Is ADHD Counseling the right choice?
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counselling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why can’t I just take medication and skip the counseling?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals. Likewise, medication, especially in children is only a short term solution for a potentially life long issue. It’s no different then leaving the training wheels on your child’s bike then one day telling them they must ride without them and not fall…because one day they may not have medication to fall back on. Likewise, medication, especially in children is only a short term solution for a potentially life long issue. It’s no different then leaving the training wheels on your child’s bike then one day telling them they must ride without them and not fall…because one day they may not have medication to fall back on.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counselling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counselling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counselling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of counseling. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Additionally, after most sessions you will be assigned “to-do’s” that will bolster what was discussed in session. Being diligent with this will position you for faster success.
What about Telehealth sessions?
The COVID-19 Pandemic shed light on a large problem in the mental health field: access to services. We recognize that not every town, city, county in Virginia has access to an ADHD specialist. As well, commute time to and from sessions can add up. We are pleased to offer telehealth sessions to many of our clients throughout the state of Virginia. Still unsure if telehealth sessions are right for you? Visit our page all about telehealth and learn more about the process here.