Frequently Asked Questions

Are your online services “therapy”?
Online coaching is not therapy.  While I am a licensed clinical social worker the coaching services provided through ADHD Dude are not “therapy”.  At this time, coaching is still an unregulated field thus coaching services are not reimbursable by health insurance providers.  Please seek a licensed mental health provider in your area if you are looking for mental health services.

We’ve tried counseling for our son and it was not productive.  What makes you different than therapists, psychologists, etc.?
Many parents have shared that they have worked with mental health professionals who claimed they specialized in ADHD yet did not offer anything to address real-life executive functioning or social learning (social skills) challenges.   ADHD cannot be treated simply by talking about it, it requires specific training and education in order to address these areas of lagging skills. T
raditional therapy/counseling is not designed for boys which is why many boys become adverse to participating in therapy. 

The work I do is based on how the male brain operates.  Our focus is on learning practical skills and strategies, not talking about feelings week after week.  Aside from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) the methodologies used do not come from the mental health field, rather most come from the speech-language pathology field (Social Thinking, executive functioning strategies, etc).  Both kids and parents find this work to be a welcome change from traditional therapy/counseling. 

You can visit the ADHD Dude YouTube channel or ADDitude Magazine’s ADHD in Boys section to learn more about the work I do. 

What are your fees for online coaching?
Individual sessions with Ryan:

  • 30-Minute Session: $90.00
    60-Minute Session:  $180.00
  • Telephone consultations and email correspondence requiring more than 15 minutes will be prorated at $90/hour

Please note that for most clients, online sessions are 30 minutes.   Payment is required in advance of session and can be made by Venmo or through check.

How frequently do I need to schedule sessions for my son?
Given their executive functioning challenges, most boys do best with weekly or bi-weekly appointments, 30 minutes in length.
If sessions go beyond once every two weeks it is hard to generalize concepts/strategies we work on.   The idea is always to “scale down” sessions as there is improvement.
What do Parent Coaching sessions involve?
During Parent Coaching sessions we work on strategies to help you help your son improve his executive functioning, behavior and emotional regulation skills. 
Unlike typical ADHD parent coaching or therapy, Parent Coaching with Ryan focusing on teaching you practical skills and strategies you can implement right away.   There is no required number of sessions for Parent Coaching.  They can be scheduled as-needed.  (Please note that Ryan’s appointments are  booked 1-2 months in advance).
I watched some of your videos on the ADHD Dude YouTube channel and thought this approach is just what my son needs. Do you know someone in our area who does what you do?
Thanks for watching!  My approach is based on extensive training I acquired along with my years experience and unique approach.    There is no training program where one can go to develop this very specific skill set which why you will not find psychologists, counselors, etc.  who have a similar approach. As a result, I cannot provide you with a referral to professional in your area who does similar work.

Do you offer free phone consultations?
I do not have availability for free phone consultations.  You can set up a 30-minute online/phone consultation with me through clicking on the “Book Appointment” link in the menu.  The fee for a 30 minute online/phone consultation is $90.00

How old does my son need to be to participate in your Summer Trip Camp? 
Boys ages 11-16 are eligible to participate in Summer Trip Camp.  Summer Trip Camp is a small program in order to provide a high degree of individualized instruction in executive functioning and Social Thinking concepts.  There are only 10 spots available and an extensive waiting list thus early registration is strongly encouraged.   Please go to the Summer Trip Camp website to learn more about this amazing summer experience.  

We don’t live in New Jersey, can you do online sessions with us?
Most of the work I do is online via a web conferencing platform.  In-person sessions are available for local families.   Please note that later evening appointments (7:30 P.M. or later are only for families on the West Coast). 

Please note there is an extensive waiting list for individual sessions with Ryan. 

Please click here to add yourself to the wait list.