ADHD Therapy in North Vancouver

Are you struggling to cope with the demands of everyday life?

Do you often feel misunderstood and have a hard time fitting in? Is it difficult for you to maintain relationships or form new ones, because you struggle to understand people and believe they don’t accept you? Does it feel like your professional and personal life have become overwhelming, causing you to procrastinate and withdraw?

Perhaps you feel depressed because of constant thoughts of being a failure or ending up alone in life. Maybe you avoid social settings because you worry about being placed under a microscope. Or maybe you struggle to start a task and definitely struggle to complete one.

Symptoms of ADHD can manifest in many different ways

If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may often experience anxiety, impulsivity, isolation, constant fidgeting, the inability to concentrate on the task at hand, or hypervigilance. Perhaps you are also struggling with feelings of depression, shame, rejection, and frustration.

Living with ADHD can make you feel like you belong on another planet. However, seeking therapy for ADHD can provide you with the opportunity to share your experiences and learn helpful skills that will improve your self-assurance and enhance your daily functioning.

Becoming distracted is easy in today’s fast-paced world

There are so many things happening all at once, and to keep up, we learn to multitask. From time to time, we can lose focus and have to recalibrate to get back on track.

However, for those with ADHD, it isn’t that simple.

Experiencing challenges in daily functioning, like interrupting conversations and displaying reactionary behaviour, can over time affect the quality of life if it is ignored. As humans continue to evolve, we are discovering that many people struggle with various areas of executive functioning. The brain is a complex organ that requires multiple factors to grow and thrive, and ADHD may be a natural representation of this ongoing process.

While ADHD can certainly present challenges, it’s also an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. With proper support and understanding, individuals with ADHD can learn to thrive and reach their full potential.

A highly demanding environment contributes to ADHD

We live in a demanding and rapidly changing environment. This is a major contributor to the development of ADHD.

As humans, we are growing at an unprecedented pace. Our brains are constantly adapting to new goals, technologies, social norms, and cultural changes. We have done more in the last 10 years than we have in the past 100.

While genetics also play a role in the development of ADHD, the environmental factors that contribute to the disorder are becoming increasingly recognized. For example, in school, children diagnosed with ADHD may find it challenging to pay attention in classes, follow instructions, and stay organized. This can lead to misunderstandings and difficulty completing tasks, and even result in bullying, which can further impact their self-esteem and social relationships.

Adults with ADHD may have difficulties balancing their busy lives and, as a result, their relationships are at risk. They may also face employment problems, mental health concerns (anxiety and depression), or even explore substance abuse to “cope” with their symptoms.

Struggling with ADHD might be common, but it does not have to determine how you live your life. Treatment with Boomerang Counselling Center can help you understand your ADHD and will guide you to advocate for yourself and protect you from the words, thoughts, and actions of others that just don’t get you.

ADHD treatment can help you feel seen, heard, and understood

It can be hard to sit down and have a conversation about your ADHD symptoms and how they make life challenging. However, we are devoted to supporting you and helping you understand how you can make the positive aspects of ADHD work for you, all while honouring your individuality.

What to expect in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder therapy sessions

During sessions, you will meet with a gentle therapist who has experience working with ADHD and can help you understand how your brain and body work. They can also guide you to gain perspective regarding your symptoms and show you how to feel more comfortable in your skin while gradually accepting this is something you can live and thrive with.

In addition, ADHD counselling focuses on teaching you helpful skills to manage emotions, impulsivity, and negative self-thought and improving self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept. Skills like emotion regulation strategies, mentalizing, effective boundary setting, and self-awareness have proven to be helpful when managing ADHD symptoms.

Our goal in therapy is to help you understand your ADHD symptoms, and how they currently affect your developing acceptance while actively engaging with the world around you.

ADHD treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Somatic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) and psychoeducation are the most common approaches we use when treating ADHD.

Using CBT for ADHD, our therapists will help you to recognize any negative behaviours that are contributing to your ADHD and work to replace them with more positive ones. We can also teach you to identify your symptoms and walk you through various skills so you can learn to manage them more efficiently. Over the years, we have found our clients respond well to time management skills and coping mechanisms for impulsivity.

Somatic Therapy is used for those who feel deeply affected by living with ADHD. It focuses on a mind and body connection and incorporates techniques such as body awareness, breathwork, and movement. This type of therapy allows you to develop a greater sense of awareness, regulate the nervous system, and have a sense of control over physical and emotional experiences.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be helpful for individuals with ADHD who struggle with emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and difficulty with focus. This approach teaches you to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions without being controlled by them. As mindfulness is a critical component of ACT, you can learn to practice mindfulness techniques to help you stay grounded and present.

ACT can also help you to clarify goals and values that are important to you. By identifying what is most important in your life, you can learn to prioritize your time and energy in a way that supports your goals and to accept that you can live a meaningful life despite the challenges ADHD presents.

Executive Functioning Counselling combines therapeutic support for the impact of living with ADHD, and coaching/guidance on executive functioning skills including improved working memory, flexible thinking, self-control, focus, following directions and regulating emotions.

Lastly, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has proven to help teach distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. This allows you to manage emotions, improve your relationships with others, and reduce conflict.

By practicing all the skills you learned during sessions, you can adapt and adjust to living a more positive, confident life that is not governed by ADHD.

Perhaps you still have questions about ADHD therapy…

You won’t understand me. I have been misunderstood most of my life.

Our compassionate clinicians are keenly interested in who you are and what you have experienced. We want to meet your needs and make you feel comfortable. Our goal is for you to feel heard and seen. That is why we will take the time to listen to you and to get to know you and your unique individuality.

Do your clinicians truly understand what it means to live with ADHD?

We have highly qualified staff with training and experience with ADHD, including therapists who are parents of children with ADHD and two staff members who were/are teachers. Wel know the ins and outs of ADHD/ADD and are here to help you understand yourself and your ADHD. With our guidance, you can move toward feeling better about yourself and being comfortable in your skin and with your life.

What can ADHD counselling really do for me?

Counselling cannot take away ADHD. But it can help you understand your symptoms, how it manifests, and how to accept yourself for who you are. It will also allow you to find your strengths and establish a new way to define your worth based on your strengths instead of what society/culture says you have to be.

You can learn to live a healthy, confident life

Living with ADHD does not have to be restrictive. If constant isolation, shame, and impulsivity prevent you from living the way you desire, therapy with Boomerang Counselling Center offers you the opportunity to take life by the reins and effectively manage your ADHD symptoms.

To get started, please book a free, 20-minute consultation or call us at (778) 836-4772 for more details.

Therapists specializing in ADHD

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Stefanie Stanley, MA, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor

mental health counselor near me

Brandys Evans, MA, RCC

REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR

Kristin Sickavish, M. Ed.

MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY INTERN COUNSELLOR

Cristina Higgins, MEd, RCC

REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR

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Specialties

We specialize in a variety of neurodiversity, behavioural, anxiety, attention, learning, social, and emotional problems. We also provide family support through parent coaching, counselling, and reunification.