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ADULT ADHD ASSESSMENT & THERAPY

Where understanding, compassion, and action converge to support individuals navigating the complexities of Adult ADHD. Our psychologist-led, neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed service is designed to provide comprehensive support at every stage of the diagnostic process and beyond, ensuring that you receive the personalised care and resources you need to thrive.

Adult ADHD Assessment

OOur comprehensive ADHD assessments, informed by NICE guidelines, include a full clinical and psychosocial assessment of the individual along with a detailed developmental and psychiatric history. 

 

Streamlined assessment process, including diagnostic interviews, standardised behaviour rating scales, and additional tests to ensure accurate diagnosis.

TNP therapists offer 1:1 support sessions, integration groups and workshops.

Relationships Therapy 

Our therapists offer psychedelic-informed, relational and trauma-informed psychotherapy to help people  heal from/with difficult aspects of an individual's mental health and wellbeing.

Psychological Therapy

 

Our therapists provide webinars, workshops, and resources to support the safe navigation of altered or expanded states (from a harm reduction approach).

We work with mental health professionals to offer education around altered and expanded states equip them with the necessary tools to support clients who have had experiences with these states. 

Post-Diagnostic Education, Support & Resources

Our therapists offer a professional consultation service providing psychological expertise to support the needs of businesses, clients and staff members involved in psychedelic industry and research.

Approach to Assessment and Therapy

We provide specialised support for adults with ADHD. Our team understands the unique challenges that come with ADHD, and we're dedicated to helping you thrive. We offer a comprehensive psychologist-led, neurodivergence-affirming, trauma-informed, and compassionate approach to the assessment and treatment of neurodiverse individuals.

Through our comprehensive evaluations, we accurately identify ADHD and co-occurring conditions, ensuring you receive a tailored treatment plan. Our evidence-based therapies, delivered by experienced clinicians, help you to develop a self-awareness and direction, and empowers you to manage symptoms, build coping strategies, and live the life you want to live.

At TNP, we celebrate neurodiversity and create a compassionate, inclusive space for you to explore your strengths and overcome obstacles. Our personalised support extends beyond symptom management, addressing the emotional and practical aspects of living with ADHD.

TNP Approach -

True North Psychology is committed to empowering individuals with the knowledge, resources, and personalised care they need to thrive while managing ADHD symptoms effectively. With a team of experienced psychologists specialising in neurodivergent conditions, True North Psychology is poised to be a guiding light for those seeking clarity, understanding, support and effective management of Adult ADHD.

At True North Psychology, our goal is to be a beacon of hope and support for individuals navigating the challenges of ADHD. We are proud offer a comprehensive service that prioritises inclusivity, accessibility, and compassionate care, ensuring every client feels supported and valued throughout their journey.

 

We provide specialised support for adults with ADHD. Our team understands the unique challenges that come with ADHD, and we're dedicated to helping you thrive. We offer a comprehensive psychologist-led, neurodivergence-affirming, trauma-informed, and compassionate approach to the assessment and treatment of neurodiverse individuals.

Through our comprehensive evaluations, we accurately identify ADHD and co-occurring conditions, ensuring you receive a tailored treatment plan. Our evidence-based therapies, delivered by experienced clinicians, help you to develop a self-awareness and direction, and empowers you to manage symptoms, build coping strategies, and live the life you want to live.

At TNP, we celebrate neurodiversity and create a compassionate, inclusive space for you to explore your strengths and overcome obstacles. Our personalised support extends beyond symptom management, addressing the emotional and practical aspects of living with ADHD.

Understanding ADHD:

Informative resources and myth-busting content to empower individuals with knowledge about ADHD and its management.

Comprehensive Assessment:

Our thorough assessments accurately identify ADHD and co-occurring conditions, ensuring a tailored treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Streamlined assessment process, including diagnostic interviews, standardised behaviour rating scales, and additional tests to ensure accurate diagnosis.

Personalised Support:

Tailored treatment plans incorporating psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle interventions, and referrals to allied health professionals as needed. Our care extends beyond symptom management, offering personalized resources and guidance to help you thrive in all areas of life.

Post-Diagnostic Support:

Access to a patient portal for screening tools, virtual consultations, courses, community support, and a resource library for continued education and self-care. Or book an appointment with one of our psychologist to help you make-sense of your diagnostic report and plan for your future.

TNP's Adult ADHD Assessment and Therapy Service offers:

Psychologist-Led Care:

  • Psychologist-Led Care: Our experienced team of psychologists specializes in neurodivergent conditions, providing evidence-based therapies to develop self-awareness, coping strategies, and symptom management techniques.

Neurodiversity-Affirming: 

We celebrate neurodiversity and create an inclusive space for you to explore your unique strengths and overcome challenges.

Trauma-Informed: 

Accessibility

Recognizing the potential impact of trauma, our approach is sensitive and supportive, addressing emotional and practical aspects of living with ADHD.

We strive to make our services inclusive and accessible, ensuring that every individual feels supported and valued throughout their journey.

"Our team at True North Psychology is passionate about providing holistic, ethical, and individualised care for adults with ADHD," said Dr. Sara Tookey, Founder and Director at True North Psychology.

 

"We aim to create an inclusive, accessible, and compassionate diagnostic experience where clients feel seen, heard, and valued as individuals, not just numbers on a list - like we see in many of the larger private adult ADHD assessment services. We pride ourselves on offering a unique approach to assessment for adult ADHD, integrating post-diagnostic support directly into the diagnostic process. This ensures that our clients receive ongoing guidance and resources to make informed decisions and access the care they need to meet their unique needs."

quote from founder - why we opened this servie (my adult adhd diagnosis, and my experience of working with my clients highlighting the need to comprehensive therapeutic assessment and an adhd friendly process of assessment tand therapy, delays in NHS assessment services, due to over-extended and under-staffed - causing my clients to wait years to receive official diagnosis and begin holistic management and treatment and support. Neurodivedrsity affirming

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Licensed Professionals

ADHD Assessments for Adults

We know the journey to getting an assessment can be long and stressful. Wait times can cause anxiety and distress for you and your family. We understand that a diagnosis or a non-diagnosis can produce mixed emotions for both individuals and their families. 

There are several different stages as part of your ADHD assessment process. The assessment takes approximately 3-4 hours in total; however, we administer your assessment in different components as below.

·  Pre-assessment questionnaires

Our secure system will send you some different questionnaires to complete about your history, strengths and challenges. We will also ask you for details of someone who knows you well such as a relative, partner or close friend to provide some information too. Information gathered from questionnaires is reviewed and analysed by our clinical team before your assessment.

·  Case history interview

Your clinician will complete a phone call with you to gather information on the development, behaviour, and skills since birth. The call systematically covers your developmental history but will also cover your medical, psychiatric and educational history. Some individuals may feel comfortable with having a familiar person with them who knew them during early childhood such as a parent/carer or sibling to provide more information on their early life. This appointment is approximately 1 hour.

·  QbCheck (if indicated or requested)

QbCheck is a reliable computer-based test designed to objectively measure and assess various aspects of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. It is administered remotely using your computer’s web browser and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Our support team will send you detailed instructions and a voucher code to remotely access the QbCheck test. 

·  ADHD Observational Interview

Your clinician will arrange a convenient time and day for an online video session using Microsoft Teams with you. You are welcome to have somebody with you for this appointment. The clinician will ask you questions relating to various daily living elements and focus on ADHD characteristics, usually lasting up to 90 minutes. The clinician will also ask you about additional topics such as your sleep, mental health and behaviour during this session. In addition to gathering information from you, the clinician will make observations on how you present during the session. 

We complete the majority of these appointments online; however, we can offer face-to-face appointments in South Manchester. There are many benefits to online assessments, including reduced change of routine, being in a familiar and comfortable environment, reduced communication demand with an online call, and no travel required. We can provide support and strategies to help you access the appointment online if this is something you think you will find difficult. We understand that you might find it difficult to engage in the session, so you are welcome to take regular movement breaks throughout the session.

·  Feedback and report

After the assessment sessions, the clinician will agree on an appropriate outcome based on all the information and evidence from all components of the assessment as well as the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-V-TR. On occasion, we may request additional information from you to help with formulating an outcome. The clinician will arrange a phone appointment with you to give the outcome, provide a summary of the overall assessment and provide suggestions for appropriate strategies or interventions that may be beneficial. A comprehensive, detailed assessment report will be shared with you within two weeks of your feedback phone call. You are welcome to have somebody with you for this appointment. This appointment is typically 30-45 minutes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Local Authority Guidance: Any ADHD assessment carried out by The Owl Centre's team complies fully with the NICE guidelines (National Institute for Clinical Excellence). However, some local authorities prefer to carry out the ADHD assessments themselves. Therefore, clients should contact their local health authority to discuss this before making a booking with us.

Assessment Duration: An ADHD assessment usually takes between 3-6 weeks to complete.

Medication Service

If you are considering medication, we will place you on our short waiting list. Our team will review your information as additional information or further investigations may be required before we can start medication. We will inform you if this is required and ask your GP to provide information.

We understand this can feel frustrating for some as it might mean a longer wait; however, your safety is our utmost priority, and we must ensure that medication can be safely administered. We also advise you to discuss medication with your GP before as we will request that your GP takes over the 'shared care' for repeat prescribing when you are stabilised. Your GP does not need to accept this request.

Shortly before your first titration (medication) appointment, you will be asked to provide information such as your height, weight, blood pressure and heart rate. You will receive a blood pressure monitor from us before you are asked to do this. You will be sent a date and time for the titration appointment. This appointment will be done in an online session on Microsoft Teams with one of our prescribing team. Your prescriber will discuss medication options and talk you through your medication. They will arrange regular follow-up appointments to check your progress. You will need to provide measurements before each appointment.

When it is felt that you are stabilised on your ADHD medication, we will ask your GP to accept shared care, meaning that they continue prescribing your medication; however, we will need to complete yearly reviews with you. If your GP rejects our request for shared care, we can continue to issue monthly prescriptions; however, we will still need to complete yearly reviews with you to monitor your medication.

Packages and Prices

ASSESSMENT PACKAGES

Full ADHD Assessment (online) - £950

Includes pre-screening questionnaires, developmental history interview, clinical observation interview, feedback session & comprehensive report with advice, strategies and recommendations.

Full ADHD Assessment including QbCheck (online) - £1150

Includes pre-screening questionnaires, developmental history interview, clinical observation interview, feedback session, QbCheck assessment & comprehensive report with advice, strategies and recommendations.

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Eco-Friendly Design

We would not be who we are without our eco-friendly design, which is at the core of our strategy. We are constantly working to improve our offerings and expand upon our capabilities when it comes to design and production. Get in touch to learn more.

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First-Rate Materials

We have strict standards when it comes to what we produce and never compromise on quality. This is especially true when it comes to the first-rate materials we use. Our customers deserve the highest level of products on the market, and we work tirelessly to maintain those standards.

Our Services

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Adult ADHD Assessment

Our thorough assessments accurately identify ADHD and co-occurring conditions, ensuring a tailored treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Streamlined assessment process, including diagnostic interviews, standardised behaviour rating scales, and additional tests to ensure accurate diagnosis.

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Psychological Therapy

Tailored treatment plans incorporating psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle interventions, and referrals to allied health professionals as needed. Our care extends beyond symptom management, offering personalized resources and guidance to help you thrive in all areas of life.

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Post-Diagnostic  Support

Access to a patient portal for screening tools, virtual consultations, courses, community support, and a resource library for continued education and self-care. Or book an appointment with one of our psychologist to help you make-sense of your diagnostic report and plan for your future.

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Educational & Supportive Resources

Informative resources and myth-busting content to empower individuals with knowledge about ADHD and its management.

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Why Choose Us?

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Personalised, Holistic Approach

Tailored treatment plans incorporating psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle interventions, and referrals to allied health professionals as needed. Our care extends beyond symptom management, offering personalized resources and guidance to help you thrive in all areas of life.

  • Holistic Focus: We consider the entirety of an individual’s situation, addressing not only the immediate challenges but also the broader context.

  • Individualized Approach: No two individuals are the same, and our strategies reflect this understanding.

  • Evidence-Based: Our interventions are rooted in the latest research and best practices, ensuring effective and meaningful results.

  • Continuous Evaluation: We don’t settle for assumptions. Our continuous evaluation process ensures that strategies evolve as needs change.

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Neurodiversity-Affirming

  • Recognizes and celebrates natural variations in neurocognitive functioning.

  • Values the unique strengths and perspectives of neurodiverse individuals.

  • Promotes acceptance, inclusion, and accommodation of diverse ways of thinking and being.

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Psychologist-Led

Psychologist-led:
Our assessments are conducted by experienced and trained clinical psychologists.
Aim to provide a therapeutic experience throughout the assessment process.
Offer compassion, psychological understanding, and empathy.
Address co-occurring mental health and physical conditions comprehensively.

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Trauma-Informed

  • Acknowledges the impact of trauma on individuals' lives.

  • Considers the role of trauma in shaping experiences, behaviors, and symptoms.

  • Creates a safe, supportive, and empowering environment.

  • Provides sensitive and compassionate care to promote healing and resilience, particularly in the context of adult ADHD and the diagnostic process.

UNDERSTANDING ADHD

What is ADHD?

 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. While often associated with childhood, ADHD can persist into adulthood and significantly impact daily functioning.

 

ADHD is more than just difficulty paying attention or being hyperactive; it's a complex condition that affects individuals across various aspects of life. From challenges in organising tasks to difficulties in maintaining attention, ADHD can significantly impair one's ability to navigate everyday activities. Understanding the nuances of ADHD is crucial for accurate diagnosis and effective management.

 

References: Barkley, R. A. (2015). Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4th ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Weiss, M., Murray, C., & Weiss, G. (2002). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Journal of Pediatrics, 121(2), 497-501.

 

Types and Symptoms of ADHD

 

The Many Faces of ADHD ADHD manifests in different presentations, including Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined Presentation. Each type presents unique challenges and symptoms, requiring tailored approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding the various types of ADHD is essential for accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment planning. While some individuals may predominantly struggle with inattention, others may exhibit more hyperactive-impulsive behaviours. Recognizing these distinctions allows for targeted interventions that address specific symptom profiles.

References: Faraone, S. V., Asherson, P., Banaschewski, T., Biederman, J., Buitelaar, J. K., Ramos-Quiroga, J. A., ... & Franke, B. (2015). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Nature Reviews Disease Primers, 1(1), 1-23.

ADHD in Adults

 

The Overlooked Reality Contrary to common belief, ADHD is not limited to childhood; it can persist into adulthood and present unique challenges. Adults with ADHD may struggle with focus, organization, and emotional regulation, impacting various aspects of their personal and professional lives.

 

Acknowledging ADHD's impact on adulthood is crucial for early identification and intervention. Many adults with ADHD may go undiagnosed, leading to significant challenges in areas such as employment, relationships, and mental health. Recognising the signs and symptoms of adult ADHD is the first step towards effective management and improved quality of life.

 

References: Wilens, T. E., Dodson, W., & Fried, R. (2011). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults. In Neuropsychopharmacology: The fifth generation of progress (pp. 1791-1808). American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Getting Diagnosed for ADHD

 

The Process of an ADHD Diagnosis Diagnosing ADHD involves a comprehensive evaluation, including diagnostic interviews, standardised behaviour rating scales, and additional tests. A thorough assessment is essential for accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment planning.

 

Seeking a formal diagnosis for ADHD is the first step towards effective management. A comprehensive evaluation helps healthcare practitioners understand an individual's unique symptom profile, rule out other potential causes, and develop targeted interventions that address specific needs.

References: Ramsay, J. R., & Rostain, A. L. (2019). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adult ADHD: An integrative psychosocial and medical approach. New York, NY: Routledge.

ADHD Treatment and Support

 

Unveiling Your Best Self Treatment for ADHD often involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle interventions. By addressing underlying symptoms and challenges, individuals can learn to manage their ADHD effectively and enhance their overall well-being.

 

Effective treatment goes beyond symptom management; it empowers individuals to thrive in all aspects of life. Through personalized treatment plans and ongoing support, individuals with ADHD can unlock their full potential and achieve their goals.

 

References: Safren, S. A., Perlman, C. A., Sprich, S., & Otto, M. W. (2005). Mastering your adult ADHD: A cognitive-behavioral treatment program, client workbook. Oxford University Press.

Interactive Components:

  • Patient Portal (Clinix Digital)

    • Accessible screening tools and resources for individuals to initiate their ADHD assessment journey.

  • Online ADHD Assessment

    • Interactive quizzes or questionnaires to facilitate self-assessment and provide initial feedback.

  • Virtual Consultation Scheduler

    • Seamless integration for scheduling appointments with our ADHD clinicians for personalized assessments and therapy sessions.

Frequently asked questions

When should I seek help for ADHD?

If you’re noticing that you are struggling with your attention and ability to focus this can be a good time to seek support. If you don’t have a diagnosis yet, you will first need a specialist assessment to confirm that you have ADHD. If you already have your diagnosis, we will be able to explore the different treatment options with you.

Which treatments are most effective for ADHD?

How can I get an assessment?

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Recommended readings & Resources

Recommended Readings:

Scattered Minds, by Gabor Mate

ADHD - It's Not a Bloody Trend

The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps, by Melissa Orlov

Resources: ADDITUDE Magazine: free downloadable worksheets, guides and workbooks

ADHD Women's Wellbeing: free resources

Access to work: step by step support for applications

Workplace Accommodations for ADHD: What They Are and How to Request Them

Understanding Adult ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects both children and adults. While ADHD is often associated with childhood, many individuals continue to experience symptoms into adulthood. Adult ADHD can significantly impact various aspects of life, including work, relationships, and overall well-being.

Symptoms of Adult ADHD

 

Adults with ADHD may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Inattention: Difficulty focusing, easily distracted, forgetful

  • Hyperactivity: Restlessness, fidgeting, excessive talking

  • Impulsivity: Interrupting others, making rash decisions, difficulty waiting

 

Impacts of Adult ADHD

Untreated ADHD in adults can lead to several challenges, including:

  • Workplace difficulties: Procrastination, disorganization, poor time management

  • Relationship issues: Impulsivity, poor communication, emotional dysregulation

  • Low self-esteem and emotional struggles: Frequent criticism, underachievement

  • Financial problems: Impulsive spending, missed deadlines, lost opportunities

The Assessment Process

At True North Psychology, we understand the complexities of diagnosing ADHD in adults. Our comprehensive assessment process involves:

  1. Intake and clinical interview: We gather detailed information about your medical history, symptoms, and life experiences.

  2. Neuropsychological testing: Our team administers specialized tests to evaluate cognitive abilities, attention, and executive functioning.

  3. Collateral information: We may gather input from family members, partners, or employers to better understand your symptoms in different settings.

  4. Differential diagnosis: We rule out other potential conditions that may mimic ADHD symptoms.

  5. Feedback and recommendations: After a thorough evaluation, we provide a detailed report, diagnosis, and personalized treatment recommendations.

Treatment and Support

Our evidence-based treatment approach combines:

 

  • Psychotherapy: We offer individual and group therapy to develop coping strategies, improve emotional regulation, and address co-occurring conditions.

  • Medication management: In some cases, we may recommend medication in conjunction with therapy to help manage ADHD symptoms.

  • Lifestyle interventions: We provide guidance on organisational strategies, time management, and lifestyle modifications to support symptom management.

  • Referrals and resources: Our team connects you with additional resources, support groups, and accommodations as needed.

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