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Ariella Goodwine Fisher, MFT provides therapy and counseling services on the Peninsula including San Mateo, Belmont & Burlingame
Living with
ADHD and

Research has shown that the most effective treatment for Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is multimodal.  That is to say, it does take a village to help a family when a child has ADHD, often accompanied by other disorders such as depression and/or anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or learning disabilities.  Usually, the school is involved, often a doctor is involved and optimally there are therapists on board who have experience with ADHD who can support the child with behavioral interventions and  who can support parents with parent coaching and support. 

Children with ADHD respond to  a parenting style that is warm and responsive while also very structured with regard to limits and boundaries.  Implementing this structure in the home with a child whose neurobiology has resulted in an ADHD diagnosis can sometimes present unique challenges for family members. 

I work with parents of children with ADHD as well as  siblings and other family members.  I also work with the entire family unit, including the child with ADHD either as part of family therapy/parent coaching in conjunction with the child’s individual behavioral therapist.  In some cases, I will also work as a primary therapist for the child or adolescent with ADHD. 

Recommended Reading

Delivered from Distraction:  Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder, by Edward M Hallowell, MD and John J. Ratey, MD
The ADHD Explosion, by Stephen P. Hinshaw and Richard M. Scheffler