Coaching is about identifying client’s strengths and focusing on building them stronger. Finding what your self beliefs are and learning how to open your mind to changing the self-defeating beliefs into positive “I CAN” beliefs followed by an action plan to success. Much like an athlete uses a coach to help them become successful using talents and strengths the athlete already possesses, so does personal coaching in our everyday lives, families, and jobs.
Coaching is a partnership between the Coach and Client where the coach provides non-judgmental support to the client in defining and achieving their personal or professional goals through collaborative dialog and accountability. The coach will help the client discover their personal strengths so the client can make choices that utilize their natural abilities in creating personal success.
ADHD coaching is a specialized type of life coaching that uses specific techniques geared toward working with the unique brain wiring of individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Coaches work with clients to help them better manage time, organize, set goals and complete projects. In addition to helping clients understand the impact ADHD has had on their lives, coaches can help clients develop “work-around” strategies to deal with specific challenges, and determine and use individual strengths. Coaches also help clients get a better grasp of what reasonable expectations are for them as individuals, since people with ADHD “brain wiring” often seem to need external mirrors for accurate self-awareness about their potential.
Is Coaching Therapy?
NO. Coaching is not Therapy and is not a substitute for care provided by a licensed mental health provider. Coaching does not diagnose or treat any mental health conditions. Some mental health providers do use coaching techniques in their therapy, however, and some coaching techniques have their origination from psychotherapy. Coaching can also be used in collaboration with an individual’s therapy, in some cases, as part of a supportive team in helping a client achieve set goals in therapy.
It is very important for the public and clients to understand that professional coaching, which includes ADHD Coaching, is not part of the licensed mental health profession.
For more information on the difference on Coaching, Therapy, and other helping professions, please follow this link to the International Coach Federation.