Counseling is a way to talk with a neutral person about your concerns. A “neutral person” means that I don’t take one side or another – I listen without judgment. Talking to a counselor, like myself, can be especially helpful when you find that friends or family take sides when you talk to them about your concerns.
Counseling is a way to talk with a neutral person about your concerns. A “neutral person” means that I don’t take one side or another – I listen without judgment.
I see clients for counseling either individually or as a couple. My specialty areas are attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. I most often work with young adults and their parents regarding transitioning into college and also living independently. I also work often with adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who would like to be more efficient, productive, and happier at work and home.
I also see children and parents. I believe that parents are an essential part of a child’s counseling visits. I also help parents become more effective, consistent, and happy. Parenting a child with special needs can create a great deal of stress, so I work with parents on practicing good self-care too.
Usually counselors help you by using a blend of different counseling approaches. The two approaches I use most often are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
In research, CBT has been found to be effective in helping reduce ADHD, depression, and anxiety symptoms. Cognitive means how you think. Behavioral means what you do. CBT helps you identify your faulty cognitions and negative self-talk. What you tell yourself makes a big difference in your mood and what you think about yourself and others. You can learn how to gain greater control over your thoughts and self-talk through CBT. In research studies, CBT has been found to be significantly effective in treating ADHD, depression, and anxiety.
In Solution-Focused Counseling, instead of focusing on what is wrong, we focus on what is going well. One of the ideas behind solution-focused therapy is that what you focus on grows. When things get tough, it can be difficult to remember the things that are going well. When do you have fewer panic attacks? Where are you when your ADHD symptoms seem to bother you less? We’ll focus on increasing those times when you are feeling better, and create a plan together for your wellbeing.