I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in Reproductive and Maternal Mental Health—and this includes ADHD. So many women have struggled throughout their lives unaware they are living with ADHD. It is common that through the educational and often enlightening process of learning about their child’s ADHD diagnosis, they too have ADHD.
When I work with women who have gotten diagnosed with ADHD or want to explore if the diagnosis fits what they experience, my approach is with an interactive three-part BioPsychoSocial Model:
- Bio includes an educational understanding of how their brain works;
- Psycho includes an exploration of how demoralization, due to un-diagnosis or misdiagnosis, can affect how they see ourselves; and
- Social includes an understanding of how our culture’s social expectations and media representations of women and mothers can impact how we believe we are “supposed” to be.
Misguided myths of Motherhood can have a negative impact on a woman’s emerging identity and experience as a new Mother as well Motherhood across her maternal life span. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, as well as more intense or severe mental and physical symptoms. For women with ADHD, the experience can be even more devastating. It is important for women to have the opportunity and safe space to explore the kind of “Mother” they want to be—based on their values and strengths. Letting go of unrealistic expectations can help give Mothers permission to just do the best they can and that they only have to be “good enough”. I believe that by taking time for education, self-exploration, self-compassion and acceptance, we can become our authentic selves and live well with ADHD in Motherhood.
My practice is in Colorado, South Denver area, and I see clients face-to-face and through Telemental Health (video conferencing). I am also licensed in Georgia and see clients through Telemental Health only.
I am a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. This is not outside mind control like in the movies. To the contrary, Clinical Hypnotherapy can help one to learn self-induced relaxation. Think of it like a kind of guided meditation. Clients are totally aware and in control throughout the whole process. I find that it is helpful with focus, quieting down the mind, and having the sensation of time slowing down.
My practice also integrates Kristen Neff, PhD’s “Self Compassion” model. The components act as directions for a specific, intentional practice instead of chasing a vague idea of being kind to oneself.
No one has to go through this alone.