First, coaching is a conversation. ADHD coaching is a conversation with someone who really understands your unique brain wiring.
Ned Hallowell, a psychiatrist with ADHD himself, describes seeing patient after patient in his 1980s practice, and realising:
"...many of them did not necessarily need a traditional therapist, a professional trained to help someone sort out and resolve emotional conflicts while learning how to make wise decisions. No, what these patients needed more than that...was someone to help them sort out the nuts and bolts of daily life and help them resolve the problems that arise from missing deadlines, forgetting appointments, leaving key materials at home or in the car, and failing to wear socks that match. What we now call 'executive functions'."
This isn't the whole story. We'll certainly look at those daily life skills, but we'll also be thinking about your bigger goals, and what you really want out of life - and, actually, sometimes that might involve some sorting out of emotions, and talking through decisions you need to make (both can be tough for neurodivergent people).
But our focus is, first and foremost, on action. We won't spend a lot of time talking about the past. We aren't aiming to fix or heal you (in fact, we start by assuming you were never broken to begin with - if you don't care whether or not your socks match, then neither do I). We'll spend a lot of time considering your strengths, and how you can learn from what's going well. But as Hallowell suggests, we'll spend more time than you might in therapy looking at what you can do, and how to actually implement your ideas, to get closer to where you want to be. And our main focus is always, always on the present and future.
So those missed deadlines and forgotten appointments are part of the picture, but we'll also be thinking about your dreams, the things you really long for, and the real-world actions you can take to get there. Coaching feels like forward motion - but that forward motion might be a fairly straight line, or a more winding road. It's different for everyone.
I am based in the UK, but I love working with clients from all over the world. My sessions are held on Zoom.
If you are in the UK, the Access to Work government grant scheme may be able to fund the cost of your coaching if you are in employment or self-employed. If you would like to know more about this, please get in touch.