Executive function counseling is behavioral health counseling that specifically targets behaviors related to executive function challenges such as attention, memory, planning, time management, goal setting, organization, problem-solving, and flexible thinking. It addresses the academic, vocational, emotional, and interpersonal difficulties resulting from challenges in the area of executive functioning. It can be short-term to learn skills or utilized long-term for support and accountability. Counseling services can be used as a stand-alone approach or complement psychotherapy and medication management.
Psychotherapy focuses on thoughts, emotions, and psychological barriers to growth. While Behavioral Health Counseling is primarily focused on guiding behavioral change toward one specific goal. It targets concrete changes one at a time while providing accountability.
Supplemental services complement therapy and counseling. They are an addition to rather than a substitute for therapy and counseling. Individual therapy and counseling sessions are typically scheduled weekly or biweekly. Supplemental services are strategically planned in consistent intervals while you are developing new habits and routines.
Accountability check-in 15-minute add-on service (video conferencing format only) that provides accountability between sessions and keeps you on task with your goals
Focus session 25-minute appointments with an accountability partner to complete a task
It works best for older teens and adults who are aware that they need help and feel ready to make a change. Adolescents who have been diagnosed with ADHD or who are not self-motivated to make changes may benefit more from psychotherapy complemented by accountability check-ins and focus sessions. Parents of younger children may benefit from education, support, and learning strategies to help their children through parent counseling.
Even though counseling is beneficial for many people, some are better served with cognitive behavioral therapy to focus on thoughts and emotions or to address specific mental health diagnoses. An initial consultation will help decide if counseling is appropriate or if a referral for psychotherapy is a better path.
Specific costs will depend on your individual needs and the frequency of support. A typical approach for executive functioning challenges includes a combination of individual counseling appointments and accountability check-ins. Many people also choose to schedule optional focus sessions. Cost is based on the frequency of appointments. As progress is made, sessions are less frequent, and costs reduce accordingly. Please reference the Informed Consent for Treatment on the forms page for a detailed listing of fees for individual services. Counseling and supplemental services are self-pay services. However, some EAP programs, like Lyra Health, may cover counseling for executive functioning deficits. Psychotherapy may be covered under your health insurance plan if you have been diagnosed with ADHD.
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