ADD/ADHD Therapy & Coaching
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Executive Function Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are often very misunderstood. We are just starting to learn more about neuro divergence, which can include attention anomalies. Because they are still so misunderstood, they can often go undiagnosed. People can have symptoms of these "disorders" and not recognize them or not have others immediately recognize them. Because we are learning more and more about neuro divergence, we see an increasing number of diagnoses. Some believe that attention deficits are over diagnosed. I believe that they have always been a part of our lives and that we are just now beginning to recognize the signs. I also believe that our incredibly fast-paced environment brings these qualities out in people. Current research seems to support the genetic predisposition for attention deficits, being passed from parent to child. And, our society is teaching us only to pay very short attention to things, if any attention is paid at all.
People with Attention Deficit or other Executive Function Disorders (which are all very closely related) often suffer from highly impactful emotional and psychological distress. Struggling to keep up with others at school or work can destroy self esteem. Being asked to (or forced to) sit still, in one location, for hours on end is difficult for everyone and even more challenging for those whose minds and bodies are not designed to do so. I tell my clients with ADD or ADHD that they are like a Lamborghini sitting in rush-hour traffic on the freeway. Powered to move very quickly but forced to move at a snail's pace.
Folks, young and old, come to me because I don’t see these qualities as a "disorder" but rather as a difference. I work with them to help them to build self esteem and to recognize their unique talents and qualities. The millions of successful people with executive function differences thrive because they have learned how to adapt to the environment they wish to be in or have found an environment that suits them. We work together to develop strategies to get you where you want to be.
Therapy or Coaching?
I believe that some combination of both is best. Neurodivergent people often can benefit from therapy to help them build self esteem, learn that they are not "a problem," and better understand why they may struggle. Therapy can also help them better relate to others, especially life partners, family, friends, and coworkers who may not quite understand them. Coaching-like work helps to devise specific strategies to bring success. We work to create processes and systems that help to navigate the day-to-day obstacles that people with ADD or ADHD face. Call me today to discuss a plan designed to help you to optimize your productivity and enjoyment of daily living.