What We Treat

Although the Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest is perhaps best-known for our innovative, strength-based approach for treating ADHD and other learning challenges, we also treat a broad spectrum of cognitive and behavioral conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, and autism spectrum disorder. Research and years of clinical experience have shown that these conditions seldom exist in isolation. For example, people with ADHD often suffer from associated conditions like depression and anxiety.

At The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest, we offer a wide range of treatments that work together synergistically to help you achieve greater focus and mental clarity on a consistent basis. In dealing with the problems associated with ADHD, we always employ a strength-based approach. Positive growth begins with positive energy. When people find something they can do well, or when they find a person who believes in them, that is when they begin to develop the talents and strengths to overcome the daily challenges that come with ADHD.

ADHD Specialists – The medical staff at The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest has evaluated, diagnosed and treated thousands of people with ADHD. This clinical experience and skilled judgment is The Hallowell Advantage. We leave no stone unturned in our effort to ensure a thorough and accurate diagnosis and a customized, balanced approach that integrates brain, body and heart with the latest medical research.

The Hallowell Advantage

A Positive, Strength-Based Approach to ADHD
The Hallowell method favors a comprehensive approach that addresses the totality of the child or adult who comes to us for help. Well-rounded treatment can include steps to alter first, the physical elements of what’s going on through medication, exercise, nutrition, sleep habits, prayer or meditation, as well as alternative treatments like neurofeedback and cerebellar stimulation; second, the behavioral elements of the issue through interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral modification plans, coaching, lifestyle changes, and parent counseling; and third, the psychological elements of the issue through individual therapy, couples or family therapy, or other therapies all aimed at promoting strengths and talents. Beyond that, we look at the milieu or system in which the individual lives and try to determine the best school, or the best job, or the best camp, or the best living situation, again always with the goal in mind of promoting talents and strengths.

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Call our New Patient Care Coordinator at 978-287-0810.

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If you’re struggling with anxiety, worry, panic attacks or headaches, it may be hard to recall the last time you weren’t feeling tense, worried, or on edge. Anxiety can cause sudden panic attacks, may interfere with your personal or professional responsibilities, and is often tied to depression and insomnia. When you feel overwhelmed, you need a safe and rapid solution that can relieve your anxiety and help you regain your confidence and zest for life.

The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest has a solution. They’re offering Alpha-Stim: A New Technology for Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia. The Alpha-Stim is a new technology designed for patients with anxiety, insomnia and/or depression who prefer a non-medication treatment approach, or for those whose medication regimen is insufficient for treating their symptoms. The Alpha-Stim is a small, hand held, FDA approved device that uses electromedical technology to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia in a safe and painless way. It provides long-lasting, cumulative relief without the risk of negative effects.

Call 978-287-0810 to set up your 30 minute Alpha-Stim trial session with Rebecca Shafir, Coordinator of the Alternative and Complementary Services.

Clinical depression or depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as feeling “down” or “blue.” It is not a “bad mood” or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms of clinical depression can last for weeks, months, or years.

Symptoms of depression that last for more than two (2) consecutive weeks is a general guideline that one may be experiencing depression rather than sadness.

Appropriate treatment for depression, however, can help most people who suffer from clinical depression. The exact cause of clinical depression is not clear. Sometimes, a stressful event can cause one to feel depressed. Sometimes it seems to happen for no reason at all.

How the Hallowell Center Can Help

If you’re experiencing depression,  seeing a mental health professional is the first step to recovery. Taking the time to get diagnosed and set up a treatment plan is an investment in your health and well-being; the condition will not go away on its own. At The Hallowell Center, we offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help us evaluate and understand your specific needs. Find out how one of our qualified mental health professionals can help you by calling 978-287-0810.

Persons with Executive Dysfunction have weaknesses in the cognitive processes required to plan and direct activities, known as the executive functions. They include task initiation and follow through, working memory, sustained attention, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, emotional regulation and goal-directed persistence. The executive dysfunction can be mild to severe and may be associated with ADHD, anxiety or depression. Executive functioning is essential for academic and workplace success and a particular necessity for entrepreneurs.

Learn how the Hallowell Center can help you manage Executive Dysfunction by calling our New Patient Care Coordinator to schedule a free 15 minute patient care consult at 978-287-0810.

The term “learning challenges” is an umbrella term used to describe an array of learning disorders. An individual may have one learning challenge or more than one co-occurring learning challenge. In many cases, learning challenges interfere with the development and use of language and the ability to speak, read, write, spell or perform math calculations. Learning challenges can impact an individual’s self-esteem, education, vocation, socialization and daily living activities.

Learning challenges include dyslexia, ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, emotional difficulties including anxiety and depression, and behavior problems.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that describes an excessive and irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation. Phobias involve intense fear surrounding an object or situation that realistically poses little or no real danger. They are different from common fears in that the associated anxiety is so strong it interferes with daily life and the ability to function normally. People suffering from phobias may go to extreme lengths to avoid encountering or experiencing the feared object or situation.

How the Hallowell Center Can Help

Treatment helps most people with phobias. Options include therapy, medication or both.  When should you seek therapy? Generally when the phobia causes intense fear, anxiety or panic and it stops you from your normal routine or causes significant distress. Taking the time to get diagnosed and set up a treatment plan is an investment in your health and well-being.

Find out how one of our qualified mental health professionals can help you by calling 978-287-0810.

Many in the medical profession believe that physicians are accepting of long strenuous work hours.  Physicians often ignore extreme fatigue and the emotional toll of their work.  It is a harsh reality that an estimated three hundred to four hundred physicians kill themselves every year.  More than double that of the general population.  Let us help you navigate the stressors you encounter and improve your mental health through confidential therapy with our skilled MD’s and clinicians.

Call (978) 287-0810 to set up an appointment.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.

Getting started is easy!
Call our New Patient Care Coordinator at 978-287-0810.

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”.   

Other treatments for children include Parent Coaching and Family Therapy.

Getting started is easy!
Call our New Patient Care Coordinator at 978-287-0810.

Getting started is easy!
Call our New Patient Care Coordinator at 978-287-0810 to schedule your free 15 minute patient care consult.

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