What is ADHD Coaching?
Coaching is a collaborative, supportive, action-oriented process in which the coach and client work together to achieve the client’s goals. ADHD coaching, in particular, provides a safe environment for clients to explore their unique brain wiring, so they can better understand themselves. ADHD coaches work with clients to create structures, build supports, develop skills and teach strategies that enable them to be more effective. Coaching helps clients to face obstacles and address core ADHD-related issues such as time-management, organization and planning. Coaching is completely individualized, and the client is working to build productive habits and stay focused on their goals.
ADHD Coaching also helps clients to:
Understand that the source of many of their challenges is ADHD, not personal shortcomings!
Safely reframe past failures and increase self-esteem.
Heighten self-awareness and use that new skill to improve decision-making and behavior.
Change perspective when feeling stuck in procrastination, perfectionism, black and white thinking and other common brain traps.
Identify their learning and processing styles, thus enabling them to comprehend situations and information more effectively.
Find their own solutions to issues, as opposed to being told what and how to do something.
Being an ADHD coach presents unique challenges:
An ADHD coach needs to have an extensive knowledge of ADHD and a very deep appreciation of the emotional toll suffered by people with ADHD. My role is to be an active listener and bring a unique point of view in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We will explore how to make the most of your inherent strengths, talents, and passions, so you can strive to reach your full potential.
How is coaching different from therapy?
Therapy is meant to deal with psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorders. Coaching is more likely to focus on practical daily living skills and habits for a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Coaching focuses on "what, when and how," but not as often on "why."
How is coaching different from tutoring?
Tutoring involves teaching content or basic academic skills, such as reading or math, or subject matter like history or geography. Coaching, instead, promotes reflection
and self-discovery to help students develop a personalized approach to meeting their goals and a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Coaching collaboratively involves the student in deciding which ideas to try, developing the best way to learn and implementing the new idea.