If you just discovered ADHD coaching and are starting to dive into the deep black google/tiktok/reddit hole, you’re in the right place—let us save you some time. This is your ultimate guide to ADHD coaching, answering the top questions our Shimmer ADHD coaches get from our members.
(Here’s a summary—but really, I’d recommend reading the whole thing!)
First off, I want to say that ADHD coaching has changed my life. Read my full blog post, “How ADHD Transformed My Life: A Detailed Account of Month 1,” to learn more. Or read one of our Shimmer members, Chris Cameron’s post, “A Journey of ADHD Coaching and Personal Growth”.
Let’s start off with our definition of ADHD coaching:
ADHD coaching is a partnership between an individual with ADHD (you) and an expert ADHD coach, that helps the individual reach their goals & full potential.
Each ADHD coaching journey will look completely different, but with some general guidelines: ADHD coaching is a judgement-free container where you’ll set goals, experiment with systems & routines, and learn new skills—all in a personalized way so that it works for your unique life.
And the definition of an ADHD coach:
ADHD coaches are trained professionals who work with clients to develop strategies for managing ADHD-related challenges and reaching their goals.
Think of them as not only as your fiercest supporter and cheerleader, but also a trusted expert with ample knowledge of, and experience with, ADHD. They will be invested in your personal growth and will keep you accountable for achieving what you set out to do.
Coaching can be beneficial for anyone struggling to manage their symptoms, such as poor time management, disorganization, lack of focus, impulsivity, and procrastination. The coaching process can help individuals with ADHD identify their strengths, develop strategies for managing symptoms, improve executive functioning skills, and achieve their goals.
Coaching can also be helpful for family members, educators, and employers of individuals with ADHD, as it can provide them with tools and strategies to support and empower those with ADHD.
ADHD coaching could be a great fit if you’re looking for:
While ADHD coaching can be beneficial for many individuals with ADHD, it may not be the right fit for everyone.
Coaching is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment, and individuals with severe symptoms may require medication or therapy to manage their condition effectively. Generally speaking, coaching is for people who are in a place in their life where things are stable, but you’re ready to achieve more.
Additionally, coaching may not be suitable for anyone not willing or able to commit to the coaching process or who have unrealistic expectations for their progress. If you’re not willing to try new things, if you want someone to just tell you what to do, or you don’t have the time to put in daily work toward building new habits and behaviors, ADHD coaching is unlikely to be effective.
Lastly, individuals with conditions that mimic or co-occur with ADHD, such as depression or anxiety, may need to address these issues before they can effectively engage in coaching.
An ADHD coach can help you with a wide range of challenges related to ADHD. Some common areas of focus include:
There are two main components involved:
ADHD coaching is also about autonomy & freedom. ADHD coaches don’t diagnose, treat, prescribe, or tell you what to do. They build on your knowledge and past stories of success to find systems that work for you.
ADHD coaches use a variety of techniques and strategies to help clients manage their symptoms and improve their functioning. Some common techniques include:
There are several ways to find an ADHD coach. Some options include:
The cost of ADHD coaching varies depending on several factors, such as the coach's experience and credentials, the length of the coaching relationship, and the frequency of sessions.
On average, ADHD coaching can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 per session.
At Shimmer, our plans start at $80 for your first month.
Unfortunately, insurance companies in the US do not typically cover coaching services. However, some do allow the use of FSA/HSA funds to cover the cost of coaching. You can in fact use your FSA/HSA account for Shimmer services!
If you’re looking for ways to cover the cost of ADHD coaching, it's best to start by checking with your insurance provider to determine what is covered under your plan. If coaching isn’t covered by your insurance, and you don’t have HSA/FSA funds, you can also:
Choosing the right ADHD coach is essential for a successful coaching relationship. When choosing a coach, consider the following factors:
To make the most of ADHD coaching, it is essential to be open, honest, and committed to the coaching process. Here are some tips for getting the most out of ADHD coaching:
Knowing if ADHD coaching is working requires ongoing reflection and assessment of progress.
One way to determine if coaching is effective is by tracking improvements in the areas that coaching partnership is targeting, such as time management, organization, focus, and productivity. This can involve setting goals, establishing benchmarks, and measuring progress over time.
Another way to assess progress is through feedback from the coach, who can provide insight into changes they observe and offer guidance on areas for continued improvement.
Additionally, you can reflect on your experience of coaching, such as changes in your mindset, feelings of empowerment, and overall satisfaction with the coaching process.
Absolutely! The tools, skills, and strategies used in ADHD coaching can be helpful for anyone who feels they need support with time management, organization, emotional regulation, and other ADHD symptoms. An official diagnosis is typically not required (ask the provider you’re interested in, just in case).
ADHD coaching is a valuable intervention for individuals with ADHD who are looking to improve their daily life and achieve their goals. Coaching can provide individuals with the tools, techniques, and strategies they need to manage their symptoms and enhance their executive functioning skills. Through the coaching process, individuals can identify their strengths, develop effective coping strategies, and work towards achieving their personal and professional goals.
Although coaching may not be the right fit for everyone, for those who are motivated to engage in the process, it can be a transformative and empowering experience. By working with a skilled and experienced ADHD coach, individuals with ADHD can unlock their full potential and thrive in all areas of their life.
If you’d like to see some concrete examples, check our our recent blog post 5 Case Studies & Common Challenges.