About our ADULT ADHD Clinic
Our adult ADHD clinic was established in 2007 following a strong demand from our families with children with ADHD to treat the parents with ADHD. Over the years we have established ourselves as one of the leading adult ADHD clinics in NSW, with patients coming from all over Australia. We even have patients we work with via Skype from overseas. Note: we do not use prescribe stimulant medication as part of our therapy but work with several local psychiatrists if medication is felt necessary as a last resort.
At the SCDC we offer a very flexible assessment system: we do not believe in a fixed battery system as every patient is highly unique with different issues underlying their symptoms.
The first stage of assessment includes a thorough diagnostic interview. In the course of the interview, information is gathered in the following areas: developmental history, medical history, school history, employment history, social history, childhood and present behaviour patterns, alcohol/drug history, and psychiatric history. Where possible, information will also be obtained from a close family member. We will at this stage also look at potential differential diagnoses that may account for the presenting symptoms (eg. medical, psychiatric or emotional issues).
The second stage of the assessment may include specialist cognitive testing to pinpoint the exact nature of any cognitive deficits. This testing often includes specialist standardised tests of attention skills, processing speed, working memory and executive functioning (planning/organisation). This stage may also assess very holistically ADHD comorbidities such as learning difficulties, social/relationship problems, emotional issues and any other functional problems the client may be experiencing. We explore all these areas as we aim to treat all our clients holistically so that symptoms of ADHD are minimised in all aspects of their lives.
The diagnostic interview usually takes 120 minutes and depending on how clearly a diagnosis can be made, the entire assessment can last up to three hours. All assessment will end with a formulated treatment plan prioritised according to the results of the assessment, client’s aims and main concerns.
Adults with ADHD typically have issues with sustaining attention and distractibility. At our clinic we have a program which teaches adults strategies to remain focused and to work within their specific cognitive skills through minimising any specific weaknesses. Issues addressed include avoiding distractions, staying focused, procrastination, and low boredom tolerance. Please click here for more information about our MiCBT treatment program for adults with ADHD.
Many adults with ADHD are chronically disorganised, having difficulties with time management and with planning and organisation. This can cause massive issues with work as well as with organisation at home. To help with these difficulties we have an executive functioning program which we can tailor to individual needs. This program looks at helping compensate for these issues through the use of various tools and technologies, to help make life a lot smoother and stress free.
Often adults with ADHD have developed emotional issues due to years of struggling for success at home, academically and vocationally. Issues with anxiety, depression, anger and self-esteem are common and often need addressing in adulthood. These issues are treated with a variety of therapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy and ACT therapy.
Social & relationship issues
Many adults with ADHD have problems with various social relationships. We offer therapy to help people cope with current relationship issues (parents, spouse and/or children), as well as offer help for people who have trouble forming and keeping relationships. ADHD can place stress on the lives of people around them. We also offer individual therapy for family members who are struggling to live with the individual with ADHD.
Behavioural Issues: Impulsivity & inappropriate behaviour
Many adults with ADHD are stuck in negative patterns of behaviour that have developed from childhood. They may act in an impulsive and inappropriate manner with friends or at work with colleagues. They may also make impulsive decisions in many aspects of their lives which may create significant functional difficulties and distress. If this is an area of concern, we offer treatment to help with impulsive behaviours and help people learn to control their behaviour better.
Adult ADHD Assessment
Assessment fees are charged at $200 per hour. A $120 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking and appointment date: $20 is an administration fee to conduct a pre-assessment standardised diagnostic review questionnaire, which will take 15 minutes of your time. The remaining $100 deposit will be taken off your assessment session costs. This deposit is actually a retainer for us to set aside the time period for your assessment, and was initiated due to the high level of disorganisation of ADHD patients and the high rate of no-shows. Assessment times generally vary from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on whether more formalised cognitive testing is necessary to clarify the diagnosis (as well as the extent of testing). On average, an assessment usually lasts 2 hours.
Therapy fees are charged at $180 per session, with a session lasting 50 minutes.
Medicare rebates can be claimed if a Mental Health Treatment Plan (2717) is prepared. This treatment plan is available for individuals who qualify for a clinically diagnosable disorder that interferes with their cognitive, emotional or social abilities. This plan can be set up by your GP and allows you to claim a rebate for up to ten psychological therapy sessions per calendar year. The Medicare rebate provided is $84.80 per therapy session provided in clinic. When booking an appointment with your GP, you will need to request a longer appointment and notify them that you will be requiring a Mental Health Treatment Plan to be written. Alternatively, a basic referral letter from your current psychiatrist, addressed to the psychologist you will be seeing, will allow you to access the same number of sessions and amount of rebate as a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Private Health Insurance
If you have Private Health Insurance, you should contact them directly to ask whether you are covered for psychological treatment and the amount that will be rebated. Receipts will be provided for claiming from Private Health Insurance.