Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents. ADHD is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity or restlessness, disruptive behavior, and poor impulse control. Children with ADHD have an inability to focus and are easily distracted. They also tend to be very physically active and have trouble sitting still. Without treatment, ADHD can affect a child's social development and school performance. With treatment, most children with ADHD improve. Seeing a mental health professional can provide children with ADHD critical help in handling frustrations and building self-esteem. Parents of children suffering from ADHD can also benefit from therapy to help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.
Local Experts in ADHD
Individual and group options
People with ADHD are often misunderstood and labelled as the 'problem', 'lazy', 'unreliable', 'misbehaved', and a 'distraction to others'. This can be difficult to feel valued. I provide a safe environment for you to fully express who you and to gain a better understanding of what it means to have ADHD. I hope to help you and/or your child build and strengthen long lasting relationships.
ADHD is a neurobehavioral condition that can be very troubling and challenging for both the parent and the child. When the parent is able to have a better understanding of how the \'ADHD brain\' functions differently, it leads to better understanding of certain behaviors and ways to be more successful in their support of the child.
ADHD remains greatly misunderstood and untreated in adult populations. I work with those struggling with ADHD, their partners, and their relationships in office and through virtual education and support groups.
Attention Deficit Disorder can strike at any time of life, and often compensation techniques that worked well earlier in life can break down when the challenges of career and family place ever increasing demands on your time, energy, and focus. Society often labels people with attention issues as \'lazy\' or \'unreliable\', making it feel even harder to feel valued and capable. I understand your needs
A large portion of the children and adolescents whom I have been working with for the past 8 years have had an ADHD diagnosis. I have a well-rounded knowledge of how to treat this disorder with and without medication. I often times coordinate with primary care physicians, and school staff to help children and adolescents best manage their ADHD symptoms.
Extensive experience in assessment and management across multiple settings
An educator and therapist, I have worked for over thirty years with ADHD clients and their families.
Neurofeedback can help the brain learn to shift gears more easily, helping the client to transition from distraction to focus.
Problems in concentration and focus can reflect different underlying causes. It is important to identify the underlying cause(s) to make useful changes. Stimulant medications can be given to anyone who wants to improve focus but research over the last decade indicates that these medications kill brain cells; they should never be used long term and regularly.
Testing and Assessment
Do you have concerns regarding your response, or your child’s response, to home, classroom, or work environments? Do you believe that you, or your child, demonstrates the symptoms of ADHD? We will need more than one visit in order to determine the best course of action. Once an evaluation has been completed you will receive a suggested treatment options list with recommended resources. \n
For the past five years my primary focus has been working with adults who have ADHD. I also work with couples where one partner has ADHD. In addition to my private practice, I work two days a week at the NW ADHD Treatment Center and I lead group counseling sessions for adults with ADHD. I also work with adolescents, ages 12 and older, to learn skills to better manage ADHD symptoms.
I have worked with children for over three decades in schools and have worked individually and ran groups for children with a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD.
I have focused on the treatment of ADHD in adults, adolescents, and children in both my academic studies and my professional work.
ADHD can have a profound impact on your life. It can damage relationships and how you feel about yourself. I work with people by looking at all of the areas of their lives to build structure that will lead to improvements. Mindfulness practice can also be useful to increase attention and help to build inner confidence.