Shlomo Radcliffe & Associates — Trusted ADHD Therapist in Toronto
Your Support for Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental psychiatric condition that affects many adults, teens, and children in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. While ADHD is a widely known condition, it is also a highly misunderstood one; many people downplay the seriousness of its symptoms or life effects, and some people may even believe the condition does not exist. Despite such common misconceptions, ADHD is very real and can have very significant effects on our personal, interpersonal, and occupational lives. While not exhaustive, below is a list of some of the common difficulties experienced by people with ADHD:
Difficulties with attention regulation (i.e. deciding where your attention should go or keeping your attention on what you need to)
Chronic lateness and perpetual time management difficulties — often leading to work or relationship difficulties
Impulsivity, which can affect and impair all areas of life including financial well-being, interpersonal relationships, and health behaviours
Challenges with listening to others or following instructions — often leading to criticism and setting the stage for arguments and conflict
Managing emotions, including anger, anxiety, and feelings of rejection
Following through on commitments and maintaining consistency in their behaviours
Common Areas of Challenge
Many individuals with ADHD also experience significant difficulties with anxiety and anger, especially if they’ve had the experience of living undiagnosed for a long period of time. It’s not surprising that anxiety develops for individuals that have had a long track record of making mistakes, being judged, accused of not trying hard enough, or told that they are failing to reach their potential. Similarly, it might be expected that these experiences would bring up feelings of anger and resentment, augmented too by the inherent impulse-control and emotion regulation issues that come along with ADHD
How to Diagnose ADHD?
It can be difficult to diagnose ADHD since every experience with ADHD is unique. The first step to determining whether you or your kid has ADHD is to consult a healthcare professional, either a primary physician or a mental health specialist, to determine whether the symptoms match the classification. Today, there are many ways to get assessed for ADHD, including in-depth psychological assessments and shorter, but easy to access online ADHD assessments.
How to Treat ADHD?
Treating ADHD may involve a variety of approaches. Medication and non-medication treatments, are widely available. At Shlomo Radcliffe & Associates, our team of trained and registered mental health professionals can provide you with psychotherapy and skills training to help you achieve and experience results. Whether you are seeking skills to help you maximize the benefit of ADHD medication, or simply interested in psychotherapeutic support and ADHD-informed psychotherapy we can help.
How Our ADHD Specialist in Toronto can help
Whether you are looking for help with core ADHD difficulties, the secondary difficulties (e.g. anger, anxiety, depression) or simply looking to do some therapy work with a therapist that understands ADHD, we can help. We have therapists on our team that have additional training and experience in working with people with ADHD. Some of us even have ADHD ourselves. Meaning, we understand the unique issues that ADHD brings into life and provide counselling that considers the ADHD context and how sessions, home practice, and psychotherapy as a whole need to be adapted to best help you, however, ADHD has influenced your life. If you’re looking for help with ADHD or ADHD-informed psychotherapy we can help. Send us a message and we’ll set up an intake call with an appropriate therapist for you. We’re pretty passionate about helping people with ADHD! We offer in-person sessions in Toronto and remote sessions for anyone in Ontario.
Other forms of aid
Medication can play a very helpful and important role in managing and reducing some of the core ADHD symptoms. However, medication - even when effective - may not address all aspects of the condition. Psychosocial approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for ADHD can also play a very helpful role in addressing primary ADHD symptoms related to inattentiveness or hyperactivity.
Determining your goals for therapy, followed by discussing treatment options
Skills training for ADHD
Making therapy engaging, fun, and interesting
Paying attention to common areas of difficulty with ADHD
Giving you practical tools you can use right away
Note Regarding Assessment and Diagnosis
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide assessments or diagnoses for ADHD. If this is what you are specifically looking for, you can reach out to your family doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist who can provide this service (some family doctors may also provide assessments themselves). If you’re interested in psychotherapy and also considering an assessment, we’ll certainly do our best to help connect you with appropriate resources for this as well!
Visit Our Toronto ADHD Clinic
ADHD can become a problem when symptoms start to affect your ability to perform in social, academic, or professional settings. A detailed, age-appropriate evaluation is necessary. Don’t let ADHD limit you. Let Shlomo Radcliffe & Associates help you tap into your inner strength and realize your full potential. We are a trusted ADHD clinic in Toronto, and we’re here to help!
Call us at (289) 801-4133 to schedule a free consultation with one of our therapists and learn more about our approach. If you live in Toronto, you may come in for an in-person session. We also deliver our sessions virtually to anyone in Ontario.