What We Do

At the Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest, we specialize in Cognitive and Emotional Health. We provide comprehensive care for a full range of cognitive and emotional concerns in children and adults including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorder, and Depression. Using Dr. Hallowell’s signature strength-based approach, our practitioners work together in close contact with their patients, and one another, to help resolve whatever challenges you are facing and improve your quality of life.

The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest is widely recognized for our thorough neuropsychological evaluations that integrate information from numerous sources including clinical interviews, school and medical records, behavioral observations, family history and cognitive test results. These neuropsychological evaluations are essential for an accurate diagnosis of behavioral/emotional and cognitive conditions and are tailored to meet the needs of the client and referring physician.

We offer a full testing and diagnosis cycle to understand all of the issues a patient may face. In the case of ADHD, more than half of patients also have coexisting learning disabilities or conditions that also need treatment for optimal results. We use multiple tests for diagnosis, and we also develop and review a full patient history, and interview both the patient and, when appropriate, his/her family. This multiple-pronged approach provides a complete picture of a patient’s health. We also take patients who have already had an evaluation elsewhere, though we may request additional testing should it be necessary for a full evaluation.

There can be multiple purposes for a neuropsychological assessment. An assessment can provide diagnostic clarification, fulfill the requirements for educational accommodations for schools and colleges, and provide needed information for state services. A clear picture of cognitive strengths and weaknesses derived from the assessment can be particularly helpful to explore potential vocational careers or modification of current positions.

Upon completion of the evaluation, feedback is provided usually within 3 weeks of testing, regarding the diagnosis and implications for educational, vocational and behavioral treatments and a treatment plan is generated. Treatment options at the Hallowell Center might include pharmacological approaches, individual or family counseling, vocational counseling, coaching, complementary therapies or any combination thereof.

Whichever the approach, we work with you and your family in a collaborative, supportive environment.

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To learn more about our Clinical Neuropsychologists, please click below:

Meet Susan Brefach, Ed.D.

Meet Saumya Sharma, Ph.D.

Medication is often a necessary part of the treatment plan for ADHD and other associated conditions, such as anxiety and depression. You may have heard the term “chemical imbalance in the brain.” The symptoms of ADHD result from biochemical differences in the brain; therefore, medications that adjust those chemical balances can significantly improve a patient’s daily functioning.

In many cases, symptoms of ADHD can be alleviated with medication. The most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD are stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin, Metadate and Dexedrine. Non-stimulants, such as Amantadine, Wellbutrin and Strattera, can also be prescribed. These medications are all safe and effective when used properly and work for 80-90% of the people who try them, helping increase mental focus.

All medications have associated risks and benefits, so our practitioners will work closely with you to evaluate whether or not these factors add up favorably for you. The most common side effect of a stimulant medication is appetite suppression, although there are sometimes instances of headache, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, feelings of jitteriness and anxiety, and insomnia. All these side effects can be reversed by lowering the dose, changing the medication, or stopping the medication altogether.

At The Hallowell Center, all our medical providers believe in the power of biological psychiatry and pharmacological solutions … but only where warranted, and always as part of an overall therapeutic plan that addresses all aspects of a patient’s condition. Diet, exercise, proper sleep and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques that help shift the way a person thinks are every bit as important as prescription medication in providing a solution to a patient’s problems.

If medication is a part of your treatment plan, our practitioners will work closely with you to find the right dose to meet your needs and and improve your quality of life.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on symptom resolution using cognitive restructuring to instigate behavioral change. Patients are “coached” into reframing thoughts and redirecting behaviors that impede healthy psychological maturation. Although there is a natural human tendency to attribute problems and feelings to external elements (like people, situation, events), in fact, it’s more often our internal thoughts that determine how we feel and behave. Changing the way we think can bring about a major shift in how we feel and behave, even if the external situations remain the same.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative process: the patient shares his/her problems and goals with the therapist, who listens and provides specific insights on how to achieve those goals. Therapists who employ a CBT approach actively engage their patients to participate in their own recovery process by implementing the insights learned within a treatment “action plan.”

CBT can be helpful for children with ADHD as well.  CBT for children will have the same focus on thoughts and behaviors, but is geared to the appropriate developmental level (play is involved!)

Parents can benefit from parent coaching with a CBT approach to help themselves in reframing their children’s challenges through an ADHD lens in order to respond helpfully to their child, and less reactively.

At The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest, we often incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to treat ADHD. We help patients reframe the condition as something that can be managed by using certain specific behaviors to compensate. The CBT approach is also often used to treat other conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorders.

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Psychotherapy, often referred to as “talk therapy,” uses a combination of insight, reflection and analysis to understand, and thereby alleviate, the symptoms of psychological distress. Successful psychotherapy treatment uses the knowledge gained from past experiences to help resolve present day conflicts.

Although psychotherapy is not specifically used to treat ADD and ADHD, it can help treat many of the side effects – depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems – often associated with ADD and ADHD. In his best-selling book on ADHD, “Driven to Distraction,” Dr. Hallowell stresses the importance of the ADHD patient “being heard.” At The Hallowell Center, we believe that the treatment of ADHD should never overlook the fact that “the patient is a person first, and a person with ADHD second.

Psychotherapy for Children

Psychotherapy may be recommended for your child or for your family.  Your child’s clinician will get to know your child as a person and focus not only on what has been challenging for them and the family, but also on what is going well and what is special about them. 

We believe in a Strength-based approach to treatment and helping children and parents recognize the gifts that each person has.   Children can benefit from learning more about their ADHD, learning challenges, anxiety, or mood disorders and learning new coping strategies. 

Psychotherapy for children looks different than what you might imagine “talk therapy” might look like.  Your child’s therapist may play games, create art, go for a walk outside, practice mindfulness, listen to music, or read certain books with your child. 

Parents and caregivers are an important part of treatment and will receive feedback and advice about ways to help your child.  Your child’s treatment providers at the Hallowell Center will also work with teachers, school counselors, outside providers, and any other members of your child’s “team”.   

While The Hallowell Center is best known for treating ADHD and other learning conditions, we are a full service center. We treat a wide range of cognitive and emotional problems including anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, developmental and learning disorders, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Psychotherapy plays a critical role in helping resolve these types of problems.

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Relationships where one or both members of the couple have ADHD can be plagued by misunderstandings, anger and frustration. These problems often arise from the misinterpretation of undiagnosed ADHD symptoms or, if the ADHD has been diagnosed, from both partners being unsure of what to do about it. The good news is that by understanding the role that ADHD plays in your relationship – by correctly interpreting what is happening to you and learning ways to make the interactions more positive – couples can not only improve their relationships, but thrive.

We offer a number of ways to learn how to thrive in relationships affected by ADHD; including counseling for couples interested in taming the ADHD interactions and misunderstandings in their relationship. Counseling may include treatment of ADHD, depression, anxiety and other issues, as well as therapy centered on developing strategies for improving the interactions between partners.

Dr. Hallowell and his wife Sue co-authored “Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage”, which deals with how to keep distraction from hurting your marriage.

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The Hallowell Center’s Coaching services utilize the latest in applied psychology, organizational theory, and brain science to refine leadership quality, improve productivity, and bring the best out you!

We specialize in identifying and cultivating those particular strengths that translate into more connected, creative, and resilient individuals.

Our interactive assessment process helps you learn about your strengths and weaknesses; it also teaches us precisely how to design your ideal action plan.

Emergency Academic Recovery Systems (EARS)

College Core Coaching

Summer College Core Coaching

CoreFour Coaching for Entrepreneurs

Core Coaching for Adults with ADHD

Career Development and Success

Parent Coaching / Family Therapy

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