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Eric Tivers, LCSW, ADHD-CCSP

Founder of ADHD reWired
ADHD Coach – Group Coaching

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

About me

Hi, I’m Eric Tivers. I’m a licensed clinical social worker, coach, podcaster, speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. I specialize in ADHD and have worked extensively with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

I’m also the host of the ADHD reWired podcast, a weekly podcast where I talk about my own experiences living with ADHD and invite guests and experts to share their stories, science and strategies. Since launching the podcast in April 2014, it has amassed over 525 episodes and 7 million downloads worldwide in 119 countries.

Looking back on my life, I see there’s a good reason why I had 21 jobs before I turned 21. I know now that I am not suited for retail. Also, I am a terrible candidate for a call center and a host of other jobs where I didn’t stick around long. I am grateful for each of those 21 jobs because every “failure” got me closer to where I am now. I genuinely love what I do for a living.

As an adult with ADHD, because I love my work, it is so much more than just my job. It’s my passion. Loving what I do makes living with ADHD much more manageable.

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My coaching philosophy

My first step with new coachees is to demonstrate two things: (1) that I understand and can verbalize your thought process, and (2) that I care. I view the coaching process as a relationship building opportunity and consequently, I don’t approach it with preconceived notions. I borrow from different coaching frameworks and modalities to find an approach that works for you. I learn about you through your stories. I am not afraid to admit mistakes and be vulnerable with you.

Note: In 2018, I shifted my focus exclusively to group coaching for adults with ADHD, moving away from one-on-one client sessions. You can learn more about ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Groups here.My first step with new coachees is to demonstrate two things: (1) that I understand and can verbalize your thought process, and (2) that I care. I view the coaching process as a relationship building opportunity and consequently, I don’t approach it with preconceived notions. I borrow from different coaching frameworks and modalities to find an approach that works for you. I learn about you through your stories. I am not afraid to admit mistakes and be vulnerable with you.

Note: In 2018, I shifted my focus exclusively to group coaching for adults with ADHD, moving away from one-on-one client sessions. You can learn more about ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Groups here.

My training and research interests

In 2004, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bradley University. After two years of working as an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapist, I went back to get my Master’s degree in School Social Work at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

My clinical research thesis focused on teaching self-awareness, self-advocacy skills and self-determination to children with disabilities. The focus of my research was to reduce the inevitable blind spots that every student encountered in their self-awareness – things they did not know about themselves but were obvious to those around them.

In a pilot study done in an 8th grade cross-categorical special education classroom, I worked with students to teach them about their disabilities and their strengths through role play of classroom scenarios. I also helped students understand the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process and how to build relationships with their teachers in order to teach them critical self-advocacy skills. At the end of the 8 week study, the students knew how to run their own IEP meetings.

This experience proves to me time and again what research has demonstrated – A student’s disability is not what determines long term life outcomes (life satisfaction, quality of life, level of earnings, educational completion). It’s their level of self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-determination that makes the difference. As your coach, this is my goal of our work together.

My influences

I’ve been greatly influenced by Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements. This is my favorite quote from the book:

“Always do your best—your best is going to change from moment to moment.”

Don Miguel Ruiz

Brené Brown’s research on vulnerability and shame has also had a big impact on my coaching work. Her call to “let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth” in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, was an idea that blew me away.

Russell Barkley, PhD., is considered one of the leading authorities on ADHD, and for good reason. As a research scientist and advocate for accurate, evidence-based information on ADHD, he has spent 3 decades studying and writing about this disorder. My “real education” around ADHD started in 2010 when I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Barkley’s keynote address, where he explained his conceptual model for ADHD as an Executive Functioning Disorder. I have been a student of his work ever since. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to interview Dr. Barkley four times on my podcast:

Ep. 63: Dr. Russell Barkley on the Meaning of ADHD
Ep. 152: Dr. Russell Barkley Research on Updates and What Loved Ones Need to Know About You
Ep. 271: Dr. Russell Barkley on Life Expectancy and ADHD Part 1
Ep. 272: Dr. Russell Barkley on The Case Against Neuropsychological Testing & New Research

Dreaming big

I have big dreams for children and adults living with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders: I wish for them to understand how their brain works and increase their self-awareness.

I wish for them to know and accept who they are.
I wish for them to do more things that highlight their strengths and learn ways to compensate for or work around their challenges.

My personal experience with disabilities

I am one of the 15 million people in the United States living with ADHD. The hardest thing to accept about ADHD are the inconsistencies. The best thing about ADHD is how every struggle, every frustration, and every challenge has made me into a better person. I wouldn’t change anything about myself.

As a child, my father sustained a significant brain injury that introduced major challenges in his day to day life. This experience had a profound impact on my life and taught me the importance of being aware of your disability, accepting your challenges, and speaking up for yourself.

Fun facts about me

I love audiobooks and podcasts.

I’m a self-taught musician; I play the piano and guitar. I enjoy playing with other musicians and watching the therapeutic power of music.

I adopted two orange cats in 2024, Kiki and Trey.

I love the band Phish and try to attend as many of their shows as possible.

I enjoy playing frisbee-golf, and LOVE the game of Pickleball.

When the weather is nice, you might find me cruising around my motorcycle!

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