Therapy for ADHD in California

ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a challenge that people often seek therapy for. Although ADHD has a bad reputation, people who have this neurodivergence are often very creative, smart, funny and ‘outside of the box’ thinkers.

Even though there are advantages, there are challenges that therapy can help with. ADHD can make it difficult for people to begin a project that seems overwhelming or finish a project that becomes boring. At times they can hyperfocus but other times they struggle with focus on even basic things. Being impulsive can also be a challenge for people as is the ability to regulate one’s emotions.

Everyone is different and ADHD does not present with all the same symptoms for everyone and as a result, therapy needs to be tailored to each individual. It is important to find a therapist who has training and experience treating people with these symptoms to achieve the best outcome.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodivergent disorder that has symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity at its core.

Similar to children with ADHD, adults struggle with maintaining focus, organization, managing time, controlling impulses and regulating emotions. It is difficult to know the exact prevalence of adults with ADHD as many people go undiagnosed.

Like most mental health issues, there is a continuum of symptoms which results in a large number of people not being aware that the symptoms they struggle with are actually ADHD, not laziness, not being smart, being rude, or any other negative characteristic they think they possess.

Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD can be divided into two main categories: hyperactive and inattentive.

Hyperactive symptoms include: excessive fidgeting, restlessness, impulsivity, difficulty staying seated, and difficulty focusing. 

People with this type of ADHD may also talk excessively and have trouble waiting to speak. This can impact people at work during meetings when they are forced to wait before speaking. It can also impact relationships, potentially creating an environment in which friends or partners do not feel heard due to being interrupted.

Inattentive symptoms include: difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, disorganization, and trouble following directions.

People who struggle with this disorder may also have a tendency to lose things easily and struggle with completing tasks. It is very common for people to have some variety of symptoms from both categories.

How Can Therapy for ADHD Help?

Therapy can help adults with many ADHD symptoms by:
  • developing coping strategies
  • improving time management skills
  • working on emotional regulation
  • helping with social and communication skills
These are just a few among other coping skills to improve overall functioning. Often there are other mental health issues that people with ADHD struggle with, such as anxiety, depression, and avoidance to name a few. Therapy can be very helpful in addressing those co-occurring issues as well.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT can be effective to develop strategies to not feel overwhelmed, improve time management, organizational skills, social/interpersonal communication improvements, emotional regulation, etc.  Many people who have grown up with ADHD feel shame and have a plethora of negative self-talk. Therapy can help improve self image by addressing the source of the issues and improving skills.

How Can Untreated ADHD Affect Your Life?

Untreated ADHD can have a significant impact on various aspects of a person’s life.
  • Work performance may be a struggle due to issues with maintaining focus, staying organized, meeting deadlines and prioritizing effectively.
  • Relationships can also be impacted by ADHD symptoms. Impulsivity, forgetfulness and emotional dysregulation can lead to conflict and misunderstandings.
  • Finances can be a challenge as a result of poor planning and prioritizing impulse control issues.
By addressing these challenges, life can be much better but when symptoms go unchecked, other mental health issues can become an issue.

Support for Partners of People with ADHD

Therapy can be incredibly beneficial for partners of people with ADHD as spending a lot of time around someone with these challenges can be frustrating. It can feel as if the person with ADHD has control over their symptoms when in fact they don’t without a good deal of work. In these relationships there can be communication difficulties, misunderstandings, and feelings of frustration or resentment.

Therapy can help partners better understand ADHD and its impact on their relationship, as well as provide coping strategies and communication techniques to improve their connection.  Therapy can provide a safe space for partners to express their feelings, concerns, and frustrations, and work through issues that result from being in a relationship with someone who has these struggles.

Although there are some challenges, people with ADHD can also be a lot of fun, creative, funny and passionate so it can be very rewarding with a little hard work.

What to Expect from ADHD Therapy with Me?

My first priority when working with people is to help them feel supported and realize they have many coping skills they are already using to get them to adulthood.

I help people learn what their strengths are and together we can identify areas that need improvement and utilize strengths to manage symptoms.

I have been working with people in private practice for over 25 years and I have spent time developing skills and training to help people reach their goals and improve their lives.