Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my child see an ADHD Coach?
Not all coaching sessions are alike, nor should they be. Going to an ADHD Coach can be a worthwhile, transformational and growing journey when there are specific barriers to overcome.
Parent choose an ADHD coach for their child so their child can work on struggles which are meant for personal growth.
How do I pay for ADHD Coaching?
Bella ADHD & Anxiety Coaching is under the umbrella of education, unfortunately, we do not accept insurance. Coaching packages have a payment plan or the option to pay in full. If you choose the payment plan, let us know specific dates you are able to submit a payment and we will send you an invoice. Clients tend to pay with their Health Savings Plan as well.
What is an ADHD Coach?
An ADHD Coach is a professional coach trained to help people live easier with ADHD. Think of it as a mentor. Your coach won’t do the work for you. Your coach teaches you coping skills, gives you insight, helps solve problems. They act as a sounding board to untangle living with ADHD.
The best ADHD coaches have a lot of training and experience in attention deficit. Some even have it. There are ADHD coaches for all types of people — all ages, sexes, professions, life situations, and types of ADHD. People officially diagnosed or not. People on medication or not.
Why should I work with an ADHD Coach?
Here are some of the ADHD coping skills people work on with their ADHD coach:
- Organizing stuff at work and at home
- Focusing on work priorities and productivity
- Being held accountable for stuff they want to accomplish
- Clearing all kinds of clutter – paper, digital, and stuff
- Using time wisely and getting things done
- Planning and finishing projects – what a concept
- Finishing a gigantic project
- Building simpler, smarter habits and routines
- Getting the important things done
- Tons of time management skills – using a calendar, planner, task list, reminders, apps, etc.
- Understanding what’s ADHD and what isn’t
- Setting and reach goals
- Getting places on time
- Studying and homework skills
- Being a more patient and consistent parent
- Being a more supportive spouse or partner
- Building better diet, sleep and exercise habits
- Improving relationship and communication skills
- Knowing what to say to other people about your ADHD
I’ve helped so many people on so many things.
Do I meet my ADHD Coach Coach in person?
This is one of my favorite facts about working with an ADHD coach. Sure, some coaches meet face to face with their clients. BUT most work by phone or Skype. It depends on the coach and how they like to work.
I am an ADHD coach in Michigan, I work with clients from all over the world. I even have a man from London. I’ve coached some clients for years, and I’ve never met them face to face. It’s remarkable.
I know it sounds odd, but virtual coaching works particularly well with ADHD. Most people find telephone coaching less distracting than meeting face to face. Plus, it makes it easier to pick your coach since the coach doesn’t have to live in your area. Also, you don’t have to get dressed up or leave the office or home to meet with your coach. Or, get distracted running errands after driving to see your coach.
Telephone and Skype make coaching easy peasy!
*Online ADHD Coaching is for college students and adults only. In-person ADHD Coaching is for kiddos, college students, and adults.
Is ADHD Coaching different from therapy?
ADHD Coaching is not psychotherapy. Here’s how I look at it: coaching focuses on building skills and taking action to create the life you want to have. Therapy tends to focus on your past and emotional healing. Both are important for living easier with ADHD. Lots of folks work with both a coach and a therapist. Before hiring a coach, it’s best to get a handle on your emotional stuff so you CAN take action. Fact is, many people work with an ADHD coach and a therapist at the same time.
Do I have to have an official ADHD diagnosis to work with an ADHD Coach?
No. Often clients come to me to help navigate getting an ADHD diagnosis. Some people aren’t interested in getting a diagnosis. As long as someone is willing and able to make changes, they can work with an ADHD coach. Getting an ADHD diagnosis is a good idea, though. So you know what’s really going on and if it’s ADHD or something else.
How does an ADHD coach measure client success?
This depends from coach to coach, so I can speak only for myself. I find there are different levels of success. Some people learn new ADHD coping skills and habits and improve their lives for the better. Their lives get easier. That’s cool.
What am I really after? When a client does what I call “totally rewrites their image of themselves”. So, they start thinking of themselves as an organized person, or a person who is always on time. Or, someone who is aware and productive. Who works to their strengths and reaches their goals.
When their ADHD no longer frames who they are but becomes their superpower. That’s what gives me goosebumps. That’s what I live for.