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Understanding Your Neurospicy Brain

ADHD and Neurodivergence counselling | The Balanced Practice Inc

Welcome to The Balanced Practice, where we embrace and celebrate neurodiversity! Let’s start by debunking the idea that being neurodivergent is a weakness – this is completely false! Your neurodivergence can actually be your superpower. At The Balanced Practice, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, affirming, and personalized support for individuals navigating ASD, ADHD, and other forms of neurodivergence and embracing their neurodivergent identities.

Understanding ADHD and Neurodivergence Counselling | The Balanced Practice Inc

Understanding ADHD & Neurodivergence:

Understanding ADHD and Neurodivergence Counselling | The Balanced Practice Inc

Neurodivergence is an umbrella term encompassing a range of neurodevelopmental variations, including ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and more. Neurodivergent individuals often possess unique strengths and perspectives, challenging traditional norms and contributing to diverse ways of thinking and operating.

ADHD is estimated to affect around 5-10% of children and adolescents worldwide, with a significant number continuing to experience symptoms into adulthood.

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Types of ADHD:

Types of ADHD | The Balanced Practice Inc

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has 3 different subtypes:

  • Impulsive/Hyperactive type.
  • Inattentive and distractible type.
  • Combined type.

Historically, ADHD has been underdiagnosed in girls and women. Recent research is shedding light on the unique presentation of ADHD in females, highlighting the need for gender-informed diagnosis and treatment.

Common Misconceptions about Neurodivergence

  • “ADHD is just a lack of discipline”:
    ADHD is a neurobiological condition, not a result of laziness or lack of discipline.
  • “Neurodivergent folks are less smart or less able”:
    Absolutely not. Neurodivergence refers to a brain that functions differently than a typical brain and is not a reflection of intelligence or ability. This leads to difficulties in our society because our society is designed for neurotypical folks but NOT because there is something wrong with being neurodivergent. Breaking the neurotypical standards of success and allowing space for folks to explore their own uniqueness and ability is important for personal fulfillment and happiness.
  • “ADHD only affects children”:
    ADHD often persists into adulthood, impacting various aspects of life, including work, relationships, and overall well-being. Due to misinformation about ADHD and its presentation, many folks only get diagnosed in adulthood. This is particularly true for women.
  • “All neurodivergent individuals are the same”:
    Neurodivergence is diverse and encompasses a range of conditions that are all on a spectrum. Each individual’s experience is unique, and personalized support is key.
  • “Medication is the only solution”:
    While medication can be a helpful part of a treatment plan, holistic interventions, including nutrition counselling, therapy, and lifestyle adjustments, are essential for comprehensive support.
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Therapy for Neurodivergence at The Balanced Practice:

At The Balanced Practice, we believe in a providing affirming nutrition counselling to support neurodivergent folks in accessing the support they need. Our approach is evidence based, lived experience informed, inclusive and person centered.

We know that neurodivergent folks are more prone to mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, burnout and eating disorders. This is why getting proper support is extremely important for overall health.

Neurotypical approaches to care may not be best suited for you. As unique as your neurospicy brain is and how you experience your life, we believe in a personalized approach to your mental health. The goal of therapy for neurodivergence is NOT to fix the problem. Your neurodivergence is NOT a problem. Therapy is helpful to support you in understanding your brain, learn to regulate emotions, support with any mental health challenges associated and give you the proper tools you may require reaching your personal goals.

ADHD and neurodivergence counselling Ottawa ON | The Balanced Practice Inc
ADHD and neurodivergence counselling Ottawa ON | The Balanced Practice Inc

Therapy for ADHD and neurodivergence at The Balanced Practice is offered by Registered Psychotherapist (RP) or Registered Social Worker (RSW). The first step is to have therapy assessment. In this 75-minute session, your therapist will get to know you, understand your personal goals, and start building a roadmap to get you there. In this session, your support person is more than welcome to join in if it feels right to you!

After this session, you will connect with your therapist regularly for follow-up sessions where you will continue to work towards your treatment goals together.

No need to mask or show up differently than how you are. Our goal is to provide a safe and affirming place for you land and empower you in understand your brain & body’s need and develop a healthy relationship with food that empowers you to live your fullest life.

At The Balanced Practice, we believe in celebrating the diversity of neurodivergent experiences. Our team is committed to providing personalized and compassionate support for individuals with ADHD, ASD, and neurodivergence. Take the first step towards understanding, acceptance, and empowerment by reaching out to us today. Your neurodivergent journey matters, and we’re here to guide you towards a balanced and fulfilling life.

Interested in getting support for ADHD or Neurodivergence?

Call The Balanced Practice at (613) 695-0306 to set up an appointment today!