You have always known that your child has a lot of energy, but lately, this energy seems to be keeping them from engaging with day-to-day life. They can’t seem to focus on instructions or pay attention in school or at home, they get “off-task” easily and have to be redirected. And trying to keep up with them is leaving you exhausted.
Their grades, friendships, and family interactions are suffering. And the impulsivity, noncompliance, or sometimes outright defiance, are making you feel like life is out of control.
Whether your child has been kicked out of multiple preschools, struggles to make safe choices, or seems to be going in a million directions at once, you know something isn’t quite right.
Lately, your child has morphed into a different person. What used to be your loving, kind, and gentle baby is having a hard time finding any semblance of joy in their life. It’s as if they can’t fully engage with any one or anything because their mind and body are being pulled in several different places.
So here you are, wondering if the answer to your child’s struggles might be ADHD.
Often, your child feels frustrated by the inability to focus or distressed by their own behaviors and how they often drive their peers away. They are struggling with everyday life, and you worry about their unhappiness and their future success in life.
You truly want your child fit in with others and do well at school and at home. But you have no idea how to help them manage all of the distracting energy they seem to have inside them. You never imagined how tiring this journey would be. And you certainly didn’t expect you’d need to reach out for profession help.
Signs Your Child is Struggling with ADHD
- Behavioral: your child is aggressive, excitable, hyperactive, impulsive, irritable, or fidgety
- Cognitive: your child is absent-minded or forgetful and has difficulty focusing, problems paying attention, or a short attention span
- Mood: your child often feels angry, anxious, bored, excited, or experiences mood swings
When You Seek Support for ADHD from The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
- You and your child will learn how to structure environments which foster emotional and behavioral success
- Your child will develop greater self-confidence and behavior management skills
- You will learn parenting strategies to increase positive behaviors
- You will learn how to help your child better function at home and at school
- You and your child will grow closer together and enjoy spending more time together
The ADHD Counseling Process
Therapy for ADHD is intended to help your child gain the skills and tools necessary to more effectively engage in the tasks of everyday life without negative disruptions due to attention difficulties or struggles with self-management. Together, you, your child, and your therapist will work with scientifically-backed, evidence-based therapies to help your child gain control of their inner and outer worlds in more effective ways.
Therapy for children and teens with ADHD is based upon helping them to learn to structure their environment and behaviors in such a way as to be successful in school, family, and peer environments.
Here’s what to expect:
FIRST CONTACT: Free phone consult
Prior to beginning treatment with us, we want to make sure that we are a good fit for you and your child’s needs. For this reason, we offer a free 15-minute initial phone consult to learn more about your/your child’s current circumstances and to determine if we are the best resource for you. Assuming that we are a good match, you will then schedule an intake session.
WEEK ONE: Intake Session
During this initial 90-minute session, the assigned therapist will meet with you as the parent(s) or guardian(s) to gather background information on your child and to fill out rating scales to provide an assessment baseline upon which to build our treatment plan and goals.
WEEK TWO: Child Intake Session
During this 45- to 60-minute session, the therapist will interview your child as well as meet with you as the parent(s) or guardian(s) to ask any follow-up questions which may be helpful in treatment planning and goal-setting to best meet your child’s needs.
WEEK THREE: Feedback Session
Now that we’ve thoroughly assessed your child’s needs, we will meet with you to discuss the diagnoses, identify starting goals, and provide education on the apparent causes and factors which are leading to your child’s troubling thoughts and behaviors.
WEEK FOUR and Beyond: ADHD Therapy
At this point, you and your child will attend regular weekly therapy sessions. However, your therapist may determine that you and your child need to come more or less frequently, depending upon your child’s symptoms.
Together, in each subsequent session, you, your child, and your therapist will use evidence-based psychotherapy models to help your child learn to identify and address the troublesome thoughts and behaviors that they experience because of ADHD. This typically includes the integration of techniques from Behavioral Parent Training (BPT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), or other evidence-based modalities.
Each session is designed to help your child learn to effectively focus, to better listen to authority figures, and to gain control of their hyperactive symptoms.
TERMINATION: The Final Sessions
As your child gets closer to their therapy goals, we will develop a plan for successfully transitioning them into a life without weekly therapy. This often means moving sessions from once a week to every other week, to monthly sessions, or to finishing out services completely. We also work with you and your child to develop a relapse prevention plan at this time. Our goal is for your child to be able to retain what we have worked on together and to implement all they have learned in therapy outside of sessions in their everyday life.
More About The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
As a team of licensed therapists, we are experts at teaching you to make the behavioral choices that get you closer to your goals.
We work from an evidence-based perspective. This means that our job is to help you understand your struggles and provide solutions proven to be very effective. Negative thoughts, distressing feelings, and unhelpful behaviors don’t have to be part of your life, and ADHD therapy at The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management is about changing the way you think, recognizing how your beliefs are holding you back, becoming informed, seeing the world more accurately, and engaging in behaviors that you won’t regret later.
We make it our mission to help you regain control of your life by providing effective strategies supported by science. We are dedicated to being on top of the most recent knowledge and helping you solve problems based on what the research says is effective. It is our passion to educate you on what is and isn’t working in your life so that you can get back in the driver’s seat and take yourself where you want to go.
Who Benefits Most from ADHD Counseling
Therapy for parents of children and children with ADHD is best for those who need relief from the constant battle to stay on task and to manage behaviors.
Often, the child with ADHD is doing the best that they can but fighting a battle that feels impossible to win. ADHD Counseling can help them to more effectively manage their symptoms so that they can gain more control over the outcome of their life.
Your child will benefit from ADHD therapy if:
- They need help to focus in school
- They struggle with peer relationships
- They aren’t reaching their full potential
- You are willing to learn ways in which you can restructure the home environment to help your child succeed
There are certain situations where you and your child might not be ready for counseling sessions with us.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Situations where your family’s schedules are too busy to commit to weekly therapy
- Situations where the child or parent does not want to practice the techniques outside of session
- Situations where parents are not committed to the process
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does Therapy for ADHD Cost?
ADHD counseling for children is a fee-for-service program. As such, we do not take insurance, but we do provide paperwork that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network benefits and potential reimbursement.
When and Where are the ADHD Counseling Sessions?
Our office is conveniently located in Chester, NJ, 07930 next to the New Toys with Love building.
Sessions are currently held by appointment only Monday – Saturday.
Your Next Steps
You absolutely can learn strategies to help your family and your child manage attention problems and hyperactivity/impulsivity.
Knowing how much your child struggles with impulsivity and attention issues may make a calm home life feel impossible, but that doesn’t mean your child won’t find their place in the world. They just need the support of a caring professional and evidence-based strategies while they figure out how to best manage it all.
Your child will get the tools they need to be more successful in school, build stronger friendships, and be more comfortable at home. And they’ll also grow in self-esteem as they begin to better relate with others and better manage their emotions and behaviors.
Ultimately, your child will learn to manage the symptoms of ADHD. We can help.
Call (908) 914-2624 to schedule your 15-minute phone consult to see if we’re a good fit for your child’s ADHD treatment needs today.