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ADHD Diagnostic Assessments and ADHD Coaching

Are you questioning
if you have ADHD?

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Recognising ADHD in adulthood

External events such as difficult life events, trauma, grief, times of transition can all intensify ADHD symptoms. It is common therefore that these times can be the catalyst for seeking out an ADHD assessment in adulthood. There is a strong genetic link with ADHD. It is common therefore for adults to reflect on whether they may have ADHD, if a child or another family member receives a diagnosis too.


For women with ADHD, executive dysfunction often intensifies at times of their life when their hormones significantly change, i.e. in adolescence, in pregnancy, after having a baby, when returning to work after maternity leave; and/or in the peri menopause. Consequently, these are common times when a woman may start to question if she has ADHD too.

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The symptoms of ADHD can be more difficult to recognise in adults because over time people tend to learn to mask, as well as naturally developing strategies to compensate for their most common challenges. As a result, symptoms of ADHD in adulthood are often far more subtle than childhood symptoms, especially in high functioning individuals.

A list of symptoms which can be associated with ADHD in adults:

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  • Carelessness or lack of attention to detail (unless something is very interesting or important to you, then you may 'hyperfocus' on it to compensate).

  • Continually starting new tasks

  • Difficulty finishing ongoing projects (unless a deadline or consequence is imposed).

  • Poor organisational skills

  • Difficulty prioritising

  • Difficulty switching your attention between tasks

  • Continually losing or misplacing things

  • Forgetfulness

  • Restlessness and edginess

  • Difficulty with turn taking, often perceived as being 'overly keen'

  • Blurting out responses/interrupting others

  • Mood swings, irritability or a quick temper

  • Impatience

  • Difficulty starting boring tasks

  • A tendency to procrastinate

  • Engaging in risky behaviours, such as extreme sports or driving dangerously

  • Talking fast and/or 'too much'

  • A tendency to 'over share'

  • Struggling to manage rejection

  • Frequently feeling stressed and/or overwhelmed

Source: Some of these symptoms descriptions are taken from the NHS website

What does a private ADHD assessment entail?


The Process:

  • An assessment session to discuss your personal history

  • 2-3 sessions to complete a semi-structured interview

  • Me speaking with a parent, carer or sibling who can confirm how ADHD like symptoms are affecting you and what they noticed in your childhood. (If no-one is available, a copy of a school report may suffice, along with me speaking to someone who knows you well now, like a partner, friend or colleague).

  • I will then write a report summarising the results, my recommendations and advice regarding helpful next steps.

The Cost:

The amount of time it takes to complete the above process can vary from person to person.

Consequently, I believe it is fairest to charge an hourly rate of £150 per hour for all stages of the process. Rather than charging a higher standard fee for all. As an guideline, it is likely to be costed at 6 - 8 hours in total.

ADHD Coaching

After diagnosis, I can offer you ADHD Coaching, using a range of evidence based psychological approaches, if desired. ADHD Coaching a natural way of improving your quality of life and adapting to life with ADHD. It can be used instead of, or in addition to medication. It is always bespoke to your needs.

ADHD Coaching may involve:

  • Emotionally making sense of your ADHD diagnosis

  • Learning strategies to improve coping

  • Maximising on your strengths

  • Overcoming imposter syndrome

  • Thinking about how to reduce your challenges

  • Putting systems in place and/or adapting your environment to optimise functioning

Information about medication:
I am a Clinical Psychologist trained to provide adult ADHD assessments and ADHD Coaching. I am not a medication prescriber. Consequently, if you receive an ADHD diagnosis and then decide that you would like to try a medication as part of your treatment plan, then you would need to consult separately with a prescriber to do this. I can advise you on how to find an NHS or private prescriber, if required.

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"Can I get assessed and treated for Adult ADHD on the NHS?"

Yes anyone can request an ADHD assessment via their GP. However, wait times for NHS assessment services are currently 2-4 years in most areas of England. As a result, many GPs are refusing to even refer individuals who are objectively functioning well, even if they demonstrate clear symptoms of ADHD on the ASRS screening tool.


If you are registered with a GP surgery in England, then you do have the right to choose where you are referred to for an ADHD assessment. This means you can request to be referred to the private provider 'Psychiatry UK', who I believe currently have approximately a 6-12 month waiting list currently. Your GP will tell you if they are willing to put you forward for this. Again you may find that it is dependent on local priority and need. If you are seen by the NHS, then you are likely to be offered an ADHD assessment and medication may be offered as a treatment option, if you receive a diagnosis.

I'm not aware of any NHS providers offering ADHD Coaching after diagnosis.

"How do I book?"

If you would like to book a private ADHD assessment or are interested in ADHD Coaching with me, then please email me at:

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