Picking An ADHD Coach

by | Apr 17, 2015 | ADHD Coaching | 0 comments

ADHD CoachPicking an ADHD coach can be overwhelming. You don’t want just any coach. You need one that’s right for you. Someone who can help you navigate the shoals of your ADHD.

If you read my last ADHD Success blog post How To Find an ADHD Coach, you have a list of coaches. Next you need to sort through that list and choose an ADHD coach.

Let’s make picking your ADHD coach easier, shall we?

Three Things To Think About When Picking An ADHD Coach

Specialized, Quality Training. Not just any life coach has the qualifications to help unravel ADHD chaos. Many life coaches say they can work with ADHD clients because they have a child or a friend who has ADHD. While this gives them a glimpse into what it’s like to live with ADHD it’s doesn’t mean they have the chops to coach you. It’s kind of like saying just because you know how to drive a car you’re an auto mechanic.

You want a coach who is well-trained in ADHD. Look for someone who has taken a multi-year, specialized ADHD coach training program. A weekend training isn’t enough. Your coach needs to understand the ins and outs of hundreds of details of managing ADHD to build a successful, effortless life.

Coaching Style. This is a fine point but it’s important. You want your coach to be comfortable with what you need.

How can I explain this… I’m a results oriented coach. I don’t want to just talk about how a client struggles. I want to get their ADHD out of the way so they can reach their potential. I have a system and a program that works, and I expect my clients to take action.

Not everyone wants this. Some people need to talk more than they need to change. That’s fine if the person has a coach who’s happy with more talking than action. But when I work with a client who needs to talk when I expect results we both end up frustrated.

Get clear on what you truly need before you start talking to coaches.

Specialized Focus. The more focused your coach is on serving clients with what you need to learn the more experience they’ll have to be able to help you. If you need to learn ADHD-friendly organizing and time management than look for a coach with that specialty. If you need career advice or help with communication or relationships pick that kind of coach. If your child struggles in school, find a coach who works with students.

Specialized focus is the path to experience. The more clear an ADHD coach is on the type of work they do best the better they will be to help you unravel the tangled web of your ADHD challenges.

There are other things to consider while picking your ADHD coach: your budget, the program or a system the coach follows, how comfortable you feel talking to the person.

Picking an ADHD coach doesn’t have to be difficult you just need to know what to look for. I hope these tips have helped.

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