How to find the right ADHD coach!

Narrow it down with the right credentials.

Did you know coaching is currently an unregulated field? This means anyone can call themselves a coach with absolutely no training or expertise. To say the least, there are a lot of unqualified people claiming to be professional coaches. When you’re looking for an ADHD coach, look for these two qualifications:

1. A coach with ADHD-specific training
2. A coach who has graduated from an ICF accredited school or has their ICF certification. (More about the ICF below)

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the gold standard for coach certification. The ICF has a strict code of ethics and standards and ensures that your coach has been professionally trained and has had adequate mentorship. You can read more about the ICF on their website (

Book a few complimentary calls.

Most coaches offer a free introductory call. This is a great opportunity to see if your personalities jive well together. Do you feel safe to share? Do you feel heard and understood? Is the coach talking over you? It can be really helpful to book 3-4 of these calls to see which coach feels like the best fit. Some clients prefer a very laid-back coach while others want someone very direct and blunt. It’s like trying on different pairs of jeans…you’ll know when the fit is just right.

Questions to ask a prospective coach:

What ADHD training do you have?
Did you attend an ICF accredited school or do you have your ICF certification?
What clientele do you generally work with?
What does a typical session look like?
What is my role during and between sessions?
What coaching packages do you offer and what are your rates?


Once you find the right coach, it’s time to take the next step and commit! Coaching is like exercise. If you do it once, you’ll absolutely get some benefit but it takes time and consistency to create lasting change. Once you start the process and begin to see positive changes and success, you’ll be glad you took the plunge! You'll probably wish you had started even sooner.

If you're ready to take the first step toward the life you want, book a free introductory call with me at to get started!

Ashley Dahl

Ashley is a professionally trained coach with over 10 years of experience. She attended the iACT Center (an ICF accredited program) to get her ADHD coaching certification and also has a background is in Early Childhood Education (Western Governors University). She specializes in ADHD coaching for children, teens and adults; health and wellness coaching, relationship and boundary coaching, and parenting support.