If you’ve recently been diagnosed with ADHD, or find that your coping skills are not working effectively, you might choose to pursue counseling to learn how to manage your symptoms. Yet, even if you know that seeking professional help is the right decision for you, you may still feel uncertain about pursuing counseling.
You’re taking a step in the right direction, and it’s to be expected that you might have questions.
Having a general idea of what you’ll be working on can help you feel more confident.
Here are a few things you can expect when you begin ADHD counseling or coaching.
1. Strategies For Making Plans
You may find planning difficult and frustrating. A counselor can help you arrange your schedule in a way that is effective for you. They can also show you how to prioritize time for your responsibilities as well as your hobbies and interests.
In addition, your counselor or coach can guide you in implementing strategies that support you in making solid plans, committing to them, and executing them well. Learning how to follow through on your commitments is an important part of ADHD counseling.
2. Developing Organizational Skills
Whether you struggle to keep your home organized, frequently lose track of important information, or often forget about tasks on your to-do list, disorganization is a common frustration for people with ADHD. Maybe you’ve even given up on writing things down in a planner because you rarely refer to it or get things done.
A counselor will encourage you to find methods to help you stay organized. These methods vary from person to person. Your counselor can work with you to create an individualized approach. At any point that your methods prove unhelpful, they can be adjusted or reworked.
3. Reducing Impulsivity
Impulsivity is a hallmark symptom of ADHD and it can be tough to overcome. Sometimes, your impulsive nature makes you the life of the party. Other times, impulsive decisions can throw everything into a tailspin. Resulting feelings of being overwhelmed and discouraged are common, leaving you with no idea of how to dig yourself out of the mess.
An ADHD counselor can help you recognize and understand where your impulsive urges come from. You will also learn how to curb the desire to ignore your commitments, shift gears, or engage in risky behavior at a moment’s notice.
4. Managing Symptoms At Work And School
Many people begin to suspect that they may have ADHD when they start having difficulties at work or in school. Perhaps you feel ashamed that you’ve fallen behind your classmates. Maybe you worry that you’re letting your coworkers down.
An ADHD counselor can help you succeed in these situations. Together you can find ways to implement tools and improve your performance. With effective treatment, many people with ADHD go on to be very successful in their fields.
5. Counseling With Others
ADHD can affect your relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners. Our counselors offer couples or group counseling. Group counseling can help you feel understood and identify strategies alongside others who have similar experiences.
Your counselor can provide you with the tools and guidance needed to heal relationships negatively affected by your ADHD symptoms.