What is ADHD Coaching?
Coaching is About Results
Coaching is about getting from where you are today to where you want to go. It is about becoming aware of your own natural talents and strengths in order to achieve the results you want. Coaching becomes a truly meaningful force when both the coach and client have a willingness to grant power to the coaching relationship.
Who Can Benefit from Coaching?
Coaching is for people who are ready for results. It's for people who know they can perform at a higher level but have not been able to do it on their own. If this sounds like you, it may very well be time to seek help from a coach.
Could you do better in?
- Your personal and professional relationships?
- Balancing your business or work life?
- Your ability to manage time and schedules?
- Getting more organized?
- Making reasonable decisions?
- Tackling problems?
- Sticking with your plans?
- Achieving your goals?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you can benefit from coaching.
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The Client-Coach Partnership
To the coaching partnership, the client brings the agenda, the issues, and the desired outcomes. The coach accepts the client unconditionally and brings unbiased objectivity and curiosity. The coach focuses entirely on the client, looking for patterns and listening for verbal and nonverbal clues that draw attention and awareness to the client's "buried knowings." This newfound awareness gives clarity to the client's issues, enabling the client to focus in on the key drivers needed to bring change and success.
The coach will never tell the client what to do or how to do it. The client is always the one who's in charge. But the coach sticks to the client's agenda, creates an environment that's conducive for the client to make a conscious choice, and then holds the client responsible for achieving the stated outcomes.
The coach will help the client to unblock and uncover the essence of the matter and put it into words. Once the client can articulate the desired outcomes, the coach can help the client work on the solutions and unleash a world of possibilities.
Coaching works because the coach keeps the client motivated and never loses sight of the client's goals.
In most instances, one-on-one coaching sessions take place by telephone. Fees vary depending on the type of coaching provided and the length of each coaching session. Please call for information.
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Coaching vs. Psychiatry, Counseling, and Consulting
Coaching vs. Psychotherapy
Coaching is not psychology, psychiatry, or therapy that looks into the past in order to explain the present. Those sciences are designed to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. They delve into the client's past in hopes of finding and remedying the causes of identified problems.
Coaching vs. Counseling
Coaching is not counseling. Counseling tends to be more analytical, reviewing history to obtain data and explain habits for the purposes of determining behavioral consequences.
Coaching vs. Consulting
Coaching is not consulting. Some people confuse coaching and consulting, thinking they are similar when, in fact, they are opposites. A consultant is a subject-matter expert who is brought in to tell a client the best way to approach an issue: what system to put in, what plan to execute, and what business strategy to go with, and so on.
Coaching deals with the way an individual performs within the system, plan, or strategy. For example, coaching helps the client determine the best way to work within that system, plan, or strategy. Coaching keeps the client motivated, organized, on time, and focused on working in the system, executing the plan, or sticking to the strategy.
A coach is not a subject-matter expert. The client is. A coach is an expert at coaching. Unlike a consultant who can work with a client only on specific topics, a coach can work with clients on almost any issue.
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What is an Attention Coach?
At DIG Coaching we use the label Attention Coach because we believe it more accurately represents the essence of what a coach does, especially for those with ADD, ADHD, or ADD-like symptoms. A Coach can't change you but your behavior can change with you to attend to things differently. This concept is easily to comprehend for those with ADHD in the following context.
Having ADHD is like being born left-handed in a right-handed world. Society and the self help section of the book store are quick to suggest a right-handed solution. An attention coach helps those with ADHD realize (attend to) the fact they are born left handed. When they do solutions become more obvious; if you are going to play golf use a left-handed set of clubs. Notice, metaphorically, the person didn't change. They were always left handed. Their behavior changed when they attended to the fact they were left handed.
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