Is there hope for my child with ADHD?
ADHD, while more and more common, is not a hopeless diagnosis. Many adults are successfully living with ADHD. Success comes from learning how to manage living with ADHD and how to accommodate for the challenges of ADHD. Through support, perseverance and persistence children with ADHD can grow to become successful adults living with ADHD.
How long does it take to help my child?
Children with ADHD face many challenges, particularly in school. It takes time to help a child with ADHD overcome these challenges. I can’t tell you how long it will take for your child but I can tell you that your child will develop and improve over time. ADHD does not go away at a certain age, nor does it miraculously disappear overnight. With patient support and persistence your child will progress and improve.
What is my role in helping my child?
You play a key role in helping your child to successfully live with ADHD. I will work with your child once a week, while you are there every day. I will educate and assist you in how to provide support for your child on a daily basis. Together we will create systems to support daily living and academic tasks. Life will not only improve for your child, but also for you as well.
What is the level of family involvement?
It’s best for the entire family to be involved with supporting your child, I will contact you once per week by either phone or email to check in on your child’s progress and pass on pertinent information. You may contact me at any time during the week with questions or concerns. Sometimes we will all meet to discuss problem areas and/or to create support plans.
How can counseling help me and/or my child?
A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling Counselors can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Why do people go to counseling and how do I know if it is right for me and/or my family?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is counseling like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).