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Counseling for Adults and Professionals

May 27th, 2010 by Markus Lefkovits

A lot of people ask me: How does ADHD “counseling” differ from ADHD “coaching”?

COACHING: My job as your ADHD coach is to introduce you to new techniques and strategies for improving the way you get things done. If you have recently been diagnosed with ADHD, coaching can introduce you to specific ways to manage your life and work — strategies and techniques that can help you manage your time, set and meet goals, organize tasks, and complete projects.

COUNSELING: When we meet for counseling, it’s a different experience. My job as your counselor is to help you explore your emotions.

With ADHD Adults, I practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) — because it’s been proven to work the fastest. It is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It’s about controlling the way we think. 

Even though everyone is different, counseling adults with ADHD generally involves addressing depression or anxiety. Sometimes, sad events happen. We may get depressed, and then grow out of that depression as life progresses and the happy gets mixed in with the sad.

People with ADHD might not get to this point; they might get stuck. What sustains a depressed state is when focus is strictly on the sad stuff. Things appear “black or white”. Life is “good or bad”. Adults with ADHD may not know how to see the other side.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think, to feel and to act better even if the situation does not change.”

Quote from NACBT article

For more information about CBT, you can read this article from the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. And for more information about ADHD Coaching, you can read my blog post.

Ultimately, I’d like to talk with you about YOU.

So give me a call at 206-329-7100 and we can discuss how and why counseling could help you feel better, sooner than later. Or email me at markus@shineyourstrengths.com

Markus

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