Individual Adhd Coaching
How can coaching help?
It’s 1:30 and you’re getting ready to leave for your 2:00 appointment. This is great! You’ll be on time! As you’re walking out the door, you notice a book on the counter that has to be returned to the library, which, conveniently, is on the way to the appointment. You have a few extra minutes. You can get this done! So off you go to your appointment, with one very quick pit stop at the library to drop off the book (that’s already 2 weeks late). You run into the library, as you’re paying the late fee, you see your neighbor that you haven’t seen in a while, so you stop to chat. Next thing you know, it’s almost 1:50 and you have 10 minutes to be at an appointment that takes 20 minutes to get to. No matter how you try, you just can’t seem to be on time for anything! And speaking of time, well that’s a concept that somehow just escapes you!
Your boss is frustrated because the report that was due this morning is still not done (and it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon). Your spouse is frustrated because it’s almost dinner time, and you’re first deciding what you’re going to make, as if this whole making-dinner-and-eating concept is a surprise. The phone company is calling, threatening to shut off the phone because you forgot to pay the bill…. again. Your wife asks you to stop on the way home from work and pick up a can of beans, which you of course agree to. Except that you get home, and where are the beans? You drop your child off at school, and suddenly panic because you realize that you volunteered to bake cookies for the bake sale, which is today, and you forgot. You just feel like you’re the hamster on the wheel. You lay in bed, up all hours of the night, beating yourself up thinking about all the things you didn’t get done.
This is the world according to an adult with ADHD!
While medication can sometimes help with focus and impulsivity, you still struggle with time management, overwhelm, and poor self esteem. How can a coach help? According to CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD), “ADHD Coaching is an intervention that complements medication and other non-pharmacologic alternatives…. ADHD coaching is a practical intervention that specifically targets the core impairments of ADHD such as planning, time management, goal setting, organization and problem solving.”
A certified ADHD Coach has extensive knowledge and understanding of ADHD and the challenges that go along with the diagnosis. Having the right coach can help the client gain a better understanding of ADHD and its impact on their daily life. An ADHD coach supports the client in building the skills necessary to make positive changes, and stopping the cycle of negative self talk that results in poor self esteem.
There are so many gifts and talents attributed to having this brain type. Unfortunately, these talents are often forgotten because for so long and so often, the focus is placed on what you’re doing wrong instead of what you can do that’s right. With the right coach, you can stop the negative cycle and finally get off the hamster wheel!