“Life Coaching” in Support of ADHD and Better Mental Health Care

Life Coaching for ADHD and better health care.
Life Coaching is all the rage today. In fact,  you probably know someone who has either hired a life coach or mentioned to you they were thinking about it.

It has becoming so popular that even Chachi, aka Charles in Charge, otherwise known as Scott Baio, hired a life coach to find out why he has been unable to commit to a meaningful relationship even though he’s well into his forties. But what exactly is a life coach and do you need one yourself? And could a life coach help if you have ADHD?

Let’s take a step back.

What is life coaching?

Life coaching is a professional discipline that assists people in managing change in their lives.  Change can come in two forms: the change that individuals wish to initiate in their own lives and the unexpected change that happens as a part of life. Life coaching is designed to help individuals with both.

Life coaching is based on the fundamental belief that:

  • Human potential is unlimited
  • The answers to challenges can be found within the individual
  • The better one knows oneself, the more likely one is to make good decisions about their life

In short, life coaching helps individuals become optimally functioning people, who are well-adjusted and able to live more meaningful lives.

The process of life coaching forms a partnership between the coach and the client for the sole purpose of benefiting the client. A relationship of trust and caring must develop for life coaching to be effective. Within this framework, the client is empowered to move toward his or her aspirations.

Who is a good candidate for life coaching?

Individuals undergoing professional mental health care can benefit from the practical aspects of life coaching, especially in the areas of ADHD, chronic depression, and persistent anxiety.  Life coaching is beneficial to them, as developing an understanding of the mind and taking control of ones own life is healthy and empowering.

How does life coaching differ from other forms of coaching?

In ADHD Coaching, all usual coaching methods are used, in addition to a model that involves three parts:

            Education

The life coach will learn as much as is possible about how the disorder specifically affects the individual, in order to devise a treatment plan particular to him or her.

            Self-esteem building

Since individuals with ADHD frequently do not socialize like other people, a feeling of alienation or differentness can develop and have a negative effect on their life.  By developing an objective perspective of who they are and the many good abilities and gifts they have, individuals build self-esteem and improve their experience of life.

            Structures

There are many practical tools and techniques that individuals can use to overcome the symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety. A life coach will help guide them in choosing the correct ones.

What kind of results can you expect from life coaching?

In the first session, it is necessary that both the coach and client decide that they can work together. The client will be specifically asked if he or she feels they can benefit from and work with the coach.

It is very helpful to start coaching with at least one specific item that the client wants to achieve or resolve. However, if you’re not sure about where to start, the life coach may help you clarify which areas are most important and/or which items will help you achieve your goals most effectively.

The coach/client relationship provides support, accountability, encouragement, pertinent information, and self-discovery as the client is empowered to function optimally and live up to their potential.

How does life coaching work?

Coaching typically lasts for several months and consists of three to four 45-minute sessions per month, with prices ranging from $75 to $250 a session depending upon the experience, popularity and specialization of the life coach.

So, is life coaching something you could benefit from? It’s very likely that you would reap the rewards of a life coach as long as you find one who’s compatible, experienced and meets your budget. If you hire a coach it’s important to remember to give it time. Like all meaningful relationships it takes time to grow, build rapport and trust and to become comfortable with the accountability that it requires.

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