For individuals with ADHD, it can be hard to thrive in a neurotypical world that celebrates the grind and prioritizes having it all together.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition caused by differences in the brain. It affects the brain's executive functions, which are responsible for attention, activation, organization, emotion regulation, and self-monitoring. These challenges can result in difficulties managing daily tasks, maintaining relationships, and meeting goals, making it harder for individuals with ADHD to navigate various aspects of their lives.
My approach to ADHD treatment involves a balance of education, psychotherapy, and coaching, depending on each client’s unique needs and goals.
Because ADHD is a lifelong condition, it’s crucial for individuals with ADHD to understand the nature of it, and to figure out how it affects each part of our life. It’s an important foundation of ADHD treatment, because understanding our own brain and experiences allows us to develop our own personalized strategies for success.
Psychotherapy addresses the emotional and psychological issues that can arise from living with ADHD. Because of the stigma, judgment, and negative feedback most of us encounter throughout our lives, many individuals with ADHD carry around intense feelings of shame, anxiety, and self-doubt. In therapy, we can begin to untangle our true selves from these narratives, and learn to treat ourselves with compassion and care.
Coaching is focused on the practical aspects of managing ADHD and mitigating the challenges that can result from it. Coaching helps individuals with ADHD improve overall functioning and carry out the activities of daily life in an organized, structured, and goal-oriented fashion. It involves implementing effective strategies, developing structure, and improving executive functioning.
I embrace neurodiversity, which celebrates the natural variation in human brains and recognizes that conditions like ADHD are not defective, but rather, a different way of experiencing the world. Neurodiversity shifts the focus from “fixing” individuals with ADHD to empowering them to thrive with their unique strengths and challenges.