We get this question all the time: can you give me examples of how others use coaching? Finally, we’ve surveyed 5 Shimmer members and their coaches to understand their situations, coaching plan, and results more in depth. The full list of our testimonials if you’re curious is here.
In this article, we'll explore what ADHD coaching is, real case studies of Shimmer members and the coaching plans that were developed to address their challenges, and other common challenges that members come to Shimmer ADHD Coaches with.
In short, ADHD coaching is a partnership between someone with ADHD and an expert ADHD coach, where they work together to bridge the gap between where the client is, and where they want to be. The coach helps the client to set goals, re-ignite a sense of hope, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and overcome ADHD-related challenges to reach their goals. The more obvious benefits include improvement in executive function and achievement of goals but the more nuanced benefits include things like improved self esteem and general feeling of support and understanding.
The ADHD coaching process generally starts with vision setting & goal setting, arriving at a shared understanding of the client’s situation and what has worked or not work before, and an understanding of mutual working styles. Then, they will develop a personalized coaching plan that will play out out over weeks to months of working together. Each week, they will meet to keep accountable, reflect on progress, celebrate wins, and problem solve around challenges. Over the course of the coaching journey, the coaching partnership with experiment with various methods, explore skills & strategies, and eventually land on a system that works uniquely for the client.
For a full comparison of ADHD treatment methods, check out our Head ADHD Coach, Noelle’s blog post “ADHD Treatment Options: Medication vs Coaching vs Therapy”
Cases below are inspired by Shimmer members—however, they are altered for brevity and anonymity. These cases are specific to each member & their life, and we try to include sufficient details and rationale, so you can apply similar methodologies to your challenges, but you’ll likely end up with a different solution! Feel free to ask your coach for support here!
Situation: Member was struggling was impulsivity at home. They would frequently say things to their partner that they later regretted.
Coaching plan: Member & coach jointly embarked on a multi-step, CBT-based plan
Final outcome: Member had far less situations where they said impulsive things to their partner, and their partner gained empathy & respect for the amount of work they were putting in to address this important issue
Situation: Member just finished school and was applying to jobs. The task was large & daunting, and the member wanted to make sure they were taking the right steps.
Coaching plan: Member created a career vision, explored ADHD-fit career types, and broke career tasks into chunks to stay accountable with coach
Final outcome: In 2 months, member secured a dream job! We wish them the best as we continue to watch their growth in other domains :)
Situation: Member never had enough time to do deeper, strategic & creative work that was required for them to be considered for their next promotion. Their calendar was peppered with calls, and they could never get into “flow state” long enough without being distracted
Coaching plan: Member & coach designed a 3x weekly deep work block, plan for distractions, and moved around call slots to work FOR the member
Final outcome: Member’s work was noticeably more creative and “out of the box”, and several colleagues mentioned and praised them! They also had an easier time getting in and out of “work” zone and “call” zone each day.
Situation: Member was struggling to complete their daily to-do lists. They were confident the right things were on them, but couldn’t follow through
Coaching plan: Member & coach jointly embarked on a multi-step journaling & awareness plan
Final outcome: Member had a long list of 8-10 strategies on their office wall that they could draw on to pump their own personal motivation factors (novelty + accountability) into
Situation: Member identified general self esteem issues paired with impulsive behaviors. Throughout their life, they had faced criticisms like “lazy”, “not living up to potential”, and generally felt misunderstood
Coaching plan: Coach and member took a CBT-based approach starting with psycho-education
Final outcome: Member had more awareness as to where emotional outbursts were stemming from and more productive conversations with partner to address issues appropriately
Don’t see your situation? Here are some other common topics members come to Shimmer ADHD Coaches with. This list is not ordered nor exhaustive. We encourage you to take time to reflect which topics are most important and helpful for you to explore, and the list below is simply inspiration!
If you're interested in working with a Shimmer ADHD Coach, visit our website to learn more about our coaching services and how to get started.