Therapy can be helpful to people who are experiencing major life transitions or new and stressful life challenges. Therapy can also help people who are finding that their usual coping mechanisms are not working to keep them functioning at their best in work, in relationships or in their personal lives. Therapy can provide a safe and empathic place to talk about what's upsetting you, and to find new ways of responding to your current challenges. Therapy helps people increase their understanding of themselves, their relationships and their patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During therapy sessions you are asked to talk about your current life challenges and your responses to these problems. We will collaboratively seek to understand your established patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating; and seek new ways of more adaptively coping with your life challenges. Sessions last 45 minutes. Therapy is confidential, it is up to you whether you let anyone know that you are in therapy. Usually people come once per week, and progress and goals are regularly discussed. Some people who are in a personal crisis need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about what was talked about in sessions and try out new ways of thinking, relating, and behaving. A client's motivation for a different life and an interest in better self-understanding are the keys to life-enhancing change. For people seeking coaching for AD/HD, goals for targeted, achievable behavioral and lifestyle changes will be set collaboratively at each session, and barriers to achieving these goals will be examined and addressed with positive encouragement.
What can I expect from an AD/HD evaluation?
For people who have been wondering if they might have AD/HD, a two to three session evaluation involves a clinical interview about your personal, academic and work history. A clinical assessment questionnaire is given to you and sometimes to a significant other in your life, and academic records or work evaluations might be reviewed. After this process is completed, the likelihood that you have AD/HD or another diagnosis is discussed with you. At that time, we discuss what you can do to educate yourself about the diagnosis and understand its impact on your life. Treatment options are discussed, which could include group or individual coaching or therapy, and if appropriate, a referral for a trial of medication may be given.