- ADHD coaching and how it may help
- Who may benefit from ADHD coaching
- How to find an ADHD coach
- Portrait Health Centers' team of Certified ADHD Coaches
Coaching is an emerging field that seeks to help individuals accomplish their life goals. The coaching relationship is intended to help people achieve better results in their lives: academically, professionally, socially, or in any area of life they want to improve. Through individualized assistance and support, coaches help people concentrate on where they are now, where they want to be, and how they can get there.
Currently, there is no published research evaluating the effectiveness of coaching as an intervention for individuals with ADHD. There is anecdotal evidence (reports based on individual cases rather than a research study) suggesting that coaching may be a helpful supplement to other interventions for which there is a more established evidence base. This sheet and the suggestions it offers are based upon the emerging standards of coaching practice and the principles of behavior change, not on scientific literature.
What is ADHD Coaching?
Although the concepts of professional and personal coaching have been around for several decades, the concept of ADHD coaching was first addressed in the 1994 book, Driven to Distraction,1 by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D.
ADHD coaching seeks to address the daily challenges of living with ADHD. A coach helps people with ADHD carry out the practical activities of daily life in an organized, goal-oriented, and timely fashion. Through a close partnership, an ADHD coach helps the client learn practical skills and initiate change in his or her daily life. A coach may help an adult with ADHD:
- Maintain focus to achieve identified goals
- Translate abstract goals into concrete actions
- Build motivation and learn to use rewards effectively
- What can you do about it?
- How can you motivate yourself to take action towards this goal?
- When must this action be completed?
- What steps have you taken already, and when will you take the remaining steps?
Who Benefits From ADHD Coaching?
ADHD coaching may be beneficial particularly for adults with ADHD. It is important that clients are ready for coaching before they commit to the process. Clients are ready for coaching when they are able to admit that they have a problem, can spend the time necessary to create strategies for improving their behavior, and can adhere to those strategies to the best of their ability.
Obstacles to Effective Coaching
There are several issues that can complicate the coaching process and often require a referral to a medical or mental health professional:
- The client can not use simple self-management or organizational strategies to achieve goals, despite the coach's resources and reminders.
- The client has a co-existing psychiatric condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, substance abuse, or personality disorder.
- The client has stressful life circumstances such as marital problems, divorce, or death of a loved one.
- The client has a serious physical illness or other chronic medical condition.
How to Find an ADHD Coach
Portrait Health Centers' team of certified ADHD coaches are here to help. Visit us at www.portraithealthcenters.com or call us at (847) 868-3435. To schedule an ADHD Coaching session online, simply click below: