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This is where ADHD coaching comes in. It's a specialized area of life coaching where, as coach, I partner with the client to overcome whatever challenges are getting in the way of the client's success. As an experienced, certified coach I know what to listen and look for during our conversations to help clients identify what's holding them back and how they want to move forward. The client is ready and motivated to "do the work" of coaching by taking an active role during and between our sessions. This partnership is a powerful and proven approach to managing ADHD.
During our coaching sessions, clients uncover their limiting beliefs and what gets in the way of their success. While the coaching session feels almost conversational, it actually follows a very specific structure, supporting clients to become familiar with their personal values, boundaries, and strengths, and more. There's so much to discover! Together we create a structure for client accountability and longer-term goals. And, we schedule regular "bird's eye view" check-in's where the client and I look at progress and where the client is headed. Through this process, clients learn how to turn their obstacles and assets into opportunities for personal growth.
My coaching sessions are 50 minutes in length. I conduct them toll-free over the telephone, in person, or by video conference. Coaching is action-based, so sessions usually occur once a week, with work for the client to do in-between. All information in our sessions is kept in strict confidence as mandated by the International Coaching Federation.
The coaching process takes a minimum of three months and up to twelve months. During that time, I provide support between sessions as necessary.
What is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anyway? In his excellent book, Driven to Distraction, Dr. Ned Hallowell defines ADHD as...
Executive functions are the ways we perform such actions as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and recalling details, and managing our time and surroundings. When these skills are weak, it is difficult to hold information in your head, you are unable to successfully complete multiple-step processes, you regularly misplace items, have a hard time following through on tasks (both small and large), often you are chronically late, and/or you are chronically disorganized. People who have ADHD struggle with these skills, too.
What about Executive Functions? Although you may not be diagnosed with ADHD, you may still be affected by weaknesses in your brain's executive functions. Simply put, these are...
I agree with Dr. Hallowell that the term "deficit" is an inaccurate way to characterize this condition, which can better be described as attention abundance, more trait than disability. When managed properly, it can actually become an asset.