What are your fees?
The fee for individual sessions is $120.00 per 55-minute session. The fee for groups and programs varies. Payment is due at the time of service and can be made by cash, check or Venmo.
Do you accept insurance?
We are considered an out-of-network provider thus we do not accept or file insurance claims. We can provide you with an invoice you can submit to your insurance provider. Please check with your insurance provider about their out-of-network benefits for mental health. Services will be billed as “therapy” or “group therapy”.
What makes you different than other therapists/psychologists/counselors, etc.?
Our approach is designed for the male brain. As many parents have learned traditional “talk therapy”/counseling is not boy-friendly. Furthermore, typical counseling was not designed for individuals with neurodevelopmental challenges such as ADHD. Our approach is about teaching practical skills and strategies, not talking about feelings week after week. We integrate cognitive behavior therapy techniques into a structured but informal approach.
Families travel from throughout the Philadelphia area and South Jersey to work with us because our skill-building approach to treating ADHD, anxiety with ADHD and related challenges is a vast departure from traditional therapy. Our approach to addressing lagging executive functioning, social and emotional regulation skills is practical and concrete.
We work with many boys who are resistant to treatment because of their previous experiences in therapy and social skills groups.
Why did you change the name from Center for ADHD to Ride the Wave Counseling?
Center for ADHD started in 2014 specializing in treating ADHD, Asperger’s, high-verbal autism and related challenges. As word spread that we specialize in working with boys and young adult males parents began to reach out to us to inquire if we work with individuals who do not have any formal diagnosis. We wanted to be more inclusive in our name and not limit it to a diagnostic label. Not to mention, Ride the Wave Counseling sounds a lot cooler than Center for ADHD.
I’ve never heard of group counseling just for boys. How do I know if individual or group would be better for my son?
We would discuss options during our intake appointment. When appropriate, we believe that kids of all ages are most receptive to learning from their peers. However, as they get older most boys do not have opportunities to be authentic and open in front of similar-age boys. Our counseling groups provide an opportunity for boys to authentically connect and learn together. Our groups are structured, productive and informal. Groups meet on weekday nights. All boys who participate in our counseling groups are eligible to participate in our monthly How to Hang Out program.
How soon can we expect results?
It is very important to note that within the realm of building social, executive functioning and emotional regulation skills there are no quick fixes. The work we do involves teaching skills that have not developed intuitively. This is a significant amount of depth to this learning process. With consistency, results will come slowly but steadily. It requires patience on behalf of the parents.
We tried social skills groups in the past that didn’t seem like a good fit for our son with ADHD. He desperately needs the help but doesn’t want a repeat of his past experience. What can I tell him about your groups/programs?
You can tell him that this will be a very different experience from other social skills groups he’s attended because we approach “teaching social” very differently. Our groups are specifically designed for boys and taught from a male perspective so boys can learn how to cultivate friendships with their similar-age peers. We do not teach “social skills”, rather we teach how to think in a social context. Additionally, we incorporate teaching social executive functioning strategies into our groups.
We are the only provider of social skills programs that are designed for boys with ADHD, learning differences and those who may not have any formal diagnosis. Most social skills groups are designed for individuals with autism but allow students with ADHD to attend. Many boys participate in our programs throughout the year because they enjoy the camaraderie of being with similar-age peers who “get them”.
Our 14 year old needs a lot of help with executive functioning. What exactly do you do in these sessions?
Our work focuses on what we refer to as “global executive functioning” rather than just academic-specific executive functioning. Areas we address include: including: learning how to feel the passage of time, planning ahead, persevering through non-preferred tasks/assignments and learning how to be more independent. You can learn more on our executive function treatment page. Parents are typically involved in all or part of our executive function coaching sessions for students in elementary through high school. We also work with many college students who present with executive function weaknesses. The skills and strategies we teach in our executive function coaching sessions are not taught in schools.
How old do does my son need to be to participate in your Summer Trip Camp?
Boys who have completed 5th grade through 8th grade are eligible to participate in Summer Trip Camp. Space is limited to 10 campers thus early registration is strongly encouraged Please go to our Summer Trip Camp website to learn more about this unique summer experience.