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About Ride The Wave Counseling & Coaching

Ride the Wave Counseling & Coaching (formerly known as Center for ADHD in Linwood) is unlike any psychology/therapy/counseling practice in Southern Jersey. 

We work specifically with males (and their families) because our practical, skill-building approach is congruent with how the male brain operates.  Traditional “talk therapy”/counseling is often counterintuitive to how boys and young men communicate.

Parents reach out to us because their sons are struggling with one or more of the following:

  • Has not benefited from therapy/counseling in the past but clearly needs help
  • Having a hard time fitting in socially/lacks close friendships
  • Struggling in school despite being bright and capable
  • Low self-confidence
  • Difficulty expressing emotions in an age-expected manner
  • Spending excessive amounts of time on video games/computers
  • Attempts to avoid any non-preferred tasks
  • Began college but had to withdraw
  • Lagging social/emotional/executive functioning skills as a result of ADHD, learning disabilities or Asperger’s Syndrome

Services we provide include:

Ryan Wexelblatt, Ride the Wave Counseling & Coaching Director created the Center for ADHD in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania before expanding to South Jersey in 2017.   His practical, skill-building approach designed specifically for males has brought families from throughout the Philadelphia area to Center for ADHD. 

Please contact us for a free phone consultation or click the button below to schedule an appointment at our office.

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Meet Ryan

A licensed clinical social worker and NJ certified school social worker Ryan has dedicated himself to working with students and young adults for nearly 20 years.  Recognizing the need for a forward-thinking, skill building approach to treating ADHD, learning disabilities and Asperger’s Syndrome Ryan created Center for ADHD in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

Families from throughout the Philadelphia area came to Center for ADHD as Ryan’s outside the box approach to teaching social skills to males and executive function coaching was unlike any other counseling practice/therapy provider in the area.  Ride the Wave Counseling & Coaching was brought to Atlantic County in 2017 (originally called Center for ADHD in Linwood). 

Ryan previously worked as a Clinician at Hill Top Preparatory School and Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill and Philadelphia campuses.   He also created and directed social learning programs including Hill Top Summer Camp, Camp Sequoia, and Sequoia Kids Program.  He is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Temple University. 

He’s also one of the few professionals in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas to have earned a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion.  

Ryan has presented to parent groups as well as regional and national conferences including CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD). His national speaking engagements include the International Conference on ADHD, the Social Thinking® Global Providers Conference, and the Autism Society National Conference. Ryan is known for his authentic, affable presentation style.  Please go to upcoming presentations for a list of Ryan’s upcoming speaking engagements or visit past presentations to see his speaking engagements from the past year. 

Originally from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania Ryan’s lifelong connection to the shore area stems from his grandparent’s home in Ventnor.    Ryan’s photograph (as a 4-year-old) is featured in the book Atlantic City (Images of America).  He and his son, Austin, who attends vocational school for carpentry, live with their dog Sasha, a Bergamasco sheepdog.

View Ryan’s C.V.




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Would group counseling benefit my son?

Our counseling groups provide a way for boys to authentically connect and learn from a group of similar-age boys with each other without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. Our counseling groups do not consist of simply sitting around talking about problems. We learn strategies, solve problems, do activities and have fun in the process.

If your son has been in therapy for a long time and you’re not seeing the results that you’d like to see, our groups may be the solution.

Our groups will begin summer and fall 2018 and include:

  • Social Anxiety Groups: Uses a cognitive behavioral workbook designed for teens
  • 5th Grade Guy’s Group
  • Middle School Guy’s Group
  • High School Guy’s Group

We also offer social skills programs for boys who are diagnosed with ADHD or learning differences.  

Day and Time of Groups

Groups run at various afternoon and evenings throughout the school year, with breaks during winter and spring break holiday from school and several breaks throughout the summer.

Complete the form below to discuss the next best steps for your son.

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ADHD Treatment

Join our email list for 5 days of emails to help your son improve his social skills and executive functioning.  

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The boys and young adults we work with have many strengths, great qualities, and tremendous potential. They also have specific needs that are not effectively addressed by traditional therapy and require the highly specialized, skill-building approach we provide.  We are unlike any therapy/counseling practice in South Jersey as we teach practical skills and strategies to compensate for lagging skills.  We teach everyone we work with that ADHD is a description of how their brain works and not their identity.

Common characteristics of the individuals we work with:

Social Skills

  • May be able to initially make friends but has trouble keeping them
  • Appears awkward and has difficulty initiating conversations with similar-age peers
  • Feels more comfortable communicating with younger people or adults than similar-age peers
  • Spends most of their free time alone, playing video games or surfing the internet
  • May be academically gifted yet lacks friendships
  • Tends to have one-sided conversations, talks at people about their interests
  • Frequently interrupts others or says things impulsively
  • Can be inflexible, often says “No” to anything new
  • Has a propensity to “find the negative” in experiences others would find enjoyable
  • Trouble understanding social cues and non-verbal communication (facial expressions and body language)
  • Lacks understanding how they are perceived by others
  • Has significant difficulty understanding other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions
  • Difficulty asking for help or self-advocating
  • Tries to be part of a peer group who is not accepting of him
  • Desires romantic relationships but does not understand how they develop
  • Tends to use humor inappropriately in order to gain attention from peers
  • Finds it easier to interact through electronic devices than in person

Executive Function Skills

  • Has a hard time sensing the passage of time
  • Difficulty managing self-care tasks without reminders (hygiene, sleep)
  • Tremendous difficulty completing non-preferred tasks (avoids, procrastinates, etc.)
  • Struggles during lunch/recess and other unstructured times at school
  • Can be impulsive, does things without thinking about outcome or consequences
  • Chronically disorganized, forgets or looses materials
  • Under or over-estimates how long it will take to complete assignments
  • Has a hard time recalling how they performed a task in the past
  • Difficulty with future planning
  • Has a hard time self-monitoring themselves and their schedule
  • Becomes easily distracted and/or wastes time with trivial matters
  • Focuses on small details and has a hard time getting the “bigger picture”
  • Has a messy school backpack or carries around too much
  • Completes homework but forgets to turn it in

Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Easily becomes anxious or overwhelmed, particularly in new environments or situations
  • Propensity to be inflexible and likes to be in control
  • Perseverates on the negative and has trouble letting go of things that bother him/her
  • Becomes anxious when there is change in routine or around transitions
  • Has trouble differentiating between what is a “small problem” or “big problem”
  • Does not express emotions in an age-expected manner
  • Prone to “meltdowns” when having to do non-preferred tasks
  • Does not understand how their tone of voice sounds to others
  • Has difficulty with competition
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • (Children and teenagers) Can keep themselves regulated while at school but takes it out on parents after school
  • (Children and teenagers) Can become physical when upset or angry then remorseful afterward

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you or your family.