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What is an ADHD Coach?
An ADHD Coach is a Life Coach with specialized training and experience working with clients who have ADHD. Each of the coaches at our Center have completed professional training as both Life Coaches and ADHD Coaches. We actively pursue continuing education and development to sharpen the edge and keep up with the best practices of coaching. We follow the ethical guidelines of our certifying bodies, the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and The Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC). You can reference best practices for coaching with ICF Code of Ethics and PAAC Core Competencies.
What is the difference between ADHD Coaching and Life Coaching?
ADHD Coaching is similar to life coaching, or other specialties in coaching, as focused on the client and providing the support and accountability to help them achieve their goals in a safe and confidential environment. Life coaching is non-directive and regards the client as capable, resourceful and whole. ADHD Coaching does as well, and adds in the elements of education, awareness building, teaching new skills, exploring ADHD-friendly strategies, and approaching goals through the lens of having ADHD.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
ADHD coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership created to facilitate greater self-awareness, self-regulation and moving forward in life. ADHD coaches are well-versed in ADHD specific coaching competencies. The coaching process empowers clients to accomplish personal and professional goals with customized strategies built specifically for ADHD minds. The type of psychotherapy that is most effective in treating ADHD clients is CBT. CBT is a short-term goal-oriented form of psychotherapy that aims to change negative thinking patterns and changes the way “patients” feel about themselves and their abilities. CBT is a clinical treatment service offered by licensed mental health providers (Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists). They can render a diagnosis and provide psychotherapy.
Is a diagnosis of ADHD or medication required for coaching?
No. ADHD Coaches do not have the background and expertise to diagnose or make recommendations for treatment. Several of our clients are undiagnosed or even seek us out without having ADHD because of similar executive function and skills-based challenges. The option of taking medication is a personal choice which needs to be addressed between you and your health care provider. ADHD Coaching is considered an important multimodal approach to managing ADHD to create change in your life.
Are you comfortable working with clients who have learning disabilities or co-existing conditions, such as anxiety, depression, autism, PTSD?
The data suggests 65% or more of clients with ADHD are likely to have some other condition that factors into their ADHD experience. So, yes. Know that we stay in our lane as coaches, and in many occasions we partner with other members on your support team to make the most of your coaching.
Do you work with BIPOC and LGBTQ+?
Yes, we do, and many of them. YOU get to be YOU. We honor our clients as their authentic self and coach to their dreams, life goals and the ability to navigate ADHD.
How do I know who to work with?
It’s very important to find the right coach, someone you relate well to with the background and experience that compliments what you will focus on in coaching. This in fact is your first step. You can learn about each of our coaches by visiting our Meet Our Coaches (link) page. Then, arrange a complimentary get acquainted session with one or two of our coaches before you decide who to work with. If you are unsure on the best choice, email LiveWell@ADHDCoach.life and we can try to help you with getting started.
How does individual coaching work?
Individual coaching clients begin with a consultative New Client Intake. This is our opportunity to explore background, strengths, executive function skill capabilities, lifestyle, self-care, ADHD-related challenges and information in the area you will need coaching support. You will also decide on your coaching package and logistics to get started. Our coaching packages typically begin with a three-month commitment, and the option to continue at the same or less frequent pace as desired. We may also offer a five-session package when appropriate.
What are your prices?
The Center provides a wide range of solutions and coaching packages to fit the goals and financial needs of our clients. We have both individual and group opportunities, and even a few hybrid combinations for both. The rates for individual coaching in our group will vary depending on your needs, what is provided and who you decide to work with. The best way to learn about our prices for individual coaching is to arrange a complimentary get acquainted session (link) with one or two of our coaches. The rates for our workshops, groups and special events are posted on the website.
Do you take insurance?
Insurance will not cover your ADHD coaching services. However, many of our clients use their HSA and FSA accounts to pay for their services.