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For many patients, coaching is a valuable component of the ADHD treatment strategy.

Coaching in the ADHD Treatment Spectrum

A well-rounded approach to ADHD treatment includes therapies in four primary categories:

  • Physiological therapies. Stimulant medication to address the neurochemical deficiency related to ADD/ADHD. Medication is typically the first line of defense, but rarely provides a complete solution.
  • Behavioral therapies. Methods like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help re-pattern problematic behaviors that may have initially arisen as coping responses to ADHD-related challenges. Education, practice, and simple tools like post-it notes and timers can also help make up for executive function deficiencies.
  • Emotional therapies. People with ADHD are often discouraged. Counseling, coaching, and peer groups can help them emerge from a cycle of trying and failing. Coaching in particular offers action-oriented support and co-motivation for life changes. Counseling may be more appropriate if the individual also shows significant signs of depression or low self-esteem.
  • Other therapies. Many complementary treatments and practices can help patients with ADHD by improving their overall physiological, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing. The most common recommendations are exercise, dietary changes, and supplements like Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that support brain function. Awareness support like biofeedback and mindfulness practices are also frequently recommended.

Why Coaching?

Coaching offers people with ADD/ADHD emotional and practical support that can be highly effective on its own, or in combination with other therapies. Most ADHD coaches also offer educational resources to help people better understand their neurobiological challenges. Coaching is typically a short-term relationship (3-6 months) that focuses on helping the individual get on the right track to reach organizational, productivity, or other life goals. This is ideal for people who are frustrated and ready for change.


…external supports can help a great deal in restructuring one’s life. People with ADD do very well when given support. While you may never get organized on your own, if you feel part of a team, you will do much better. We particularly like the idea of a coach.

~ From Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.


Having the structure and external stimulation of an encouraging coach with whom you develop goals creates an external structure that can help you move ahead and stay on track.

~ From Women with Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden MS, LMFT


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