Life Coaching for People with ADHD

ADHD
Professional Organizing and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

woman_juggling_250You can’t find anything on your desk and your place is a wreck. Laundry needs folding, clothing is everywhere, paperwork is out of control, and you’re famous for being chronically late to every appointment. You are also really smart, powerful, passionate, social, and creative.

And you’d rather have a root canal, than de-clutter the hall closet.

For people with ADHD being organized and having a good relationship with time is by far among the most challenging aspects of this neuro-behavioral disorder. Dr. Sari Solden, an expert in this field, writes that people with Attention Deficit Disorder are “gifted at being disorganized.” To unhook from the feelings of failure (e.g., “I can’t do it,” “I’ve never been organized”) will require using creative energy and ideas to try new ways of being and feeling more organized.

Regina Lark is a specialist in helping people with ADHD by restructuring priorities, renegotiating the relationship with “stuff,” and redefining what it means to be organized. Women especially are mired in long “to do” lists, endless demands on their time, and feelings of failure when they can’t do it all (and really, no one can!).

Here’s how Regina can help:

• Outside-the-box thinking when it comes to being organized
• Strategies for becoming better friends with time
• Coaching and email support to keep you moving toward your goals
• Create structures that can be maintained by you, for your brain type

 

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People who have ADD/ADHD are suffering. Life is more difficult for them than the average person. Everything is intense and magnified.
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Resources

People and Organizations:

 

Books

  • Thomas E. Brown, Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Laurie Dupar, 365 Ways to Success with ADHD Laurie Dupar, Pub., 2011.
  • Edward Hallowell and John Ratey, Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood to Adulthood Simon and Shuster, 1994.
  • Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize your Life Bruner-Routledge, 2002.
  • Rolnd Rotz and Sarah D. Wright, Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom – Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD
    iUniverse Books, 2005.
  • Sari Solden, Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace your Difference and Transform your Life Underwood Books, 2005.
  • Ari Tuckman, More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD Specialty Press, Inc., 2009.
  • Kate Varness, ed., The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization Institute for Challenging Disorganization, 2012.

 

Life Coaching for people with AD/HD

Are You Coachable?
Click here to download the Coachability Self-Test

Standard Maintenance Program (3 month minimum):
Specialist Regina Lark coaches one-on-one to change your relationship to clutter, to your things, to your space:

  • Create your “Mind Map” to help you “see” your new space.
  • Journaling exercises to understand how and why your clutter manifests.
  • Establish goals for maintaining each area where clutter tends to accumulate.
  • Clear your “psychic debris” by changing the negative messages that you tell yourself and replace with positive affirmations to ensure the likelihood for your success.
  • Work on changing habits/behavior/relationship to your ‘stuff.’
  • Copy of Psychic Debris, Crowded Closets: The Relationship Between the Stuff in Your Head and What’s Under Your Bed (Purple Books Publishing, 2013)

4 hours hands-on organizing
3 hours Accountability
Coaching call

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Customized Maintenance Program (3 month minimum):
Based on our conversations – we will design a program specific for your needs. Services could include a combination of modalities (hands-on de-cluttering, vision board work, time management, etc).

Coaching only:
3-month phone coaching session which looks like 4, 1-hour calls per month, and we can divide the time as you want.

In our calls we discuss creating/setting/meeting realistic goals, follow-through and time management skill building, re-habituating relationships to mail, school/art papers, financial papers/bills, household management (do you use a family calendar?), and anything you want to bring to the table.
Are You Coachable?
Click here to download the Coachability Self-Test