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Thursday, March 7th, 2019

We’re Hiring: ADHD Professionals New York & San Francisco

San Francisco – The Hallowell Center of San Francisco, located in the downtown area, is seeking to expand. We are currently seeking part-time clinicians (Board certified psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, social workers, or nurse practitioners) to join our team .Candidates must have experience in working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and associated disorders including anxiety and depression. They must demonstrate excellent diagnostic and clinical skills.

The Hallowell Center is a multidisciplinary private practice with offices in New York, Boston, and San Francisco that provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for a full range of emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues in children and adults. The San Francisco office primarily treats adolescents and adults but is considering adding services for children as well. Founded by Dr. Edward Hallowell, the Hallowell Center uses a strength-based model to help all of their clients recognize and reach their full potential. 

Applicants must align with our strength-based approach and have the ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team. Because our San Francisco office is small applicants must, in addition, be flexible and fairly independent. We are particularly looking for self-starters interested in growing with and helping us build our team. There is room for growth and flexibility within our practice and the position could conceivably expand to full time. The position is fee for service and anyone hired must be willing to work some evenings and/or Saturdays.

We are particularly interested in clinicians with the following skills:

-Psychiatrists or Nurse Practitioners who can provide medication evaluations and ongoing medication management. Training and/or experience in integrative approaches a plus

-Couples therapists experienced in working with couples where ADHD is an issue

-Clinicians/educators/coaches who are knowledgeable and skilled in helping clients develop executive function skills, including high school and college age students 

-Group therapist that has used protocols for ADHD

-Clinicians trained in DBT or EMDR, who have used these models to treat ADHD.


If you are interested, please reply to: gabrielle@hallowellsfo.com

Please forward this message to potentially interested colleagues.



The Hallowell Center of New York is seeking a part-time child and adolescent clinician (licensed psychologist or social worker) to join our team. Clinician must be an excellent diagnostician with expertise in CBT, executive function coaching, and parent training for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as other developmental disorders. Expertise in additional treatment modalities would make a candidate especially attractive. Clinicians interested in working with adults as well as children are welcome.

The Hallowell Center is a multidisciplinary practice that provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for a full range of emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders in children and adults. Founded by Dr. Edward Hallowell, the Hallowell Center uses a strength-based model to help all children and adults recognize and reach their potential.

Applicants must align with our strength-based approach and have the ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team. We are particularly looking for self-starters interested in growing with and helping us build our team. There is room for growth and flexibility within our practice and the position could conceivably expand to full time. The position is fee for service and anyone hired must be willing to work some evenings and preferably Saturdays.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Sue Hallowell at sue@hallowellcenter.org.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

ADHD Diagnoses on the rise!

Why have ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. gone from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016?  Is that a good thing or bad thing?

In Distraction, S3 Mini 23, Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on why more U.S. kids aged 4 to 17 are being diagnosed with ADHD, and what that increase really means.  LISTEN NOW!

What you should know about getting an ADHD Diagnosis and the   Treatment of ADHD 

 Make sure you consult with a well-trained specialistThe doctors who have the most training in ADHD are child psychiatrists. If you are an adult, be aware that all child psychiatrists also are trained in adult psychiatry. Ask the person you see if he or she has extensive experience in working with patients in your age group. It is imperative that you consult with a professional who has extensive experience. If you can’t find such a person, start by calling the department of psychiatry at the medical school nearest to you.

The diagnosis rests upon a careful history taken from the identified patient as well as at least one other person, such as parent, spouse, sibling, or close friend, as well as, if possible, teacher comments.

You should develop a comfortably connected relationship with the person diagnosing and treating you so that you can turn to him or her with trust whenever the need arises.

The history may be supplemented by neuropsychological testing. This is paper-and-pencil testing that includes puzzles and games. It’s actually often fun to take these tests. They are not diagnostic of ADHD, but they add valuable information.

Treatment begins with education. The patient and concerned others need to learn what ADHD is, and what it is not. A diagnosis of the mind, like ADHD, must be fully understood if it is to be mastered and made good use of. At its best, ADHD can become an asset, rather than a liability, in a person’s life. But, for this to happen, the person has to develop a deep appreciation for how ADHD works within him or her. To understand ADHD, a person could begin with one of my books, like Delivered From Distraction, or with some other book on the topic. Just be sure you read a book by a highly qualified expert who writes clearly and well.

Treatment proceeds with a re-structuring of one’s life. Usually, disorganization is a leading problem in the life of the person who has ADHD. Often an organizational coach can help enormously in developing new habits of organization and time management.

Treatment should also include physical exercise, at least 4 times per week. Dr. John Ratey’s work and his book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, notes that physical exercise is one of the best treatments we have for ADHD.

Proper nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of ADHD in all ages. The key simply is to eat well, avoid junk food and sugar, eat whole foods, and don’t self-medicate with carbs, as many people with ADHD are tempted to do.

If you think you might have ADHD, CLICK HERE to learn what the Hallowell Centers can do for you.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Leveling – and Financing – the Entrepreneurial Playing Field for People with Learning Differences

$100,000 investment

Over the years you have heard stories from me about how the positive traits of ADHD can provide entrepreneurial superpowers when managed correctly. Traits such as creativity, empathy, risk tolerance and the ability to hyper-focus on a task are all valuable in the entrepreneurial and business world.  David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue, and Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, are clearly success stories demonstrating what can be accomplished through grit and determination despite – or because of – having learning differences.

I also have heard from many, many people with learning differences that they have numerous great ideas that could become great businesses. They truly aspire to become that next iconic success story but, they lack the know-how to get their business off the ground or to get it to the next level. In reality, the biggest issue is they do not have the funding to make a go of it. Many have been unable to accumulate enough assets in their career or are unable to tap family members for investment. Banks or traditional investors can be risk averse and may not relate well to the ADHD entrepreneur.  Consequently, there remains this dream business that is tantalizingly out of reach. This dream that won’t go away, and they can’t get anyone to listen, let alone write a check to fund it.

Well, that’s about to change. The folks over at InventiveLabs, Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron, continue to plow forward with their vision of enabling and leveling the playing field for people with learning differences. They have been able to work with an amazing investment group that is focused on funding businesses that are associated with their program. This investment group’s mission is to create successful businesses and they want to give back to the learning differences community. The group is offering an astonishing $100,000 investment for InventiveLabs annual Pitch Competition this spring.  It is not all just about money, it is also knowledge – selected teams will be able to attend the InventiveLabs Accelerator at no cost to prepare their pitch deck for their presentation to investors.  At a minimum, you will learn how to get you business funded if it is not quite ready for prime time. And, you may just win that investment and get a team of mentors to help you grow your business to the next level.

Rick and Tom tell me this is not a charity, they are looking for real businesses with real potential. In fact, if you already have a business up and running with revenue, you will have a leg up on the competition. But, if you have that truly game changing idea, they would love to see those too. The purpose is to give people an avenue for funding that may not exist. To get venture capital these days, having an MBA from Wharton or Harvard is almost a requirement. This gives you an alternative path to success to where you can get your business to the next level. The folks at InventiveLabs want to show the world the hidden potential that exists in the community and this is their way of unlocking it!

Does this describe you: “I have so many ideas, but I don’t know where to start”? This may be your golden opportunity to make that dream happen. I always say people with ADHD have a unique understanding of time. It is either “Now!” or “Not Now”. The time for you to move on this opportunity is now! The application deadline is February 4th!

For more information go to the InventiveLabs website and click through to their Pitch Competition and fill out an application – what do you have to lose? www.inventivelabs.org/pitch-competition.


Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Parenting a Child with ADD?

 Parenting a child with ADD / ADHD or another learning difference?

Dr. Hallowell talks to Dr. Sharon Saline about what it takes to help your child succeed every day with ADHD, Dyslexia and other co-existing “disabilities.” Listen to Distraction S3 Ep 15 and learn her key components to help parents to raise empowered and confident children with ADHD. This is a powerful episode with insights for the entire family.

To learn more about parenting your ADHD child, click here. 

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

ADD? How to Uncover Your Own Learning Style.

Do you have difficulty learning?  Learn how to “Uncover Your Learning Style,” with Dr. Hallowell and Jessica McCabe. In this episode, they  discuss what helped them learn.  Dr. Hallowell  used flashcards to get him through medical school. Jessica learns better when she walks around while she’s reading. Do you know how you learn best?

In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, Dr. Hallowell and the How to ADHD creator talk about the importance of listening to yourself to discover your unique learning style, and how that knowledge can help you achieve success in high school, college and beyond.  LISTEN NOW!


Sunday, November 18th, 2018

A Visionary’s Soliloquy

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest

Theresa B. from Pittsburgh, PA writes:

“My mind is a jumble of ideas, and when I have a great one I want my exec team to get to  work on it ASAP. ( I probably have ADHD or something like that.) They roll their eyes, sit back and make me feel like a child. There have been times when my ideas cost us,I’ll credit them with that. But other times the company lost out because my team wouldn’t take me seriously.  Here’s the kicker: when they come to me with an idea, it’s almost a done deal. I’m just supposed to sign off every time! So frustrating. What can I do to get them to listen to my ideas with an open mind?”

It is hard to curb your enthusiasm when you can see a promising idea so clearly in your mind. You’re struck by the potential and the long term gains. However great the idea, it’s absolutely essential that you and your partners stand back 30,000 feet and examine the proposition carefully. Your brain, Theresa, the visionary’s brain, is a mystery to those with a more linear way of thinking.  As Dr. Ned Hallowell says, “You’ve got a race car brain with bicycle brakes.”  (It’s good they are not like you, can you imagine the chaos with an exec team made up of nothing but visionaries?)

To get heard, you need to step into their world and ask yourself a series of questions before you present your idea. I suggest you have 5 or so basic questions answered before you present a new idea to your exec team. Get these 5 questions from your partners. What kind of facts do they need to consider your idea?  They may be something like: What resources do we already have to make this happen? What resources do we need?  What will it cost? Does this idea support our brand or confuse our customers? Is anyone else doing this? Chances are, your partners address these kind of questions before they ask you to sign off on their projects. That’s the difference.

You may save yourself a lot of embarrassment and frustration if you take a step back and consider these questions first. Keep them handy so when a idea strikes you’ll ensure a captive audience.

Having trouble being heard, respected or appreciated for your contribution? Perhaps it’s your presentation that needs work. Let me help. Contact me at Rebecca@MindfulCommunication.com  

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