If you have been diagnosed with ADHD or simply notice that you have ADHD-like functioning, an ADHD coach can help! In fact, the coaching relationship is often transformative in the life experience of a client.
ADHD coaching is a partnership between a coach who has received specialized training in ADHD and a client of any age who wants to live a full, rich, and purposeful life that is more in tune with his or her values and goals.
An ADHD coach will
- explore with you ways ADHD is showing up in your life
- remind you to take care of the fundamentals: sleep, nutrition, exercise, and (when appropriate) medication
- listen to you nonjudgmentally thus creating a safe environment for your sharing of your authentic self
- help you identify your strengths and notice and appreciate when you use them
- allow you the space to explore your dreams and passions and create concrete, achievable goals
- acknowledge and appreciate your values and help you discover where you might not be living congruently with them
- challenge you to move beyond your limiting beliefs and support you as you take steps that might feel risky
- work with you to find strategies that are uniquely tailored to the way your brain works
- hold you accountable for moving toward your desired goals.
- celebrate with you every step of the way
These are a few of the many ways an ADHD coach can help you create a life that is more full and satisfying and rewarding. Thom Hartmann, radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and progressive political commentator who also has ADHD, has said, ““Coaching, it turns out, is one of the most powerful and effective ways for people with ADHD to achieve success.”
Credentials to Look for in an ADHD Coach
ADHD Coaching is a specialization of life coaching. While anyone can call him/herself an ADHD coach, or a life coach for that matter, it is important to find a coach who has been trained in the specialty of ADHD coaching.
Start by checking out where the coach received his or her training. The ADD Coach Academy is the first and only comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited by the 1) International Coach Federation (ICF), the governing body for the entire coaching profession; 2) the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE); and 3) the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC).
I would recommend that you find a coach who has been credentialed by both ICF and PAAC. Then take advantage of the initial complementary brief session that most coaches offer to see how you think you might work together.
At Free To Be ADHD Coaching, We Are Here to Help
Neil and Linda Swanson of Free To Be Coaching, LLC, have been accredited by both ICF and PAAC and are graduates of the advanced training program of the ADD Coach Academy. In addition to our training, we both have decades of life experience with ADHD. Our bios and some testimonials from clients can be found on our website – freetobecoaching.com.
Our in-person coaching is done in Warrenton and Centreville, Virginia, but we also coach English-speaking clients around the world by Skype, FaceTime, or phone.
Contact us through the contact form at freetobecoaching.com to schedule a free exploratory session. We work individually with clients, so let us know whether you prefer to speak with Linda or Neil. We look forward to hearing from you!