Frequently asked questions

What does a coach do ?


Coaches are professionals who use a specific skill set to help you, the client, to:

  • Clarify your intentions and goals.
  • Increase your awareness of your own feelings, thoughts and language.
  • Filter through beliefs that are serving you well and those that are not.
  • See possibilities and choices and envision the life you really want to lead.
  • Take targeted action towards your goals by identifying specific steps.
A coach will create a safe space where you can learn about yourself without being judged and feel supported as you move forward toward your own goals. A coach holds you accountable for being true to yourself in creating the life you want to lead. A coach does not hand you a series of ready-made to do lists or self help tips.




What is the difference between a Life, Family and ADHD coach?


A Life coach empowers you to deepen your understanding of yourself (e.g., strengths, values, beliefs) and your situation (e.g., personal, health, professional), to help you make your own decisions and find your own solutions. An ADHD coach will clarify how the unique brain wiring in ADHD manifests in each client and will provide you with information, tools and models so that you can develop systems and supports to meet your needs. A Family coach is trained to help you with the challenges of parenting and to sort through the special dynamics involved in your family. A family coach usually works with all members of the family and different age groups.




What is executive function?


Executive function refers to a set of thinking skills that help us start, do and complete a task. Attention, focus, memory, planning, organization, time management and self regulation are all essential for us to be able to execute any task. If any of these areas are challenging for you, ADHD coaching can help.




Is coaching right for me?


Almost everyone can benefit from coaching if they:

  • Have something in their lives that they want to change or improve.
  • Are willing to put in the time and effort to make the change.
  • Are open to working in partnership with a coach.
To use a sport analogy, athletes truly get to their best performances with good coaches by their side. Similarly in life, working with a coach is about being your best and creating the most desirable outcome for yourself. If you are not satisfied with where you are in your life or how things are going for you, coaching may be helpful.




Will family coaching help me and my child?


With younger children, it is often more beneficial to coach the parent or caregiver until the child has reached a certain level of maturity and conversational ability. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are a parent:

  • Am I trying to find ways to tap into my child’s innate passion and strengths?
  • Am I looking for ways to support and help my child overcome challenges?
  • Would I like to have better communication and more harmony in my family?
  • Would I like to have more balance in my life between work and play, home and career and between caring for my loved ones and caring for myself?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, family coaching may be beneficial for you.




Can ADHD coaching help me?


ADHD Coaching or CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) in conjunction with medical intervention is currently considered the gold standard for successful outcomes for individuals with ADHD. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I always running late or missing deadlines?
  • Do I have difficulty starting on important but boring tasks?
  • Do I put things off till I can’t put them off anymore then rush to do it?
  • Am I full of wonderful ideas but unable to organize, plan or act on them effectively?
  • Am I exceptionally good at some things but struggle with seemingly ordinary things?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, ADHD coaching may be helpful to you.




How is coaching different from consulting?


Coaches empower you through a collaborative process of discovery to help you clarify the best solutions for yourself. Consultants usually have expertise in a certain field and will advise you, teach you skills or provide you with information you don’t have. Another way to think about this is that while consulting gives you a system to use, coaching helps you develop your own system. Both can be helpful, but coaching adds elements of motivation and ownership for the unique system that you develop for yourself empowering you to succeed.




How is coaching different from psychotherapy?


Coaching is focused on moving forward from where you are right now towards the goal you set for yourself, while therapy is more about exploring your past experiences and healing from them. Both may be necessary for some clients. Some clients move from therapy to coaching or vice versa, while others work with both a therapist and coach simultaneously. If you are not sure whether coaching would be helpful for you, consider the complimentary intial consult to explore this option.





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