An ADHD coach helps people with ADHD learn and implement practical skills to manage some of the struggles that can accompany having an ADHD brain. A good coach will be well versed in up to date research on ADHD as well as an extensive knowledge of how the ADHD brain works. A coach looks at a client's strengths, personal narratives, and core values and uses these to help them identify priorities and goals. A coach will also educate about ADHD and work with the client on ways to overcome obstacles and create action steps to achieve success.
A counselor does many of the same things but, unless they specialize, tend to be more of a generalist. Counselors focus on helping the client find emotional resolution to the presenting problem. Counselors look into the past to explore factors contributing to a client's current emotional issues. Counselors are trained to work with a variety of mental health issues that coaches are not including anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Which to choose depends on the person and situation. All of the current research indicates that coaching supports improved ADHD functioning. ADHD coaching is now becoming extremely popular for managing life with ADHD. If you are primarily struggling with ADHD life, a coach is a great choice. On the other hand, if you are experiencing intense anxiety, depression, symptoms of trauma, or other non-ADHD related mental health concerns, you will need to seek out a counselor in conjunction with an ADHD coach. If is extremely important that other mental health issues are addressed to get the most out of ADHD coaching.
Interested in pursuing coaching? At ReVision ADHD Coaching and Consulting our coaches have been extensively trained in working with the ADHD brain. To learn more, visit our coaching page.
Interested in the research? Here's a great resource: https://www.muih.edu/sites/default/files/2017_research_symposium_abstracts%20_posters.pdf