My practice: I work for and manage the Centers for Family Change. I work out of our Oak Lawn and Oakbrook offices. The best way to reach me, for either office is through our main phone number: 630 586-0900, ext 10. I provide treatment for children, adolescents and adults, with ADHD. I also provide ADHD assessments, for all age groups.
Rationale for the Blog: First, I have strong professional interest in the treatment of ADHD, having worked with children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, for over 25 years. Second, I had the good fortunate to receive my doctorate degree from a psychology program which emphasized both clinical practice and research (the importance of verifying what one believes through research). As a result, I have retained a keen interest in identifying scientific evidence to support my clinical work. Third, blogging, with all its pitfalls, offers the opportunity to share my thoughts with my fellow clinicians and interested others.
A little background (professionally): I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families for over 25 years. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York, at Buffalo, in l983. In addition to completing a pre-doctoral internship (Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago, IL) I also received three years in post-degree training in marriage and family therapy, for the Institute of Juvenile Research, Chicago IL. For the past 25 years I have worked as psychologist . I am one of the founders of the Centers for Family Change, and currently own and manage the practice, as well as continuing to see clients for the practice.
How I became interested in ADHD: Early in my career I became aware that many of the children that I was working with presented with problems involving: disruptive behavior, underachievement and difficulties with rule following. These children typically appeared to have poor self-control. Moreover, these children were frequently a source of great frustration to their parents, and their teachers. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to work with several pediatric neurologists who were familiar with Attention Deficit Disorder (as it was called then). Through my work with these physicians I learned about ADHD and began to develop a specialization in that area.
A disclaimer: I have no family members diagnosed with ADHD. I am not paid by any drug company, insurance company or other group for my opinions on ADHD. My interest in ADHD is solely professional, based on years of working with children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD.
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