What is ADHD coaching?
Most people are familiar with Life Coaches. To put it simply, a life coach helps people meet the challenges and capitalize on opportunities that life presents. One way to look at an ADHD coach is as a life coach who has been trained to recognize and take into account the unique challenges of ADHD.
ADHD coaches honor the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believe that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Encourage the client to be responsible and accountable to themselves
Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.
How does an ADHD coach help?
Professional ADHD coaching is not a substitute for traditional treatment for ADHD, such as medication and therapy. Rather, it is being recognized more and more by leading experts as an important element of a complete treatment approach.
- ADHD coaches support their clients in developing a comprehensive understanding of both the nature of their ADHD and its impact on their quality of life.
- ADHD coaches can work with clients to help create structures, supports, and strategies to stay focused on their goals; face obstacles and address ore ADHD-related issues like time management, organization, and self-esteem as the gain clarity, and build behaviors that allow them to function more effectively.
- ADHD coaches work with their clients to develop strategies to move forward with their goals, to deepen their self-awareness, and to continue moving toward a fuller and more satisfying life.
The client is seen by the ADHD coach as resourceful and thus, which increasing self-awareness, as fully capable of discovering his or her own answers.