What about ADD coaching?
- I Just Want to Find a Coach!
- Training and Certification
- Options to Personal Coaching
- Why Coaching?
Coaching has quickly grown in acceptance as a complementary treatment for ADHD. The focused one-on-one approach of working with a coach can work really well for people with ADHD. Many of the strategies coaches offer are precisely the ones that are needed most. When self management, time management, and organization don't come naturally, a coach can help you develop these skills.
The cost of coaching, however, can be high and is not covered by insurance. Be prepared to invest in yourself for lasting progress. To be effective, the process of coaching requires a commitment of 3 to 6 months or longer.
Choose a coach carefully. You’re looking expertise in those areas you most desire change as well as a style of coaching that is compatible with your personality. Most of all, you should have a good rapport with the coach and look forward to working with them. For more about ADD Coaching and finding the right coach for you:
ADHD Coaching- What's it all About? by Dana Rayburn, ACT
ADHD Coaching- Questions to Ask by Kris Page
Coach Training and Certification- When seeking a coach for ADHD make sure that they have specific ADHD Coach training. It’s important to distinguish Life Coaches from ADHD Coaches. ADHD Coaches have the training, skills and tools to coach persons with ADHD, and Life Coaches, unless they have sought out specific ADHD Coach training, do not. At the same time, although a therapist or other professional might have extensive knowledge of ADHD, effective coaching requires a unique skill set and training.
Note: To date, there are no official requirements for ADD coaches. There are now efforts to establish standards and certification for new coaches just entering the field as well as the criteria for "grandfathering in" long term ADD Coaches. Most require prior certification in Life Coaching as well as specific training in ADHD coaching. Many respected ADD coaches, however, lack Life Coaching credentials, yet offer a wealth of knowledge and experience with ADHD that may make them a good choice for you.
Coaching Options- There are now a number of options to one-on-one coaching; group coaching, on-line coaching programs, even peer or self coaching approaches available for a much lower cost. Although these programs do not offer the same level of support or personal attention of conventional coaching, they can be effective.
Any comments? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org