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Neurodiverse (ADHD)  Therapy

Comprehensive Approach to ADHD Support

We believe in a comprehensive approach to treatment of ADHD. This includes:

 

Treatment for ADHD is unique for every one of our clients. Some individuals respond better to some approaches than others. Our clinicians will support you as you navigate your journey to becoming your best self. 

Cognitive Behavioral 
Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is designed to:

 

  • change these negative patterns of thinking, and
     

  • change the way a patient feels about one's self, abilities, and future.

At the foundation of CBT is the concept of cognitive restructuring. Simply put, this is the recognition that cognitions (thoughts) can lead to emotional difficulties. Automatic thoughts are spontaneous interpretations of events. These thoughts appear without our immediate awareness but can come to light if we pause and consider what we are thinking.

Unfortunately, our thoughts are susceptible to distortion, such as unfounded assumptions about yourself (or others), a situation, or the future. Such unhealthy internal dialogs hinder our ability to work toward an intended goal. Instead, they tend to lead to confused and frustrating thoughts and feelings. CBT helps you recognize the distortions and use your mind to reframe how you think and act.

How Does CBT Help People with ADHD?
 

There are two main ways that CBT helps adults with ADHD.

1. Enhance Executive Function

CBT has been specifically tailored for adults with ADHD in order to help adults overcome difficulties in everyday executive functions. This usually takes the form of:

  • effective manage time,

  • organize and plan in the short term and the long term,

  • enhance emotional self-regulation and impulse control, and 

  • stress management.

2. Treat Anxiety and Depression

Furthermore, because ADHD extracts a daily toll on life, those with ADHD are more likely to also suffer from anxiety (51% of those with ADHD also had anxiety) and depressive disorders (32% of those with ADHD also had depression).  Since CBT is also very effective for these disorders, we integrate treatment of anxiety and depression into our overall approach.

CBT and Medication

We believe that CBT and medication can work hand-in-hand and reinforce each other...
 

  • Medication helps to control the core symptoms of distractibility, short attention span and impulsivity.
     

  • CBT helps build the habits and skills needed for executive self-management and improves emotional and interpersonal self-regulation.

Mindfulness

The main tenants of Mindfulness include:

 

  • the practice of staying in the present moment, and

  • holding a non-judgmental attitude.

 

As mindfulness helps you become aware of your emotional triggers and responses, you will feel more in control, giving you the freedom to respond intentionally and skillfully.

How does someone with ADHD practice Mindfulness?!

Due to their challenges in attention and being still, Mindfulness practices must be modified for those with ADHD.

 

Some examples of such modifications include:

 

  • shorter stillness sessions,

  • frequent intervals between movement and stillness,

  • practicing mindfulness while they engage with every day activities such as making your bed and eating,

  • integrating mindfulness into enjoyable activities - hiking, biking, singing or playing a game, 

  • use of visual aids and art (such as paint a picture of a blue sky to represent the clarity of awareness)

  • use movement activities, such as yoga or specific breathing exercises, to calm the nervous system in the body, and

  • teach a practice of a body scan during physical activities.

Nutrition, Sleep & Medications

Nutrition and Sleep

We know that many of clients struggle with sleep (mostly trouble falling asleep) and with an unbalanced diet. There is a mounting body of evidence that nutrition and sleep are essential to a comprehensive treatment plan for ADHD.

 

We do not adhere to any specific plan (such as the Feingold Diet); however, we work closely with your team of medical professionals to provide the EMOTIONAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL support that you need to follow whatever approach fits best for you. 

Medications

Medications are often an essential component of your ADHD treatment. 

Unfortunately, they do not work the same way on all people with ADHD. Your doctor will work together with you to determine which medication is right for you. Over time, you will figure out the ideal dose and schedule to take your meds. It usually takes a few months to find the best combination for you.

 

Your medication will typically fall into one of the following categories:

  • Stimulants.

    • Focus your thoughts and ignore distractions.

    • Stimulants work for 70% to 80% of people.

    • Treat moderate and severe ADHD.

    • They may be helpful for children, teens, and adults who have a hard time at school, work, or home.
       

  • Non-stimulants. 

    • In cases where stimulants don’t work or cause unpleasant side effects, non-stimulants might help.

    • These medications can improve symptoms like concentration and impulse control.
       

  • Antidepressants. 

    • You may also be given an anti-depressant if you are also struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.