is a supportive, goal-oriented process in which the coach and the client work to develop the tools, strategies and confidence necessary to help the client reach his or her potential.

The ADHD coach is trained and experienced in working with people with ADHD and is capable of helping such individuals develop strategies that maximize the talents of the ADHD brain and compensate for the individual difficulties the ADHD client experiences.

Typically, ADHD coaching helps individuals with ADHD develop the structures, processes, and practical approaches necessary to meet the challenges of everyday life and excel in their areas of special talents.

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The Role of Coach

The coach provides encouragement, recommendations, feedback and practical techniques such as reminders, questions and calendar monitoring to help the client stay on track. Together, the coach and client develop strategies to address issues such as time management, eliminating clutter in one’s home or office, and becoming more effective in one’s personal and professional lives. A coach is NOT a psychotherapist and works with clients on tactical, not psychological, issues. (For more on the difference between Coaching and Therapy, please see: Therapy and ADD Coaching: Similarities, Differences and Collaboration)

The Client’s Role

Coaching is a client-driven process. For coaching to be successful, the client must possess a strong desire for personal growth and improvement. Coaching works best when the client is action-oriented to reach his or her goals.

The ADHD Coaching Process

The coaching process begins with an initial interview in which the client shares his or her goals, history and current challenges with the coach. The coach and client together develop a strategy and a roadmap specifically designed to meet the client’s individual needs. The coach guides the process, provides the structure, asks questions, and offers feedback, but the client drives the process forward. Regular meetings and check-ins are an essential part of the coaching process. These contacts can be in person or by telephone, fax or email. and Periodic reviews can also be established to monitor overall progress.

Harnessing the ADHD Brain

ADHD coaching helps the client learn about his or her own brain and its deficits in order to demystify them. When individuals have an understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, they are then able to develop concrete, sustainable strategies to maximize their unique abilities. Coaching helps transform an “I can’t” attitude into an “I CAN” attitude. The brain can learn! This is the energy that helps clients make positive, lasting changes in their lives.

The Time Frame of ADHD Coaching

Since the coaching process is unique for every individual, the time frame for individual coaching relationships varies. Some clients need to hire a coach for a short-term project, while others hire a coach for long-term goal achievement.

The ultimate goal of coaching is to provide the external support and guidance necessary to jump-start the process until the client learns the skills necessary to keep him or her on track over time.

The People Who Most Benefit from ADHD Coaching

People of all ages and from all walks of life can benefit from coaching. The individuals who benefit most have a strong desire for personal growth and improvement. They are committed to take action and they participate fully in the coaching process. They also have the willingness and desire to be accountable to their coach.

Coaching is based on a wellness model; clients need to be ready, willing and ABLE to work with a coach. If overriding problems with depression or other medical issues are inhibiting daily functioning and are left untreated, then the coaching will not be successful. Very often the coach will work in tandem with the individual’s various healthcare providers to overcome these obstacles.

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