Counseling and Neurofeedback Treatment for ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD diagnoses can feel lonely. We are here to help you find the right form of treatment to thrive again.
What You Experience
Difficulty Staying on Task
Trouble Tracking Conversations
Low Self Esteem in Social Situations
How Connected Brain Counseling Can Help
Neurofeedback Therapy for ADD/ADHD
Neurofeedback for ADD/ADHD is extensively studied and has some of the highest rates of success compared to other disorders treated with neurofeedback (read more here). By regulating brainwave activity, an individual struggling with symptoms of ADD/ADHD are able to focus, execute tasks, take information in and stay on task more efficiently. This form of treatment is safe, effective and has lasting results with many of our clients choosing to taper off medication or lower dosage with the guidance of their psychiatrist during their treatment program.
Are you interested in learning more about how a Neurofeedback program customized for your ADD/ADHD will work? Check out our page here to learn more about Neurofeedback.
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that can cause difficulty focusing, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and distractibility. ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, but still affects adults.
Adult ADHD may manifest as difficulty paying attention, trouble staying organized, restlessness, lethargy, irritability, lack of motivation, and trouble with executive functioning tasks. It can be difficult to manage adult ADHD because symptoms often overlap with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder.
According to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), Adult ADHD symptoms must be persistent over 5 months in 2+ settings throughout the individuals life. The symptoms must also be showing to have negatively impacted academic, social, and/or occupational functioning (aafp.org). Some, but not all, of the symptoms associated with ADHD are:
• Squirms when seated or fidgets with feet/hands
• Marked restlessness that is difficult to control
• Appears to be driven by “a motor” or is often “on the go”
• Lacks ability to play and engage in leisure activities in a quiet manner
• Incapable of staying seated in class
• Overly talkative Impulsive Symptoms:
• Difficulty waiting turn
• Interrupts or intrudes into conversations and activities of others
• Impulsively blurts out answers before questions completed"
qEEG Brain Mapping for ADD/ADHD
Every Neurofeedback Therapy program starts with a qEEG Brain Map. A Brain Map is a 2 part session consisting of data collection and data review with a licensed clinician. In your first data collection session, you can expect to wear a tightly fitted cap that is lined with 19 electrodes that sit on the surface of the head. Through a series of readings with your eyes open and closed, the electrodes pick up activity that is processed into a 27 page report for you and your clinician to review together.
In your data review session, your clinician will help you understand what parts of the brain are overworking and underworking to create symptoms such as distractibility, trouble with word finding, hyperactivity, brain fog, etc. This information will guide your protocols for a uniquely designed Neurofeedback program customized for your brainwave activity. Read more on qEEG Brain Mapping here.
Individual Counseling for ADD/ADHD
Connected Brain Counseling approaches counseling for individuals with ADD/ADHD with empirically backed modalities that are shown to have high success rates with this particular disorder.
We pull from a blend of CBT and DBT when working with individuals who have an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. You can expect your clinician to guide you through processes associated with noticing thoughts, increasing mindfulness and implementing strategies at home that help you overcome the struggles associated with ADD/ADHD.
Strength Based Approach to Empowering Individuals with ADD/ADHD
Though we find benefit in using a diagnosis as an inforation guide to how to best treat a patient, we encourage our clients to remember that they are not their diagnosis. Often, we find clients are highly attached to diagnoses rather than seeing the strengths that also come with ADD/ADHD. We take a strength based approach to helping clients relate to their ADD/ADHD by offering tools to manage symptoms while also feeling empowered to see it as one piece of their unique structure as an individual
Couples Counseling for a Partner with ADD/ADHD
A unique set of struggles comes along for those who are partnered with someone who has ADD/ADHD. It is not uncommon to feel frustrated with a lack of initiative or decreased levels of intimacy due to distractibility. Connected Brain Counseling takes a unique approach to understanding ADD/ADHD within couples by offering both individuals a glimpse into their neuronal functioning with a qEEG Brain Map. Being able to see the difference in your partner's brain compared to yours, we often find grace and understanding follows. If you're interested in learning more about our Couples Mapping Program, submit a contact form here.
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD
Historically, ADD and ADHD were two different diagnoses. However, the DSM-V has changed the criteria for diagnosis and there is no difference between ADD and ADHD other than ADHD being considered a subtype of ADD. If an individual meets the criteria for ADD plus has symptoms of hyperactivity, they may fit a subtype diagnosis for ADD.
Ready to Get Started?
Schedule a free consultation to see how Connected Brain Counseling can help alleviate your symptoms of ADD/ADHD today.