Who are your clients and what do you do for them?

My coaching clients tend to be really interesting, intelligent and creative individuals, yet still struggle to plan, prioritize, control emotional reactions, activate, organize, regulate attention, complete projects, manage time and remember details – even when highly successful or motivated.

How are you different from other life or career coaches?

A life or career coach operated from the standard belief that the client knows the answer internally and the coaches job is to facilitate action. An ADHD coach has in-depth knowledge of ADHD giving them unique insight into what our clients are up against.

We will work on alternative approaches to better manage ADHD symptoms, tools for  medication management (if appropriate) and strategies for dealing with common ADHD-related problems, like poor sleep habits, time management and organization. Note: Coaching is not a substitute for appropriate medical treatment; nor is it a replacement for psychotherapy.

I also put on my consultant, mentor or professional organizer hats when appropriate, to help you to grow your business, create an ADD-friendly environment at work or at home or develop better systems to track and complete tasks and projects.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

From the International Coach Federation's website, in their FAQs:  

"Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways.

Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through."

Coaching can be a great complement to therapy, but it's not a substitute. If you are experiencing significant symptoms of depression or anxiety, or have an untreated addiction, you should seek an experienced professional in those areas before hiring a coach. If you are currently working with a mental health professional, talk to them about your plans to work with a coach. At your direction and with your signed consent, I'd be happy to work with their guidance or collaboration. Some clients choose to do this, and others don’t.

Where are you located?

I’m located in Richmond Virginia but work with clients throughout the world.

Can you prescribe medication?

No, but I can help you talk with your doctor about your symptoms to support you choosing a medication that is right for you.

I also may be able to help my clients to find the right doctor and to make appointments when necessary.

Can you diagnose me?

No, only a licensed clinician can give a formal diagnosis. I work exclusively on reducing the negative impact of symptoms, and cannot prescribe or treat your ADHD as a psychological condition.

What does success look like?

That depends on the client. For some it will look like completion of a project, for others it will be developing an understanding of self compassion and self awareness which will enrich all areas of their life.

Do you work with people without ADHD?

Yes, generally what makes my clients special is that most of them are determined to succeed professionally despite some sort of condition such as ADHD, a learning disability, identifying as being ‘on the spectrum’, suffer depression, auto-immune disease, chronic pain or other physical challenges. As a coach, I excel at helping my clients recognize their mental, physical or emotional condition as a reason for needing to approach challenges differently, not as an excuse for not accomplishing goals.

What is expected of me as a client?

When you work with me, you are expected to show up for sessions on time and give at least 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule.

You should prioritize attending your scheduled session regularly.

You are expected to do your assignments and reach out to me if you have problems so that you keep moving forward.

I expect you to keep it real and tell me when something I say or do isn’t working for you, or if you are having a problem of any kind that is taking away from your ability to get what you need from the coaching relationship.

I charge in advance of sessions so that you have skin in the game!

I expect payment to be on time without having to deal with credit or debit cards being declined repeatedly and for you to keep me informed of any changes such as billing information or circumstances that inhibit your ability to pay.

I’m invested and am committed to working through whatever is necessary to ensure my clients success.

When is it the right time to start working with a coach?

Answer yes or no to the following questions:

        • Can you embrace the idea that change doesn't happen in a steady, straight line?

        • Do you have a good sense of what changes you want to see in your life?

        • Are you ready to commit to taking action in between our sessions?

        • Are you open to learning and experimenting with new ways of thinking and doing?

If you answered yes to these questions, even to one of them - you are ready!

Coaching is forward-moving and future-focused. The intent is to create actionable strategies for achieving your desired outcomes in personal and/or professional life.

Change happens only when and where you are ready to change. Sometimes it happens by leaps and bounds, sometimes bit-by-bit, and sometimes it will feel like it’s a slow crawl or isn’t happening at all.

In a coaching relationship, the coach and client are equal partners. The coach provides knowledge, creates a learning environment, and helps the client to develop skills for their future. The client retains responsibility, accountability, and authority for both decisions and outcomes.

Are you financially able to pay for coaching?

Rates are based on my experience and skill.

A limited number of "scholarships" are available. Please reach out if you'd like to apply for assistance.

How should I choose a coach?

The coaching profession is self-regulating, meaning that there is no governing body oversight. Anyone can market themself as a coach without legal repercussion. You should ensure your coach has had quality training and is accountable to ethical standards of practice. Ideally, they are pursuing certification, or are certified by, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) or an accredited body.

ADHD coaches may also be pursuing or certified by the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC). PAAC follows ICF’s core competencies but requires specific training in ADHD, which ICF does not.

I am pursuing the ADD Coaching Academy‘s (ADDCA) Advanced ADHD & Life Coach Training Certification Program. ADDCA is accredited by both ICF and PAAC. ADDCA also maintains its own certifications for completion of the different course levels. Following my completion of the training program, I will be pursuing certification by both PAAC and ICF.