Those with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder have unique challenges that go beyond what traditional therapy provides. You might struggle with paying attention, keeping organized, feeling restless, feeling overwhelmed, feeling as though you are missing something, and maybe feeling like you’re never good enough.
Aside from this, you might also have difficulty slowing your mind down, and may feel sad, depressed, angry or misunderstood. You may have difficulty understanding or naming your feelings or recognizing other’s feelings. You can be anxious because you find even small tasks overwhelming. You try hard to meet others’ expectations and often are told to try harder, or that you are doing things wrong, or you need to pay attention.
Living with ADHD can be tough, but it can also be rewarding. Those who have ADHD are often very intelligent, are creative in nature, have a great sense of humor and feel emotions more intensely than those without.
According to Dr. Thomas Brown, Author, Researcher and Leading Expert in ADHD, ADHD is a “complex syndrome of developmental impairments of executive function, the self-management system of the brain, a system of mostly unconscious operations. These impairments are situationally variable and significantly interfere with functioning in many aspects of the person’s daily life.”
ADHD impacts the frontal lobe of the brain that is responsible for executive functions:
Inattentive Type ADHD: People with inattentive type struggle primarily with getting started on tasks, staying organized, staying on-task, forgetfulness, loss of time, difficulty managing emotions, zoning out.
Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD: People with this type tend to predominately feel more energy in their body, experience restlessness and the need to be “on the go”; having difficulty sitting or standing still and with waiting. Often they may say or do things impulsively or blurt out answers or interrupt others in conversation.
Combined Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD: A combination of both types with equal presentation of each.
Our clinicians have advanced training in working with ADHD and other neurodivergent learning presentations. We see each person uniquely and our goal is to further understand your challenges and strengths to help highlight your strengths in return, helping to overcome and work through challenges.
ADHD Therapy and Counseling looks at not just the challenges in day-to-day living, but also, the deeper impacts ADHD and neurodivergence have on one’s self-esteem, relationships, communication, understanding of the world, and more.
We go beyond identifying tips and tricks to help you understand how your brain works with ADHD. We all have unique brains, with or without ADHD, and learning how your brain works will provide you with the ultimate guide to making changes in your life.
Our focus is on learning to live with ADHD and your unique brain, rather than trying to change how you work or who you are. We help you come to learn how you work best, accept that you are enough and that ADHD is part of your life; who you are and how you work. Not something to be fixed or dismissed or overcome.
We help those with ADHD and other neurodivergent profiles write their story; understand the impacts and make changes in their life based on their unique brain.
Neurodivergence refers to variations from “the norm” in development of sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. At Denver Metro Counseling, we recognize that everyone’s brains function in beautiful ways and sometimes challenges related to neurodivergence are overlooked by other professionals who do not understand this difference.
the term “neurodivergent” is applied to those with ADHD, Autism spectrum, dyslexia, as well as dissociation, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s and anything labeled as “outside the norm” for society including mental illnesses. Basically, a lot of people identify as neurodivergent and we honor that while also believing what’s considered normal, might not be so.
In order to embrace these awesome qualities, it helps to learn how to tackle all your needs. Your clinician will help you understand and manage your emotions, learn how to complete tasks and organize your life in a way that works for you, recognize how ADHD and messages from others impacts your self-esteem, and learn to take charge of your life.
To learn whether ADHD therapy could be helpful for you, we encourage you to schedule a free 20-minute consultation with one of our clinicians. During this consultation, you can learn more about our approach to supporting people with ADHD.
ADHD Coaching is different from therapy as sessions are focused on goal setting, accountability, and action. Meetings are very focused on creating a plan for the week based on your desired overall goal, such as planning an upcoming event, cleaning up an area of your living or working space, organization, studying, preparing for an assignment or work deadline, or additional needs. In addition to therapy, coaching can be an effective and supportive means to making greater improvements in your life.
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