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Emily Whelden, JD

Emily Whelden is an attorney-turned-coach who has trained extensively in ADHD coaching with Casey Dixon. As an attorney with ADHD, Emily experienced first-hand the lack of resources available in the legal field and left her practice of law to become a coach to other lawyers and high achievers with ADHD.


Before beginning her coaching career, Emily trained and worked for six years as an attorney doing legal guardianship work and --without realizing at the time--approached that role very similarly to how a Coach would. To empower clients, Emily would share new perspectives that helped them identify their goals and values, learn to evaluate their circumstances, explore potential outcomes to their choices, and learn how to be comfortable with their decisions - all things she believes are fundamental to her role as an ADHD coach.


In addition to working with lawyers who have ADHD, Emily also enjoys working with high achievers who have a new ADHD diagnosis or are struggling with other health concerns in addition to their ADHD. As a former attorney who also has multiple chronic health issues, she understands how difficult it can be to manage life while dealing with ADHD. 

Emily is currently accepting new coaching clients for our 6-month One-to-One Coaching program.

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Why do you like working with high achievers who have ADHD?

I enjoy working with high achievers who have ADHD because we so often slip through the cracks. Many of us have had our symptoms invalidated or ignored; and, frequently we have been told that our ADHD symptoms are personal failings. Because of this, high achievers with ADHD are often adept at masking their struggles. We work twice as hard as our peers, yet frequently feel like we are on the cusp of disaster. I like helping people step back from that ledge of disaster and regain control of their life, work, and health.

Emily's Coaching Style

I pride myself on meeting my clients where they are and helping them to see a perspective of themselves that can help them make lasting changes in their life for the better.

In her coaching work, Emily helps clients to:

  • Find strategies to mitigate the negative impact ADHD has on their health, career, and family life while embracing the positive aspects of ADHD

  • Be empowered to learn about ADHD without shame or stigma

  • Build a realistic and positive mindset

  • Communicate effectively with others about their ADHD

  • Build self-supportive habits that optimize their brain chemistry to achieve better focus and calm

  • Navigate changing life stages with ADHD

Education & Work Experience

  • Graduated from American University with BA in Political Science

  • Graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law with JD

  • Previously worked as an Attorney in the District of Columbia and Maryland, where she served as a legal and healthcare guardian for people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, dementia, and incapacity resulting from illness or injury

  • Has a particular interest in working with people with multiple diagnoses, including complex medical needs

  • Founder of The Chronic Professional where she works with clients struggling with chronic illness

Education & Experience

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