ADHD-INFORMED THERAPY

Support for ADHD
persons

THERAPY FOR ALL ADHD TYPES

ADULT ADHD-INFORMED
THERAPY IN ONTARIO

ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, is a neurotype associated with an estimated 1 in 20 adults. ADHD adults can present with a variety of traits, some good and some that can be frustrating to an ADHD individual in certain situation. For example, those who are ADHD may present with distractibility, executive functioning challenges and issues relating to memory. But, ADHD persons may also present with deep interests, emotional transparency and down to earth personalities.

Although being ADHD comes with many strengths, the development of the world has continued to place more and more emphasis on executive functioning. What this means is that some ADHD individuals run into frustrations within themselves, as the world continues to change in ways that don’t support their strengths and unique perspectives. 

It is our goal at Unique Peace Counselling to help ADHD individuals to navigate the world from a strength-based approach. This way, frustrations can be normalized, validated and supported using neurodivergent-informed strategies. We also have the goal of helping you to understand what being ADHD means to you!

NORMALIZING DIFFICULT EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES

LIVING LIFE AS AN ADHD PERSON

Some adults with previously unrecognized ADHD may present with various social, emotional and mental distress. This is especially true for women, who often go longer without recognizing that they are ADHD, due to different societal expectations promoting masking. Often, unrecognized ADHD can have a huge impact on self-image and self-esteem, as individuals internalize unmet goals as “failures”.

This is why it’s so important to us to normalize these histories (if they’re present) and to use a neurodivergent-informed approach to help connect you to your goals. Making sense of these experiences through this lens can bring some much needed relief and help quiet our inner-critics. Furthermore, with additional support and understanding, we can start taking approaches to life that may look different from the outside, but be taking advantage of ADHD-related strengths simultaneously! We firmly believe that ADHD treatment doesn’t mean suppressing one’s ADHD traits using a variety of tools, but rather using tools and understanding to promote ADHD strengths.   

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADULT ADHD

ADHD COMES IN VARIOUS VERSIONS

Did you know that there are different types of ADHD neurotypes? This comes as a shock to many who seek support. Depending on how and when one is assessed, they often remain unaware what ADHD neurotype they may have. Today, there are three main types: ADHD-Inattentive type, ADHD-Hyperactive type and ADHD-Combination type. 

Have you ever tried implementing a tool or strategy that is suppose to help ADHD individuals but found it ineffective? It’s possible the tool was designed for someone with a different ADHD neurotype. At Unique Peace Counselling, we are trained to listen out for evidence of one neurotype over the other (although we cannot assess for any, rather just support them). This way, we may be able to offer strategies that better relate with your neurotype and personal preferences.

This way, working with us may feel different from other therapies that you’ve tried in the past, as our specialist training can help us to support you in quicker, more efficient ways.

Frequently Asked Questions

ADHD is a naturally occurring variance in neurotype that leads to different strengths and setbacks when compared to neurotypicals. 

 

ADHD stands for “Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder”. Although this is what the abbreviation stands for, it is not a great name for it. This is because ADHD is not a disorder, nor does always lead to “deficits” in attention. Some ADHD individuals can actually hyperfixate on things, meaning that they have intense focus rather than a lack of it.

 

This is a hard question to ask, as there really isn’t a “cause” as most people would think of it. Instead, it’s believed that ADHD is a naturally occurring variance in neurotype. This means that a person is ADHD for life. What we do know, however, is that neurotypes are at least in some part hereditary, meaning that if your family members are ADHD, your chances of being ADHD increase as well.

ADD (attention deficit disorder) is an outdated term which has now been adapted to ADHD inattentive type. Individuals that present as ADHD inattentive type typically have a preference for less overall stimulation, while those who are ADHD have a preference for more stimulation.

ADHD can be assessed by a doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist or a nurse practitioner in Ontario. If you are in need of an assessment, we may be able to connect you to local resources near you that can provide this service. We cannot offer an assessment ourselves at this time. Leads are subject to availability, are not guaranteed and are not associated with Unique Peace Counselling. 

 

The common traits associated with being ADHD are often categorized in three ways: emotional impulsivity, attention management challenges and executive disfunction challenges. Not everyone who is ADHD will present with these traits, meaning that two ADHD individuals can appear very different.