I see a psychiatrist for meds. Non-ADHD meds . . . though I do have ADHD. She herself has ADHD. Now I do not see her weekly or even monthly, however I can tell you that she, having the same diagnosis, has been invaluable. I have time for talk. It is 30 minutes. While not strictly “therapy”, it has been therapeutic.
For ongoing therapy she recommended Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and referred me to a colleague. It was a negative experience. This therapist (a Licensed Clinical Social Worker - LCSW) needed to give me a diagnosis (to be paid by insurance). I shared with her, among other problems & behaviors, that ANGER was a challenge for me. So, what did she do? She asked me questions based on the DSM criteria for “Intermittent Explosive Disorder” and decided that that was the correct diagnosis.
Now at the time (I’m retired now) I was an LCSW, working in mental health. I was familiar with the DSM. I thought that she jumped to that diagnosis with no understanding about ADHD, and the poor impulse control and YES . . . ANGER ISSUES associated with ADHD. I discussed my disagreement with her diagnosis. She refused to review it and seemed hell-bent not to change it. When I persisted with my objection to her diagnosis, she said that we were not suited to work together and refused to see me anymore. Quite frankly I think she was threatened by the fact that I was an LCSW and “dared” (my characterization) to challenge her misguided diagnosis.
Now I have seen other therapists previously. I discussed my ADHD challenges. While they were well intending, they stuck to what they new best in the theory and style of therapy that they did.
I think that if a therapist is not thoroughly familiar with ADHD, better yet be a Brain, then that therapist is ill-equipped to help someone with ADHD.