ADHD Coaching: How to get the most out of treatment

Does ADHD coaching really work? This is a question that we often hear, and the short answer is yes.

Based on anecdotal evidence, Springboard Clinic has had the privilege of witnessing the benefits of ADHD coaching with a huge variety of clients over the years. Based on more concrete evidence, we’ve also showed you why the coaching model works.

But, as with anything in life, there’s more to it than that. 

Yes, sometimes ADHD coaching doesn’t work, and there are valid reasons why this may be the case. We recently stumbled across an article outlining why ADHD coaching won’t work for you. Now, while the article is very relevant and true, in the spirit of focusing on a less downer perspective, we thought it would be helpful instead to focus on how to make ADHD coaching work for you.

So, in that light, please enjoy our thoughts on ADHD coaching and getting the most out of treatment:

Be willing to self-evaluate and step outside of your comfort zone.When you start ADHD coaching, it is essential to have an open mind with regards to seeking new solutions. While it may be hard to deviate from what you’re comfortable with, or the way you’ve ‘always done things,’ trying new strategies and ideas will help you learn more about what really works for you (or doesn’t!).

Commit to the work outside of sessions.Treatment is not just about attending coaching sessions. The more you throw yourself into the process throughout the week – by working on your goals, trying new strategies, and tracking significant moments – the more you’ll gain from it.

Learn how to be comfortable with small steps.While your enthusiasm for big goals is necessary – it is important to know what you’re working toward – smaller goals are your ladder to get you there. You may not feel comfortable focusing on small steps at first, but they are what will lead to sustainable change. Embrace them!

Start focusing on partial successes – not failures. Rather than dwelling on what you did not accomplish, do your best to focus on those parts of the task or goal that you were able to get done. Similarly, if you don’t get a goal done, look at it as an opportunity to learn from it. Moving away from black-and-white thinking is an important way to increase your confidence and motivation to continue working toward change.

Trust the process. Attentional concerns are complex, and creating sustainable change will often take longer than you expect – some individuals achieve significant change in weeks, others require months. Throughout this journey, you will experience setbacks and frustrations, but the important thing to remember is that this is part of the process. Some of the most meaningful learning is learned from the toughest week or coaching session.

No matter what path you take on the journey of ADHD coaching, as long as you’re committed to learn about yourself and are willing to believe in change, you will move forward – one step at a time!

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