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ADHD AWARENESS GROUP for PRACTITIONERS: COACHING, COMMUNITY, AND COMPASSION

I live transparently with ADHD. You’d eventually suspect it even if I wasn’t transparent! My passion is supporting the growth and development of those surviving and of course, thriving while living with ADHD.

It is my intent to create an ongoing bi-weekly ADHD personal growth and management coaching/therapeutic group for mental health care practitioners whose lives and practice are impacted by the quixotic nature of their ADHD behavior and emotions. This group will be a safe place to bring your concerns and to brainstorm in the confidence that you are valued for your differences.

This ongoing practitioners’ ADHD AWARENESS group will focus on creating a nurturing space for in-depth & interpersonal connection and growth. It is intended to support and help manage emotions and behavior through community engagement, coaching, and therapeutic knowledge of some of the personal ADHD-related mysteries. I will share my professional ADHD resources throughout.

PARTICIPANTS

Both Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Practitioners (who think they live with ADHD but don’t want a Diagnosis) or Undiagnosed with a Diagnosed Spouse. There is the opportunity to create two groups: one for self with ADHD alone and one for partners with ADHD diagnosed other. Please identify which group best describes you.

COMMITMENT

There is a 6-session commitment, with attendance every other week for 90 minutes. Group members can re-enroll any time for an additional 6-session commitment. Missed sessions cannot be made up due to the unique group nature of each session. Each participant will schedule a short preliminary phone consultation with me. An ADHD diagnosis is not necessary. Why you ask? If you feel like you live with ADHD and are curious to find out more about it, this is a good place to be curious and private. An underlying personal goal of mine is for more practitioners to be ADHD AWARE.

FEE

The fee for 6-90 minute groups is $65/session or $390.

MEETING SCHEDULE

  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month September 19, 2017
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You can bring your dinner to the meeting.

    Sessions will begin and end on time.

LOCATION

315 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Ste 820, Decatur, Ga 30030

Parking is available for free on the driveway in front of the building at 6 pm.
Interested individuals may initially contact me directly by email at Maureen@maureennolan.net with any questions AND to schedule a phone consultation.

Confidential ADHD AWARENESS is the beginning of new and ongoing personal growth

and of the creation of supportive resources. You are not alone.

Maureen Nolan, LAPC, MACC, NCC

www.maureennolan.net

www.yourattentioncoach.com

Specialist in Neuro-Behavioral Therapy, ADHD/Spectrum, and Coaching Support

Therapy provided under supervision/direction of Dr. Claudia Crenshaw, A.P.R.N., LPC, A Woman’s Space, LLC

A Woman’s Space, LLC

 

 

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The Five Senses of Time

How Does Time Taste, Smell, Feel, and Move in Your Life?

Can Elmo Taste Time?

Can Elmo Taste Time?

“There was a smell of Time in the air tonight. He smiled and turned the fancy in his mind. There was a thought. What did time smell like? Like dust and clocks and people. And if you wondered what Time sounded like it sounded like water running in a dark cave and voices crying and dirt dropping down upon hollow box lids, and rain. And, going further, what did Time look like? Time looked like snow dropping silently into a black room or it looked like a silent film in an ancient theater, 100 billion faces falling like those New Year balloons, down and down into nothing. That was how Time smelled and looked and sounded. And tonight-Tomas shoved a hand into the wind outside the truck-tonight you could almost taste time.”

— Ray Bradbury (born August 22, 1920), The Martian Chronicles

Be as multi-dimensional as you can be as you create a new relationship with time.

Contact Maureen Nolan at 404-713-0488 or maureen@maureennolan.net for a new relationship with the time in your life.

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ADHD and Wheat/Gluten Sensitivity

Wheat is Not My Friend

Going Gluten-Free Changed Some of My Attention Challenges

Celebrating 3 Years Pain-Free

New Mental Clarity a By-Product of Being Gluten-Free

Disclaimer: I’ve waited almost four years to share this personal story so I could be sure of the relationship between going gluten-free and a new mental clarity.  And, I’ve waited to share a ppt presentation on gluten for the same reason. Open at the end of the blog.

In November, 2013 I attended a world-wide gluten summit. For seven days, I listened to MDs, PhDs, MAs, and other professionals speak about the dangers of gluten consumption for humans. Wheat is just fine for animals like cows since they have several stomachs to process the protein otherwise known as wheat. But I have only one stomach and wheat just goes right through me causing pain, discomfort and brain fog that can last up to 24 hours or more. I spent many mornings of my childhood through adulthood feeling sick after eating cereal and bread products. It was so normal I didn’t even question my pain.

I believed I caught the flu a lot because of the frequent experience of a sudden onset of the gluten-induced, flulike symptoms. For me, eating gluten can cause nausea, vomiting, and intense diarrhea and bloating. I have missed out on a lot of fun due to this allergy. More than that, I have been imposing gluten-induced inflammation on my body. And brain inflammation is related to the onset of dementias, one type of which caused my father’s death.

My dad had a dementia called Pick’s Disease. It was an ugly experience for the whole family and I think it hurt him too. When I attended the gluten summit it was out of general interest because I heard that ADHD and gluten may have a relationship. But, I learned that the sticky protein known as gluten causes brain inflammation, and brain inflammation is related to dementia. I knew I had no choice but to go off gluten because of my genetics. At 64, I want to be healthy and happy and enjoy my family. I don’t want them to ‘take care’ of me in my old age.

I went off gluten almost four years ago.

The short story is that within 18 months after eliminating gluten, I knew it was an excellent life choice. I felt better than in my whole life. But if I ate gluten, which I occasionally would at the smell of a chocolate cookie, I would have another gut attack. Now, I am 100% gluten-free and I am in much better mental shape. I have very little brain fog now rather than all the time. It’s my experience that the health of my gut influences the health of my brain.

But, and it’s a big but, I still have my baseline ADHD symptoms.

For me, going gluten-free has cleared the brain fog that made my ADHD symptoms worse but it is not an ADHD cure!

There are now many gluten-free options, with the best-being lots of veggies. I’ve even found a recipe for cauliflower pizza ‘dough!’

Please take ten minutes to review the following power point on gluten. Let me know what decisions you make after watching it. Does it influence your gluten consumption? maureen@maureennolan.net

To your good brain health. Try going gluten free. You might like it!

Maureen Nolan, Atlanta ADHD Coach and Therapist

Wheat and ADHDppt

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Spirituality and ADHD – Oldest Known Written ADHD Reference

Does ADHD enhance or interfere with your spiritual development?

Play a ‘wandering minds want to know’ game with me! It’s called:

What is the oldest known written reference to ADHD?

It is an everyday activity for me to read new research about ADHD and coaching and therapy to better serve my clients. I also nurture my personal search for spiritual growth and development online. I think my ADHD is an asset to my spiritual growth and development. On my spiritual search, I was sent to an ancient text called The Cloud of Unknowing written by an unknown but influential authorThe author was Christian, probably a monk, and his writing influenced Christian thought from AD 500 to the present.

The ADHD nerd that I am loves that I got no further in my reading than the introduction page where I found the presently undisputed and oldest known written reference to the behavior now known as ADHD. The 1922 translator prefaces the mentioned ancient quote with an explanation of the nature of the unknown author:

Nothing is known of him; beyond the fact, which seems clear from his writings, that he was a cloistered monk devoted to the contemplative life. It has been thought that he was a Carthusian. But the rule of that austere order, whose members live in hermit-like seclusion, and scarcely meet except for the purpose of divine worship, can hardly have afforded him opportunity of observing and enduring all those tiresome tricks and absurd mannerisms of which he gives so amusing and realistic a description in the lighter passages of the Cloud. These passages betray the half-humorous exasperation of the temperamental recluse, nervous, fastidious, and hypersensitive, loving silence and peace, but compelled to a daily and hourly companionship with persons of a less contemplative type: some finding in extravagant and meaningless gestures an outlet for suppressed vitality; others overflowing with a terrible cheerfulness like “giggling girls and nice japing jugglers”; others so lacking in repose that they “can neither sit still, stand still, nor lie still, unless they be either wagging with their feet or else somewhat doing with their hands.” Though he cannot go to the length of condemning these habits as mortal sins, the author of the Cloud leaves us in no doubt as to the irritation with which they inspired him, or the distrust with which he regards the spiritual claims of those who fidget.

I love it! I especially love that there are spiritual claims of those who fidget! Imagine that?

I believe the text stands alone in an early written message that people with ADHD are mistrusted in their spiritual sincerity. So, does spirituality require that a body doesn’t move? Yet I suspect that many pastors, rabbis, and imams live with ADHD because it allows easy access to their spirit, hence the phrase moving in the spirit.

Let’s take a message about ADHD Awareness to our churches, synagogues, and mosques. And, the next time you see a squirmer in church remember they nurture their spirit in ways that look like fidgeting.

Call Maureen Nolan, the ADHD Whisperer at 404-713-0488 for information about professional support for your fidgeting needs.

http://catholicspiritualdirection.org/cloudunknowing.pdf

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Coaching for the ADHD Whispers

I am an ADHD Whisperer…

I am your ADHD Whisperer…and I Hear Your Whispers

‘Do I have ADHD’, you whisper to yourself when no one can hear you. Why can’t I pay attention? What’s wrong with me? Why do people get so angry with me? What am I doing wrong?

Maybe you have ADHD and if you do you are a survivor and it’s time to thrive.

I hear your whispers:

I’m afraid, I’m not smart, I’m confused, Something is wrong with me, I’ve felt like something is wrong for so long that nothing feels right anymore…

Your whispers are the real source of your strength. The opposite of every whisper is the truth…

I’m brave, I’m smart, I understand, All is right in my world. 

 

With a calm, down-to-earth, and natural manner, Maureen Nolan, LAPC aka the ADHD Whisperer connects to clients using methods like centering and deep breathing.  Her adept interpersonal skills permit Maureen to communicate to clients a new level of self-respect using the principle of Gradual Progress of Mind.  Capable of perceiving the nuances of body language and the movement of the brain, she helps clients develop a new belief in themselves and hope for the future.  She speaks a language built on respect and compassion, and every individual feels the confidence she has in him or her to be led out of the maze.

Maureen knows whispers are more important than yelling.

It is easy to compare the ADHD Whisperer to a horse or dog whisperer and the comparison is valid. A Whisperer uses his or her knowledge of the mammal brain and mind and gently applies it to the errant behavior being discussed. A client’s intentions behind the behavior are regularly misinterpreted by others in their lives causing grief and sadness. Maureen whispers that there is hope for the future.

ADHD is a human explanation of an irregularity in thought and movement. It shows up in a neuro-diverse person when least expected. Children and untreated adults do not know why they do the things they do but an astute observer like Maureen will discern the true nature of their intent and separate the truth from the myths or wild explanations that they have lived with for so long.

 

Contact Maureen Nolan, LAPC for your first Whisper session. 404-713-0488

My clients bring their secrets and sorrows, and their aspirations and challenges into our sessions. They are brave and bold enough to find out how to make changes in their lives. They are innately creative, resourceful, and strong and so are you.

Will you bring your whispers to life? Let your innate curiosity and creativity breathe and thrive with self-knowledge and new choices. What do you want? What do you need? Bring to life a new, true, and dynamic self by coaching with Maureen Nolan, LAPC.

I hear you whispering: Can Maureen help me? 

Call Maureen Nolan, LAPC now at 404-713-0488 and find out how she will help you. Coaching with Maureen is good for your health and your life.

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