What is Coaching*?
Coaching is a supportive, non-judgmental relationship geared toward client growth. Coaching is different from other helping professions in that it is totally geared toward moving the client forward–whatever that means to the client. Coaching should be a truly safe and confidential partnership which focuses on client self-discovery in helping clients clarify and attain personal goals in all areas of life. Coaching is about helping the client work toward his or her goals and develop the systems and tools that work best with strengths and learning style.
For a very thorough explanation of ADHD Coaching and how it works, please check out my podcast interview with Dr. Kenny Handelman about ADHD Coaching.
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An ADHD Coach* or ADD Coach is a Life Coach with specialized training in working with individuals with ADHD & ADD characteristics. The primary difference between a well-trained ADD Coach and other Coaches is their education and understanding of ADHD, and in what individuals with ADD-like traits need in order to be successful. A well-trained ADD Coach has expert training in both ADD / ADHD and in coaching. A good ADD Coach should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of ADD and the myriad of ways it can show up in an individual’s life. An ADD Coach helps a client gain an awareness of how their unique ADD characteristics affect their life, improving self-awareness. By exploring the unique ways that ADD manifests in a particular client’s life, a good ADD Coach can help a client learn where the strengths lie in those ADD traits and helps the client learn to trust those strengths and build upon them to turn them into ADDvantages. An ADD Coach works to improve a client’s awareness of their potential and strengths.
A good ADD Coach will have a well-developed toolkit of systems, skills, and strategies for helping a client learn how to attain their best life. The Coach works with the client to help identify and develop the tools that work for the client and their unique, individual personality and learning style. An ADD Coach can help a client identify, clarify and establish goals for their life and supports them in reaching their full potential. It is very important that an individual finds a Coach who understands and patiently accepts the manifestations of ADD, and whose personality and style fits their own.
ADD Coaching is NOT: providing a diagnosis; psychotherapy; or medical treatment. It is not a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all approach to helping. An ADD Coach is NOT a licensed medical professional, psychologist, counselor or diagnostician. Please consult a licensed medical or psychological professional for diagnosis and medical treatment of ADHD / ADD.
Coaching IS as individual as each client. Coaching is hard work and requires a commitment on both the part of the Client and Coach. A Client must come to the relationship ready to do the work needed to take a good, honest look at themselves and with an open mind. A Coach must come to the relationship ready to be accepting of the individual client and open to seeing and hearing more than what is on the surface.
Coaching is a supportive, non-judgmental, trusting relationship geared toward client growth. It is essential that the Coaching relationship feel safe and non-judgmental to the client in order for true discovery and awareness to be fostered. It is imperative for the client to find a Coach with whose philosophy you agree, and with a style that fits your personality. The ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization) is a great resource for finding professional coaches with specific training in ADHD Coaching. The best way to choose a Coach is to have a complimentary, confidential consultation.
The vast majority of Coaching is not done in person. Most coaching relationships are cultivated over the telephone and via internet, which makes the most of the client’s limited free time and fosters confidentiality. With phone coaching, no time is wasted on travel, sitting in waiting rooms, or trying to find parking. Phone coaching maximizes the client’s session time! With today’s technology, you have access to Coaches located all over the world and the freedom to choose the Coach who fits you best!
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