For people with attentional difficulties and those who struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), everyday life can feel like an endless cycle of challenging tasks. You make it to your work meeting for which you prepared extensively, only to realize that you left your notes at home. Your friends and family are frustrated with your forgetfulness or inconsistency, even though you feel like you’re doing everything you can to make things work. Even more confusing, you may have a very high IQ, the best job or education, score extremely high on certain tests, and yet small tasks are left undone, items go missing, or things seem to constantly fall through the cracks.
Many of the world's greatest thinkers, inventors and entrepreneurs have had aspects of ADHD, and the ability to hyperfocus to the exclusion of the outside world has given them the advantage of being able to think outside of the box. For many people with ADHD, it can be hard to tap into the adaptive side of ADHD in the midst of the distractions of everyday life or when so many thoughts are going in so many directions that it’s difficult to focus on the best way forward. By integrating hypnosis with a variety of therapy techniques, our therapists help clients with ADHD to calm their minds, identify goals, mitigate procrastination, and implement a plan moving forward so they can enjoy more productive and satisfying lives.
Dr. Kimberly Fishbach is a specialist in helping adults struggling with ADHD. Her research and extensive training informs her unique approach to treating ADHD, which combines DBT, CBT, and mindfulness-based modalities to assist clients with strengthening their attentional networks and emotional control. While ADHD has neurological underpinnings, Dr. Fishbach treats her clients from a strength-based approach that helps them see their condition as a difference, rather than a deficit; she also helps to reinforce the idea that those struggling with ADHD can be equally, if not more successful, than their “normal” counterparts.
Dr. Fishbach has dedicated years of her graduate research to identifying the mechanisms of change that underlie the efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on ADHD symptoms. By disseminating the components of MBSR and assessing the neurocognitive impact of the individual techniques on each ADHD subtype, she has been able to pave the way for a highly effective, individualized, and holistic plan for her patients.
In addition to teaching ADHD tools and strategies, Dr. Fishbach addresses the factors that often result in comorbid feelings of anxiety and/or depression. She focuses on decreasing the internalized self-doubt, shame, and insecurities that can manifest from environmental pressures and faulty messages that portray those who struggle with ADHD as “lazy” or “incapable.” She also offers coping skills to increase resilience, self-compassion, and confidence.
Dr. Meghan Downey specializes in working with teenagers and young adults struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They understand that this can be a particularly challenging time to be struggling socially and academically with so many other changes occurring at this time. It's hard to comprehend knowing that you are 'smart', while at the same time feeling like you are dropping the ball on a regular basis. It's essential at this time for adolescents and teens to make sense of both the adaptive and maladaptive characteristics of this disorder, while also making sure that it does not impact them emotionally or socially in the process.
Integrating hypnosis into the treatment process can be particularly in treating ADHD for teens and young adults. By integrative hypnosis into the treatment, the individual can learn how to selectively focus the mind to tune out external distractions. Research has shown tremendous advantages in integrating hypnosis into therapy when working with ADHD. Similarly to the behavioral techniques that suggest that individuals with ADHD need more 'breaks', hypnosis and self-hypnosis allow more focused and intentional 'mental break', which can be very powerful in helping the individual focus once again.
Dr. Downey takes a holistic approach to treating the individual, combining hypnotherapy with ADHD behavior coaching, CBT, and mindfulness-bases approaches to helping the individual stay focuses. At the same time, she understand the social and emotional impact of this disorder, creating a warm and safe environment to discuss any additional concerns that may arise at this time.
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