The Professional
Association for ADHD
Coaches

“Life is difficult enough and having ADHD can add to the challenges.
I can only say that I’m so thankful to Vidya for coming along side me and sharing her knowledge and coaching techniques. My life is better because of her partnership with me.”

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PAAC COACH PROFILE

Vidya Guhan

M.S., CCC-SLP, ACCG, PCC, MCAC

Vidya is a Professional ADHD & Life Coach and the founder of Calm Seas ADHD Coaching in Bellevue, Washington. She helps adults with ADHD improve their executive function skills (time management, organization, emotional regulation etc.) and get things done consistently and intentionally to achieve their goals. Her dual focus is to help her clients become self compassionate and self empowered. Vidya has over a decade of experience working as a speech pathologist and an educational consultant, but has found her real passion and purpose in coaching.

 

Vidya uses a collaborative strengths-based approach in her coaching practice. She is especially adept at helping her clients navigate the unique brain wiring in ADHD to understand the paradox of strengths, challenges and situational variability they experience and, most importantly, what to do about it. From this strong foundation, she partners with her clients to develop personalized solutions, strategies and skills, and take consistent targeted action to achieve success!

Vidya enjoys working with professionals from many different walks of life, including doctors, software engineers, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, college students and parents. She believes in channeling the innate strength and wisdom of every client to help them rediscover their inner compass.

Vidya is an ADD Coach Academy Certified Coach Graduate (ACCG), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Master Certified ADHD Coach (MCAC) with the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC).

WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

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ADHD has Three Subtypes:

Predominantly Hyperactive-impulsive

~ Most symptoms (six or more) are in the hyperactivity-impulsivity categories.

~ Fewer than six symptoms of inattention are present, although inattention may still be present to some degree.

Predominantly Inattentive

~ The majority of symptoms (six or more) are in the inattention category and fewer than six symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity are present, although hyperactivity-impulsivity may still be present to some degree.

~ Children with this subtype are less likely to act out or have difficulties getting along with other children. They may sit quietly, but they are not paying attention to what they are doing. Therefore, the child may be overlooked, and parents and teachers may not notice that he or she has ADHD.

Hyperactive-impulsive and Inattentive

~ Six or more symptoms of inattention and six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity are present.

~ Most children have the combined type of ADHD.

WHAT IS ADHD COACHING?

PAAC Definition of ADHD Coaching

ADHD coaching is a specialty skill set that empowers clients to manage their attention,
hyperactivity and impulsivity.

ADHD coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership between a person with ADHD traits, including persons impacted by ADHD, and a professional coach who brings current ADHD knowledge, best practices, understanding, and ADHD-friendly skills and tools to facilitate positive personal and professional change for the client.

The ADHD coaching partnership is an appreciative and creative inquiry process that empowers clients to learn about themselves and their unique brain processing so they can make choices and take actions to create the lives they choose to live. The ADHD coach listens with an appreciation and working experience of how ADHD may be impacting the client.

ADHD coaches create a safe, non-judgmental environment, listen with an ADHD understanding, observe what is preventing the client from reaching specific goals, explore ways in which the client can maximize strengths, talents, and passion, and enlist strategies and behaviors congruent with the ADHD client’s learning, processing, and organization styles. ADHD coaches regard their clients as naturally creative, resourceful, and incredible human beings.

ADHD Clients

Those who could benefit from ADHD coaching include persons who feel, think they may, or know they have ADHD or ADHD-like qualities*. Others who may benefit from ADHD coaching are persons who are related or connected to someone with ADHD.

For example, this might include:

  • Spouses and partners of persons with ADHD
  • Employers, managers, co-workers, and employees of persons with ADHD
  • Parents, children, relatives, friends, and teachers of persons with ADHD
  • ADHD families
  • Service professionals who work with persons with ADHD or have ADHD clients

* ADHD and ADHD-like qualities may include inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity (physical, mental, or emotional), procrastination, disorganization, forgetfulness, inconsistency, etc.

Non-ADHD Clients

Non-ADHD clients impacted by a person with ADHD or ADHD-like qualities may realize:

  • How to listen and communicate more effectively with the person with ADHD
  • What strategies and tools they can use in supporting the ADHD person
  • Better understanding of the person with ADHD and greater levels of patience and appreciation
  • How to set boundaries and manage their expectations
  • How to provide appropriate positive reinforcement and acknowledgement to change negative patterns and behavior

“I recognize PAAC Accreditation as the gold standard for ADHD Coaching credentials, but I must say, it is the community of professionals that has proven to be the greatest value in my membership.”

Catherine Bray, PCAC

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 Catherine Bray

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 Roger DeWitt

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Co-President

Catherine Bray, PCAC

Catherine Bray is an ADHD Coach and Life Coach who helps individuals move from fear and anxiety to relaxation and happiness.

Prior to establishing her coaching business Catherine spent 5 years studying at both Coach U and the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). Catherine is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO) and ADDA. She is currently the Co-President of the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC) Ms. Bray offers a wide range of services from one-on-one coaching to motivational seminars and ADHD information sessions. She can work with you in person at her Toronto office, via phone or Zoom. As a member of the Fallingbrook Family Wellness Team, Catherine works with chiropracters, RMTs, a naturopath and acupuncturist to help you meet your full potential. After successful careers in training facilitation, advertising and parenting, Catherine now coaches other people to achieve the same success. Catherine specializes in coaching individuals who are asking themselves questions like “Is that all there is?”, “What is my purpose in life?” or “What strategies can I use to tame the chaos in our lives?” Catherine is no stranger to facing life’s big questions. Whether it’s parenting a special needs child, dealing with a loved one’s cancer or ALS, struggling through a difficult work situation, balancing life and career, keeping a marriage healthy and well after 30 years or re-inventing yourself at 50, Catherine’s done it all. If you need to discover your purpose and be successful, Catherine is the Coach for you. Catherine Is an ADDer who lives with her non-ADHD husband and daughter, her very ADHD other two children, a son and a daughter, two dogs: a tiny rescue and our 130 pound Newfoundland Minnie, two cats who don’t get along and a needy turtle with an attitude.

Co-President

Vidya Guhan, MS, CCC-SLP, ACCG, PCC, MCAC

Vidya is a Professional ADHD & Life Coach and the founder of Calm Seas ADHD Coaching in Bellevue, Washington. She helps adults with ADHD improve their executive function skills (time management, organization, emotional regulation etc.) and get things done consistently and intentionally to achieve their goals. 

Her dual focus is to help her clients become self compassionate and self empowered. Vidya has over a decade of experience working as a speech pathologist and an educational consultant, but has found her real passion and purpose in coaching. Vidya uses a collaborative strengths-based approach in her coaching practice. She is especially adept at helping her clients navigate the unique brain wiring in ADHD to understand the paradox of strengths, challenges and situational variability they experience and, most importantly, what to do about it. From this strong foundation, she partners with her clients to develop personalized solutions, strategies and skills, and take consistent targeted action to achieve success! Vidya enjoys working with professionals from many different walks of life, including doctors, software engineers, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, college students and parents. She believes in channeling the innate strength and wisdom of every client to help them rediscover their inner compass. Vidya is an ADD Coach Academy Certified Coach Graduate (ACCG), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Master Certified ADHD Coach (MCAC) with the Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC).

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Vice President

Rudy Rodriguez, LCSW, PCAC

Rudy Rodriguez, (aka, Coach Rudy), LCSW, PCAC is founder of the ADHD Center for Success. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a PAAC certified Professional Certified ADHD Coach. Rudy specializes in ADHD and Executive Function coaching with adults, entrepreneurs and others who struggle with managing time, projects and productivity. Rudy has worked with ADHD clients since 1981 when it was only known that children and teens were diagnosed with ADHD. However, in 1991 when adult ADHD was acknowledged Rudy was soon diagnosed with ADHD in 1993. Over the years, Rudy has blended his 40 years of psychotherapy clinical experience and nearly 20 years of ADHD coaching experience with his personal life experience as an adult living with ADHD. Rudy has a strong passion for coaching people with ADHD both nationally and internationally.

Coach Rudy provides specialized services including individual and group coaching to adults who are challenged issues of ADHD and Executive Function issues such as time and organizational management. He has spent years helping people living with ADHD to understand their ADHD and to learn how to manage their struggles with ADHD and lead happy, productive and healthy lives. Rudy has been a popular speaker for over 32 years, presenting workshops, webinars seminars on multiple topics to ADHD Coaches, mental health professionals and to the general public. Rudy has also trained both mental health professionals and ADHD coaches to design and lead successful ADHD Coaching groups.

Co-Credentialing Chair

Roger DeWitt, MCAC

Roger DeWitt is the Founder and Head Coach of Coaching NYC. ‍ With over 20 Years’s of coaching experience, Roger has coached hundreds of clients for thousands of hours – to manage their ADHD, help them identify what they really, really want, overcome the obstacles to getting there, and finally reach their potential.

What excites me about coaching “There are few things more exciting than being able to support amazing people to reach their highest potential. Seeing people have breakthroughs is a thrill and makes what we do incredibly fulfilling. When we coach, we use a mix of art and science. For the science, our coaching company philosophy and method is firmly embedded in well-being science, positive psychology, an understanding of the attention and motivational systems of the brain, and the empirical research of human potential and achievement.” Coaching is individualized “On the art side… well, it is about the dynamic interaction between the coach and the client. This is NOT a cookie cutter experience. No two clients are alike and therefore the coaching experience is different as well. That is what makes coaching powerful. The unique art of the application of the science and methodolgy. It is why “self-help books” are only “sort of” effective. A book has to speak in generalites to everyone. In coaching, your coach is focused on you, your unique needs and desirees, and supports you in moving in that direction!” Roger is known for his wisdom, insight and sense of humor. “When we coach together, we laugh, we work, and we move toward your goals and highest potential!” Latest evidence-based approaches Being an assistant instructor on the world-leading Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Roger seamlessly integrates insights from evidence-based positive psychology and human potential science to deliver transformative coaching.

Co-Credentialing Chair

Liz Brown, PCC, CACP

Liz Brown, owner of Be Well Life Coaching is a Professional Certified Life Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. She specializes in helping busy professionals, college students and others who face transition with personal and professional development.

Treasurer

Keith Griffin, PCAC

Working with clients 16 and older, Coach Keith is a dual-credentialed ADHD and Executive Functioning Coach and a graduate of both The ADD Coach Academy and JST Coaching programs. 

He specializes in helping teens and adults get their lives “on track” whether it be coaching them on productivity, interpersonal relationships, financial issues, and/or school/career transitions. He is also LGBTQIA+ allied. Keith is the go-to Coach for those interested in, pursuing or working in a STEM or IT career. In addition to Coaching those diagnosed with ADHD, he also offers Coaching and consulting services for their loved ones. In his spare time, Keith serves the ADHD community through his position as Treasurer on the Board of PAAC.

Secretary

Deirdre Donchian, PCAC, LCSW, LCISW

Deirdre Donchian is a credentialed PCAC ADHD Coach and Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Deirdre has worked with clients since 2004 in various aspects of cognitive and learning differences. 

Deirdre is currently drawing upon her life experience and training to focus on Adults, Young Adults and Older Teens or parents of individuals who are grappling with ADD/ADHD or who struggle with various aspects of Executive Function challenges such as • Sustained Attention • Time Management • Organization • Emotional Regulation • Planning Prioritizing and Organizing • Getting Started. (Knowing where and how to start) • Self Motivation and Persistence • Working Memory • Impulse Control • Social and Relationship Skills • Communication Skills • Perspective Taking • Flexibility Deirdre’s style includes a combination of respect, kindness, trust, creativity, self awareness, mindfulness, and humor. She partners with her clients to help them develop deeper self knowing and personal empowerment. Deirdre has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. Deirdre studied with Carol Gignoux, M. Ed, and is a PCAC credentialed coach with the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC). Deirdre is a member of ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization), CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), PAAC (Professional Association of ADHD Coaches) & NASW (National Association of Social Workers).

Members Chair

Adela Baker, PCAC

Adela Baker, PCAC, founded Mind Coach NOLA, LLC in 2016. Based in New Orleans, but with clients around the world, she is a full-time ADHD coach and mom.

She mainly coaches adults with executive function skill deficits and turbo thinker benefits, who tend to be innovative, perspicacious, spontaneous, and generally fascinating people. Adela graduated from Tufts University with dual bachelor’s degrees in French and Spanish and is fluent in five languages—English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Italian. Due to her years of working with turbo thinkers, she understands what’s needed to succeed professionally and academically, in addition to what they require for happiness and balance. She resides in New Orleans with her ADHD son and dog, and neurotypical daughter and cat. When not coaching or caring for her children, Adela can be found playing volleyball, practicing yoga, hula hooping, salsa dancing, roller skating and volunteering in her community, especially for ADHD awareness and outdoor adventure programs. Adela enjoys facilitating ADHD group coaching as well as private individual sessions.

Ethics Chair

Elizabeth Paparo

Elizabeth Paparo is a certified ADHD coach and Special Education Instructor with a Masters in Special Education.

Volunteer Chair

Marie Enbäck

Marie Enbäck, Sweden’s first ADHD coach, with 13 years of experience. Europe’s first ADHD Coach certified at Master level.

Technology Chair

Laura Godfrey, AAC, ACC, CACP

Laura has 20 years of experience as an accidental techie. Her journey into the land of IT has included working and building databases, working with stubborn PCs and figuring out what makes it all tick.

Laura is an ADHD Life Coach and Coaching Team Lead and Digital and Technology Librarian (LIT Dip.) at the CanLearn Society.  Laura has been an ADHD Coach since 2016 and has coached families and adults. She has taken the Self-Reg Foundations Certificate through the Mehrit Centre and has also had training in financial literacy and financial coaching. For the past fourteen years, she has also coordinated the operations of the LearningLinks library at CanLearn.  Laura is a graduate of the ADD Coach Academy and the SAIT Library and Information Technology program. If you would like to contact Laura, she can be reached at lgodfrey@canlearnsociety.ca.

Laura and her amazingly patient husband and son live in Calgary with their dog Alex and cat Zoe. She is thrilled to be able to offer assistance to PAAC in the amazing world of IT.

Certificate Chair

Jay Perry, MCAC, MCC

Jay Perry, author of Take Charge of Your Talent: three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life, is a Master Coach (MCAC), personal champion and creative partner who helps people to take advantage of both business and personal challenges in unique and powerful ways.

His clients include creative artists, entrepreneurs, and 500 corporate executives. He is known as one of the world’s leading mentors for new coaches seeking professional certification. He is currently on the teaching faculty of ADDCA, The ADD Coaching Academy and works with people who have been diagnosed with ADD to take advantage of their special gifts. Jay’s clients appreciate his fresh perspectives that help them to see themselves and their situations in a new light. He earned a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from Ohio University. With a background in professional theater as an actor, teacher, director, stage manager, and theater owner, Jay approaches his work with a sense of playfulness and a passion for developing creative communities. In the 1980s, he applied these skills in operating the Actors’ Information Project to empower perform­ing artists to take charge of their careers and lead healthy lives. He also served as CEO of a digital imaging and archiving busi­ness with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Jay has coached and led workshops for thousands of people around the world on diverse topics such as business planning, leader­ship, transformational change, personal mastery, coaching skills, communication, and career planning. In 1991, he began working with legend­ary coach Thomas Leonard and participated in the creation of Coach University and the International Coach Federation. Jay’s corporate coaching clients include executives at AT&T, Avaya, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Shell, First National Bank of Nebraska, and Schlumberger. His artist clients include award winners from stage, television, film, and the visual arts. Jay lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Susan.

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