Opening Doors to Growth
Jo Ann Skinner


What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?U0Y3SC9Z42

The terms are often used interchangeably, but ADD is an older term. In my practice I use the term ADHD. ADHD is the umbrella term that is now used to recognize attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The term includes hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive forms of ADHD and also a combination of any of those symptoms.

What are executive functions?

The term “executive functions” refers to skills that help us manage ourselves and carry out tasks ─ the brain’s CEO in many respects. These functions include planning, prioritization, organization, time management, working memory, and sustaining or shifting attention from one thing to another.

What is the difference between ADHD Coaching and Therapy?

Therapy looks at the past and is about healing. I work with clients who are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. I support my clients with their goals for personal and professional growth and empower them to focus on the future.

What is the difference between an ADHD Coach and a tutor?

Although I help many students learn and perfect their study skills, I do not teach information on course content. For example, I don’t focus on how to do homework, but rather why the homework may not be getting done.

What is the coaching process like?

The first step is to meet before we start the coaching process. Since I work with clients all across the country, this may mean an in-person visit, a phone call, or Skype/video chat. This free discussion allows us to mutually decide if you’re ready for coaching, and if we can be good partners.

If we decide to move forward, the next step is an initial session that lasts from one to two hours. Expect to learn more about ADHD and “executive functions”. You will find out about your strengths, your challenges and what you want to accomplish in coaching. We’ll create a written coaching agreement to reflect your goals, expectations and the support you want along the way, including the type of accountability that will best lead you to success.

Naturally, everything discussed in our meetings is entirely confidential.

In subsequent sessions, we will meet weekly for 30 or 45 minutes. I will always ask you what topic you would like to address. We will explore your concerns in order to unlock new insights, feelings, possibilities and actions. I’ll provide feedback and help keep you on track between sessions with a tactical plan of techniques to manage your objectives.

How long does the coaching process take?

Depending on your goals, coaching usually takes a minimum of three months. For sustained growth, it can take longer but my clients know they can take a break from coaching whenever they wish.

Why should I work with a credentialed coach?

Working with an ICF (International Coach Federation) credentialed coach is very important. The coaching industry is not currently regulated, which means anyone can call themself a coach, regardless if they have been trained or not.

ICF credentialed coaches have gone through rigorous instruction, mentoring and testing. I abide by the ICF strict Code of Ethics and meet the professional standards defined by the ICF Core Competencies.

Where does the coaching take place?

I meet my clients in my Reston, Virginia office, by phone, Skype or Facetime.

How do I set up an initial meeting?

Give me a call at 703.925.0510 or email me at