What exactly is coaching?

Coaching is many things to many people. First, there are a few things that coaching is not. Coaching is not teaching or therapy. If you need therapy, we are happy to work with you to find a good therapist. If you need instruction on how to do specific tasks, we will refer you to resources when we can. Coaching is definitely not what is frequently called coaching in the workplace, but in actuality is a polite way of saying your boss is telling you to straighten up.

Coaching is working with clients to help them define the places in their lives where they want to see change. These desired changes may not be well defined at first, so the client and coach work together to help the client be crystal clear on what they want to change in their life.

Once there is clarity around where the client wants to go, the client and coach work on developing potential ways to make those changes happen and how they will know when they have succeeded. In life there is rarely only one way to get to where you want to be. A coach can help you evaluate the options and find the path that is right for you.

An ADHD coach adds another layer to the coaching. Having a coach who understands the nuances of how ADHD can impact behaviors, perceptions, and relationships means having a partner who understands you. It means working with someone who can help you develop tools that are geared toward your specific strengths and abilities. So many people with ADHD have tried countless planners, self-help techniques, motivational methods, and other tools that work for many neurotypical people. However, over time these tools fall by the wayside for any number of reasons.

For family members of someone with ADHD, an ADHD coach can provide insight into how ADHD may be affecting your loved one. Coaching can provide understanding of how to interact in a positive way with them, understand some of the struggles they face, and how to help them when they ask. A coach with specific training in ADHD understands from an intellectual, scientific, and emotional perspective how the disorder may impact the person with ADHD. This knowledge and understanding differentiates an educated ADHD coach from other life coaches.

If this sounds intriguing or you have more questions, set up a free discovery call to learn more about the process.