ADHD Psychology

The ADHD Foundation Australia has engaged with reputable psychologists who can provide psychological support and conduct a preliminary and cost-effective ADHD screening process to help determine if continuing to a psychiatrist for a formal assessment with the possibility of medication support. This step may support and assist in the discovery phase of whether ADHD is likely to be present or if symptoms may relate to another condition. This can be a helpful step due to the prohibitive costs involved and long delays in obtaining an appointment with a psychiatrist or paediatrician.

Our psychologist is skilled in various therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She mostly adopts an eclectic approach – understanding each client as unique with their particular presentation and then selecting from evidence-based techniques across different approaches to help the client develop a better understanding of their challenges and grow in a personally meaningful way.

Psychologists can also customise strategies to help individuals cope and manage their symptoms effectively. They frequently use a variety of strategies to support a client’s management plan. They can assist with a range of strategies to assist with ADHD management, including cognitive, behavioural, and emotional approaches. They can guide you in comprehending and effectively managing your symptoms. Techniques that psychologists might employ to aid in your ADHD management are:

 

  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This therapy aids in recognizing and altering negative thoughts and behaviours, replacing them with positive ones. CBT can assist in the development of coping strategies and the enhancement of self-esteem.
  2. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): MBSR, a form of meditation, can assist in managing stress and anxiety. It can also enhance focus and concentration.
  3. Social Skills Training: This training can enhance your communication abilities and help you forge stronger relationships with others.
  4. Parenting Skills Training: If you are a parent with a child who has ADHD, psychologists can guide you in managing your child’s behaviour and developing effective parenting techniques.

It is worth noting that while some psychologists are trained to conduct ADHD assessments and use a variety of tools to determine the likelihood of ADHD presence, psychologists cannot prescribe medication. Formal diagnosis and initial medication may only be prescribed by a psychiatrist or a paediatrician in Australia once the medication stabilises. In some cases, another medical practitioner may conduct ongoing management.

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The ADHD Foundation Australia National Helpline team often receives queries from those seeking assistance to find the correct pathway to discover if they may have ADHD during a consultation.

High costs associated with treatment. The optimal places to seek assistance and the most effective and cost-efficient methods. The ADHD Foundation understand the long and expensive wait times to get a formal diagnosis and medication from a psychiatrist, and this can be a costly pathway if an individual is unsure if they have ADHD or not.  Therefore, a preliminary consultation with a psychologist to help determine the next steps can be helpful.

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The ADHD Foundation Australia offers various ADHD Psychology options.

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