About Heather Blackmore…
Over the years Heather Blackmore has amassed over 2,500 hours of practice coaching clients from all walks of life. She has a passion for working with people with ADHD symptoms or those who want to learn how to hone their executive functioning and master the art of ‘Deep Work’ – an essential skill for anyone who wants to leave a meaningful legacy in terms of creativity or leadership.
Today, she works exclusively with executives, entrepreneurs and creatives. Many of her clients acknowledge that their neurodiversity, when harnessed correctly, has given them an edge over their competitors.
Her personal experience of ADHD, has given her an inbuilt ‘ADHD lens’ which allows her to empathise with her clients. Supporting ADHD clients to see themselves through that lens is often the key for clients to discovering self-understanding, self-compassion and confidence as they learn about (and maybe even come to appreciate) their unique brain-wiring.
"I have witnessed over and over again how a series of small changes that a client succeeds in maintaining consistently, can result in lasting positive change, impacting not just themselves, but also the people who live and work with them."
A Bespoke Approach
The key thing that Heather has learned over the years is that every client has a different version of ADHD. The majority of her coaching clients since 2007 have had ADHD symptoms in common. In addition, many of her clients have had a second or even third diagnosis in terms of neurodiversity - often dyslexia or ASD and occasionally Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia. It is also common for her clients, especially for those diagnosed later in life, to have experienced depression and or anxiety at some stage in their lifetime. She understands how crucial it is for both coach and client to get to know how the client’s unique version of ADHD shows up and how important it is to take any additional diagnoses, learning difficulties or co-existing conditions into account when co-designing the coaching process.
Relevant Experience and Qualifications
Heather has been learning about ADHD for over 20 years and continues to feeds her intense curiosity around Neurodiversity by consistently engaging in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to better support her clients. In January, she started a master's in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health.
She returned to college in her 30s to complete an honours business degree and she brings over 30 years of business experience to her coaching having worked in a variety of roles in media, hospitality, food, fashion, education, legal, property development and the creative arts across her career.
By the time she was diagnosed with ADHD at 45, she had already completed her certificate in Coaching Skills with Coaching Development and set up her practice. She went on to graduate from the ADD Coach Academy’s Advanced Professional ADHD Coach Training programme. While many of the instinctive feelings and insights that drive her decisions as she works with clients are informed by her practice experience, she attributes her confidence in ‘trusting her gut’ to her mBIT coach training at Rogers Training.
Heather considers herself very fortunate to have experienced working as an ADHD coach within a multi-disciplinary team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, which sadly now no longer exists.
Vision for the future
Heather is committed to ethical practice and sees engaging in regular supervision as being critical for any coach who specialises in working with Neurodiversity.
She recently embarked on the Diploma in Reflective Practice and Supervision offered by Coaching Development Ltd and is loving how her learning is shaping her coaching and looks forward to practicing as a supervisor going forward.
"My dream is that ADHD coaching will be made available as a standard option within public services around the world for Adults with ADHD in the future."
- Full member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD)
- Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)