Succeed In College with ADHD
What is Dr. Liz's Coaching Philosophy?
Who can benefit from ADHD coaching?
A coaching relationship should be supportive. If you are at the point where you are considering hiring someone to help you manage your ADHD, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. You may be beating yourself up for not being able to fix things on your own. Coaching can provide the support you need to face your next big challenge and can be the cheerleader you need to regain confidence in yourself.
A coaching relationship should be goal-oriented. The goal of coaching is to increase your ability to manage your ADHD on your own. Therefore, short-term goals will be set from the very beginning so that you can see the finish line and know exactly what it will look like when you reach it.
Finally, a successful coaching relationship should be collaborative. Coaching involves two experts: YOU who have the best knowledge of who you are and the experiences you have had and Dr. Heiney who has the expert knowledge of managing ADHD in the college setting.
Any individual with ADHD who is willing and ready to take an active role in succeeding in college with ADHD can benefit from coaching.
Some individuals may want to use coaching as a prevention method. For example, high school seniors getting ready to enter college for the first time may want to engage in ADHD coaching to make sure this transition is as smooth as possible. Others may already be in college and have found that they are unsure of how to be as successful as they desire. These individuals may want to use coaching as a remediation method.
What can I expect from ADHD Coaching?
Since no two individuals with ADHD are exactly the same, it is necessary to understand your unique experience with ADHD. The first step in the coaching process involves taking a detailed inventory of your ADHD strengths and needs. After identifying these areas, you can work with your coach to develop a plan for utilizing your unique strengths to better manage your individual difficulties. For example, let's say you have a knack for remembering information in your History class after reading the chapter only one time. But, you read so slowly that you can't seem to finish the chapter in time to stay caught up with the class. Your coaching plan will likely emphasize improving time management strategies, but focus little on study skills. Identifying your strengths and needs as well as basic goals will be completed in your two-hour initial assessment.
The next step is to implement this plan, monitor and evaluate its efficacy and make adjustments when necessary. Keeping with the same example, let's say we identify time management as your weakness. Dr. Heiney will provide you with basic information about time management strategies and will work with you to develop a detailed way to put these strategies to use in your daily life. Your first follow-up coaching session will likely involve learning these skills and making a plan to use them. After a week of attempting these time-management solutions, you would probaly check back in with Dr. Heiney to evaluate how well these strategies worked for you.
How long will I need to work with my coach?
Since everyone has unique needs, there is no set period for coaching. Some individuals may seek coaching to accomplish a specific short-term goal, while others may hire a coach to achieve more long-term goals. The length of your coaching process will be a joint decision made between you and Dr. Heiney.
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
After reading about Dr. Heiney's coaching philosphy and structure of her program, you may still not be sure if coaching is the right choice for you. If this is the case, you can arrange a free 20-minute phone consultation to briefly discuss your situation with her.
How is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching is NOT therapy. Therapy typically involves addressing emotional issues or learning to change thoughts and/or behaviors. Coaching, on the other hand, involves enhancing the skills you already have in order to achieve behavioral goals. A therapist may utilize similar strategies to a coach when working with an individual with ADHD; but, it is likely that the therapy will extend beyond coaching. For example, an individual may seek therapy to address relationship issues and/or depression resulting from having unmanaged ADHD. The therapist may choose to help the individual with understanding his/her ADHD and developing management strategies; however, the therapist will also be treating the relationship problems and depression. In contrast, a coach will NOT address interpersonal or mood related problems, but will focus solely on the development of life skills to aid the individual in managing their ADHD.
I did fine in high school. Why is college so much more difficult?
Many students have asked this very same question. It can be misleading for some individuals who have found that they were able to manage their ADHD perfectly well until they entered college. If this is your situation, you are not alone. A large percentage of college students with ADHD have had this same experience. The reason is that college presents many new academic challenges, including more autonomy, less accountability, longer assignments and more material covered on tests. Many students find that the same practices used in high school are no longer sufficient. A good rule to follow is: When something no longer works, it's time for a change.