This creates a chaotic reality, but you don't have to figure it out alone.
Welcome to Journey Well Therapy and Task Bandit Coaching, programs to support you in learning how to live well with the brain you have. Devin Dierks, (she/her) LCSW will help you along the way.
All identities are welcome, though I do have special interest in working with those who identify as women.
LCSW | Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Devin Dierks is the owner and sole practitioner of Journey Well Therapy. She can provide a clinical assessment to confirm your ADHD diagnosis and any others as appropriate, and therapy to challenge the negative beliefs you're holding onto. Therapy also involves learning how to target your focus and efforts, work through intense feelings, and actually relax sometimes, free from guilt.
ADHD-CCSP | Certified Clinical Services Provider
Devin is certified to provide ADHD treatment utilizing the most up-to-date research and skills. Working with an experienced provider means that you can trust the process and look forward to growth.
Unsure of how you feel until you REALLY feel it
Need a deadline to get boring, repetitive, or time-consuming tasks finished
Do well with a schedule and/or routine but hate having one
Poor awareness of how much time is passing, chronically running late
Running into things with your body, your car, your stuff; random bruises
Frequent changes in interests, hobbies, and sometimes even jobs/careers
Already diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Struggle to do care tasks such as laundry, cleaning, dishes, etc.
Inconsistent patterns of eating, sleeping, body movement/exercise
The feeling that you're different somehow
Spending a lot of time in your head daydreaming, or thinking of the past or the future
Clutter and piles, though you swear you never lose anything
*These are common experiences that you may or may not identify with. These examples do not constitute an ADHD diagnosis. ADHD has many faces.
RISKS OF UNMANAGED ADHD
Inconsistent performance at school or work
Disconnect in relationships
Increased severity of symptoms of co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety
Shortened life span due to impulsivity and risk-taking
Poorer health outcomes due to inconsistent self-care
"You've introduced me to a version of myself I didn't know existed..."
"A lot of people have a bad first experience with therapy. I'm so glad you were my first therapist!"
"I actually know how to step back and think before I decide what to do now."
"It's a crazy relief to finally hear that I'm not just being lazy."
"I can't believe how much easier it is, now."
Therapy will include skills training, emotion regulation, identification of goals and values, interpersonal work, and treatment of co-occurring disorders. Devin accepts Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plans and private pay. Devin can provide therapy for residents of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado.
Task Bandit Coaching
Coaching will aim to improve your daily functioning and well-being through the practice of new skills in any situation that is important to you.
Coaching is available to any English speaking person world-wide.
Packages and single sessions are available.
The vast majority of health insurance plans will not cover coaching sessions.
If you have executive functioning barriers similar to ADHD symptoms, you can participate in Task Bandit coaching.
If you would like an "official" diagnosis, you may schedule a clinical assessment with Journey Well Therapy.
What’s the difference between therapy and coaching for ADHD?
Therapy is treatment for a diagnosed medical condition. Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, a neurodevelopmental spiciness, and/or anxiety or depression, which are mental disorders. Therapy aims to reduce symptoms of disorders through evidence-based treatments. Health insurance plans often pay for mental health therapy because it is a medical treatment.
Coaching is an excellent adjunct to therapy for ADHD, particularly for people who do not have other diagnoses. Psychological treatments, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you figure out your underlying thoughts, beliefs, and why you behave the way that you do. Yet to improve performance in any important area of life, it’s important to have structure, accountability, and an exchange of skills and strategies in order to actually experience positive change.
Coaching is not treatment for ADHD. It is a method that complements treatment for ADHD.
I have two businesses, one for therapy and one for coaching, because they are very much not the same service. You will always be informed about which service is being provided so that you can consent to the help that you receive.
A few examples:
When ADHD is poorly managed, mood swings can become intense. We can work together in therapy to identify how your thoughts could be contributing to the intensity of your feelings, and develop ways to surf your mood until it passes by.
ADHD can also create issues with task initiation. If you really need to start doing the dishes more frequently, we can coach you to an on-ramp
that makes it possible.
Therapy = Treatment for a Disorder
Coaching = Non-Clinical; Focused on Problems and Solutions
Why should I consider working with a professional?
There is a wealth of information available on the internet about ADHD. There are numerous Tik Tok videos about living with ADHD. You could even ask Chat GPT to tell you about ADHD. Information is everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that it’s accurate or helpful. A professional can provide guidance and support that is tailored to your needs. A decent professional can also be counted on to provide information, skills, strategies, and support that are based in science. This is the tricky part about social media: some information being shared is helpful and provides a sense of community, but some information is passed off as accurate even if it isn’t. To someone who is untrained, it’s tough to know the difference, especially if a reel has millions of views. To put it simply: You can read about ADHD, watch videos all day about how other people live with it, but working alongside a professional ensures that treatment is tailored especially for you.
You will be responsible for the full cost of your session(s) at the time of service. Are you worth some careful budgeting and an investment of time, energy, and resources? You sure are.
Take a look at your insurance card. If you have a BC/BS PPO or HMO insurance plan in Illinois or Iowa, or a BC/BS PPO plan in Kansas or Colorado, your plan may cover mental health treatment. Checking into your coverage is your responsibility prior to your first session. Call the member services number on your card to find out details and potential cost such as a co-pay.
If you are going to pay privately, I can accept: HSA/FSA cards, credit/debit cards, check, Venmo, Paypal, or Cash App.
If you have a different insurance plan but would like to use out-of-network benefits, I can provide you with a Superbill, which is a special receipt that includes necessary information for potential reimbursement. You can ask your plan about your out-of-network benefits. You may have some, you may not have any. You will still be responsible for the cost of your session, but your insurance may reimburse you at a later time.
What About Meds?
Stimulant medication can be a helpful tool for those living with ADHD. Thousands of studies over many years demonstrate that these medications are safe to use and effective in decreasing symptoms. I do not prescribe medication; that role belongs to doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who work in the mental health field. If you are interested in trying medication to help manage your symptoms, I can help you find a provider. This is a personal choice that should be discussed collaboratively between you and your care team. Medication is not necessary in order to participate in my programs, and it is not required for living well with ADHD. You will not be pressured into trying medication by me, but I can answer most questions that you may have about it when you're considering whether or not to contact a medication provider.
Why You, Devin?
Unfortunately, there is no specific requirement for therapists to learn how to work with ADHD before getting their license. That’s why many well-meaning therapists will misattribute symptoms of ADHD with something else, such as anxiety. I’ve taken additional education on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and only work with adults with ADHD in my practice. I'm a licensed, clinical therapist which means that even if you work with me for coaching, you can rest assured that your investment is worthwhile. Anyone can call themselves a coach, a life coach, an ADHD coach, etc. as the coaching profession is still widely unregulated. There are a number of fantastic coaches out there, yet even more “coaches” who are caring but, well, don't know what they're doing.