ADHD Counseling & Coaching
Has Daily Living With Adult ADHD Been A Challenge for You?
Have you experienced some of the following problems:
lack of focus,
chronic messiness and losing things,
difficulty keeping up with tasks,
difficulty being still?
Perhaps you were diagnosed with ADHD as a child. Have you been assessed more recently? Or are you someone who has never been diagnosed but have strong suspicions that you have ADHD?
You may feel frustrated with your ability to complete tasks at home and/or at work. Or you may have had a falling out with a loved one as a result of your inattention or impulsivity.
You may feel frustrated when it seems others around you have everything figured out. Maybe your boss just warned you that you are underperforming when you thought you were doing well. Perhaps you’ve been criticized by a concerned friend or partner concerning ADHD-related behaviors. You may have had a falling-out with a loved one as a result of your inattention or impulsivity. Perhaps you have entered a new relationship or job only to realize that the coping mechanisms you learned are no longer effective, and that you need to master new behaviors. If you are living with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disorder, you might be struggling despite any strategies you've been taught or acquired on your own. It's possible you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start.
Do you want to learn better time management and interpersonal skills? Would you like to change unhealthy coping patterns, and be able to get ahead in work and in life?
Many People Live With ADHD
ADHD is neurobiological in origin, not a character defect. It does not discriminate—anyone can have ADHD. ADHD can, however, make several things more difficult. And, while many coping strategies may have worked for you as a child, they may not be as effective for you as an adult. Some areas of adult life that are difficult with ADHD include:
Avoiding unhealthy coping behaviors, such as drinking or substance use
You may feel like life is overwhelming and difficult, or you may be frustrated by repeatedly trying to improve and then backsliding.
You are not to blame for your ADHD. In fact, many others experience the same issues.
About 4.4 percent of the adult population has ADHD. In fact, less than 20 percent of adults with ADHD have been diagnosed or treated. However, there are many people who have lived with ADHD and made it work for them. Many of them have remarkable success stories.
While ADHD can make it difficult to focus and may negatively impact relationships, there are also many positive traits associated with the ADHD brain. People living with it are often:
Imaginative and great problem-solvers
Curious about how things work
Full of energy
Flexible with challenges and sudden changes in plan
And a lot of fun!
Our society is often structured to support non-ADHD thinking patterns. While the ADHD brain has a lot of positives, it can be difficult to find a way to let them shine. Thankfully, counseling can provide ways to manage your ADHD and really put those benefits to use.
ADHD Counseling Can Help You Look At Your (Amazing) Brain In A Different Way
Our aim as Adult ADHD counselors is to help you identify and work with the gifts that you have. We will work with you to get a sense of your daily routine. We’ll help you by figuring out what is working for you and what’s working against you.
Counseling can also help with the emotional impact of living with ADHD in a world that sometimes doesn’t understand your unique way of thinking. Our approach to counseling for ADHD involves offering practical solutions to everyday challenges. For example, if you are struggling to keep up with tasks, we’ll offer coping strategies you can use immediately and discuss what emotional hurdles might be getting in the way.
With our structured approach to ADHD coaching and counseling, we keep you on track, help you reduce polar thinking, and break things down in a manageable way to ease your sense of feeling overwhelmed.
We focus on improving ADHD symptoms with counseling—and for many clients, recognizing symptoms and understanding how to respond is enough to manage impulsivity and inattention. Some clients benefit from the addition of medication. If this is something you want to consider, we can refer you for a medication consultation. Most importantly, we will always focus on your unique situation so that we can provide service tailored to your needs.
You may be interested in ADHD counseling, but are still hesitant.
I was told that ADHD can go away. Could I really still have ADHD as an adult?
ADHD is a lifelong condition. Many adults have learned coping mechanisms to manage symptoms, but changing personal and professional roles, relationships, and stressors can cause ADHD to look and feel different from when you lived with it when you were a child. Our coaching strategies help address the unique and varying ways adult ADHD presents itself. We tailor our approach to your individual needs.
If I have had ADHD all my life, I'm pretty much stuck with it, right?
Yes, ADHD is something that you live with throughout your lifetime. It is entirely possible, however, that with our ADHD therapy strategies you can not only maximize the positives associated with ADHD, but reduce the more problematic traits.
I already struggle with time management. Who has years to dedicate to ADHD treatment?
Our approach is targeted and goal-driven, so we will strive to devote sessions to achieve tangible results. Improvements happen gradually, but we will aim to help you to create a positive, directed change that you can recognize in your own life.
You Can Meet Your Goals and Feel In Control of Your Life
If you're living with ADHD, the Adult ADHD Center of Washington can help you find a way forward with a comprehensive treatment plan. Please call 202-232-3766 or email adultADHDcenter@gmail.com to schedule a consultation or assessment.