ADHD & Money: here’s some helpful strategies.

written by Bari Tessler June 28, 2023

Dear Money Adventurer,

After a bit of a hiatus, the Art of Money podcast is back with a brand-new episode. I could not be more thrilled to introduce you to my guest: former social worker turned financial therapist, Lindsay Bryan-Podvin.

While Lindsay’s expertise speaks to mental health and neurodivergence, we have a shocking amount in common. In an origin story that feels oh so familiar, Lindsay graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work and began working in the field, only to find herself making less as a social worker with a specialty in mental health than she did waiting tables.

To make matters worse, her clients were stressed about money and needed guidance, but none of her training and education had taught her how to talk about money at all. Money became the subject she couldn’t escape but wasn’t equipped or resourced to address.

Fast forward to today, and Lindsay has found the answers she once needed. She holds a certificate in Financial Social Work, is recognized as a Certified Financial Therapist by the Financial Therapy Association, and is also the author of the self-paced workbook, “The Financial Anxiety Solution.” The synchronicities in our stories make me smile.

As a fellow financial therapist, I was delighted to have the chance to learn from her about the money strengths and challenges that come with being neurodivergent and the tools and practices that help folks navigate them.

With diagnoses of ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) on the rise, I know I’m not the only one asking these questions. This is an important and meaningful conversation for countless folks and families in our community.

I’ve been tap dancing impatiently since we recorded this interview because I loved every minute of it, and I am so honored and excited to share it with you!

So, without further ado, tune in to this richly layered money conversation to learn:

  • The difference between neurodivergence and mental health
  • How ADD and ADHD can impact your money behaviors and emotions
  • Why Lindsay felt money shame even when she was doing everything “right”
  • The renaming practice that honors and celebrates spontaneity – and why it matters
  • The money practice Lindsay calls “planning for the worst and hoping for the best”
  • Plus! 3 of Lindsay’s top recommendations to help neurodivergent folks build more sustainable money practices and a happier, healthier relationship with money

Listen Here:

Whether you’re neurodivergent, neurotypical, or not really sure, I truly encourage you to take the time to listen in here. This money conversation offers a wealth of wisdom to help all of us find a little more compassion and understanding for each other – and ourselves.

That is my wish for you. May you seek new perspectives and understanding, and may you feel seen, heard, and supported in your life and money journey.

P.S. Did you hear my big news?

Early bird enrollment is NOW OPEN for my Art of Money Mentor Program, a small group financial therapy and mentorship experience created exclusively for therapists, coaches and financial professionals. Find out everything you need to know and save your seat right over here. *Plus you’ll receive a money date ritual kit as a gift when you join early.

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