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What if your ADHD didn’t cast a shadow over your goals, your relationships, and your faith?
What if you could stop STRUGGLING, and start SHINING?
If you’re living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this dream of a future filled with passion, purpose, and purity may sound 100% unattainable.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not. There is SO MUCH MORE for you if you have the courage to make a change.
New to ADHD?
Click here to read a succinct series of posts about the basics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Not sure you even HAVE it?
If you’ve been told you MIGHT have ADHD and are looking for answers, check out this test from the DSM-IV. (But also, make sure to read my disclaimer.)
Here for a loved one?
If you don’t have ADHD yourself but are researching for a loved one, here is some information tailored just for you.
For the rest of you...keep reading. Life is about to get a whole lot brighter.
Your “New” starts NOW
Hiya! My name is Jessica Heimsoth. I’m a card-bearing member of the ADHD tribe, a lover of learning, and a bit of a grump before I’ve ingested some form of caffeine. I tend to employ FAR more descriptive words than are technically necessary (see?), I adore a good theological debate (or ANY debate, really), and I am of the opinion that a discriminating use of sarcasm counter-balances a great number of character flaws. Most importantly, I’m an ADHD coach, and I want to help you get your life back on track.
I discovered my own ADHD at 28 years of age. (Read my story here). Since then, I’ve taken a life that had very little apparent direction and dedicated it to learning about and helping people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I’ve embraced a holistic approach to managing my ADHD, discovering the joy and beauty of working WITH my brain, not against it. And, if you’re willing, I can help you do the same.
If you are ready to live the life you were MADE for, click the button below to schedule a Discovery Session with me. We’ll hone in on what you really want and outline the steps necessary to get you there. If you’re still not quite sure coaching is for you, read on!
Who I Help
A fairly lengthy list of some problems I bet you’re dealing with right now.
Disclaimer: I hate turning people away. If you don’t meet the below critera but are highly motivated to solve a problem that is keeping you from moving forward in life, I will work my tail off to help you find a solution. (Never been a huge fan of my tail, anyway. Frightens the children.) That being said, my emphasis and expertise lies in helping adults with ADHD who struggle with the following issues:
Disorganization – cluttered workspace, personal space, and brain space (the latter of which you sometimes fear you don’t have enough.)
Lateness – constantly missing appointments, meetings, and committments, regardless of the importance of the event.
Trouble with “follow-through” – difficulty finishing chores, completing tasks, and wrapping up the thousands of projects you were so excited to start.
Inability to make or meet goals despite expending an EXHAUSTING amount of effort.
Poor time management skills and frequent procrastination (though you may exhibit a superhuman ability to get things done at the last possible minute.)
Frequently distracted, forgetful, and careless with possessions, repeatedly losing things you use daily, like keys and phone.
Trouble maintaining close relationships due to actions that others consider irresponsible, inconsiderate, selfish, rude, or weird.
Stimulus-seeking behavior – attraction to overeating, over-drinking, over-spending, engaging in risky or dangerous activities, and anything that will keep your mind in motion.
Extremely intense emotions, as well as the tendency to do anything and everything to avoid them. Boredom is often a huge problem.
Difficulty saving money, budgeting, and paying bills.
Self-doubt, low confidence, strong need for the approval of others, and inability to see and appreciate positive attributes in yourself.
Chronic underachievement in many areas of life, paired with the conviction that you are not meeting your potential and SHOULD be doing better.
If you witness any of the above difficulties in your life, take heart. You’re not broken, you’re not a failure, and you’re not alone. In fact, you are astonishingly valuable, breathtakingly beautiful, worthy of love and respect, and created with a unique purpose. One of my highest goals is to help you see, understand, and affirm these truths in your life.
Ways we can work together to get you where you want to go…for good.
Currently, this is the only coaching option I offer. Luckily, it’s also the greatest value. No other option provides the kind of results you will find here. This is where we go from general to specific – from the world of ADHD to YOUR world. Through deep, judgement-free questions, we will work together to take you from struggling and striving to freedom. Sold? Click the “work with me” buttom below. Not quite ready to take such a big step? Check out the benefits of ADHD coaching below, or view other options to the right.
COMING JANUARY 2019
Less expensive than individual coaching, group classes will be small (7-12 people), semi-scructured teleclasses. We’ll start with a brief discussion of a common, frustrating ADHD challenge, address possible strategies and ways to improve, and move into personal Q&A’s, allowing each group member to benefit from answers to his or her own unique problems, as well as the ideas and issues others are facing. If you are interested in group coaching, please message me to be added to my waiting list.
COMING JANUARY 2018
A highly structured plan of action conducted via email (including audio), this option is perfect for the ADHD beginners who want to learn EXACTLY how to implement life-improvement strategies, as well as for those with varying schedules or tight budgets. The tools gained in this course will benefit you for the rest of your life. Additionally, this is a great option for those of you who LOATHE phone conversations. (Turns out, there are kind of a lot of you!) Individual questions and support will be offered through email only.
Something else entirely?
Ooooh – how interesting. You intrigue me 🙂
If you have a specific plan of action in mind, or just want to brainstorm about a coaching/client relationship that might work better for you than the ones I’ve listed here, please schedule a free consultation with me, and we’ll see what we can do. I’m pretty flexible.
Unless, of course, you’re attempting to snatch my last bite of brownie sunday.
If I were you, I’d want to know exactly what hiring a coach was going to do for me. And though the results of our relationship depend on what you want and how much effort you choose to expend, here are just a few examples of what you can gain by working with me:
Clarity about what you truly want and need
A confident understanding of who you are, what you value, where you’re going, and how to get there. No more spinning your wheels. No more wasted potential.
Reading about ADHD strategies is easy. Tweaking them to fit the unique details of your life? Not so simple. I help my clients apply strategies for change that will actually last.
Better sleep, weight loss, consistent exercise plan, healthy diet, and connection to community – all are achievable goals that lead to greater health, happiness, and well-being.
Improved social skills, healthy boundaries, and the ability to give others what they need without draining your energy or giving up essential facets of who you are.
Improved Job Performance
The ability to communicate more directly, utilize time wisely, finish projects, delegate what you struggle with, and advocate for help when you need it.
Reduced or even Eliminated Problem Behaviors
Improved organization, fewer missed appointments, greater willpower, reduced impulsive spending, eating, and stimulus-seeking behavior, less clutter, less procrastination, less overwhelm, and less stress.
Control over your Emotions
The ability to soften anger, weaken fear, relieve guilt and shame, lighten sadness, and reduce boredom, all without need ing to change, escape, or avoid your circumstances.
Empowerment and Improved Self-Esteem
Acceptance of your flaws, celebration of your gifts, and the ability to engage in the world without hiding who you are.
Stronger Spiritual Life
An understanding of why you struggle to build a relationship with God and a game plan for building a vibrant faith.
Your Own "Operator's Manual"
A one-of-a-kind guide documenting your values, decision-making critera, successes, failures, and fall-back strategies. In the future, when you find yourself confused, uncertain, or overwhelmed, you can refer to this book.
Principles of My Coaching
Every coach is different. Here are my personal statements of belief about the coaching process.
Manage weaknesses; Focus on Strengths: Far too many ADHDers spend their time trying to become great at what they naturally do poorly. I shift the focus to improving my clients’ inherant gifts and skills, while utilizing strategies that minimize the effects of their weaknesses.
Knowledge is (potential) power. Many of my clients have spent years of their lives in a state of confusion, unaware of how ADHD was limiting them. Through questions designed to get to the heart of matters, I help my clients understand ADHD, themselves, and how they fit into the world around them
Implementation Involves Practice: THIS is the part that very few of us ADHDers want to hear. To us, practice equals discomfort, boredom, and, ultimately, failure. Luckily, one of the many reasons that “coach” is an appropriate title for me is that I HELP my clients practice consistently. Sometimes, I even make it fun.
Thoughts = Emotions = Actions: So often, we are unable to move forward until we challenge the unhelpful (and often untrue) thoughts our brains have learned to produce automatically. I teach my clients how to observe and question the thoughts that pop into their heads (yes, even ADHDers have the ability to do this!!)
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don't have the budget for coaching?
Then you’re right where I was when I discovered my ADHD! Due to a lack of disposable income, individual coaching wasn’t an option for me right away. If that’s the case, I’d recommmend that you sign up for future group classes, or check out my upcoming email program, which will be packed with killer information you can actually USE. These are great places to start, and much easier on the piggy bank.
Um...so...you don't understand. I have, like, SIX dollars in my checking account.
My dear, I graduated college with a degree in Creative Writing (turns out penning best-selling novels is not the cake-walk I had assumed it to be) and spent seven years as a waitress (that’s $2.13 an hour plus tips, for you non-food-service folks). I DO understand. My reommendations in your case are as follows:
- Thoroughly scour my blog. It is awesome, painstakingly researched, and free.
- Sign up to get a copy of The Desperate ADHDer’s Guide to Getting Your Life on Track. Doing so will also add you to my newsletter list and expose you to new informaiton and free upcoming webinars.
- Check out my Additional Resources page. I make recommendations about books, websites, and tools that I have either personally found useful, or strongly believe in.
- Lastly, contact me. I do occasionally engage in pro bono work, though I reserve the right to deny any and all requests for such assistance if the time is not right for me. Still, it is worth a shot, because I would love to help you.
I noticed you make references to God and Christianity, but I'm not looking for spiritual help. If I hire you as my coach, are you going to bombard me with church-y paraphernalia and Bible verses?
Absolutely not. Your coaching session is about YOU. I want my clients to know that if a relationship with God is a primary goal, I’m uniquely equipped to help them work on that. But if, as in your case, it’s NOT, then we won’t delve into any kind of spirituality that you don’t specifically bring up. I’m not out to brainwash, bludgeon, or convert ANYONE, so you can feel confident that the only issues we discuss will be the ones you feel are relevant to your life.
Some of the information I want to discuss is HIGHLY personal and VERY private. How can I be sure it will stay that way?
I have a STRICT confidentiality policy. Anyone approaching me about topics under the ADHD coaching umbrella will be treated as thought every sentence he or she utters is to be carefully guarded. I WILL NOT record, print, or even paraphrase anything we discuss without your express permission, and, upon request, I will keep any notes I take during our sessions in a locked safe.
Last one: What happens if I put a bunch of time and money into working with you, and my life doesn't improve?
Let me first be clear that I am in NO WAY promising to change your life – YOU are the only one that can do that. However, I also want to impress upon you the confidence I have in my abilities to open wide the door of possibility in your life. I strongly believe I can help you.
That being said, not everyone is going to find my methods enlightening. Some of us are simply not going to mesh. If, after working with me, you feel that you gained little or nothing of value, I will refund every penny that you paid me. I will also be glad to refer you to other coaches who may have viewpoints or styles more in line with your own, so that you can keep making progress toward a betteer life.
My prayer for you is that you seek the truth with abandon,
love without condition,
and live each moment as you were made to live.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we
take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6