Approach to helping adults with ADHD

Flexible yet structured: Unleashing your potential to thrive step by step

Let’s Get Started: Initial Intake Session (90 minutes)

Let’s dive into the first session, which I like to call the intake or discovery session. This in-depth first session is key to fully explore your journey, challenges, and goals, providing a solid foundation for our coaching partnership. I have found that a single 90-minute session – rather than two 60-minute sessions – maintains flow, ensures uninterrupted focus, is most cost effective for you, and sets us up for meaningful progress right from the start.

During this time, we’ll explore various aspects of your life and background that are important for us to understand. We’ll chat about why you decided to work with me, your education, occupation, and personal or home life. We’ll also touch on your medical history, ADHD medication (if applicable), and your overall health and well-being. It’s also a chance for you to share any current stressors you’re facing and how familiar you are with the neurobiology of ADHD. Lastly, we’ll discuss the specific problem or issue you’d like to address first.

By the end of this intake process, we’ll have an initial plan in place. It’s worth noting that this plan can be adjusted along the way if we feel it’s necessary. We’ll define a clear end-goal that we both agree on, and we’ll discuss the number and frequency of follow-up sessions, as well as how we can stay in touch between sessions if needed. Our communication and collaboration will be key in this process, and the discovery session will set us up to finding the best way forward for you to thrive.

Continuing the Journey: Insightful Follow-up Sessions (60 minutes)

Let’s delve deeper into the dynamics of ADHD and how it intertwines with your life during our follow-up sessions. Together, we’ll explore essential topics such as the neurobiology of ADHD, cultivating self-acceptance and self-awareness, and understanding how your ADHD influences your thoughts, feelings, and actions. We’ll also examine the patterns in your daily life that either support or hinder your progress.

During these sessions, we’ll work side by side, co-creating practical strategies, structures, habits, and concrete plans that empower you to take action and conquer obstacles that come your way. To ensure a tailored approach, we typically begin with weekly sessions, gradually transitioning to bi-weekly, and eventually to every three to four weeks, based on your specific needs and progress.

Each session will be a space for reflection, growth, and setting the stage for your next steps. We’ll start by discussing your experiences since our last session, allowing you to highlight any particular issues you’d like to address. Together, we’ll explore what could be a helpful next step for you to thrive, and we’ll solidify this with a concrete “next step” or experiment for you to focus on until our next follow-up session.

To capture your insights and track your progress, I encourage you to bring a journal or notebook to each session. This way, you can jot down the next steps we agree upon and record any personal insights that arise during or between our sessions.

Staying Connected: Supportive Between-Session Contact

I highly encourage maintaining contact between our sessions, as it plays a valuable role in managing the functional challenges that often accompany ADHD. When you encounter a hurdle or hit a snag, a brief interaction can help get you back on track and provide the support you need without waiting for your next session with me.

Depending on your individual needs and the approach we establish together, you may occasionally receive a midweek check-in via WhatsApp. This between-session contact serves multiple purposes: it aids in establishing new routines and thought patterns, keeps you focused on achieving your specific goals for the week, and helps you maintain a broader perspective while sustaining your motivation.

To ensure seamless communication, between-session contact is facilitated through WhatsApp messaging and/or email. If there is a situation that would benefit from a phone conversation, I may suggest scheduling a call to address it more effectively. Additionally, perhaps when there is something pressing, you too have the option to request a brief (30-minute) “catch-up” call if you need a bit more support or guidance.

Let’s keep the lines of communication open as we navigate your journey together, ensuring that you have the resources and assistance you need to thrive.

Discovering Your Personal ADHD Blueprint: Your ADHD User Manual

One of our key objectives is for you to gain a deeper understanding of your unique thinking and behavioural patterns, as well as the external factors such as your home or work environment that can either support or impede your progress. Together, we will test and develop new strategies, establish helpful structures, and create concrete plans that empower you to stay organised, overcome obstacles, and achieve your goals with greater ease.

While we won’t literally be writing a “user manual” for your ADHD experience (although you may find it beneficial to create one!), our focus is on uncovering the unique combination of strategies and habits that work best for you,. It’s about cultivating a comprehensive understanding of what supports your success, aligns with your unique strengths and circumstances, and helps you thrive in your daily life. It is a personal ADHD blueprint that is geared to unlock your full potential.

Important Note About Sessions and Fees

Let’s talk about the logistics, but don’t worry, it’s all part of the process. Intake and follow-up sessions are done in person or via video or phone. All scheduled in-person, video and phone calls are billable because that’s dedicated one-on-one time focused on your progress. However, between-session communication through WhatsApp or email is not billable. It’s our way of staying connected and providing support between sessions, free of charge.

Now, let’s address the fee. My standard rate for a 50-60 minute session is R1090. It’s important to note that I am not a HPCSA- registered counsellor or psychologist, and therefore, my fees are not covered by medical schemes.

Transparency is key, so if you have any questions or concerns about sessions or fees, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m here to support you every step of the way.