For many young people diagnosed with ADHD, treatment is generally centred around the use of medications. However with all medications prescribed they are not all effective for every young person.
Therapies we can provide for you as an alternative to medications
Young people and families affected by ADHD often find it helpful to work with a Specialist or Psychologist who have the skills and expertise to base therapy to the needs of the Young person and family requesting support.
Behavioural Therapy: The main goal of this therapy is to change negative behaviour into positive behaviour. Specific strategies and rewarding systems are key to this type of change and can help families and the young person modify sometimes quite challenging behaviours.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This therapy is generally described as a ‘talking therapy’. The goal of CBT is to help the young person think about their behaviour, thoughts and feelings. Goals are always positive and used to change negatives into positives, and are SMART (Sensible, manageable, achievable, realistic) in nature and time.
CBT also helps to increase self-esteem, which in most young people with ADHD is problematic and effects their mental health and resilience.
CBT also helps with those side-effects that ADHD medication causes such as depression and anxiety.
Social Skills: Some young people with ADHD find it difficult to socialise with others and to make friends due to their inability to manage their emotions and behaviours. Social skills improve a young person’s ability to interact with others and improve their social skills so that they can achieve this successfully.