How do I know if I have ADHD?
The best way to tell if you have ADHD is an evaluation. This should include a clinical interview that looks at both childhood and current symptoms, assessments of executive functioning and tests of attention and focus. We also like to include information from teachers, parents, significant others, or others who know you well. The Center can provide you with this type of assessment.
Is there parking at your building?
There are numerous parking garages within a block of 1627 K ST NW Suite 500. Street parking is available but be certain to follow the posted signs as there are different rules at different times of the day. We do not validate parking at parking garages.
How do I use public transit to get to your office?
Our address is 1627 K ST NW Washington, DC 20006. We are one block from Farragut North Station (Red Line) and two blocks from the Farragut West Station (Orange and Blue Lines). We are half a block from the S metro bus line that runs up and down 16th St NW. See www.wmata.com for more information.
How do I contact you to set up an appointment?
Do you take insurance?
We provide each client with a receipt for services that they can use to file a claim with their insurance provider for out of network services. You can obtain receipts and access your statements, including superbills, on the client portal. If you have any questions, just ask us. Many of our clients get a significant reimbursement from their insurance including Aetna, Wellpoint, CareFirst BlueCross, Unitedhealth Group, BlueCross BlueShield (Fed and non-fed), GEHA, and others. Some of our client use the Better site for help in getting health care reimbursement.
Do you prescribe medicine?
No. We strongly recommend coordinating with your primary care doctor or psychiatrist because they know you best. We can also refer you to a doctor or psychiatrist who can manage your medications. We also suggest discussing genetic tests with your prescriber to make sure you're getting the best medicine. We suggest using Genesight or Genomind. We will work closely with your doctors to ensure quality care.
How much is an ADHD evaluation?
We have a sliding scale and you will work out the final price with your DCNE provider. The evaluation takes about two hours.
How much is therapy, coaching, and neurofeedback training?
We have a sliding scale and you will work out the final price with your DCNE provider. These sessions are usually about 50 minutes long. We charge between $175 and $225 a session. Don't let price be a block to your mental health. Contact us to find a price that works for you!
What is the best treatment for ADHD?
Current research demonstrates that a combination of medication, education, and support through therapy or coaching is most effective. Neurofeedback is also an emerging effective treatment with lasting results and is an alternative to medications. Your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your individual goals, needs and comfort level.
What model of therapy do you practice?
Each therapist at The Center utilizes a different therapeutic approach based on the needs of the client. For example, the coaching process is much more behavioral with a solution-oriented approach. Treatment for anxiety and depression is usually cognitively oriented. PTSD treatment is usually EMDR oriented. Our team has expertise and advanced training in CBT, EMDR, neurofeedback, and a host of other modalities. Each client session is tailored to their unique and changing needs.
Do you do coaching?
Yes. We offer a strength-based approach to coaching which focuses on your core values, short and long term goals. Our experience with ADHD allows us to tailor your program to maximize your unique abilities. Often times we warp coaching into counseling so that we can address any emotional blocks to goals and so that clients have the option to use their medical insurance.
Do you offer neurofeedback or biofeedback?
Yes. Neurofeedback is an excellent alternative to medication for ADHD and there have been numerous articles supporting how effective it is for ADHD. There is compelling evidence that neurofeedback is as effective as medications for people with ADHD. The evidence shows that neurofeedback is equal to stimulant medication and the positive results are lasting for people with ADHD. We offer neurofeedback sessions and recommend two sessions per week. We also use HeartMath Institute’s evidence based approach to biofeedback, including their emWave2 software, to help clients reduce their anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. This software tracks your progress over time and has progressively harder settings to ensure you are learning at the right level.
Do you offer alternative treatments instead of medication?
Yes. We offer neurofeedback, which the evidence shows is as good as medication for treating ADHD. It is also effective for symptoms of depression, anxiety, traumatics stress, sleep disturbances, and many other issues. We offer therapist guided one hour sessions and recommend two sessions per week to get the best results.
How do you work with outside psychiatrists?
Yes. We employ an open approach to treatment. With your permission, we are open to talking with outside doctors and school officials.
Does therapy work?
Absolutely! Countless studies have shown that therapy works. What really makes therapy work is the therapist’s ability to connect with the client by providing a safe environment for self exploration. Additionally, when a therapist and a client create clear goals and steps to achieve them. At the Center we use a few models for goal setting to help you succeed and we are known for creating safe environments for therapy.