What is ADHD Coaching?
The idea of personal coaching to help individuals with ADHD was first presented in an article by written by world renown ADHD expert Dr. Edward Hallowell in 1995. The article, "Coaching: An Adjunct to the Treatment of ADHD," was based on Dr. Hallowell’s clinical experience as a psychiatrist working with patients with ADHD and his frustration with his inability to provide the more intensive support that was often necessary to help his patients manage the challenges and complications of daily life.
According to Hallowell, the challenges those with ADHD faced lied “not so much in assessing what they should do as in following through. Most individuals with ADHD can tell you what they would like to do, their problem lies in doing it.”
Sound familiar? If you, or someone who you know, has ADHD, this scenario likely hits pretty close to home…
Enter ADHD coaching.
A coaching partnership is collaborative in nature, involving the joining of a professionally trained coach and a client who is motivated to attain something more or different in his/her life. Built upon mutual trust and respect, this partnership provides the platform for achieving the client’s goals supported by the tools and strategies coach and client develop together.
What sets Tammy’s form of ADHD Coaching apart from other forms of coaching is the emphasis upon psycho-education (learning about the nature of your OWN form of ADHD and its impact upon your life, academics, relationships, career choice, etc.). Together, Tammy and her clients come up with individualized plans, specific to the individual needs of each unique client.
What are some of the common challenges an ADHD coach may assist with?
- Time Management and Organization
- Academic Challenges
- Prioritizing Demands/Meeting Deadlines
- Understanding One’s Own Unique Form of ADHD (yes, it shows up differently for everyone and manifests differently in each situation)
- Managing Attention and Distractibility
- Transitioning to College/University Life
- Career Selection, Career Change, Choosing and ADHD friendly Career/Workplace
- Recognizing and Preventing Overwhelm
- Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Low Mood
By meeting regularly with their clients, coaches help those with ADHD to set and stay focussed upon their goals. ADHD coaches assist clients in developing structures, support, and ADHD-friendly strategies that allow them to move forward with confidence, focus, and increased self-awareness.