ADHD coaching can be used as an option to help both children and adults face and manage the many challenges ADHD presents in daily life. Coaching may be used as a benefit to children as they learn to manage increasing homework loads, or to adults in managing relationships or jobs. Even though ADHD coaching has been around for a number of years, the number of people signing up to become a coach, as well as articles raising awareness of coaches continues to rise – raising some questions.
_The following frequently asked questions may help you better understand the process of ADHD coaching, and decide if an ADHD coach is a good choice for you. _
What does an ADHD coach do?
An ADHD coach helps you to develop skills and strategies in areas that are causing you the most difficulty in managing your daily life. For example, a coach might help with organization, planning, prioritizing or time management. Think about an ADHD coach in the same way as an athletic coach - they provide guidance, information, feedback and accountability for life skills.
What doesn’t an ADHD coach do?
Although some ADHD coaches might also hold other degrees, most coaches are not medical professionals. They cannot diagnose ADHD, provide medical advice, therapy or dispense prescriptions. For emotional and psychological issues, such as depression or anxiety, you will need to see a therapist.
Is ADHD coaching covered by insurance?
Because coaching is considered to be educational rather than medical, it is not usually covered by insurance. You’ll most likely need to pay for a coach’s services out-of-pocket. However, many people find that the increased productivity, better relationships and increased self-esteem that often accompanies coaching is worth the money.
How much does coaching cost?
Coaching fees can vary based on the the experience and expertise of the coach you choose. Coaches typically charge per hour, and fees can range anywhere from $50 to $250 per hour. It is advised that you make sure to discuss cost before making a decision to work with a particular coach.
How long is coaching needed?
Because coaches work based on an individual’s specific needs and goals, how long you will use a coach is up to you and the coach. For example, if you want help on reaching a specific goal such as organizing your home, your coaching sessions will end when the project is completed. If you are working with a coach for general self-improvement and have several areas you want to work on, your coach might work with you for much longer. Although many coaches will ask for a commitment of three to six months, you are usually not under contract and can end the coaching sessions if you find they are not helpful.
What are the educational requirements to be an ADHD coach?
Right now there are not any educational requirements to become a coach, therefore anyone who decides to be a coach can do so. There are, however, several schools which train coaches, as well as organizations that credential coaches. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask where a coach received training, if they participate in continuing education programs and if they are registered with any coaching organizations.
Where do I meet with my coach?
If you live in the same general vicinity of your coach, you might want to meet in person. However, most coaches work virtually - through Skype, Facetime, telephone, texting and email. Some coaches work through a secure online meeting platform. This means you can work with coaches located anywhere and are not limited to finding a coach in your neighborhood or town. During the initial consultation, you can discuss where and how often “meetings” will take place.
How do I find an ADHD coach?
There are a number of online directories and websites that can help in your search for an ADHD coach:
www.adhdcoaches.org is a community of ADHD coaches and has a searchable directory.
CHADD.org has a directory of ADHD professionals including coaches
ADD.org has a directory of ADHD professionals includingcoaches.
ADD Coach Academy provides a directory of coaches specializing in ADHD
Edge Foundation focuses on coaching for school-based challenges
You may also consider searching for a coach by using a search engine such as Google to search ADHD coaches, or within a social platform like Facebook for ADHD coach groups.
Most ADHD coaches will also have a website and many have a blog. Take the time to look through the website and read blog entries to get a feeling for the coach’s philosophy. Once you narrow down your search, request an initial consultation for at least three different coaches. This should help you decide which coach is a good fit for your personality and the challenges you feel are most important in your life right now.
See more helpful articles on managing adult ADHD:
ADHD Coaching: ADD Coach Academy
ADHD Coaching: Nancy Ratey
26 Benefits of Adult ADHD Coaching: ADDCoach4U.com
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.