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What is ADHD Coaching?

This happens frequently.

I’m at a networking event. Or a Halloween Party. Or hanging out with friends and family.

People ask, “Loretta, what is an ADHD coach?”

ADHD coaching is like coaching a sport. The coach keeps the player focused on the next play, or the next dance move offering encouragement along the way.

Coaching kiddos, teens, college students, and families who are affected with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) works the same way.   An ADHD coach can help clients with procrastination, planning, disorganization, task initiation, self-regulation and negative thinking.

An ADHD coach helps the client recognize when the ADHD mind starts down the path of negative chatter and brings it back to a positive place.

You see, humans who are affected with ADHD struggle with life practicalities – time management, organizational skills and memory difficulties.

ADHD Coaching is a holistic approach. Concerned with the total person. Not just with his or her individual struggles.

ADHD coaching helps humans by:

  • Clarifying values, goals and activities
  • Identifying barriers to achieving a person’s goals
  • Dealing with the here and now, as well as the future.
  • Helping the person learn how motivate him or her.
  • Developing a language to advocate for themselves
  • Getting them back on track where they want to be.

Through the ADHD coaching process, individuals with ADHD can gain a better understanding how their brain works and learn the skills to manage day-to-day demands. Identifying solutions comes out in mutual manner with the coach encouraging honesty, humor, and “a steadfast belief” in themselves.

Coaching is all about asking questions and really listening.

How is ADHD coaching different from psychotherapy? Psychotherapy focuses on the past. ADHD coaching does not necessarily dig into how the past affects the present. ADHD coaching focuses on tasks, priorities, actions and learning from mistake and can have a positive effect with interpersonal relationships as well.

ADHD coaching is a vehicle for helping individuals become successful on their terms.

Want to learn more about ADHD coaching? Click HERE.

Want to learn more about becoming an ADHD coach? I hope to have a full online ADHD coaches’ training program completed soon, but for now, I have train people one-on-one.   Explore about ADHD Coach Training HERE.  


Loretta Holmes, MA CMHWC is an ADHD and Anxiety Coach at Bella ADHD Coaching and Bella Anxiety Coaching. Before pursuing a career in coaching, she worked as a special education teacher. Today, she combines her skills in teaching, psychology, and coaching to help humans feel like superheroes. Connect with Loretta at and at

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