Center for ADHD is unlike any other therapy/counseling provider in the Philadelphia area or South Jersey which is why families come from throughout Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware County as well as New Jersey and Delaware to work with us. We offer individual therapy as well as small groups.
As many parents have learned traditional therapy/counseling is often not a productive use of time and financial resources for individuals who are diagnosed with ADHD, learning differences, Asperger’s and related challenges.
Additionally, most therapy is not “boy-friendly” in the sense that treatment often looks like attempting to find ways to get the individual to verbalize his innermost thoughts and feelings. This is counter-intuitive to how boys operate. We understand from a male perspective how to make therapy a positive and productive experience for boys and young men who may have any aversion to participating in therapy based on their past experiences.
Our approach is about teaching practical strategies and skills that are lagging in individuals who present with ADHD and related challenges. Our approach is structured but informal in order to create an optimal learning environment. Parents are always involved in learning with their children.
Areas we frequently work on during our sessions include:
- Developing age-expected emotional regulation skills
- Improving compliance at home
- Developing resiliency to get through non-preferred tasks
- Improving cognitive flexibility (being less “black and white” in thought process)
- Learning how to differentiate between what’s a “small problem” or “big problem”
- Reducing compulsive video gaming/internet usage
- Managing social anxiety around similar-age peers
- Improving self-advocacy skills
- Developing independent problem solving skills
- Improving perspective taking ability (understanding other’s thoughts and feelings & understanding how you come across to others)
- Improving self-confidence
- Cultivating and sustaining friendships
Topics frequently addressed with parents include:
- Improving compliance and avoiding power struggles
- Helping your child to develop resiliency
- Improving executive function skills (going from being prompt-dependent to independent)
- Supporting instead of enabling
- Setting realistic expectations at home
- Helping your child shift from a sense of entitlement towards a motivation to earn things
- Creating parameters around “screen time” usage in the home
- Understanding how to move your child away from being over-dependent to feeling empowered
- Managing your child’s emotional/behavioral dysregulation at home so family life is not revolving around your child’s moods and behaviors
- Communicating with your child about difficult/uncomfortable topics