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Management and Success Coaching - For The Neurodiversity in All of Us.
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“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

Barbara Lipscomb Coaching is for adults and children with ADD / ADHD as well as creative / divergent thinkers and learners, who face a unique set of challenges. Coaching for those with attention deficit disorder and adult ADD is a highly effective means of helping non-traditional thinkers fully realize their potential and excel in all aspects of life, including setting smart goals through structured goal planning.

ADHD Coaching

Located in the Santa Monica / West LA area, I provide Adult AD/HD Life Coaching services both locally and long distance, meeting with clients through face-to-face sessions, telephone calls, and video programs. I offer services to people in all seasons of life, from young children to retirement age, and at varied points of achievement in their lives. I help people face, understand and manage life’s challenges and situations.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms

The following checklist may help you determine whether my services will benefit you.

INATTENTION: in adults, it may be easier to notice at work or in social situations.

HYPERACTIVITY: can show up as feelings of restlessness in teens and adults. 

IMPULSIVITY: can lead to risky behavior, accidents.

a few key features

Attention Defiict Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Coaching Experience

I am first and foremost an educator who has been providing help for ADHD and coaching individuals with different learning styles since 1980, when I began my career in special education.

I work from a deeply felt and researched model. This guides me to understand that all learning takes place within the context of meaningful and rewarding relationships.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) COACHING IS UNIQUE

When my clients understand that I am not judging them, they are able to relax and feel safe enough to expose what many in their world have labeled as negative behaviors.

I help them understand that what they have been doing has been their own creative way of trying to meet their essential needs, and that it is worth developing rather than repressing.



My own childhood was greatly impacted by a child with special needs when my older brother became profoundly deaf at the age of 17 months.

Only 15 months younger than my brother, I developed an acute sensitivity to his needs and, in my love for him, began to develop myself as a responsive and attuned caregiver. This has never changed.

In their own words

Barbara has had a huge impact on our family. She has helped our daughter get clear on her goals and helped her break down these goals into manageable steps. Prior to this she was feeling confused, frozen and overwhelmed. My husband and I had started to feel very ineffective. It’s been helpful to have someone outside our family dynamic help clarify what we all want and to establish a more straight forward way for the three of us to communicate. We have seen our daughter flower and be more self confident in the few months she has been working with Barbara. I would highly recommend her work.
Nancy Park,

Parent of 25-year-old client

what adhd feels like –according to buzzfeed

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Interested in working together?

What ties all of my work together is my belief that there are many valid, interesting and useful ways of being in the world.
I am convinced that we all have something of unique value to offer. I have been afforded many and varied opportunities in numerous fields. My work is informed by having worked with and learned from many who are experts in their fields.
Barbara Lipscomb

Founder, Barbara Lipscompb Coaching

Resilience is in you. Let’s find it.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” –Dr. Steve Maraboli

Why Resilience? As you've likely noticed, I have just completed publishing a series of articles on the topic of building resilience. "Why resilience," you may ask? That's an excellent question. In the ten years that I have had the pleasure and great fortune to be in...

Build Resilience Through Medication

Taking medicine can sometimes be viewed as a sign of weakness because of the stigma a lot of people associate with treatment. However, some studies have demonstrated the true value that medication can have for patients with anxiety disorders -amongst other things. If...

Build Resilience through Meditation

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools available in the service of building resilience into our systems. And, as is so often said about mediation, it is “simple, but not easy.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living, defines mindfulness as “paying...

Build Resilience Through Exercise

Exercise is known to be important. You’ve probably heard about the benefits of exercise for cardiovascular health as well as building and maintaining physical strength and flexibility. But exercise has also recently been found to have far reaching and very positive...

Build Resilience Through Diet

Have you ever noticed that if you eat something “unhealthy,” you don’t feel great? For example, if you’re eating gluten when your body is sensitive to it, you may experience exhaustion. Or, if you’re unused to consuming dairy, you might get bloated. Even more than...

Build Resilience Through Sleep

AD/HD and other executive functioning skill challenges can be seen as dysregulations in our systems. In addition to each of our innate challenges, we live in a complex and fast-paced world that can also be seen as dysregulated and is often further dysregulating....

Build Resilience Through Nutrition

Have you ever noticed that if you eat something “unhealthy,” you don’t feel great? For example, if you’re eating gluten when your body is sensitive to it, you may experience exhaustion. Or, if you’re unused to consuming dairy, you might get bloated. Even more than...

It’s Summer… Again!

Summer can be an amazing time to rest and relax without having to worry about the myriad details of busier times of the year. Summer is also a time of disrupted routines, changes in responsibilities, school vacations, travels and the like. Summer and the leisure it...

What a Summer!

We have certainly had an interesting summer.  Thanks to our two political conventions and the Olympics in Rio, there was plenty to keep our attentions occupied and our emotions reeling.  Though this happens every four years, I never get used to the...

Trusting Towards a Meaningful New Year! January 2016

Now that the dust is settling, and we are able to look towards 2016 with more equanimity and less through the lens of the highs and lows of holiday emotion, it’s a good time to contemplate what you would like to affect in...

“Give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day; teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime.”

Samantha left the security of home to find her way in the world.  Her parents understood and believed in her.  Like so many people with ADHD, she was smart and artistically gifted, but she needed assistance in pulling it all together.  Even though they...

Autumn Resilience

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, how do we move from “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” (Nat King Cole) to the to-do lists that autumn requires?  Whether we are returning home from actual vacations or simply getting back to the routines of daily life...

He graduated? Ivy League? I thought he had AD/HD?

(As also appears on LinkedIn) Adults with ADHD can lead lives filled with accomplishment.  With a skill set tailored to address particular needs or situations, career and life success can be achieved.  Coaching can assist an individual with ADHD to learn new skills...

Time Management: Even Successful Attorneys Need Help

(As also appears on LinkedIn) Many people associate ADHD with childhood learning disabilities.  Few understand that, until one learns the skills necessary to address particular needs, ADHD often sabotages work and career success.  Coaching is a way to learn new skills...

AD/HD: Capturing the Creative Edge

It is brave to work with a coach, to determine to make changes in one’s behavior that will bring one’s life to more satisfying places.  I am glad that William chose to trust me to assist him. William is a writer.  I will always remember the first thing he said when he...

To Medicate or Not To Medicate: That is the ADHD Question

With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), to medicate or not to medicate has always been the question. What is a parent to do when even the experts cannot agree on the answer? In a recent Washington Post article, “Still More Questions Than Answers About...

It’s Summer Time!

In the words of Nat King Cole, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…” Just the thought of transitioning to fun in the sun is enough to make most of us lose our focus. Add a little AD/HD, some learning differences, and/or other executive functioning...

School Daze

"The only thing that is constant is change."  -- Heraclitus For many of us, the fall season signals major change. Most notably, students have transitioned from summer mode to school mode. The lazier days of summer are a distant memory and months of hard work loom on...

Is It Trauma or AD/HD?

This is a critical distinction!

Summertime and the Living Is Easy!

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou. Not!  At least this is not always the case.  While immersed in the multiple tasks and demands of our daily lives throughout most of the year we anticipate and long for the space that summer promises.  Whether it be a...

A Brilliant Perspective on Bullying

All Bullying Begins With Disconnection This gifted teacher connects loneliness with bullying and creates an ingenious way to take action.  This may be the most important piece you ever read.  What can YOU do to promote "kindness and bravery" among the people in your...

“All violence begins with disconnection.”

This gifted teacher connects loneliness with bullying and creates an ingenious way to take action.  This may be the most important piece you ever read.  What can YOU do to promote "kindness and bravery" among the people in your...

Here are some wonderful suggestions on how to improve focus at work!

Happy Holidays!

"Every day brings a choice: to practice  stress or to practice peace." -- Joan Borysenko Happy Holidays! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the holiday season and 2014 with hope and optimism.  With as much celebration and fun as this...

It’s all about attention!

Enjoy this powerful fifteen minute Ted Talk by Jeremy Hunter.

Simple, Yet Not Easy!

Much of what I read in relation to addressing the challenges of dealing with modern life, in general, and to the specific needs of people with AD/HD and other executive functioning issues, offers mindfulness as a highly effective tool.  Jon Kabat-Zinn defines...

The Need for Sleep – A Ted Talk

Russell Foster tells us why sleep is so important.

Like I’ve been saying!

These three books echo the sentiments of my recent newsletter article.

“Connection in an isolating age.”

  - Rent, (The Musical)"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots." -- Albert EinsteinComing across this quote by Albert Einstein gave me pause, as this is something I contemplate...

“…Kids with Gadgets and ADHD”

A topic on all of our minds. Look for more to come on this important discussion in my August newsletter!

Teaching Peace

"If we are to teach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with children" - Gandhi

“A State of Relaxed Presence”

This article also speaks of "a state of relaxed presence."  When do you feel this?  What activities engage you in this manner?

“The state you want is restful alertness…”

This is a wonderful article by Deepak Chopra.It all starts here!

Time On and Time Off

As with so many of the amazing things I read, I am grateful to have received this article from a client. What is the optimum amount of time you are able to work and remain productive? How often do you need breaks? How long do your breaks need to be?  What types...

First Person

Here is an eloquent first person account of one person's experience of having ADHD.It is so worth reading.

What is standing in the way of your Happy New Year?

Happy New Year!“Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver, New and Selected PoemsI hope that each and every one of you had a beautiful holiday season and is optimistically looking forward to 2013.  January brings a...



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