Deciding to work with an ADHD coach is a big step. It takes tremendous courage to admit you need a new path. To realize conquering ADHD all alone is too hard. New coaching clients are often unsure of what ADHD coaching is and even more unsure of what to expect from an ADHD coach.
Five Things To Expect from an ADHD Coach
1. Expect your ADHD coach to understand attention deficit from a personal level. If your coach doesn’t have ADHD make sure he or she has both experience living with it through a close family member, and has graduated from a specialized ADHD coach training program.
Reading about ADHD treatments and symptoms from a book just isn’t enough. You’ll get the best help possible if you expect your coach to understand what it feels like to live with ADHD day after day.
2. Look for a coach who embraces unique approaches to managing ADHD. Articles and books about how to manage ADHD are everywhere and some are way off the mark for what’s realistic for an ADHD adult to be able to do. ADHD isn’t one-size-fits all, people with ADHD are individuals with individual symptoms.
Seriously, if every adult with ADHD could just make a list and remember to check it every day, who would need coaching in the first place? Expect an ADHD coach to be able to draw on a deep well of practical experience to tailor solutions for you and the way your brain works.
3. Expect your ADHD coach to know the difference between coaching and therapy. Simply put, ADHD coaching is about moving forward to create the future you desire; therapy is about healing the past. Though both are vital for ADHD treatment they’re different, and a good coach will know that difference.
4. Expect patience from your ADHD coach. He or she needs to be content to guide and support you as you take baby steps to learn a new approach to life. Look for a coach who understands that learning to cope with your ADHD will take time. Also, as the client, you’ll do better if you’re patient with yourself as you learn how to manage your ADHD one step at a time, to.
5. An important thing to expect from an ADHD coach is the ability to let you go. Sometimes after working with a client for a while a coach realizes the person just isn’t ready to change. Or, the coach / client personality fit isn’t good. You want a coach who’s willing to make that call and let you move on to a different coach or ADHD treatment plan. Expect your coach to lookout for what’s best for you without being attached to having you as a client.
If an ADHD coach isn’t right for you, does that mean they’re not a good coach? Not at all.
Each client who comes to ADHD coaching need something different. Knowing what to expect from an ADHD coach will help increase your chance of success.