Meredith Knauer

ADHD Coach
What are your areas of interest?

Self-advocacy, Dealing with overwhelm from big projects, Transitioning into and out of college / high school, Time management & procrastination, Work / Life balance



Best way for potential clients to contact you

www.neurodivergentcoaching.com or meredith.knauer@gmail.com

Hi, I’m Meredith, and I am a young professional ADHD Coach, consultant, and tutor with Autism and ADHD. Great news for you, neurodivergence (especially ADHD) has become one of my topics of hyperfocus. I want to help you use your strengths, downplay your challenges, ease through transitions, and create some structure in your life that will stick. Together we will get to know your brain, figure out how you can start working with the way your unique brain wants to operate, and start building new neural pathways to work towards the things you want to do with your life.

What do you recommend to help clients focus on their work?

Getting started is the hardest part. Sometimes, when we can't focus, it's because we have unmet needs. If you've been trying to start on a project for 10-15 minutes and can't engage, check in with your brain and body. Are you tired? Hungry? Thirsty? Bored out of your mind? Grab a drink and a snack, and go for a walk outside to build energy and mentally reset. Come back and try again after you've taken care of yourself.

What is the superpower of ADHD?

Keeping in mind that with great power comes great responsibility, one ADHD superpower is the ability to dive into a passion project for hours and hours. Just like Cyclops from X-Men needs his glasses to keep his laser vision from slicing through everything he sees, people with ADHD need to use timers and reminders to take a break every so often for food, water, stretching, and the bathroom.

What do you love about working with your clients?

Creativity and humor come to mind first, but ultimately, my favorite thing about my work is when I get to point out progress through objective facts. It's easy to get down on yourself for missing an assignment, and at the same time, we can remember how 2 months ago, you had multiple missing assignments every week, and now it's only one a week. Especially for someone with time blindness, it can be hard to see progress when it's stretched out over a long period of time.

Why do you refer clients to focused space?

So many of my clients need and benefit from body doubling and accountability buddies.


Qualifications

Bachelor of Psychology - University of New Orleans, 2018

Master of Applied Psychology - University of New Orleans, 2019

Certified ADHD Coach Practitioner (CACP) - Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC), 2021"

Client Expertise

Students (high school - doctoral candidates), Life transitions (career change, freshman and senior years, moving, etc.), Newly diagnosed neurodivergent folks, Adults, Creatives, LGBTQ+ friendly :)

Treatment Approach

VIA character strengths, Utilizing supportive technology (apps, fidgets, etc.), Practicing executive functioning skills, Essay and resume review (must be a coaching client)