Who We Are

The Hallowell Center San Francisco (SFO) specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and emotional problems in teens, adults, couples and seniors utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates the latest research-based interventions. Our practitioners are highly trained and credentialed professionals who offer evidence-based-gold standard and integrative work.  They  work together in close connection with their patients, and one another, to achieve the best results possible. As you will discover when you meet them,  they are a group of highly-trained, caring professionals who you can connect with  you to help resolve the challenges you are facing.

The Hallowell Advantage is our strength-based model.

Treatment is geared to correcting the pathology and extinguishing the symptoms. At the Hallowell Center SFO, while we do not ignore what is going wrong, we try to spend as much time on promoting what is going right. We try to help our clients look at:

  • how they naturally solve problems;
  • and how when they feel things are going best; and
  • when life “goes right.”

Then from this perspective, we try to help them develop strategies for when life does not go so well.

The ADHD Brain

Dr. Hallowell describes the ADHD brain as a Ferrari engine with bicycle brakes. That description means your brain isn’t defective, it is magnificent. However, you have to learn to manage it and to strengthen the brakes to get the best out of it. If we can help our clients accept both where they struggle and where they shine, then they are better able to develop strategies that help them move forward rather than fall into trap of shame or blame. Unfortunately, this is where many with ADHD languish for years.

People who are struggling sometimes assume they need to cut down the challenge in their life. What we have learned is that people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and associated issues need challenge to thrive in their life, perhaps even more than other people. The trick is helping our clients find the right challenge or as Dr. Hallowell says, find the right difficult. Not enough challenge and people with ADHD become bored, the wrong type of challenge and they become overwhelmed.

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