While I use many of the same modalities that I use in my individual coaching (breathwork, storywork, movement, talking), ADHD coaching varies in a few specific ways. Firstly, it is important to note that I coach my ADHD clients through a neurodivergent (ND) affirming lens which means that it is never about “teaching” you skills to help you fit in (which will only exhaust you in the end).
It is about identifying the unique challenges and opportunities that your beautiful ND brain presents. Where are you struggling? Where are you thriving? How do we make the tough stuff more manageable and the good stuff more fun and impactful? With a careful analysis of how YOUR flavour of ADHD manifests, and how it affects areas like executive functioning, memory, organisation, motivation, impulse control, focus and emotions we:
EXPLORE: this is where we get a big picture view of your life. What’s working? What’s not? What have you tried already (oh hey there millions of planners!)? What are your routines?
EXPERIMENT: Based on what we uncover in the exploration stage (lifestyle, trauma, old narratives, obstacles, preferences), now is where we work TOGETHER to try some new ways of approaching life. This includes a blend of practical actions (lifestyle modifications, planning, making commitments) and more emotional (setting boundaries, having difficult conversations, making choices, committing to self care). This is where we may also work with allied health professionals to discuss other treatment options, including mediation and therapy.
FINE TUNE: Instead of totally abandoning something that hasn’t worked right away (sound familiar?), we talk honestly about why. ADHD brains tend toward either/or thinking as a way of making sense of the world but this is where we work on developing a both/and mindset, which can have a HUGE impact. Having a coach through this process is super helpful as I’m there to remind you that some things take time and to keep and eye out for past behaviour encouraging collapse into old ways of being and doing that no longer serve.
Lastly, as someone with lived experience of later in life diagnosed ADHD, a big part of the work I do with my clients in around self-worth, shame and grief. I know what it feels like to have the “Ohhhh, that’s why I’m the way that I am!” moment of relief and excitement…followed closely by the grief and sadness and we reconcile this understanding with all the times in our life when we haven’t been seen by others, or ourselves.
My professional coaching certification, lived experience and additional training in Somatic Trauma Therapy mean that I am uniquely qualified to work with BOTH the linear/logical (implementing strategies and structures) AND the emotional (working with shame, hyper creativity, grief, mindfulness and focus).
ADHD coaching is not a one size fits all approach. It is often uncomfortable work. Developing new neural pathways is tough.
If you’re tired of living in the gap between what you want from this life and your current reality, it’ll be worth it. Get in touch today for a free discovery call to see if working with me is the right fit.
One on one coaching is available via Zoom or on the phone. A monthly coaching cycle consists of 4 x one hour sessions, with 2 follow up phone calls or emails per week if needed.
Individual coaching can be intense, and I am committed to DEEP WORK with my clients. Often, when individuals begin coaching, they find that the real obstacles holding them back are not at all what they thought they were.
Though my methodology is grounded in training, experience and the latest research in the field, my style is fluid and organic. My intuition and ability to ask great questions is my greatest strength. The aftermath can be messy and is almost always a bit uncomfortable, but the results are powerful and long lasting.
For more information about who I am and how I work,
Coaching within organisations can take the form of ongoing regular sessions with the group and/or individuals within the group, or in a one off half day or full day workshop. Longer workshops are available if necessary.
Coaching for organisations involves collaboration with more people, but the object is the same: to define where the organisation is, where they would like to be and how they are going to get there.
Organisational coaching is an amazing opportunity to discern and clarify the overarching values and vision that define your organisation. Coaching gives you a way to develop a True North for your group and the individuals within, a touchstone to refer to during times of evolution and challenge.
I particularly enjoy working with women-led businesses and non-profits and have presented workshops on the following topics in a variety of settings:
Creating Neuro-affirming Workplaces
Mission, Values, Vision in ACTION
This style of coaching is effective for community groups, volunteer groups and businesses.