• adhd-coaching

    adhd coaching

    Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

    - Gandhi

  • ADHD Coaching for Children and Their Parents

    If you would like your child to be coached to improve their ADHD symptoms and behavior, either in addition to or instead of medication; or you would like to explore how we can help them receive accommodations at school, on standardized testing (such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT or GMAT); please call 301.984.9791 to contact us, discuss your needs and schedule an appointment.

    Raising a child who suffers from ADHD can be emotionally draining, and often leaves a parent feeling ineffective and helpless. For the child who comes to feel “different” than their peers, and “stupid,” damaged self-esteem and low self-worth often follow. The longer their symptoms persist, the greater the damage. And their ability to achieve their full potential will continue to erode.

    Whether your child is at the early stages of initial diagnosis, or their inattention and impulsivity are already leading to problems at school, evidence-based solutions are now available here at Potomac Psychiatry. By combining sophisticated diagnostic assessments with parent skill building techniques, we will coach you and your child toward achieving the best possible outcome.

    Dr. Mark Novitsky has worked closely with hundreds of children diagnosed with ADHD and their families. His philosophy is quite simple – each child’s needs are unique – and each parent’s concerns must be thoroughly addressed. Some parents support medication management. Others wish to avoid the use of medication entirely. Not uncommonly, a combination of medication, child therapy, parent skills training, and accommodations at school may be the best course of action. In each instance, Dr. Novitsky will work with a child and their parents to design and implement a treatment plan as a partner and collaborator.
    Parental Skills Training at Potomac Psychiatry may include (but is not limited to):

    • Formal Psychiatric Assessment
    • Psychoeducation – helping parents understand the neurobiology of ADHD and how ADHD affects their child cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally
    • Educational Supports Awareness – Aiding parents in navigating the process of requesting educational rights for supports/testing
    • Empowerment for Parents – gaining knowledge, insight, and confidence to enable them to be competent and effective parents
    • Effective Communication Techniques – teaching important communication techniques to establish an open, trusting relationship with their child.
    • Conflict Resolution – avoiding back-and-forth arguing with their child and promoting compliance with expectations.
    • Child Encouragement – building upon the child’s strengths, setting attainable goals, and implementing strategies to attack perceived barriers
    • Appreciating Individuality – Aiding the child in understanding their unique way of thinking and learning.

    Learn More about ADHD Coaching at Potomac Psychiatry

    Call 301.984.9791 to contact us, discuss your needs and schedule an appointment. Our experienced professionals look forward to meeting you.


    Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

    Maryland (MD):
    Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902

    Washington DC:
    Crestwood 20011- North Capitol Hill 20002 - Cathedral Heights 20016 - American University Park 20016 - Columbia Heights 20010 - Mount Pleasant 20010 - Downtown 20036 - Dupont Circle 20009 - Logan Circle 20005- Adams Morgan 20009 - Chevy Chase 20015 - Georgetown 20007 - Cleveland Park 20008 - Foggy Bottom 20037 - Rock Creek Park - Woodley Park 20008 - Tenleytown 20016

    Northern Virginia:
    McLean 22101- McLean 22102 - McLean 22106 - Great Falls 22066 - Arlington 22201 - Arlington 22202 - Arlington 22203 - Arlington 22205 - Falls Church 22041 - Vienna 22181 - Alexandria 22314