ADHD Coaching, Abigail Wurf, PCC, M.Ed
- What can it do for me?
- How is coaching defined?
- Why Hire an ADHD coach?
I am a professional ADHD coach located in Washington DC and I coach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners affected by ADHD and/or executive function issues which include difficulties with making decisions, overwhelm, being stuck, procrastinating, lateness, trouble with prioritizing, goal setting and general management of self in work and in life.
Many times when people find out what I do, they ask a lot of questions such as, “Do I need to live in Washington DC to take advantage of your services?” The answer to that is, “No.” Coaching can take place in person, over the phone, or over the computer through services like Skype.
But I get ahead of myself. Here are answers to some basic questions that I am often asked:
What can ADHD coaching do for me?
Having ADHD and/or Executive Function issues can be hard. All your life you have been told that you are lazy, impulsive, unfocused, forgetful, or unmotivated. You may have even begun to feel you aren’t very smart. Your life may feel chaotic and unstructured.
A professional ADHD coach will help you create more structure in your life and will help you conquer some of the roadblocks you encounter because of ADHD. A coach expert in ADHD will understand the issues that confront you daily and will be trained to coach to those issues.
How is coaching defined?
Coaching is an interdevelopmental relationship between client and coach. It is a partnership of equals. The coach is expert in coaching and the client is expert on him or herself. It is assumed that the client is whole, competent, creative, and intelligent. Unlike therapy, consulting, or mentorship, the client is not in a one down position from the expert therapist, consultant, or mentor. The client is assumed to have no pathology.
Yet ADHD is a pathology, just like diabetes is a pathology. So some coaches do not believe in ADHD coaching because the ADHD client is not considered “whole” and is counted out due to their ADHD and possible ancillary issues.
An ADHD coach does not have this view and should be expert in ADHD and working with ADHD clients.
Why hire an ADHD coach?
ADHD coaching starts from where you are in your life and looks to the goals you wish to achieve in life: long-term, medium-term, or even short-term.
If you are not sure of your goals, you can hire an ADHD coach to help you figure out what they are. ADHD coaching supports you in what you wish to do. You set the agenda. The coach helps you pursue that agenda.
You might ask how does an ADHD coach do that?
The coach helps you change habits, develop systems, work on how you make choices, get unstuck when you are stuck, simplify when complexities get in the way of life, and if you wish, be more accountable. These are just some of the things an ADHD coach can help you with.
I hope that helped clarify some of your questions around ADHD coaching. If you have any more questions or want further information please feel free to use the contact form and I will be happy to get back to you.
Abigail Wurf, PCC, M.Ed helps professionals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners affected by ADHD and/or Executive function issues achieve success in business and in life. Located in Washington DC, Abigail works with clients in person, over the phone and over the Internet. Her new book, “Forget Perfect: How to Succeed in Your Profession and Personal Life Even if You Have ADHD,” will been out mid May 2015. To receive a free consult from Abigail, make a request through the contact form and she will get back to you to schedule.