When considering treatment for ADHD, many people believe medication is the only option. While medication is certainly a popular treatment method for ADHD, it is only one part of a larger equation. If you are stuck in a rut with your medication or are looking for an alternative approach, it may be time to consider counseling options for ADHD.
Thinking Outside the Box
Most ADHD medications are stimulants that increase dopamine activity in the brain, since the source of the problem is underactivity in the prefrontal cortex. While medication is regarded as the most effective intervention for ADHD, it does not address every concern. Oftentimes, medication does not reduce disorganization, lack of time management, or difficulties in multi-tasking. For symptoms that are not responsive to medication, it is beneficial to think outside the box of medication treatment. Counseling interventions have proven to be another effective tool for children and adults with ADHD. Not every counseling technique will be appropriate for your needs, so it is important to understand the options.
Understanding Your ADHD Counseling Options
There are numerous counseling techniques that are effective for clients with ADHD. Here is a brief description of the most common counseling interventions:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – A well-known form of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment method for a number of mental and behavioral health concerns. The focus of CBT is to implement strategies that change patterns of thinking and behavior. Certain models of CBT have been developed for individuals with ADHD and focus on developing skills to combat frequent challenges that plague individuals with ADHD, such as procrastination, multi-tasking, and time management.
- Mindfulness Based Therapy – Mindfulness can be described as a state of attention to the present and awareness of one’s thoughts. For those with ADHD, mindfulness can help strengthen concentration by reducing racing thoughts and engaging relaxation. By incorporating mindfulness techniques into the counseling sessions and teaching mindfulness tools, therapists can help clients with ADHD learn to combat behaviors such as distractibility and impulsivity.
- Neurofeedback – Also referred to as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback is a type of therapy that corrects abnormal brain wave patterns by training the brain. Typically, neurofeedback therapy begins with a quantitative EEG scan, allowing the clinician to develop a personalized treatment plan based on the patterns of the brain. Neurofeedback can be a standalone treatment but can also be complementary to other therapy types and implemented within one counseling session. Neurofeedback often involves videogame-like simulations that are controlled by the mind. The client gains points in the simulation when brain activity positively changes, thus training the brain and reducing the deficit.
Ready to Learn More?
If you are currently taking medication for ADHD and feel like some of your symptoms are not improving, it may be time to add counseling to your treatment plan. At LifeStance Health, we can provide you with additional strategies and treatment options. Our therapists will help you identify your strengths and give you more tools to navigate the challenges of ADHD. Give us a call at 630-428-7890 or contact us below to learn more about your options for ADHD counseling.