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How do I find a good therapist for my ADHD son?

I live in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  It is kind of not close to anything.  I am about an hour from West Chester and over an hour from Lancaster.  My 6 year old son was diagnosed by his pediatrician over a year ago.  His pediatrician recommended some therapists.  We went to one of his recommendations for several months but it wasn’t helping and she only scheduled to see my son once every 6-8 weeks.  So we stopped going.  I have since switched my son to a new doctor because I could no longer justify driving over an hour to see a pediatrician that I rarely actually saw anymore.  (We’d usually end up seeing the nurse practitioner)

Both my son and I need a good therapist to work on the challenges caused by the ADHD.  (my husband refuses to go and thinks it is a waste of money because he disagrees with my sons diagnosis of ADHD)

How can I find a good psychologist not too far from home?

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I would reach out to your closest CHADD chapter and seek out referrals.  I would also suggest that you personally meet with any potentials to determine if they are truly knowledgable in adhd and that personalities would mix well.

Posted by momtodom on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:39am

I found one on the internet. I think it was on one of those care networks, the counseling office we go to is on therapists.psychologytoday.com. You could try that site. For counseling, I like to use LSWs (liscenced social workers) or LMCSW (licensed master clinical social workers). Psychologists are good too, but its harder to find one who specializes in working with kids and families. Because you have a boy, see if you can find a male therapist. My son’s therapist reminds me a lot of his preschool teacher. He specializes in working with kids, who have ADHD and Autism. Maybe that’s why he likes the therapist so much.

We still have to travel about 45 minutes to the office, but I’m ok with that since my some really seems to get a lot out of the sessions.

I don’t know if this will help you or not, but I hope it does.

Sue H in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:03am

A woman I used to work with used to take her son to a therapist in Exton.  She drove from Princeton to see him.  Hi name is Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, he has written books about ADHD.  He helped her son a lot.

How far are you from Exton?  It is only about 10 minutes from West Chester.

Good luck!

Posted by cmullen17 on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:43pm

I should have said in my original post, I used to live in East Brandywine.  I know what you mean when you say you aren’t near anything!

Posted by cmullen17 on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:43pm

Thank you all for your responses.  I will check out all of your suggestions.

My closest CHADD chapter is in West Chester, but I didn’t think they’d help me if I was not a member.

I find all of the various initials confusing so I was not sure if I should only consider a psychologist. 

I wonder if my son would do well with a male therapist.  He has always had female teachers.

I am between 45 minutes to an hour from Exton.

Thank you for the support.  I really need it now.

Posted by Techsavvymom on Aug 25, 2014 at 9:04pm

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