What are your fees?
The fee for individual sessions is $120.00 per 55-minute session. The fee for an assessment which is required to participate in our programs is $120.00 which includes a review of testing reports, etc. in advance. The fee for small groups is $70 per session. Tuition for social skills programs vary by program. Payment is due at the time of service and can be made by cash, check or Venmo. Please note that Center for ADHD/Ride the Wave Counseling does not accept credit card payments.
Do you accept insurance?
We are considered an out-of-network provider thus we do not accept or file insurance claims. We can provide you with an invoice you can submit to your insurance provider. Please check with your insurance provider about their out-of-network benefits for mental health. Services will be billed as “therapy” or “group therapy”.
What makes you different than other therapists/psychologists/counselors, etc.?
Our approach to therapy is designed for the male brain. As many parents have learned traditional “talk therapy”/counseling is not boy-friendly. Our approach is about teaching practical skills and strategies, not talking about feelings week after week. We integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques into a structured but informal approach.
Families travel from throughout the Philadelphia area to work with us because our skill-building approach to treating ADHD, learning disabilities and related challenges is a vast departure from traditional therapy. Our approach to addressing lagging executive functioning, social and emotional regulation skills is practical and concrete.
We work with many teens who are resistant to treatment because of their previous experiences in therapy and social skills groups.
What’s the difference between Center for ADHD and Ride the Wave Counseling?
Center for ADHD started in 2014 specializing in treating ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger’s and related challenges. We became well known throughout the area for our innovative approach to teaching social skills, executive functioning and emotional regulation skills. As word spread that we specialize in working with boys and young adult males parents began to reach out to us to inquire if we work with individuals who do not have an ADHD/LD/Asperger’s diagnosis.
Center for ADHD represents the portion of our services that includes treatment for ADHD, Asperger’s, social skills programs and social anxiety treatment (specific to ADHD & Asperger’s).
Ride the Wave Counseling is the portion of our male-specific practice that serves the general population and includes therapy, social anxiety treatment and counseling groups for boys. No diagnosis is needed to participate in Ride the Wave Counseling programs.
There seems to be a lot of social skills groups in the area. What makes you unique?
We are the only provider of social skills groups and programs designed for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. Additionally, we are the only provider of social anxiety groups for boys who present with ADHD or Asperger’s.
The fact that we teach Social Thinking as it was intended to be taught as well as our level of training and experience also sets up apart. Ryan Wexelblatt, Director has used Social Thinking since 2011 with great results. He received a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion and presented at the 2017 Social Thinking Global Providers Conference.
If you ask the students who attend our social skills programs what makes us different they will most likely tell you that our groups are enjoyable because we do not sit around a table and talk about social skills or practice scripted behaviors. We create a fun, relaxed learning environment so students are receptive to learning.
What draws many families to us is the fact that we understand from first-hand experience the nuances of male-male communication and friendships. We teach boys how to successfully be part of a male peer group and all of the “hidden rules” that exist when boys and young men spend time together.
How soon can we expect results?
It is very important to note that within the realm of building social, executive functioning and emotional regulation skills there are no quick fixes. The work we do involves teaching skills that people with social learning challenges do not develop intuitively. This is a significant amount of depth to this learning process. With consistency, results will come slowly but steadily. It requires patience on behalf of the parents.
We tried social skills groups in the past that didn’t seem like a good fit for our son with ADHD. He desperately needs the help but doesn’t want a repeat of his past experience. What can I tell him about your groups/programs?
You can tell him that this will be a very different experience from other social skills groups he’s attended because we approach “teaching social” very differently. Whether it’s a small group that we hold during the week or our How to Hang Out Programs we make our social skills programs and smal groups dynamic and fun. We often find that our group and programs are the first time many participants felt comfortable sharing their feelings about their social learning challenges or social anxiety with other boys. Many boys participate in our programs throughout the year because they enjoy the camaraderie of being with similar-age peers who “get them”.
Our 14 year old needs a lot of help with executive functioning. What exactly do you do in these sessions?
Our work focuses on what we refer to as “global executive functioning” rather than just academic-specific executive functioning. Areas we address include: including: learning how to feel the passage of time, planning ahead, persevering through non-preferred tasks/assignments and learning how to be less prompt-dependent You can learn more on our executive function coaching page. Parents are typically involved in all or part of our executive function coaching sessions for students in elementary through high school. We also work with many college students who present with executive function weaknesses. The skills and strategies we teach in our executive function coaching sessions are not taught in schools.