Coaching for professionals & entrepreneurs (with ADHD) struggling to find flow!
ADHD Coaching Is An Investment That Pays Dividends For Life
ADHD Coaching is one of the most effective ways a professional can invest in yourself.
An "ADHD Coach" is a life coach specifically trained to help adults with the brain-based condition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder manage their lives.
Specific training is required to be credentialed as an ADHD Coach. The ADHD coach training prepares the coach to better assist clients by recognizing and distinguishing nuances between brain science, behavior idiosyncrasies, and habits. Distracting and avoiding behaviors often show up when ADHD clients need framework, systems, or more specific support structures that are not in place.
A client has his or her experience of ADHD, but often is missing the knowledge that allows them to show up and function fully in their career, their relationships and in their business. Understanding how your particular ADHD experience manifests is critical to success in coaching. That is why ADHD coaching begins with building and deepening your awareness of your own life.
Our goal is to shed light on how ADHD can not just inhibit but enhance your performance and use that unfolding awareness as the basis to experiment in real-time with alternative actions or behaviors. Coaching becomes a safe 'sandbox' in which to experiment and notice. When awareness is heightened, you can consider the coaching relationship as more experimental. The metaphor shifts from a 'sandbox' to a 'Pietre dish' in which you 'cause' or 'avoid' reaction.
By deepening your awareness, you are more naturally able to unplug negative (and perhaps life-long) narratives, make clear distinctions of how ADHD comes into play and may stand in the way of you being your best self.
Coach and client share responsibility for 'co-creating a relationship'. So when we work together, each session begins with a prep form, submitted prior to the session, and a client-generated topic to serve as a framework for each session. The goal of coaching sessions if to build your awareness and understanding so that you can take action in different ways in your life.
The key to successful ADHD coaching is moving intentions into actions, noticing, and adjusting.
This structure helps you stay focused and find incremental solutions in each session. It's one of the ways coaching works and why coaching can generate immediate, powerful results.
Coaching Is Not Therapy
Many people explain the experience of coaching like therapy.... but it is not.
The main difference between ADHD coaching and traditional psychotherapy is in its approach. Therapy tends to look back to your past for the causality of current conditions. It often seeks to help you understand the root causes of pain and attempts to help you understand it so you can move to acceptance. Therapy is a great solution if you seek to heal from past trauma, pain, and supports emotional wellness.
In contrast, Coaching meets you where you are today and helps you focus on where you want to go. Alternatively, Coaching helps you set goals and remove the obstacles that are in your way. Instead of ruminating on the past and digging to find out why you did what you did then, coaching moves from today forward.
Coaching for professionals & entrepreneurs (with ADHD) struggling to get it all done and have a life!
Becoming a coach has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I didn't know what coaching was when I started working, but I was always interested in the therapeutic model. However, the more I learned about coaching, the more I was attracted to the idea of helping others create change through action.
Our ADHD coaching process assists you in moving your thoughts and intentions into action.
I also am a self-awareness junky. So when discovered the vocation of coaching, I felt called to helping others in this way. I believe that self-awareness is the key to creating personal success and a life you love.
Why do I love working with professionals with ADHD?
Because I have been surrounded by high performers with ADHD my whole life.
And as a result, I know how hard it is to get started and stay sane as a micro-business owner and entrepreneur. I've also worked hard to automate processes in my business to save time. I love working with parents because they're the busiest, most essential humans on earth right now.
Since I launched my business in 2008, I've encountered difficulties, hardship, and the incredible growth that being an entrepreneur while raising your family provides. I also stand on the shoulders of those with whom I've worked to manifest my business vision.
So, although it's not easy, I want you to know it is doable.
Many of us are in the 'Sandwich Generation' - working parents have become the peanut butter stuck between 2 slices of bread: our aging parents, and our growing, busy (and often exhausting) families. Add a spouse, a home, and a career into the mix and it's a wonder we're not all half-crazy!
You deserve a life you love... that works. But, juggling all the priorities takes a solid foundation, clarity, courage, support, guidance, and freedom from the judgment and shame that the muggle world offers.
Above all, the coaching space allows the opportunity to slow down, get it together, prioritize yourself, and determine what direction to go in your life, business, or career. Additionally, we'll examine how to incorporate routines and winning systems that work for you. We focus on building awareness first. With deepened awareness, you help yourself. Awareness helps you problem-solve more effectively. You'll make work easier, more effectively regulate emotions, get and stay organized, get important things done, and create time at the end of the day for whatever you like to do most.
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While most coaches have some training, many pursue accreditations through programs designed to help them deepen coaching competencies.
This industry has balooned over the past ten years. And while there are many great coaches, those who have pursued industry credentials will ascribe to a Code of Ethics established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
ICF's ethical standards have been developed over several decades of client-facing work. And they cover many of the aspects of a very complex, layered, nuanced relationship between coach and client.
According to ICF
[ICF Credential-holders are part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole. They pursue and complete rigorous education and practice requirements that provide unquestioned legitimacy to their commitment to excellence in coaching.]
Therefore, ICF-trained coaches and those trained in ICF-accredited programs will share ethics that protect you.
For further information, you can explore my program’s ICF credentials here.
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What's So Cool About Coaching
Coaching is collaborative...
One of the hardest things to overcome as an entrepreneur is the feeling of isolation! There is extreme value in working collaboratively with a small business coach who specializes in supporting mom entrepreneurs. A coach provides a supportive, action-oriented, step-by-step, engaged (on fire) environment that allows you to make the (sometimes subtle and drastic) changes you need to start making real money, or move your business in a different direction.
Coaching is all about you...
You are so busy dedicating your time and life to everyone else, that when it comes down to working on your business, you want to focus in, be productive and get things done... Additionally, you'd like to generate decent income within the time you work. Let's face it, you are not going to pick up a side job at the local discount store.
Coaching saves time, money and heartache...
You want to own your time, life and flexibility. This is where we start to find clarity. Clarity helps you hold the reigns and make the decisions so you can make your life work! And, to avoid costly marketing blunders that most new entrepreneurs make, it is essential to align yourself with a mentor who can share expertise, lessons learned, and show you the shortcuts to getting profitable SOON with the time you're willing to devote to your business.
Let's face it - this entrepreneur thing is tough - it's NOT for wimps.
If you are an entrepreneur who is painfully aware of a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, and where you are now, I invite you to close your eyes, take three deep breaths and feel a sense of calm.... just for a moment.
If you are tired of doing the same things over with lack-luster results I can help. However, the results are in your hands.
You must be willing to generously and ongoingly engage your own awareness. Coaching strengthens accountability. You will spend time (likely a heck of a lot more than you are now) strategizing, planning deciding, and taking actions. If you are ready to get real with yourself to amp up accountability and results, you're ready to work with me as a coach.
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Distinguishing ADHD Coaching
Coaching has been defined in many ways. Coaching provides support for you to:
- moving out of thinking (analysis paralysis) and into doing (intention to action).
- gain insight and develop perspective pivots which ultimately help you address black and white thinking and take action.
- learn about how ADHD manifests in your life, relationships, career or business.
- unpack and remap narratives and shame that may be holding you back.
- understand Emotional Dysregulation and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) and how it occurs.
- develop a healthier relationship with time, and the essential structures you need to create winning conditions in your life.
- build awareness, empower choice, and restore agency that leads to change.
- restore self-confidence to help you become more of who you want to be.
ADHD Coaching unlocks your potential to maximize performance through unfolding awareness.
ADHD Coaching is a partnership between coach and client that helps you achieve your personal best and produce results in your life. Coaching ensures you can give your best, learn and develop in the way they wish.
The coach need not be an expert in their clients’ field of work. ADHD Coaching is not remedial, it is generative. However, it is useful to distinguish coaching from similar activities.
Mentoring vs ADHD Coaching
A mentor is a sponsor with great professional experience in their client’s field of work. Mentoring is typically offered by a senior colleague, who gives advice as a role model. Mentoring involves wide-ranging discussions that may not be limited to the work context. Both mentoring and coaching focus mainly on present actions and future plans.
Counseling vs ADHD Coaching
Counseling is designed to support a client who is uncomfortable or dissatisfied with their current conditions. Clients enroll in counseling when they seek guidance and advice to fix a specific problem or need. A counselor works remedially on a client’s problem, often providing course direction or correction and asking the client to comply with counsel. A good 'counseling' metaphor is an attorney hired to offer professional advice and direction.
Therapy vs ADHD Coaching
Therapy provides an empathic envelope to engage with a client who seeks relief from psychological or physical symptoms. Therapy offers the client emotional support, healing and relief from mental pain from their past. Therapy deals with the client’s mental health. The client’s motive to enter therapy or counseling is usually to address the pain or discomfort they experience in the current moment. Both therapy and counseling models involve uncovering past experiences as a way forward.
Training vs ADHD Coaching
Training offers an opportunity to transfer knowledge, skills, and abilities through study, experience or teaching. A trainer is an expert who offers modeling, feedback, and support to help others learn or enhance skills. Training can target specific skills and produce immediate results. Training can be offered individually or in groups. Training is often supplemented with online learning.
Consulting vs ADHD Coaching
A consultant is typically hired as an outsider to provide expertise to solve an unsolvable business problem. A consultant can also help develop your business by providing expertise and direction. A consultant deals with the overall organization or specific parts of it and not individuals within it. In a company, consultants indirectly affect individuals. Consultants differ from coaches because they provide expertise, counsel, and direction, and expect the client to implement ideas, strategies, and suggested structures. Coaching is not consulting. It's critical that the client understands that the relationship is equal and that a coach helps the client solve his or her own dilemmas by 'holding the space' for a client to become curious and self-direct.
Teaching vs ADHD Coaching
A teacher passes knowledge to a student. The teacher knows something the student does not. The opposite is true in coaching. A coach assumes that the client is the expert who has the answers, not the coach.
Individual Coaching Packages
Many coaches distinguish their services by client type. Finding a niche is a way to distinguish ideal clients. A niche is a specialized segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service. My coaching programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of certain client niche's. This helps coaching work because clients receive targeted resources and learn from each other.
There are 3 different niches that gain the best results from working with me.
- Busy entrepreneurs in the late start-up to the early growth phase of business who need to systematize and get their time back.
- Professionals and business owners with ADD/ADHD wanting to increase their results and save time.
- Professionals in life transition or wishing to transition careers or launch a lifestyle business in the next 18 months.
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Group Coaching Programs
Periodically I host group coaching programs. This is ideal for those in the early ramp-up stages of business. If you'd like to join a scheduled curriculum-based program click the link to review the weekly topics. Participation means joining a collaborative, supportive mastermind to keep you on track. Weekly webinars and online training modules help you build your brand and marketing. Explore the Biz Marketing Mastery Group.
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For More Information on Coaching
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- Coaching Works
- What Is Coaching Like?
- 10 Ways To Get Your Money's Worth When Hiring A Coach
- 10 Success Features That Add Value To Group Coaching Programs