ADHD Counselling

Do you feel like your brain is either going way too fast or way too slow?
Maybe traditional psychotherapy settings have been too boring, or have felt scattered and disjointed?


When you are neurodivergent, and when you specifically align with the diagnosis of “Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder” it can feel like traditional therapy just isn’t as helpful as it feels like it should be.

I am also neurodivergent (I was diagnosed with ADHD in my early twenties), so I try my best to utilize my lived experience, while honoring your unique experience, in our sessions. I’m usually pretty good at keeping up with other neurodivergent brains, and I always strive to be as accommodating as possible.

ADHD counselling sessions can be different from typical psychotherapy sessions. One session might involve figuring out how in the world to get that laundry done,  while another might involve processing ableist beliefs which stem from childhood. To hear me talk about ADHD and art therapy, feel free to listen to my interview on the Hypersensitive Podcast.

What is ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit hyperactivity Disorder) is the label used to describe a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects many children and adults across the world. Recent research shows that 8 to 10% of school aged children suffer from ADHD (Harstad & Levy, 2014; Lee et al., 2011), making the estimated prevalence in adults at about 4 to 5%,.

VAST is a term that is more neurodivergent friendly and stands for Variable Attention Stimulus Trait. This can be substituted for  the term ADHD if it feels right for you!  For more information on why the term “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” is problematic, check out Dr. Hallowell’s thoughts on his podcast: The Future of ADHD is VAST 

To me, ADHD is a divergence from the norm in regards to brain function, and is also a disability. Different people will need different supports, and different people will have more or less severe symptoms. I believe that ADHDers have a ton to offer the world, but that the world (which is not built for ADHD brains) often has unrealistic expectations of ADHD brains.

Here is a very short list of things that people affected by ADHD often experience:

  • Losing/misplacing things
    Looks like: losing your keys, your phone, the remote, your essay, your last D20, that important work document…
  • Impulsiveness
    Looks like: Spending money without thinking, buyers remorse, going home with a stranger, quitting your job suddenly, over-booking yourself because everything sounded so fun at the time, saying something you wish hadn’t.
  • Poor time management
    Looks like: always being a bit late, forgetting multiple appointments, always being early, time anxiety, not being able to estimate how long something will take. 
  • Rejection Sensitivity 
    Looks like: People pleasing, perfectionism, feeling lonely, never feeling good enough, feeling like you have to prove yourself all the time, fear of losing friends, fear of being alone.
  • Inattentiveness
    Looks like: Not remembering what you just read, feeling lost in conversations, starting to work on something only to have your focus drift to something else, day dreaming, forgetting what you are talking about mid-sentence.
  • Hyper-focus
    Looks like: You are in the zone, there is flow, everything is tuned into one thing that is incredibly interesting and you must know everything about it NOW. I like to call this one of the superpowers of ADHD as it can be incredibly useful; however, it can be destructive as well (if you are hyper-focusing on drawing something you might not get any work done).
  • Hyperactivity:
    Looks like: Not being able to sit still, needing to tap your foot or fingers, fidgeting, excessive talking, restless legs, fidgety toes/fingers.
  • Hyper-sensitivity:
    Looks like: Being sensitive to certain types of fabric in clothing, being sensitive to different scents, being very aware of loud noises, being very sensitivity to light and to color.

What can I do?

Having an ADHD brain can be difficult, and it can also be pretty great. In order to help your brain work within the confines of this society (which is often not very ADHD friendly) it’s important to understand what you as an individual need in order to be successful. Helping your brain includes getting to know yourself, getting to know more about being neurodivergent, learning about masking, maybe counselling and/or coaching sessions, and maybe working with a psychiatrist to find the right support via medication (or your naturopath/holistic coach if you are taking supplements or other herbal remedies).

As a neurodivergent woman diagnosed with ADHD I empathize with some of the struggles that come with having an ADHD brain. Through my own work in counselling, experimenting with different medications (under the guidance of a doctor), and learning different lifestyle practices I have come to learn ways to celebrate my brain, to laugh at my mistakes, and to honor my unique journey in this life. It is my hope that the clients I work with also get to this place, and I do whatever I can to help facilitate them getting there.

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Rates

Individual online ADHD counselling sessions are offered at a rate of:

$165/ 50 minutes (Including GST)
$264/80 minutes. (Including GST)

Sessions may go over by 10 minutes so it is recommended you take that into consideration when scheduling. Please note that all prices are set in Canadian dollars.

If you are interested in ADHD counselling I would be happy to discuss how we might work together
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