Perhaps you have been wondering about managing your emotions and impulsivity and how you can effectively deal with these symptoms of ADHD. More and more research has demonstrated the essential role of Mindfulness to help clients with ADHD “Anchor their Attention.” ADHD symptoms tend to throw the mind out of balance. A 1-minute mindfulness practice helped settle my ADHD-throttled mind.
As unlikely as it might sound, mindfulness strategies can be highly effective in helping people live successfully with ADHD. While most people with ADHD think meditation is impossible for someone with such a busy and disorganized mind, this is actually the reason it is so beneficial. Using specially modified exercises designed for people with ADHD, complete stillness or the ability to “empty your mind” is not required. Although medication treatment is effective for many individuals with ADHD, including adolescents adults, there remains an understandable need to explore and develop skills that can complement or even substitute for medication.
Mindfulness strategies are not new practices, but we are making them more accessible to people with difficulty sustaining attention.” Dr. Lidia Zylowska
Mindfulness Awareness Practices (MAPs) for ADHD is an eight-week class. This program provides an overview of the comprehensive causes and treatments for ADHD as well as a review of the neuroscience behind it all, including mindfulness-based interventions. The class also educates about the effects ADHD has on people and their executive function skills such as daily life management. Throughout every one of these classes, participants are also given guided mindful exercises in order to help them with concentration as that can be difficult for those with ADHD or anyone new to meditation!
Mindfulness sounds simple, but most people go through life with a tunnel vision-like experience. We generally tune out to our actual experiences and get distracted by thoughts of those occurrences. Most of us are so conditioned to engage with our thoughts rather than the present moment that we can easily lose sight of what is happening right in front of us.
We’ll work together to help you overcome the feelings of overwhelm and emotional distress, while simultaneously working on executive functions (organizing, planning, problem-solving) to help you boost your confidently in relationships, life, and your work.
I strongly believe that no one should be pressured to decide whether or not they want to work with a therapist before meeting them. I will see you (and your child) at no charge to make sure we are a good fit for each other. Every therapist works in their own unique way so I want you to be certain you feel comfortable with the way I work. The initial meeting is not a therapy session; it’s designed to be low-key and low-pressure with no “hard sell” at the end.