Dr. Jones charges $200 per hour for all assessment and treatment services. His fees are reimbursable through all extended health insurance providers.
At Port Moody and Vancouver locations, Dr. Jones provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD for children, adolescents and adults:
Assessment and Diagnosis of ADHD through the lifespan:
- Assessment of current and prior ADHD symptoms, severity, frequency, variability and situations in which they occur
- Assessment of the impact of symptoms on a person’s functioning – in school, work, social and health-and-wellness domains
- Assessment of executive functions, which refer to the conscious mental functions required for goal-directed behavior
- ADHD Diagnosis based on DSM-5 criteria
Psychoeducational Assessment and ADHD Diagnosis:
Assessment of ADHD often includes a psycho-educational or cognitive assessment in addition to making the diagnosis based on behavior and functioning. This additional testing is often required in order to obtain university accommodations for ADHD. It can also be helpful to see how ADHD may be affecting a person’s problem-solving, learning, memory and/or other aspects of information processing.
We offer psycho-educational assessment and neuropsychological testing to diagnose ADHD and assess the impact of symptoms on functioning (for example, vocational, academic, social, day-to-day adaptive functioning).
- Assessment to identify appropriate school and university accommodations
- Assessment to guide treatment and comprehensive care
Comprehensive Treatment of ADHD:
We offer comprehensive treatment of ADHD via individual therapy and group skills training and/or referral to a medical doctor for medication. Treatment often includes the following components:
- Optimization of physical factors, including sleep, nutrition/hydration, and exercise
- Referral to a medical doctor for medication if appropriate
- Establishing an effective support network, including peer mentoring if feasibl
- Optimization of task and environmental factors at work, school and hom
- Executive function skills training in three main areas:
- awareness of appointments and deadlines (i.e., organizational issue
- willingness to engage in goal-directed behavior (i.e., procrastination and motivational issues)
- productivity: efficient work sessions (i.e., sustained attention; focus; organization; and prioritizing- of-attention)
- Meta-cognitive skills training for specific study or work tasks
- Active attention strategies for reading, listening or observing
- Meta-memory and learning strategies to encode and recall effectively
- Structuring complex output with well-learned routines
- Self-monitoring and reinforcement of attention and on-task behavior
Please contact us for more information about 1:1 treatment of ADHD through the lifespan.
Group Therapy for ADHD:
Group Therapy sessions include 10 sessions and involve 6 to 10 persons per group. A formal ADHD diagnosis is not required. The program is largely based on the published work of Stephen Safren and colleagures and Dr. Mary Solanto and colleagues and has the following major components:
- understanding your ADHD Profile
- committing to the treatment and to improving functioning
- mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment to value-guided action as a foundation for CBT skills-training and implementation
- organizational systems
- time awareness and scheduling
- task shaping
- prioritizing and checklists
- activation and motivation issues
- planning and following through
- problem behaviors
- stress and emotions
- social contacts and maintaining relationships
Our program differs from Safren and Solanto programs in that it includes skills training components focusing on mindfulness, value-awareness, value-guided action, management of problematic impulses / behaviors, and managing emotions and stress from within an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework.
Empirical support for a combined CBT and Mindfulness-based approach:
Solanto and colleagues (2010) found that their program significantly reduced inattentive symptoms for a group of 88 adults diagnosed with ADHD. A greater proportion of persons receiving their program improved compared with a control group receiving supportive therapy.
Problem behaviors, anxiety, depression, and difficulties regulating stress and emotions are often experienced by persons with ADHD, ACT has been evaluated for effectiveness in more than 50 controlled studies and shown to be effective in treating a variety of clinical problems including anxiety disorders, depression, emotion dysregulation and a variety of problem behaviors. The majority of controlled outcome studies show ACT to be more effective, or at least as effective, as the gold standard therapies to which it has been compared (Hayes et al, 2012).
1 Safren, SA et al (2005). Mastering Your Adult ADHD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work). New York: OUP
2 Solanto, MV (2011). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for adult ADHD. New York: Guildford Press.
3 Hayes, SC; Strosahl, KD; and Wilson, KD (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 2nd Ed. New York: Guildford Press.
4 Solanto, MV et al. (2010). Efficacy of metacognitive therapy for adult ADHD: American Journal of Psychiatry, 168, pp. 958-968.
5 Able, SL; Johnston, JA; Adler, LA; and Swindle, RW (2007). Functional and psychosocial impairment in adults with undiagnosed ADHD.
Group Therapy Session: Spring 2017
We are currently accepting clients for the Spring of 2017. ADHD Group Therapy sessions will be held on Monday evenings at the West Broadway Clinic. To register, please contact us by email.
Persons with ADHD who are recovering or at risk for depression benefit from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. We are offering an 8-week MBCT course beginning Monday January 9th, 2017. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8pm at the West Broadway Clinic. To register, please contact us by email.