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Maybe you’re a student that has difficulty following instructions from teachers, gets easily distracted during class, or forgets the material you studied for a test, and it’s impacting your grades and your ability to participate in school activities. 

Or maybe you’re an adult and your work performance at the office is suffering due to difficulties with time management, organization, or hyper-focusing on nonwork-related topics making it almost impossible to make important deadlines. 

You’ve probably been told your whole life you’re too much to handle, you need medication to succeed in school or at work, or you’re lazy (or insert negative label here), leaving you feeling misunderstood, defeated, and hesitant to ask for help. 

Looking for a therapist to help you learn skills to manage your ADHD symptoms and how they impact your life?

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You might be having trouble with…

  • Getting tasks completed at school, work, or home in a timely manner
  • Losing track of time or time management skills causing you to miss deadlines, meetings, or hangouts with friends.
  • Staying organized, so you can easily find things at home, school, or work
  • Being easily bored by tasks or interests you enjoy.
  • Falling or staying asleep
  • Hyper-focusing or hyper-fixating topics or interests.
  • Managing sensory sensitivity
  • Regulating your emotions.
  • Forgetting important information
  • Getting easily distracted

What can ADHD affect?

  • Your ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Being able to sit through a meeting at work, a lecture, or even a movie at home
  • Your appetite or sleep schedule
  • Grades or work performance
  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Managing your emotions in stressful times.
  • Losing belongings because you forgot where you put them or lack of organization
  • Your ability to manage sensory input (loud noises, bright lights…)

Let’s work on…

  • Breaking down the negative stereotypes surrounding ADHD
  • Creating an organization and planning system that works specifically for you
  • Understanding your unique ADHD symptoms and how they impact your life.
  • Ways to regulate your emotions during stressful times
  • Effectively managing Sensory Sensitivity
  • Wellness (eating, sleeping, drinking enough, medication consistency if applicable)
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Communication and social skills to aid you in working with others
  • What to do when you find yourself hyper-focusing or hyper-fixating on a topic
  • Building confidence in yourself

After working together you’ll feel more confident in…

    • Getting tasks completed in a timely manner
    • Regulating your emotions
    • Understanding your own ADHD symptoms
    • Communicating your needs to others
    • Regulating your emotions and managing stress
    • Your ability to plan and organize to remember important dates, tasks, and deadlines

Having ADHD is not a negative thing about you, it just means your brain works differently than others, and that’s okay! Together we can explore ways to manage your ADHD symptoms that work specifically for you. As a former school-based therapist at a community mental health agency, I worked with students with an ADHD diagnosis to find ways to help them be more successful in the classroom. Outside of therapy, I have personal experience with ADHD in my family. I have witnessed the hardships that come along with ADHD as an adult and shown my support. -Erin Putnam

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