Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose group or one-to-one coaching?
Whether you decide to work with me individually or as a member of my small group coaching program, we will be using my signature ADHD coaching system.
If you feel that your specific needs and goals require a customized approach that is tailored to you, the 1:1 program is the better fit.
If you value the additional support and accountability of learning and growing with a small group of women who share the same strengths and struggles, the group program is the right program for you.
Each group is limited to no more than 8 participants, so each member gets enough individual attention. If you are more of an introvert, you will never be forced to speak up. The degree of participation is completely up to you.
In terms of the financial investment, the group program is approximately half the cost of 1:1.
At this time, I plan to offer entry level and advanced coaching and mentoring groups four times a year. As of 2021, I will be limiting my one-to-one coaching to a maximum of 4 clients at a time. If you are interesting in one-to-one coaching and those slots are filled, you will be offered the next available opening.
What can I really accomplish during our time together?
It's difficult to say because everyone starts with different levels of self awareness and skill. What I do know is that the more you put into it, the more you'll benefit as with most things in life.
What I can tell you with absolute confidence is that you will gain more self awareness about what you actually need in order to succeed in both career and relationships by working with me than any other ADHD coach I know.
I can teach you how to manage your time, energy and focus, and I will help you increase your emotional intelligence, make better decisions, understand why you aren't where you want to be and what to do about it.
How quickly you integrate these insights and skills is up to you. Twelve weeks is not very long. It's less than a single semester in an American university. But, if you're motivated, you will be amazed at the difference three short months will make.
What you will learn from me is a combination of awareness, skills and mindset. I like to think of it as the operations manual to your ADHD brain.
We start with assessing where you are in several key areas and immediately begin building the skills that will take you to the next level.
The program provides guidance, support and accountability so you keep moving forward. If we near the end of our 12 weeks together and we both agree you would benefit from a longer program, we can discuss our options at that time.
Why don't you offer a "pay as you go" plan?
I've been working with people who want to create change in their lives for a very long time - first as a psychotherapist for 20+ years and the last 5 years as a coach.
As I continuously invested in advanced training, my fees increased along with my growing expertise. But I noticed that not all clients got optimal results from our work together.
Here’s what I’ve learned. The ones who want it the most are the ones that get the best results. They are the clients that go “all in” from the beginning.
It's not necessarily about their circumstances ( like how much money they are making ). They are the clients who are so ready to deal with the issues that are holding them back, it’s like their hair is on fire and I am a bucket of water.
I have been that client more than once and I have also been the client who has doubt and reservations from the beginning. When I had 'skin in the game', I got the kind of outcome that I would have paid twice as much for.
Please know that I am not making any assumptions about you or your level of commitment to change. I have no way of knowing that. I made a decision about how I want to run my business based on my goal of creating awesome outcomes for 100% of my clients.
It’s a gamble, yes. It means I won’t be able to work with every client that I am capable of helping. If you are certain that I am the coach for you and both my one-on-one and group programs are outside your budget, I invite you to sign up for my email list, read my weekly blog posts and listen to my podcast, completely free of charge.
What happens after I sign up?
Making the decision to invest in your growth is an important one, and it is not unusual for you to have "second thoughts" after you have decided. This is just the brain acknowledging that change is ahead.
The first three steps are: signing the client agreement, paying the invoice and completing a brief pre-work questionnaire. If you are working with me individually, we will schedule our coaching calls. If you are joining a group, you will receive the link to our calls and your assignments.
All coaching calls take place on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. All calls are recorded in both audio and video formats. If you miss a group call, you will be able to watch the recording which will be posted within 24 hours of the group meeting.
You will be given instructions for how to download and use the Voxer app, if you decide to do so. Voxer is the free walkie-talkie smartphone app that allows you to connect with me between coaching calls.
How do I know if you're the right coach for me?
You already know that there are tons of strategies for coping with or managing your ADHD and you probably have quite a few books on your bookshelf or iPad to prove it.
There are also plenty of other coaches that can help you get better at showing up on time, procrastinating less and being more focused. I use the same strategies they do and they do work, but it wasn’t until I began transforming my mindset that I went from managing my ADHD to truly mastering it.
Changing your mindset – the way you think about yourself, the things you believe about your potential and your limitations, the way you approach the people and situations in your life – matter more than you realize.
This is where my greatest gift as a coach become evident. I am masterful at discovering the hidden beliefs my clients have that hold them back, and the cause for them to sabotage themselves or miss opportunities.
Changing what you think is possible is a game changer and I am more than ready to help you change YOUR game. If your perfectionism, procrastination, people pleasing, rejection sensitivity and negative self talk are holding you back from the life you want, I am YOUR coach.
Do I need therapy or coaching?
Therapy tends to be long term, and the focus is typically a combination of increasing insight, decreasing symptoms, and enhancing coping. Coaching starts with an individual who is functioning well in most areas and focused on optimizing performance, removing obstacles to forward momentum, and achieving goals.
In my experience, therapy can take you from terrible to tolerable or tolerable to good, but coaching can take you from good to great. Unlike many therapists, I was both a clinician and a client. After working with a succession of therapists over the years, I found that I could only make so much progress. Once I started working with a coach, I really started experiencing transformational breakthroughs and I have never looked back.
How do I know if I am ready for coaching?
Coaching with me is an investment of both time and money. My fees are a reflection of my skill, expertise, and the significant investment I’ve made in my own growth. Health insurance does not pay for coaching and my services do not become part of your permanent medical record. Depending on your organization’s structure, my fees may be considered a business expense. If you know you need to make changes in your life and are not doing so on your own, you have dealt with any past abuse or trauma through therapy and are motivated to move forward, coaching is the next step.
I've tried other therapists and coaches. What's different about you?
Very few therapists are able to correctly identify and work with high functioning women with ADHD, incorrectly diagnosing them with anxiety or depression.
The majority of life coaches are completely unprepared and untrained to address issues related to mental health, labeling clients who do not respond to their methods as “uncoachable”. Most ADHD coaches focus exclusively on organization, time management, and productivity tools and strategies and while these areas are important, they are not enough.
As a result, most high functioning women with ADHD do not feel understood by, nor do they relate to most therapists and most coaches, deepening their shame. They waste money and time, don’t move forward, and feel more and more broken and alone.
I focus on developing my client’s self-awareness, in combination with self-empowerment, creating an ADHD friendly environment and lifestyle (not just managing symptoms), and directly addressing struggles with low self-esteem, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, co-dependency, overthinking, second-guessing, indecisiveness, shame resiliency, and procrastination.
In my experience, these are often the biggest obstacles to self-esteem and satisfaction for women who are highly educated achievers with ADHD, and frankly, where I am most gifted as a mentor.
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