WHAT IS COACHING?
Coaching is a partnership. Coaching occurs regularly, usually for an hour at a time, weekly. There is usually a few predetermined goals that the client wants to work on over the time the coach and client meet. These goals can change over time as well. The coach and client come together to explore the client’s agenda. The coach will maintain curiosity throughout the process to empower the client to reach their goals. The coach will ask questions and provide feedback that will guide the client to think thoughtfully to clarify the importance of their stated goals and how the client would like to achieve those goals. Coaching will include the client focusing on the goals, what the client needs to achieve those goals, and considering the obstacles that may stand in their way. The effectiveness of a coaching conversation comes through evoking awareness for the client. This includes listening to what a client is saying as well as noticing their unspoken cues in body languages and reflecting back to the client. The coach will empower the client, but will not do the work for the client. Coaching is not tutoring and it is not therapy. The coach will not tell the client what to do, so in order for the coaching relationship to be effective, the client must be motivated to change.
HOW DOES ADHD COACHING DIFFER FROM LIFE COACHING?
An ADHD coach will use their understanding of ADHD to help their client understand themselves as well as offer tools and resources that the coach has accrued.
HOW IS COACHING DIFFERENT FROM THERAPY?
Coaching and Therapy are two approaches to supporting someone with ADHD (or any person). Though both coaching and therapy happen through a conversation, are there to help the client, and both will help the client work through issues that may come up, coaching and therapy are very different in a number of ways. Coaching is a partnership or a collaboration. The coach and the client are viewed as equals, exploring the client’s agenda together. In a therapeutic alliance, there is a view of the therapist leading the work being done. Another difference is that a therapist can give a clinical diagnosis and support that diagnosis for healing. A coach will focus on bringing awareness of the client’s struggles with the goal of partnering with client to create a plan for change and growth. It is not ethical for a coach to address serious psychological stress. A coach can work with someone whose mental health challenges are stable. A therapist will work to help their client become stable. Additionally, a therapist often will use past experiences to support the work they are doing, while coaching focuses on the present and the future. Coaches will help the client to set goals, set up accountability measures for those goals, while helping the client become more self-aware. In summary, coaching is a tool that can be used to grow, enact change, and improve through becoming more self-aware. The coach and client are equal partners in creating plans for the client to implement.r adding examples.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN COACHING PLANS?
Coaching plans vary by client. There is always a complimentary 30-45 minute pre-screening phone call. This is followed up with a 1.5-2 hour discovery session. Then the coaching begins. Clients meet with the coach one or two times per week for 30 -60 minute sessions. Coach's fee is hourly, and can be paid at the start of each session or at the beginning of each month.
WHAT IS THE PRE-SCREENING SESSION?
The pre-screening is a complimentary phone call where the coach explains the coaching process and how it works and the client explains what they are looking to achieve through the coaching process. The goal of this call is for the client and coach to see initially if the partnership would be a good fit.