Counselling with an ADHD & autism-friendly approach

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Welcome to Choosing Change, a provider of neurodiversity-affirming counselling support for ADHD adults and the parents of ADHD kids. My name is Sarah Stokely, and I’m a PACFA-certified counsellor who offers in-person counselling at my rooms at Chadstone (Melbourne) or via Telehealth, Australia-wide.

Choosing Change can help you bridge the gap between the medical language of disorder and deficit, to help you move forward understanding how to support your ADHD brain (or ADHD child). As your counsellor, I draw on my mental health expertise and lived experience of ADHD, as someone who has made the same journey that you’re on through diagnosis and towards a life where ADHD is affirmed and supported.

I am also the creator of the Affirming ADHD online program series. These accessible, informative and supportive online groups are delivered live, and help people with a new diagnosis for themselves or their child answer the question “What next?”  The next group program I run will be Making Sense of Adult ADHD in May 2024. For further information about the group please visit Affirming ADHD, or join the waitlist to be informed when bookings open.

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About Choosing Change

Choosing Change supports individuals and families starting the journey towards understanding what an ADHD diagnosis means for them. Whether you are sitting on a waiting list for assessment, or have received an official diagnosis, Choosing Change programs have been designed to help you move forward to your best ADHD life.

It can be difficult – and disheartening! – to try to translate what an ADHD diagnosis means for yourself, or your child. It can feel like you’ve been given a list of things that are wrong with you, or your kid, without a lot of guidance about where to turn next. Choosing Change programs are designed to answer the “what next?” question, and help you write the operating manual for *your* ADHD brain or your ADHD family.

Choosing Change takes a different approach to how we talk about ADHD, and the expectations we hold for you as an adult or parent of a child with ADHD. We can say, hand on heart, that we get it. Because we are ADHDers too. We make the new-to-ADHD-diagnosis learning journey human, because we are ADHD humans.

Choosing Change aims to instill acceptance, hope and humanity into the way we as a community speak about ADHD and neurodivergence. The way we think about ourselves as adults with ADHD. The way we think about and speak to our ADHD kids. This is what we mean we we say we are neurodiversity affirming.



Sarah Stokely offers Personal counselling for adults via telehealth or in person at our counselling space in Chadstone (Melbourne).
Specialties include: Managing life transitions, healing from difficult relationships, thriving with ADHD/neurodivergence.

Telephone: 0449 516 531.
Book online: Choosing Change booking page.

Parent coaching for parents of ADHD/neurodivergent. One on one support for parents, provided by a neurodivergent and neurodiversity-affirming coach.

Making Sense of Adult ADHD, our online group program, will run again in May 2024. Info or waitlist at Affirming ADHD.

Sarah Stokely

“My mission is to make sure we don’t have another ‘lost generation’ of undiagnosed and unsupported kids with ADHD, and for all kids to know what neurodiversity affirming families and schools feels like.

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Why Choose Us

Choosing Change is different… here’s why.

Our services and programs are built with ADHD and neurodiversity in mind.

We believe neuro-affirming parenting and teaching will transform the world for ADHD kids.

Our clinical expertise is paired with lived experience of ADHD. 


0449 516 531

Chadstone, Melbourne
Australia-wide via Telehealth

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