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Executive function coaching unveiled: what happens in a typical session?

Updated: Mar 22

In this post, I will answer three common questions about adult executive function coaching:

What can I expect from executive function coaching?

What happens in a typical executive function coaching session?

How do I know if executive function coaching is working?

Upon completing my graduate degree, I started working with a coach. At first, I did not know what to expect. However, the first session left a lasting impact on my life.

My coach asked me questions that challenged my preconceived notions about my abilities. He opened my world to the concept of limiting beliefs and taught me how to set big yet attainable goals.

I am forever grateful for my coach and still seek his advice when I am faced with a challenging situation.

In this article, I will walk you through the three phases of our coaching model, personalized to provide you with the same experience I had.

Have you considered working with a coach to improve your executive function skills?

  • Yes, I'm actively considering it.

  • I've thought about it, but I'm not sure.

  • No, I haven't considered it yet.

What can I expect from the first session?

The first session kicks off the Discovery Phase. This phase lasts roughly one to three weeks.

By the end of the first session, you will have clarity on the most important goal that you will work towards over the next 90 days.

Most of us have many goals floating around in our minds. While having a multitude of aspirations is admirable, it can often lead to paralysis by analysis.

During the first session, we ask you powerful and thought-provoking questions to help you dive deep into the “why” behind your goals. For example:

  • If you could wave a magic wand, how would your life be different after working together for 90 days?

  • Imagine yourself one year from now. What are you doing? Where are you living? Who are you spending your time with?

  • What are your values? Which value is most important to you?

Be prepared to uncover and challenge your limiting beliefs during the first session.

What happens next?

Throughout the Discovery Phase, we work together to identify your top five aspirations and focus on one vital goal that resonates with you. This is a vital step to your success.

According to Lydia Saad, a Director of Social Research:

“34% of goal-setters and 24% of all U.S. adults are people who are "winging it," meaning they …won't write them down or create a specific action plan with steps to achieve them.”

We will help you combat this.

Our tailored approach ensures you start with clarity and purpose by creating a personalized roadmap filled with actionable steps. This discovery process sets the stage for targeted growth, empowering you to begin your journey with confidence.

What does a typical session look like?

Each session begins with a check-in. We discuss your biggest wins and challenges from the previous week. By reflecting on the previous week, you begin to develop stronger self-awareness, allowing you to thrive and handle future challenges independently.

Next, we revisit your action plan and micro goals that you set during the previous session to determine what is going well and what is getting in the way. Again, more time for intentional reflection.

This opens up the meeting to begin learning and practicing specific systems and tools that will enhance your executive functioning skills, guide you in overcoming what is getting in the way, and take you one step closer to accomplishing your long-term goal.

Using a growth mindset approach, you will not only learn specific skills but also develop habits and routines designed to help you manage the demands of daily life and feel less overwhelmed.

Each session ends by resetting a micro goal that you will focus on until the next session.

In between sessions, you are not alone. We are available for email and text check-ins and troubleshooting. We are your accountability partner and will be there every step of the way.

What will I gain from executive function coaching?

After the Discovery Phase, we enter the Formation Phase. This is the heart of the program and lasts roughly four to six weeks.

You will build essential skills that enhance your focus, organization, efficiency, and empowerment. Alongside these skills, we'll guide you in cultivating habits that propel you toward your chosen goal and elevate your life in every aspect.

This phase ensures the necessary practices are ingrained in your daily routine, laying a robust foundation for continued success.

How do I know if executive function coaching is working?

With a clear roadmap and newfound skills and habits, you'll begin executing your personalized strategy. You have reached the final phase, the Empowerment Phase as we get closer to the end of the 90-day program.

You will feel more organized, less stressed, and develop self-awareness. When you encounter challenges during the week, you will be able to use one of the tools we worked on to help you overcome the obstacle.

When matched with a great coach, you will feel more confident and be able to make intentional and effective decisions. According to The Institute of Coaching,

"80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills."

Most of all, you will make progress towards the big goal that you set for yourself during the first session.

If you want to learn more about executive function and how a coach and help you grow specific executive function skills, check out our comprehensive guide:


Working with my own coach has been a transformative journey, and I'm thrilled to share this process with you. That initial session was a game-changer, offering fresh perspectives and providing a clear path for the future.

As we navigated through the phases, I felt myself growing, becoming more organized, and gaining the confidence to tackle life's challenges head-on.

But remember, this journey isn't just about me; it's about you too. The statistics tell a compelling story—executive function coaching can significantly enhance your organization, planning, prioritization, and stress management skills.

If you're considering executive function coaching, rest assured that you're embarking on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and empowerment. With a dedicated guide by your side, you'll become the best version of yourself and make remarkable progress toward your dreams.

If you would like to learn more about our coaching model, sign up for our newsletter and send me an email ( I would love to connect with you!

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About the author

Eric Kaufmann, M.Ed is a Professional Educational Therapist and Certified Executive Function Coach. He is the Co-founder of UpSkill Specialists, an online adult executive function coaching company designed to guide adults in overcoming disorganization, procrastination, and productivity roadblocks so they can unlock their potential. Eric is also the founder of Elevate Learning Solutions, an Educational Therapy practice located in San Clemente, CA, that guides students with neurological differences toward becoming independent and confident students and self-leaders.

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Upskill Specialists was founded when two former special education teachers turned executive function coaches decided that adults need tools and coaching to improve their workplace skills and feel confident and empowered. Our mission is to ensure every adult with EF challenges has access to high-quality coaching services. 

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