What is ADHD Coaching?
ADHD Coaching – The (not so) Secret Ingredient for Success
by Sarah D. Wright
Specialized life coaching for people with ADHD has existed since the early 1990s as a collaborative process between client and coach to help clients minimize the effects of ADHD on their day-to-day lives and more easily achieve their goals. ADHD Coaching often turns out to be the “missing ingredient” in unleashing the full potential of those who live with ADHD.
Like all life coaching, ADHD Coaching addresses the needs and aspirations of the individual being coached. By necessity, however, ADHD Coaching also addresses the often significant pragmatic challenges faced in achieving one’s aspirations while living with ADHD.
So what is life coaching? Unlike counseling, teaching, tutoring, mentoring, or any of the other professions where there is a hierarchical relationship between the professional and the person seeking help, life coaches are collaborators. Life coaches align themselves with the client’s agenda and engage with the client in a thought-provoking process that inspires the client to maximize his or her personal and professional potential. The approach is not to fix a perceived flaw or deficit, but to help clients enhance and leverage the creativity, skills, and resources they already possess.
Because ADHD Coaching supports clients in achieving their goals and aspirations while living with ADHD-related challenges, ADHD Coaches employ a unique blend of life coaching, skills/systems/strategies coaching, and ADHD education. Coaches also help clients develop a plan that utilizes their strengths and new awareness of themselves, and then hold them accountable for implementing and working their plan, until their goals are achieved.
In study after study, ADHD Coaching has been shown to help people better understand their ADHD, reduce overwhelm, get more done, and feel better about their lives. So, if you haven’t already, I invite you to talk with an ADHD Coach about this highly effective, rewarding, and collaborative process and profession.
By Sarah D. Wright
Founding Board Member, ADHD Coaches Organization
Author of ADHD Coaching Matters: The Definitive Guide
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