ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is a medical neurobiological condition inherited from biological parents just like eye color, height or predisposition to other medical disorders are. ADHD is the inability to control the amount of attention we give to things that interest us vs. not. It is caused by low levels of dopamine (a neurotransmitter), which helps us plan, focus and control our emotions. It plays a role in how we experience pleasure and rewards. An over or under abundance of this chemical affects our behavior and physical functions like learning, motivation, mood, attention, processing pain, and movement coordination. People with ADHD show differences in brain chemistry, structure and function from non-ADHD brains. Just as someone with poor eyesight, diabetes or asthma cannot control their symptoms, a person with ADHD cannot control how their symptoms affect them through sheer will and determination alone. Although symptoms are similar among the ADHD population, the experience can be very different for each individual. As a result, solutions for managing the challenges can also vary greatly.
ADHD coaching is a process that uses specialized methods to help clients brainstorm, explore, and uncover solutions to their unique ADHD challenges. Clients receive customized levels of support to create tools they can access long after finishing the coaching relationship. Clients experience increased awareness to better identify where their struggles or obstacles may result from their ADHD. The coach offers ideas and options on how others have successfully managed ADHD to get clients thinking about strategies and planning actions that will work for them. It's a partnership in which the client is in the driver's seat and the coach helps them navigate to reach their destination.
Coaching is an interactive experience where we discover your goals and passions using them to help you travel down a path to the life you want. Sessions are 100% confidential; what happens in our sessions stays in our sessions. The time that your coaching process will take depends on the complexity of your goals and your commitment and openness to your process. You DO NOT need a formal diagnosis to work with an ADHD coach.