What difference does ADHD coaching make and does it work? This is the question I get asked most often. It's hard to answer because it is very individual as coaching will help you address whatever the biggest blocks are in YOUR life. In a previous post, I shared what my clients have gained from ADHD coaching
Here I'm sharing more experiences from my past clients, in their own words. Sit down and read their stories.
When you came to work with me what did you want to be different in your life?
Brenna I wanted to be better organized and more productive, in a way that worked with my ADHD rather than punishing me for it.
Emma I was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD in my 30s. I am the archetypal late-diagnosed woman who needed help developing healthy, effective coping mechanisms after a lifetime of muddling through.
Lu-S To manage time more effectively and realise my career ambitions.
Marie M I wanted to be able to ADHD better and to also figure out how I think and act.
What was stopping you from getting there?
Brenna Both my problems with executive function, and my many feelings about that.
Emma I knew I was struggling with a number of aspects in my life, but couldn't really understand why certain things were so difficult for me. My diagnoses gave me some answers and a name to the underlying causes. Knowing what the underlying issues were helped me find someone who could work with me to develop skills to work with my brain rather than against it.
Lu-S Poor time management, lack of self belief and self compassion.
Marie M Unfortunately, I had not been diagnosed with ADHD until April of this year, so I needed to acquire learning.
What are the biggest changes from our work together?
Brenna I learned a lot about ADHD, and gained a toolbox of ways to make being organized easier, including being more aware of what happens emotionally to waylay me.
Emma Fundamentally it is confidence in my identity and my ability. I think the biggest areas of progress have been me developing and asserting boundaries, learning how to cope better with change and uncertainty and dealing head on with rejection sensitivity and fear of criticism.
Lu-S Hope. Awareness. I understand that some of my issues are not because I am useless - and that they can be attributed to ADHD. This takes away some of the shame and self-loathing that comes with failing to reach one's potential. I have also brought in measures at home (guilt-free) which allow me to ditch time/energy consuming activities, so that I can concentrate my resources on what matters. I'm a work in progress - but on the right path.
Marie M I'm no longer feeling guilty about the way brain is wired! I've learned workarounds in order to get to the same goal, but also have learned when to be gentle with myself
What was it like working with me?
Emma Validating, affirming, rewarding.
Lu-S I love your calmness and your focus. After every session I feel hopeful that things will change for the better.
Marie M Working with Anna is fabulous. Not only does she empathize as she has ADHD herself, but she also is able to back up her teachings with science. Working with Anna is like breathing fresh air.
How do you feel now?
Brenna More on track; happier with myself.
Emma Really positive for the future, and with big hopes for a rewarding career
Lu-S I feel that if I go through my notebooks again - I stand a good chance of making real changes to my life.
Marie M I feel much more confident in my abilties to cope with my ADHD and also an awareness for when I am not!
What would you say to anyone thinking of working with me?
Brenna I would very much recommend it; Anna is informed, kind, a great listener, and also just firm enough to keep you on track.
Emma Anna will work with you can challenge you to be the best person you can be. It isn't always comfortable exploring some of your ideas and beliefs you have developed, but Anna does it in a supportive and kind way. The personal growth I've experienced has been absolutely worth it.
Lu-S Do it! Do it now! Anna has a way of drilling down Into the heart of the matter, which then makes it easier to tackle whatever issue you're facing at that time. She is non-judgmental and always directs you to take a compassionate approach with yourself, instead of beating yourself up over a failure to achieve goals.
Marie M Do it! Your future self will thank you.
If you would like to explore working with me, I invite you to book a free initial call and find out more.