How to Find the Right ADHD Coach for You
When you have ADHD you can easily feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. You may have a hard time with everything from prioritizing tasks to completing projects to managing your time to organizing your home.
You also procrastinate. You’re constantly running late. Planning makes you break out in hives (figuratively). You feel like life is pulling you in a thousand directions, and you’re all over the place. You feel like you’ve yet to reach your potential, and accomplishing even small goals feels really hard. Or you’d like to advance in your career, or start your own business.
These are all challenges, obstacles and opportunities that ADHD coaches can help with. According to Bonnie Mincu, a seasoned ADHD coach, an ADHD coach is a catalyst for change. They’re able to discern the kind of solutions each client needs, and help each individual learn to tweak these strategies until they’re tailored to fit them, she said.
In other words, an ADHD coach helps you find solutions, strategies and tools that work for your unique needs and circumstances. “ADHD coaching should be all about customization, not force-fitting yourself to get a strategy to work,” Mincu said. “If a coach has one approach or solution that they want to fit you into, that’s not useful.”
Customization is vital because “no two ADHD brains are alike,” writes David Giwerc, MCAC, a master certified ADHD coach, in his excellent, comprehensive book Permission to Proceed: The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD. “Your ADHD may show up in one way in one situation and quite another when the situation changes. What’s more, two people with ADHD will not exhibit the same impairments in the same situations.”
A common misconception about ADHD coaches is that they’re supposed to hold you accountable. “While some coaches may agree to that role, it becomes a trap if the client doesn’t learn how to get things done on their own,” said Mincu, founder of Productivity Pathfinder, a membership-based training program to help adults with ADD/ADHD traits achieve self-mastery. This way the benefits of coaching go beyond the coaching.
It’s vital to work with a qualified coach that you connect with, said Giwerc, founder and president of the ADD Coach Academy, an ADHD coach training program fully accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC), the governing bodies of the life coaching and ADHD coaching professions.