If you have ADHD, your life has likely been filled with well-intentioned people telling you that you had to change to be acceptable.
You may have been told to stop fidgeting and sit still. You may have been snapped at when you spoke out of turn or interrupted. You might have been reprimanded for not turning your work in on time or in the proper form, or scolded for constantly being late, or for daydreaming, or for being so disorganized, etc.
Over time that message may have become part of who you believe you are – a restless, late, disorganized, impulsive, spacey, unwelcome person. Think of the effect on your self-esteem, especially when you were trying your very best and were simply not able to conform to expectations!
At times you might feel like a square peg in a world full of round holes and mostly round pegs. Because your “failings” have been so much at the forefront of how you have related to the world, it may not have occurred to you to look for your strengths.
But you do have strengths! Identifying them and understanding them can be a powerful tool for moving toward an appreciation of who you are and what you can contribute to the world! They can also point you in the direction of how you might deal with some of the challenges of ADHD.
An ADHD coach can support you as you, 1) identify your strengths, 2) recognize where you are already using them, and 3) discover new ways to apply them to lifelong challenges.
In a good coaching relationship the coach makes sure you have all of the foundations for success in place. These can include adequate sleep, healthy nutrition, a reasonable amount of physical exercise, and medications (if you choose to use them) that are appropriately prescribed and taken.
Then a good coach will support you as you build on that foundation to move toward your desired goals. If you are not sure what those goals are, that exploration can be a part of ADHD coaching as well. Knowing your strengths can be essential as you determine your goals.
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!