The Professional
Association for ADHD

“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.”

TB, Client


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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).


ADHD has Three Presentations:

ADHD has Three Presentations:

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.


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

~ Most children have the combined type of ADHD.


PAAC Definition of 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


Meet The Team

Meet The Team


A Community of Professionals

A Community of Professionals

“A Credential of Value”

– Deirdre Donchian

“A Wonderful Program”

 Catherine Bray

“A Caring Community”

 Roger DeWitt

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Let us know if you have any questions!

President PAAC Catherine Bray
Presiden & Co-Marketing

Catherine Bray, PCAC

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


Rudy Rodriguez, PCAC

Rudy is a PAAC Certified Professional ADHD Coach who specializes in coaching ADHD and Executive Function with adults, entrepreneurs, and others who struggle with managing time, projects, and productivity. Rudy has worked with ADHD clients since 1981 and was diagnosed with ADHD in 1993. He has blended his 40 years of psychotherapy experience and nearly 20 years of ADHD coaching experience with his personal life experience living with ADHD…

Vice President & Credentialing

Liz Brown

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.


Christine Kotik, PCC, NBC-HWC

Christine Kotik, PCC, NBC-HWC, is the founder of CK ADHD Coaching & Consulting, bringing a wealth of professional and personal experiences to her practice. Holding a BS in Accounting, she’s a Professional Certified Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She’s currently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the ADHD Coaches Organization and a professional member of CHADD, where she shares her insights as a Parent to Parent facilitator and coordinator of the Central Ohio chapter. Christine has previously served as Director of Training for JST Coaching and Training and is an active member of ADDA…


Robin Nordmeyer

Robin Nordmeyer, PCAC, is both Certified Life Coach and Professional Certified ADHD Coach, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner for the Center For Living Well with ADHD, LLC, supporting clients in all ages, stages and aspects of their lives. Robin brings a wealth of expertise and relentless passion to coaching individuals with ADHD since 2010. She specializes in her work with Adult Professionals, Couples, Entrepreneurs and other Coaches in business. Her life coach training is through Adler Graduate School, and her ADHD Coach Training is through MentorCoach, Coach Approach for Organizers, JST Coaching, Mindful Schools, and a commitment to over two decades of ongoing continuing education in the field…


Deirdre Donchian

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.


Rhea Finch, ACC, PCAC

Rhea works with individuals and families who want to leverage the strengths of the ADHD mind and equip these minds to prosper in the non-ADHD world. She is a Professional Certified ADHD Coach and one of the founding members of ThinkBright ADHD Coaching and Targeted Tutoring. She specializes in working with parents who want to come alongside their ADHD teens, young adults who want to navigate the transition into college or the workplace, and any individual who wants to transform ADHD’s struggles into strengths…

Members Chair

Meredith Knauer, MS, CACP

Meredith is a credentialed CACP ADHD coach and has a bachelor’s of science and a master’s degree in applied psychology from the University of New Orleans. She has 5 years of experience working with neurodivergent individuals of all ages and is a creative at heart. Currently, she mostly coaches students from 7th grade through graduate school, particularly those who are going through transition periods…

Ethics Chair

Marie Enback

Marie Enback – speaker and educator in the field of ADHD. Advocating to spread greater awareness and knowledge about ADHD and ADHD Coaching. Educating and training people in ”the ADHD Coaching Approach” and on how to lead a standardised, manual-based program in ADHD group coaching. Both courses are accredited by the European Qualification System…

Volunteer Chair

Alex Hey

Alex R. Hey, PCAC is an author, ADHD coach, and founder of Reset ADHD, LLC. He is dedicated to helping those with ADHD hit the “RESET” button on their ADHD and starting again with fresh, strengths-based strategies. Alex was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 20. This diagnosis explained two decades of underachievement and feeling misunderstood. In the wake of his diagnosis, he began a casual study of ADHD which, over the years, turned into a passion for learning about ADHD and finding all strategies that might help manage the symptoms of this frustrating condition. This passion has inspired him to write several books on ADHD…

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Technology Chair

Tori Throckmorton, MBA, PCAC

I am a compassionate and creative partner to support you in figuring out what truly drives you and how to make it a reality. Learn your own unique way of doing and being successful, instead of the “shoulds”, “the right way”, or “the normal definition of success”…

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.