How to pick an ADHD coach

by Kerch McConlogue, CPCC, PCC

Coaching is a personal relationship. It should be a dependable and safe vehicle where  you can decide on the changes you want to make in your own life.  So it’s particularly important that you are comfortable with your coach and that you believe your coach is comfortable with you.

First, choose a couple of coaches to interview. You can find them in the ACO Find a Coach database or search on line for “(ADD, ADHD) +coach” without the quotes (That search will return all the coaches who’s websites say they work with people who have ADD or people with ADHD.)

Lots of coaching takes place on the phone, so it’s not necessary that the coach is in your town. Long distance rates have gone down or you can use a prepaid phone card to make the calls. You might also find a coach who will talk to you over Skype or some other VoIP provider.

Next, check out the coach’s website. It should be a reasonable representation of the person and might tell you something about how the person works. So see if what you find resonates with you, if you think you might like to work with that coach.

Then call the coach on the phone. Say you’re interested in working with an ADHD coach and that you’re interviewing a few people.  Coaches are used to that. It won’t be strange. They might, however, ask you to make an appointment to have a longer conversation.  That generally doesn’t cost anything.  And you’ll get to speak with the coach when you both have enough time.

During the first call, the coach may offer you some information to start the conversation or you may choose to start off with some questions like:

  • How long have you been a coach?
  • What did you do before you were a coach?
  • Do you have coach training? And specifically, to be an ADHD coach?
  • What kinds of clients do you work with most often?
  • What do you expect from your clients?

Take some time to be sure the coach you pick seems like the right one for you.  However, the right coach for you today might not be the right coach for you tomorrow. This is not uncommon. And it’s better to get going than to keep thinking about getting going. And you can always change your mind.

Keep track of your list of questions and your list of prospective coaches. During your initial interviews and to help if you want to look for a new coach, add to your list things you’ve learned about coaching so you can ask different or additional questions the next time.

And if you decide to change coaches, it’s quite possible that your existing coach can help you find a new one.

Photo by Jeffrey Kliman

About the author: Kerch McConlogue, CPCC, PCC is a Baltimore-based coach in private practice who works with adults who have too many ideas. You can find her on the web at www.mapthefuture.com. Contact her by email using kerch@mapthefuture.com or by phone at (410)233-3274.