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Online ADHD Therapy for California Residents

Do you find that you are often forgetful, impulsive, or easily distracted?

Online ADHD therapy can help you break undesired patterns and develop effective strategies to feel in control, and feel more capable than ever before

Do you find that you are easily – and often – distracted? Have you been known to make careless mistakes when close attention to small detail is required? Does it feel like it takes a lot – or even too much – effort to sustain attention? Do you often lose or forget things that are needed for the task or activity at-hand? Maybe you always feel “on the go”, often fidget, or have difficulty sitting still? Has it been brought to your attention that you don’t know how to have a good time quietly, or that you talk excessively? Or perhaps you’re often late to meetings or events; even miss them entirely? And, has thinking about adding one more thing to your list prevented you from reaching out? Whether or not you answered “yes” enough times to meet the criteria to be diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), enough “yes” answers can still easily lead to struggles with motivation, self-perception, confidence, anxiety, depression, and more as you continue to “mess up” and think to yourself “why can’t I _____ like everyone else?”, “why am I so ______?”, or even “what’s wrong with me???”.

Truth is, not only is there nothing wrong with you, but you are NOT alone

If you exhibit symptoms of ADHD, not only is there nothing wrong with you, but you have the ability to overcome them… even if it’s been for your entire life. And, having ADHD myself, I completely understand if you have hesitation about adding one more appointment that you may be late for; or even forget about entirely. In fact, whatever symptom(s) you struggle with, specifically, I can assure you that I will be able to understand because I qualify for every associated symptom of ADHD. Haha, yes, you read that correctly… Every. Single. One. There are millions that experience these same struggles. In fact, research indicates that approximately 129 million children and 61 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD[1]. Additionally, if you consider how previous research has also indicated that 85% of children with ADHD are liable to maintain their diagnosis in adulthood[2] – and that it is widely believed that ADHD statistics are highly under reported – you are easily one of hundreds of millions. Needless to say… you are not alone! Michael Phelps, Karina Smirnoff, Ty Pennington, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, Richard Branson, JFK, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein… heard of any of them??? If you ask me, since there is no correlation between ADHD and overall IQ, it seems ADHD symptoms are really just indicators of a different way of thinking and, therefore, just takes a different approach sometimes.

Online ADHD Counseling Can Help

Patient Feels Better After Online ADHD Counseling Session This is why I love the concept of online ADHD counseling and therapy, because I believe it was made for us! Online ADHD counseling can help find the solutions to life-long obstacles that have kept you from where you want to be, and build the self-esteem that continues to fade with each and every setback or “careless mistake”. Not only are there numerous therapeutic, mindful, and solution-focused techniques that you can learn to improve ineffective – at times self-destructive – patterns in your life, but you can do so without having to incorporate travel, parking, and other time-management nightmares! I am one of those hundreds of millions… just like you. Simply put, I will be understanding and compassionate. No shame. No judgement. I can help you learn lasting coping techniques to improve motivation, structure, productivity and self-esteem in your life; and decrease – or even eliminate – patterns that result in forgetfulness, distraction, and feelings of shame or helplessness.

What Are the Benefits of Doing ADHD Therapy Online?

Women in ADHD Counseling Online Session in California Online ADHD therapy has numerous benefits! Not only can online therapy for ADHD provide the same therapeutic benefits that you would get in-person, which include new/improved strategies and coping skills that simplify or prevent struggles associated with ADHD, but you can do so from the comfort of your own home; eliminating some of the most well-known struggles associated with ADHD (such as forgetfulness, time-management, and procrastination)? Misplace your keys (again)? No problem, don’t need them. Get side-tracked and now the session is in 5 minutes? That’s fine, just click on the link I sent you… you’ll probably be early! Forget about the session altogether and now you’re somewhere else entirely? Doesn’t matter. As long as you answer when I call, we can have our session right then and there; anywhere in California. And the best part? You can stay in your jammie jams if you want to! Sometimes trying and learning new things can be difficult, so it can really help to do so in a place where that is already comfortable and familiar. And, as I mentioned earlier, you don’t have to limit your choice of therapist to the distance you’re willing to drive. As long as you are located somewhere in California, online therapy allows us to be just moments away.

Why Book an Online ADHD Therapy Session with Me?

Spencer Chernick, LMFT - ADHD, Couples, Teens, Children - San Diego, CA 92109 As I mentioned earlier, in addition to my years of experience working with ADHD, I have personally experienced the feelings, struggles and frustration that can result from having ADHD. I remember truly not knowing why I just said or did something, and not understanding how certain things kept happening. I also remember feeling embarrassed or frustrated with myself as a result. And I knew I had ADHD… it wasn’t because I didn’t know to look for it. In fact, in my family, my dad was the only one that didn’t have ADHD. However, seeing ADHD every day in my family and in myself provided me with numerous examples and opportunities to learn, practice and refine effective strategies to more easily navigate obstacles and feel better about myself in the process. It was these strategies that allowed me to go off to college, then graduate school, and continue to where I am today; despite what many saw for me, including myself at times. I have worked with both children and adults with ADHD – or associated symptoms – throughout my career in a variety of circumstances and treatment settings including school, community-based mental health care, and private practice (both online and in-person). I have successfully helped many individuals improve the patterns in their life that were affecting school, work, relationships and their self-esteem through normalizing, understanding and addressing what specifically gets in the way and throws things off course.

I understand. I get you. I see you.

I won’t get mad at you, judge you, or shame you. Ever. I won’t ever think you’re “too much” or get offended if I am interrupted or your mind appears elsewhere. I honestly just want to help. There is so much that is wonderful and powerful about having ADHD, and I want you to see it too. Although there are times where it is most effective to do otherwise, there are so many times your ADHD can be utilized to benefit you and become a strength! After making this connection in my own life, I realized I was capable of so much more than I gave myself credit for; and I want it to do the same for you, and in the comfort of your own home. I will provide you with the skills, guidance and patience to better navigate your hardships so you can feel empowered and confident to use them on your own outside of session. You won’t even have to put shoes on 🙂

Are you ready to improve your life?

Contact me today to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation and see if online ADHD therapy is right for you!

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I do not accept insurance but I do offer Superbills that can be presented to insurance companies for reimbursement. Learn more about my rates and insurance.

You may have some questions about seeing an online therapist for ADHD…

People who start ADHD counseling online often find immediate improvement because they’ve learned techniques that they didn’t know before. That excitement can be very motivating and euphoric, and result in the most important element of therapy; consistency. Without it, falling back into detrimental and ineffective patterns can happen just as easily and we can lose the momentum needed to make real change.

Honestly, results can vary. For children, untreated ADHD often results in difficulties functioning at home and/or in school, and interfering with their ability to make and keep friends. If left untreated into adulthood, ADHD may interfere with your ability to successfully navigate school/work, relationships, and social/emotional development.

Although “best” is subjective to each individual’s needs and struggles, research has shown that behavioral therapy is best for breaking and establishing necessary patterns. In addition, a positive mindset and increased self-esteem are also known to assist with anxiety and depression; two common struggles that often accompany symptoms of ADHD. As an online ADHD therapist I have found that a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Positive Therapy balances improved structure and pattern recognition with productive mindsets and self-esteem building; and thus creating an all-encompassing approach for ADHD therapy.

Although research is still being conducted as to whether environmental or developmental elements play any part in ADHD, research has shown a strong genetic component when determining the cause for having ADHD.

According to current research, as we develop more and more effective strategies to better navigate ADHD, the frequency and intensity of ADHD symptoms can change and improve over time; but not be “cured”.

According to the fifth and most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), an individual qualifies for an ADHD diagnosis when a licensed and certified mental health specialist identifies six or more symptoms associated with at least one type of ADHD. Although there are numerous online diagnosis options, in my experience the best way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with one of these specialists and go from there.

What is an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Man with ADHD Symptoms Seeks Online ADHD Therapist in California Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most easily described as a persistent struggle with inattentiveness or hyperactivity/impulsivity that often complicates – or is detrimental to – one’s ability to effectively function or develop in today’s society. In addition, there are three types of ADHD; which only makes it more difficult to understand or identify. Like with anything else in life there are pros and cons, and increased understanding improves the chances of desired results; and that includes “left brain thinking”. So if you have ADHD, or struggle from any associated symptoms, online ADHD therapy can provide the tools and techniques needed to break patterns of being forgetful, impulsive or distracted, and live the life you want and deserve!

Types of ADHD and Their Symptoms

This diagnosis goes unnoticed more than you would think. The reason for this is there are three different types, two of which are not often highlighted and subsequently missed. The three types are (1) Inattention [sometimes referred to as “ADD”], (2) Hyperactivity and Impulsivity, and (3) Combined.


Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

Even if full criteria for an ADHD diagnosis is not met, online ADHD therapy can help simplify and improve whatever commonalities you’re struggling with in ways you may never have thought possible…

What Does Online Therapy for ADHD Look Like?

Man Feels Relieved After ADHD Therapy Online Session in California An online ADHD therapist can help you identify and adjust the patterns in your life that leave you feeling frustrated and stuck, and learn techniques to accomplish your goals and see how capable you really are. In online ADHD counseling and therapy, I begin by providing a safe space for you to share all of your current struggles and how they impact you from the comfort of your own home. We will then identify and set goals based on how you would like your life to look moving forward. Once I have a better understanding of your current struggles and goals, I will tailor my treatment approach to you and how it can help your life. I will help you learn lasting coping skills, systems and self-esteem techniques that you can practice with me in session, and when on your own, that are both effective and feel authentic to you. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques to assist with symptoms of ADHD including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy Practices, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Positive Therapy. Together, we can make what was once felt impossible feel doable.

Online ADHD Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic modality that focuses on the cause and effect patterns we fall into and the power of mindset. Through increased awareness of the negative thinking patterns and factors that influence our less-desired behaviors, CBT provides the tools necessary to effectively break the patterns that put us in our own way and develop productive patterns to put us back in the driver’s seat. In fact, research suggests that behavioral therapy works better for ADHD symptomatology than other forms of therapy.

Positive Therapy

Positive Therapy is a relatively new therapeutic approach, influenced by both the humanistic and psychodynamic approaches towards diagnosis and treatment. Its core focus is on moving away from what’s ‘wrong’ or the negative aspects of an individual, and instead move towards what’s good and positive; which promotes solution-focused problem-solving, increased confidence and self-esteem, and a positive mindset… all of which play a huge role during childhood development!

Mindfulness Therapy Practices

Engaging in mindfulness practices assists in calming down the nervous system and decreasing the impulsivity, restlessness, and struggles with memory and focus that are so often experienced by individuals with ADHD, or its symptoms. However, what I love most of all about mindfulness practices is how easily and seamlessly they can be incorporated into our lives. Although mindfulness is often associated with specific approaches, such as yoga, mindfulness can be as simple as focusing on your breathing; or what you are eating.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a therapeutic modality that focuses on solutions and what has worked in the past. Instead of examining negative patterns or identifying “problems”, SFBT promotes solution-oriented and positive thinking that is so beneficial for the decreased self-esteem and repeated frustrations that are so often experienced by individuals with ADHD, or its symptoms.

Online ADHD Therapy for California Residents

If you’re ready to make the change that you deserve, and learn more about my therapy for online ADHD counseling and therapy services, please use the button above or call (858) 634-0502 for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

Spencer Chernick, LMFT
ADHD, Teen & Couples Therapy
5330 Carroll Canyon Rd Suite 120,
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 634-0502