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What Is ADHD Coaching?


Different types of therapy exist for ADHD.  However, there is also ADHD coaching.  What is ADHD coaching?  This article will describe what ADHD coaching is, in addition to how coaching is different from ADHD therapy,

What Is ADHD Coaching?

According to, ADHD coaching works with clients to achieve specific goals.  ADHD coaches work collaboratively with their clients who have ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms to address specific needs and personal goals. To be specific, according to, coaching addresses the “academic, vocational, emotional and interpersonal life difficulties that are a result of these symptoms and helps clients find ways to overcome these challenges” Coaches help people focus on where they are now, where they want to be and how they can get there.  According, a coach may help an adult with the following:

  • maintain focus to achieve identified goals
  • translate abstract goals into concrete actions
  • build motivation and learn to find ways to use concrete and abstract rewards effectively

In addition, according to, coaches may ask clients the following questions to figure out where the client is at:

  • What changes do you want to make in your daily life?
  • What small steps can you take today in the direction of your goals?
  • How can you motivate yourself to take action towards this goal?
  • When must this action be completed?
  • What steps have you taken already, and when will you take the remaining steps?
  • How will you evaluate the impact of your plan?

What Is The Difference Between ADHD Coaching And ADHD Interventions?

According to, coaching focuses more on daily life issues such as “forming habits for a balanced, healthy lifestyle such as finances, maintaining a home, nutrition, exercise and sleep.”  In contrast,, CBT focuses on “emotional regulation and direct treatment of co-morbid conditions such as anxiety, depression or substance abuse.”


To end this article, the definition and a brief summary of coaching have been provided.  Coaching is more practical-oriented than CBT interventions.  It is more focused-based.  In addition, this article has also focused on the differences between ADHD coaching and ADHD interventions, specifically CBT interventions.  According to, ADHD coaching is more focused on daily life issues such as “forming habits for a balanced, healthy lifestyle such as finances, maintaining a home, nutrition, exercise and sleep,” while CBT interventions are more focused on mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and stressful life issues.  To end, ADHD coaching and CBT are quite different.

What Is ADHD Coaching?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). What Is ADHD Coaching?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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