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The key to beating ADHD overwhelm and achieving your goals is learning how to work with your brain. What works for "everyone else" may not work for you.

Work with me to learn about your ADHD and build the supports you need so that you can have the meaningful life you deserve.


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"Kristin is a uniquely empathetic and creative ADHD coach. She has helped me not only accomplish everyday tasks (like basic self-care!) and big tasks (like my Master’s thesis!), but she has also helped me improve my self-esteem and self-worth. I cannot recommend her highly enough!"

- A.D.

Hosting Body Doubles (With Friends)

I love having body double sessions with people I know and like because it removes some of the anxiety I can sometimes feel about possibly being judged by others.


The body double concept can work especially well for ADHD brains by providing sufficient interest to initiate and sustain tasks. Interest is the key to working with your ADHD brain.


The body double sessions take advantage of one of my signature character strengths, "Teamwork". My interest in the task is further increased because I really enjoy being a contributing member of a team. This means it is almost effortless for me to achieve my goals while in a body double session with someone I know and like.


As I write this, I have two regular one-hour body double meetings with two different people.

One is an old friend who does not have ADHD. She enjoys our weekly one-hour body double sessions because we get to visit while getting things done. We (usually) limit ourselves to 5 minutes at the start to check-in with each other and announce our goals. It took some trial and error to get our session routine down, but we always enjoy our visits. We keep 5 minutes available at the end to visit a little after we celebrate our successes.


The other is someone that I first met online through ADDA. She was already very familiar with the body-double concept and had been having body double sessions with others for a while. We already knew what we wanted out of it and were easily able to jump right in.


Every body double session is successful because we always finish by congratulating each other on our efforts while also getting the benefits of connecting with another awesome human.They have brought me great joy and the weekly work has now become something I look forward to, and it has become an indispensable part of my ADHD toolkit.


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Previous post: "Getting Stuff Done: Have You Tried The Body Double Technique?"



Getting Stuff Done: Have You Tried The Body Double Technique?

Body double sessions have been a game changer for me. I am at my best when I am part of a team, and body double sessions give me that same feeling. Even a team of two is enough to generate my interest. For the ADHD brain, interest is the key to action and maintaining focus.


I first learned about body doubling in 2002 from a book titled, "ADD Friendly Ways to Organize," by Judith Kohlberg and Kathleen Nadeau, PhD. More recently I have heard the concept referred to as "accountability buddy". There are some apps that will help you connect with other people who are looking for accountability, ("Focus Mate" being the one I hear about most frequently).


I've attended some body double sessions that were held by ADHD coaches and others with friends who just want the "accountability" of showing up for a task. It can be a task they don't want to do, or never seem to get around to. The tasks can be boring or repetitive, like paying bills, doing laundry, or exercising, or interesting and rewarding, like working on a hobby.


I prefer to do body double sessions in groups where I already know at least one other person, and especially enjoy it when all the other participants also have ADHD. It has been an easy way to get some needed social contact while getting stuff done.


Some of my favorite sessions have been those that I have hosted. My only criteria when inviting someone is that the person be one-hundred percent accepting of me and my ADHD brain's challenges. There is no room for criticism in an effective body doubling session. In order that all attendees feel safe, confidentiality is also necessary.


Does the body double technique sound interesting to you? Give it a try with someone you trust to be supportive, preferably with someone who also benefits. When that happens, it's an absolute "win-win!"


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Note: In my next post I will share what I have learned about hosting my own body double sessions with friends.



What is ADHD coaching?

ADHD coaching is life coaching viewed through an ADHD lens. I help clients identify and then leverage their natural strengths to design a way of living that works for them.

What topics are addressed?

The topics can be anything from immediate, short-term goals to long-term personal growth.

What happens in a typical session?

I partner with you as you learn about how your brain works best and create structures that will help you reach your goals.

How is an ADHD coach different from a sports coach?

The ADHD coach is your partner. A sports coach is the boss.

How does coaching differ from therapy?

Coaching is based on the belief that the client is whole and capable. The therapist may see the client as needing to be healed.

About Me

I was diagnosed in 1995 at age 35 and have two adult daughters, (both with ADHD brains). I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982 (BS, Oceanography), became a navy pilot, deployed overseas, and became a flight instructor, all while having undiagnosed ADHD.

I live near Seattle where I swim in the sea year-round, reveling in the beauty that surrounds me. When I am not training for triathlons, learning french, or volunteering as a citizen scientist, I crochet amigurumi plants and animals.

I decided to become a coach because there is a shortage of good, well-trained, ADHD coaches. I have 105 hours of ADHD specific Life Coach training from the ADD Coach Academy and I have received their AACC designation. I am working towards getting my PAAC (Professional Association of ADHD Coaches) credential.

Why the Octopus?


Octopuses are extremely smart. They have nine brains, one for each of their eight arms and one for the rest of their body. They often multitask and and are known for their unique and creative solutions to the challenges they face as they survive and thrive in the sea.


Do you have questions about how ADHD coaching works and what my process is like?

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Rates:

My rate is $125 per forty-five minute session. Sessions are designed to be used weekly for 3 weeks per month. They are available in packages of three or nine.

Note: For a limited time, if you agree to have our sessions recorded for my professional development, there is a reduced rate of $50 per session. I am studying to be a PAAC* certified coach, and any recordings I submit will be used to evaluate my ADHD coaching skills.

*Professional Association for ADHD Coaches