What to look for in an ADHD Coach
The relationship between coach and client is that of a partnership. A good fit between coach and client is vital. Below are questions that can be asked of a prospective ADHD coach in determining the specifics of how the partnership will work. In asking these questions one might also be listening for the less tangible, but equally important characteristics such as style, energy and tone of the prospective coach being interviewed.
- What can I expect from a coach and from coaching? Can the coach clearly explain what I will get from coaching?
- What would this partnership look like? How exactly would we work together to accomplish what I need to accomplish?
- What would an individual session look like? How, where and when would we meet - face-to-face meetings, telephone, or electronic mail? What happens if I miss a session?
- How much will it cost? What is the method of payment (check, credit card)? Can I access my health insurance to pay for coaching? Does the coach have a sliding fee scale?
- Are my records and information kept confidential? Are there ever times when information about me would be shared with other professionals? Under what arrangement?
- How long has the coach practiced? What is their experience in the coaching profession? By whom and when were they trained? Is this coach certified? Do they have a specialty: executive coaching, spiritual coaching, career coaching, life style coaching, etc.? Do they associate with other coaches belonging to coaching organizations?
- Does this coach have specific ADHD coach training? Do they have knowledge of medications, other professionals who diagnose and treat, and relevant resources? Does the experience of this coach match my needs?
- What else would I like to know about this coach and their work in order to discern that we might work well together? Does this coach's philosophy, style and/or approach fit with how I believe I function best?
In choosing an ADHD coach one must be as clear as possible in stating specific needs, challenges and desired goals. The coach's ability to listen, summarize and help in expressing this information may be a further indication of how well you might work together in partnership. It is important to choose a coach who can answer your important questions, help you clarify what you want from coaching, and be a total support and advocate.