What is the difference between an ADD/ADHD Coach vs Therapist?
While most people may think that the two are synonymous, the role of the Coach and the Therapist can quite different.
At one point or another, you can benefit from either or both of these specialities.
The Emotional Support Of A Therapist
You have probably come to the conclusion that life with ADD/ADHD can be downright frustrating.
Having the support of your family and friends can make things easier, but sometimes professional support is required.
A therapist is skilled in handling the emotional fallout from the difficulties that can come as a result of having ADD /ADHD. Common issues include low self-esteem, overwhelming negative emotions and shame.
Whenever there is depression or anxiety coupled with a frustrated individual, relationships can sometimes suffer as well. Strained relationships can then feed into the depression, and the downward cycle continues.
In these situations, the work of a therapist can shine.
Therapists can help talk through these emotions, as well as help you connect with a prescribing doctor to explore treatment options for depression and anxiety.
A therapist primarily cares for to the emotional and mental health of someone with ADD/ADHD.
The Logistical Support Of A Coach
Individuals with ADD/ADHD who are emotionally stable and properly supported might find that their need extends beyond therapy. They may struggle with the day-to-day executive functioning related tasks. These can include time management, creating routines, or managing finances.
Struggling with daily tasks is common with ADD/ADHD, but totally unique for each person.
You might might do well with time management, but struggle with finances, while another person’s struggles are the mirrored opposite.
The ADD/ADHD Coach helps each person with their individual challenges. The plan is created around the goals the client sets with their coach. No two plans will look alike.
How do you know which one to go to?
The key to knowing which one to consult is knowing what your specific needs are at that moment.
This post can help you determine your needs so that you can pursue the appropriate support.
What Are Your Needs?
What is your biggest challenge right now?
- seeking to get better emotional control?
- worried that you may be starting to feel depressed or dealing with anxiety?
- are you looking to talk with someone that understands?
Perhaps the best option for you is to see a therapist.
Or are you trying to:
- get more organized,
- create structured routines and systems,
- better manage your time?
- find someone who specializes in ADD/ADHD and understands?
In that case, you could benefit from a coach.
Or, consider putting both on your team.
Comment below – what has been your biggest challenge lately? What have you found that has helped you the most?