Understanding and working with the impact of ADHD on clients

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17 June 2023

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Price: Qualified Practitioners £85; Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees £75; WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff

Location: online


What causes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Do you know it can cause a lasting psychological impact on clients?

Do you know behavioural issues linked to ADHD can also lead to increased risk of traumatic experiences.

How to work with clients who are suffering from ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects up to 5-7% of children and persists into adult hood in about 30-50% of cases. It affects boys and men twice as much as girls and women, though is thought to be less well understood in the latter group. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is more common in girls.

ADHD, especially when undiagnosed causes serious issues: children can be labelled “difficult” or “disruptive”, becoming socially isolated. This can cause a lasting psychological impact, affecting someone’s self-esteem and self-image and creating difficulties in adulthood within relationships and education / employment. The effort required to maintain relationships and employment can be exhausting, overwhelming and distressing.

The causes of ADHD and ADD range from the genetic to trauma: there appears to be some link between early trauma and the development of the condition although this needs to be approached carefully as there is an overlap of symptoms between the two conditions, which can often lead to misdiagnosis.

Clients can present for psychotherapy seeking assistance to work through the legacy of being a child with undiagnosed ADHD, help with the impact of the condition on relationships in the present, to work through linked traumas, to think through whether they might need to be assessed as an adult and many other reasons and it can be helpful for therapists to have an understanding of the condition and how to work with it.

Workshop Aims

By attending this workshop you can expect:

  • To understand the nature and symptoms of ADHD and ADD and the neurological mechanisms involved, including deficiencies in dopamine production. To have awareness of the phenomena of “hyper-focus”
  • To have an awareness of the particular issues around diagnosis in girls and women.
  • To understand the impact the condition can have on childhood development, social interactions, relationships, education and employment, the impact on mental wellbeing and how this can manifest in therapy.
  • To have an awareness of best practice in the management of ADHD / (including medication and exercise) and the role of psychotherapy within it.

Andrew Keefe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Trainer. He works in private practice in East London and the City, specializing in work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, sexual violence and Birth Trauma. He uses fitness, especially outdoor fitness, therapeutically to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing and to process emotion held in the body. Before private practice, he worked for sixteen years in clinical roles at the British Refugee Council and then Freedom from Torture, working with traumatized refugees and survivors of torture. Andrew works with people living with ADHD in his private practice.

Target Audience:

Qualified and training psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists and other health professionals, working with people affected by the ADHD.

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