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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 (i.e. “Everyone has ADHD today!”, or “When I was a kid, we didn’t call it ADHD - we just called it lazy!). Despite such common misconceptions, ADHD is very real and can have very significant effects on our personal, interpersonal, and occupational functioning. Some of the common difficulties experienced by people with ADHD - this list is not exhaustive - include:

  • 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 we can help

Whether you are looking for help with core ADHD difficulties, the secondary difficulties that come along for the ride with ADHD (i.e. anger, anxiety, depression), or simply looking to do some therapy work with a therapist that understands ADHD we can help. Many of the therapists on our team have additional training and knowledge 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 needs 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 this one! 

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.

Our approach

  • Determining your goals for therapy, followed by discussing treatment options

  • Skills training for ADHD

  • ADHD-informed counseling

  • Making therapy engaging, fun, and interesting

  • Paying attention to common areas of difficulty with ADHD

  • Giving you practical tools you can use right away

Our therapists may use:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Mindfulness Training

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for ADHD (CBT for Adult ADHD)

Note Regarding Assessment and Diagnosis

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide assessments or diagnosis 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!