About Robert Gordon
Robert Gordon has been coaching adults with ADHD since 2008. Prior to coaching, he was a trainer in the outdoor adventure industry, and taught History and English at two leading Toronto private schools. He holds a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa, a B.A. from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools. His coach training was with the ADD Coach Academy. He is a member of the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO) and the Attention Deficit Disorder Organization (ADDA).
His specialized training and experience with ADHD means
he’s aware of the specific challenges associated with ADHD and how they may be impacting your life.
he can offer a range of tools and strategies that have been proven to be effective with ADHD
he provides a safe, supportive environment to learn, explore and question without judgment
"I know a lot about ADHD because I live with ADHD. And I’ve spent the last decade learning everything I can about how to help people with ADHD make the most of their strengths and limit their weaknesses.
Like many of my clients, I was a super-smart, energetic kid who loved school and found it easy – until it got hard. But it wasn’t until 20 years later that I learned my experience as a student and in my early career was “textbook” ADHD.
At high school and later in university, I was frustrated that people who seemed no smarter that I were able to get their work done – while I was continually frustrated and overwhelmed. My self-confidence took a beating.
The only great work that I ever did was in subjects that I loved. But even then, after enthusiastic beginnings, I usually left projects until the last minute. I learned about "all-nighters" at a very young age. I made elaborate study plans for exams – but never executed them. I procrastinated, took advantage of every possible distraction, then finally panicked and crammed. My decent grades were certainly not a function of my finely-honed study skills.
When I received my own ADHD diagnosis at the age of 32, I experienced a complicated mix of relief, regret and uncertainty: “It all makes sense, but what if I had known sooner? What can I do about it? Am I doomed to a life of frustration and underperforming?”
I’ve experienced firsthand the enormous benefits of working with a qualified and specialized coach, and I’m passionate about working with motivated (but frustrated!) professionals like you who are ready to commit to the work needed to make lasting change."