ADHD Evaluations, Reports & Counseling
for Children and Teens
Is your child struggling to complete tasks at school, despite feedback that they are “smart”?
Does it feel as though your child isn’t living up to their potential, even though they are capable and willing to try?
Does your child make the same mistakes over and again?
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) impacts children and adolescents in many areas- schoolwork, friendships, motivation, household chores, and maturity level.
ADHD looks different in every child, but here are some common signs of ADHD:
Able to do complex or difficult tasks but difficulty with basic and rote tasks.
Makes “silly mistakes” on assignments/homework due to not reading directions or not checking work.
Has difficulty understanding appropriate boundaries with peers.
Easily overwhelmed by mundane or “easy” tasks that require concentration.
Poor memory and listening skills.
Frequently caught daydreaming in class or when required to sit still.
Constantly fidgeting or unable to sit still, when compared with peers.
Able to focus for long periods of time when the task is interesting.
If you think your child might have ADHD, an evaluation and written report provides invaluable information. It can clarify whether or not your child has a diagnosis, what other factors may be affecting your child, how those factors are impacting your child as an individual, and most importantly, what you can do to help your child succeed.
I offer ADHD evaluations and written reports for children and teens in my Poway office.
Common Questions About ADHD Evaluations:
What happens in an evaluation?
We start with an initial chat on the phone, then schedule a time for me to meet with you and your child in the office.
At the first appointment, I will ask you and your child multiple questions and provide all of you with various questionnaires to complete. Once I collect all of the needed questionnaires, I will write a full evaluation with findings and recommendations to help your child. We will have a final meeting (called a feedback session) to review this report, answer any questions, and provide any referrals for helpful resources.
If I think your child might benefit, I will refer you to a child psychiatrist who can make a final determination and provide a prescription, if necessary.
What happens after an ADHD evaluation?
I also offer counseling services for children and teens with ADHD. Counseling often helps those with ADHD to learn how to manage their emotions, prioritize tasks, increase concentration and focus, and reduce impulsive behaviors.
In addition to traditional counseling methods, I am trained to provide HeartMath services. HeartMath is a technology that has been scientifically proven to help your child achieve balance between the heart, mind and emotions. This is called coherence.
HeartMath provides your child with direct feedback in a video game like atmosphere. Through HeartMath, your child will gain tools to learn better emotional regulation, stress reduction and productivity.
What about medication?
As a licensed psychologist I am unable to provide prescriptions for medication and focus specifically on testing and counseling. Some children and teens do benefit from medication for ADHD. Research has shown that a combination of medication and therapy is the most effective treatment for most children. If I think your child might benefit then I’ll refer you to a child psychiatrist who can make a final determination and provide a prescription, if necessary.
If you want help for your child or teen, schedule an initial phone consultation and we can discuss the best fit for your child’s needs.
I am accepting new clients at this time.
After school appointments are typically available Monday thru Thursday.
For psychological testing, I will provide you with an estimate of the hours/fee prior to the start of testing. A 50% deposit of the full amount is due prior to the testing. The remaining balance is due the day of the report/feedback session.
Payment is due at the time of service.
I accept Cash, Check, Credit or Debit cards for payment. For convenient payments, I use Ivy Pay, a HIPAA secure credit card payment system.
Please note there is a $25 fee for returned checks.
I am currently an out of network provider for all PPO’s. Services may be covered by your health insurance or employee benefit plan but there is no guarantee of payment. Please note that my services are provided and charged to you, not your insurance company, so you are responsible for payment.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.