As an ADHD coach I empower clients to set goals and action steps to meet those goals, to learn and use skills and strategies and to be accountable. Self-esteem rises as clients begin to experience success in achieving goals and improving their executive functioning skills. Parents in a coaching relationship learn new, more effective ways to interact with their children. Family relationships and harmony often improve.

The coaching partnership is the foundation and springboard for change. By listening without judgment and providing support, structure, strategies and skills I empower my clients to find ways to function that are more satisfying and productive.

I have been trained by JST Coaching in the model used by the Edge Foundation for coaching children, teens and college students with ADHD. In a study conducted during the 2009-2010 school year of students with ADHD at 10 postsecondary institutions across the United States the Edge model was shown to be highly effective. “This study demonstrated that coaching services provided according to the Edge model were highly effective in helping students improve their self-regulation, study skills and will. It helped to build students’ confidence and enhanced their organizational and time management skills. Participation in Edge coaching services resulted in improvement in students’ approach to learning. It also enhanced their sense of well-being and resulted in more positive emotional states, which have been linked by research (Fredrickson & Branigan, 2005) to more effective learning.

This study demonstrated that the coaching services provided according to the Edge model were a highly effective intervention to help students improve executive functioning and related skills as measured by the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI; Weinstein & Palmer, 2002).”, page 3.

Who is a good candidate for coaching?

Anyone who wishes to make progress toward meeting goals and is willing to enter and use a collaborative relationship in order to do so is a good candidate for coaching. Children younger than 8 years old are not mature enough to benefit from a coaching relationship. Children between the ages of 8 and 12/13 have emerging skills that they can use in a coaching situation that involves their parents. As children develop and mature, they benefit from less parental involvement in the coaching. A separate parent coaching relationship can be beneficial.

What type of clients do you work with?

My coaching training is specifically targeted to individuals and parents dealing with ADHD; however, many individuals experience difficulty with executive functioning and have trouble making progress toward meeting goals so a diagnosis of ADHD is not necessary. I work with a lot of parents – many of whom have children with ADHD but others whose children do not have this diagnosis.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client. The client sets the agenda. The focus of the sessions is on goal setting and developing strategies to meet those goals. Issues surrounding mental health and psychopathology are not the focus of coaching. Accountability to the coach is a key ingredient of the coaching relationship. The goal is to help the client improve performance and enhance their sense of satisfaction with their life. Coaching is not regulated by licensure, i.e. a license is not required to work as a coach.

Therapy is a relationship between a client and a therapist in which the therapist is the “expert” and the client is consulting the therapist for his/her expertise. The therapist largely determines the direction of the treatment, based on his/her theoretical orientation and the issues presented by the client. The focus of the sessions is on exploring the dynamics and emotional implications of the presenting issues and on symptom relief. The thoughts associated with the presenting issues are the predominant focus of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The goal of therapy is to increase insight and understanding of the psychological issues in order to change behavior as a route to improved mental health. The practice of psychotherapy is regulated by licensure – a license is required to conduct therapy or counseling in most settings.