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Expert ADHD Therapist for Adults

Dr. Terri Bacow

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I trained with ADHD expert Dr. Edward Hallowell to become an ADHD therapist.

I provide sessions in person in NYC & online across New York State and Florida.

 Have you been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or are you grappling with symptoms that align with ADHD and looking for a way forward? ADHD is a complex condition that can affect various aspects of your life, including your professional performance, social interactions, and overall well-being. I specialize as an ADHD therapist to help adults understand and manage their symptoms, providing personalized therapy to navigate the challenges it presents.

I Help ADHD Adults With:

  • Attention & focus 

  • Impulsivity or hyperactivity

  • Time management

  • Organization

  • Professional or social challenges

  • Emotional regulation

Living with ADHD as an Adult

Living with ADHD as an adult presents unique challenges. Balancing professional demands, social pressures, and personal responsibilities can be overwhelming. I understand these pressures and can help you navigate issues such as procrastination, focus difficulties, time management struggles, and relationship challenges. I provide a compassionate space for you to explore your concerns, develop resilience, and discover strategies to thrive both professionally and personally.

How Does an ADHD Therapist Help?

As an ADHD therapist, I am equipped with the knowledge and experience to support you in managing ADHD. I help you explore and clarify your symptoms, develop a personalized treatment plan, and offer practical coping strategies. Research shows that individuals with ADHD benefit significantly from environmental support and tailored therapy. My approach includes nuanced education about the diagnosis and executive function support to help you thrive in both your professional and personal life.

Who Benefits From Therapy for ADHD?

ADHD therapy is beneficial for adults who face unique challenges related to this condition. Whether you need support with professional performance, managing relationships, or developing life skills, therapy can provide the tools and insights needed to manage ADHD effectively.

  • How do I get started with therapy?
    Please send me an email to tell me a little bit about yourself! I will ask you some questions and you will have an opportunity to have your questions answered. We will discuss fees and scheduling. If we determine we might be a good fit, we will schedule an initial intake assessment.
  • What should I do prior to my first appointment?
    I will send you a consent form that summarizes my fees and policy and requests some basic information about you. You can complete the form on your own and bring it to our first session.
  • What happens in ongoing sessions?
    The first session is 50-60 minutes. Ongoing sessions are 45 minutes. Sessions occur weekly, or in some cases, biweekly. You will likely have a regular weekly slot, and in some cases I can be flexible and accommodate different times.
  • What should I expect during the first few sessions?
    We will have one to two meetings that will involve gathering information. You will have a chance to describe your primary concerns and receive my impressions and recommendations. This may involve a conceptualization of your situation or a formal diagnosis, if one applies. We will then put together a personalized plan for treatment and schedule a time for regular ongoing sessions. This will also give you a chance to decide if you are comfortable and if we are a good fit. If your needs do not align with my expertise, I will help connect you with another provider in the community who is better suited to help.
  • Do you take insurance?
    Like most private practitioners in New York City, I am an out-of-network provider. That means I do not accept any insurance directly. However, I make the reimbursement process as simple as possible by providing all the necessary paperwork, including receipts and diagnosis codes, in a timely fashion. The first step is to call your insurance provider and ask about their policy on out-of-network behavioral health care. You will need to know (1) the amount of your deductible, (2) what percentage of behavioral health services they will reimburse for out-of-network providers, and (3) whether there are limits on the number of visits per calendar year. Should you choose to come to me for treatment, you will be required to pay for each session in full at the time of service.
  • What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy?
    Cancellations or rescheduling of appointments must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment to avoid a full fee charge. This allows me to offer your appointment time to another patient. Medical emergencies or other extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration for rescheduling requests.
  • Will I get reimbursement from my insurance company?
    In my experience, most patients are reimbursed for 50% to 80% for the cost of their sessions if they have out-of-network mental health coverage. It is helpful to call individual insurance providers to determine level of coverage in advance. Many patients are pleasantly surprised. At the end of each month I will provide a statement of services in person or via email. This form should be submitted to your insurance company, along with a health insurance claim form, to receive payment. Most insurance carriers process each claim like any other medical claim.
  • What is the Good Faith Estimate Law for people not using insurance?
    Under the law, health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service, or at any time during treatment. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, or how to dispute a bill, see your Estimate, or visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.
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ADHD Therapy With Me

My therapy approach is centered around you, focusing on your unique needs and goals. In our sessions, we’ll explore how ADHD affects various aspects of your life and develop strategies to manage your symptoms. Through evidence-based techniques like CBT, I help you understand your emotions, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and build a stronger sense of self.

 

We’ll work together to identify the root causes of your challenges, reframe negative thoughts, and develop practical skills for daily life. This personalized approach empowers you to take control of your mental health and navigate the complexities of adult life with confidence and calm.

I routinely collaborate with medication providers including psychiatrists, to help you achieve the best results from therapy and psychiatric medication, if you are taking it or exploring the possibility.

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My ADHD Therapy Is Designed For Results

Through therapy, you’ll develop skills that help you manage ADHD symptoms effectively. These include:

Improved Focus & Attention

Better Time Management

Enhanced Emotional Regulation

Organizational Skills

Increased Confidence
Stronger Relationships

Many of my clients report significant improvements in their professional performance, social interactions, and overall mental health. With support, you can overcome the challenges of ADHD and achieve your potential. 

 

If you’re ready to take control of your ADHD and improve your quality of life, reach out for a consultation.

"I was recently diagnosed with ADHD for the first time in my life. Meeting with Dr. Bacow helped me understand myself so much better. Further, she taught me strategies to help with my anxiety, mood, time management and sleep.  I feel much more grounded now as a result of our therapy sessions."

Male, 42 years old

About Dr. Terri Bacow

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I specialize in providing therapy for adults with ADHD across New York State.

For over 15 years, I've guided individuals through life's challenges, focusing on helping those with ADHD navigate their unique experiences. As a licensed psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I've witnessed the transformative power of self-understanding and change, even when it feels out of reach.

 

My experience is vast. I've worked extensively with adults, professionals, creatives, and individuals from all walks of life. This allows me to tailor therapy to your unique needs, whether you're managing the complexities of ADHD, dealing with overwhelming anxiety, or seeking better balance in your personal and professional life.

 

My approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, honed through years of clinical experience and research. Together, we will explore the core aspects of ADHD and its impact on your daily life and mental well-being.

 

Through this exploration, we'll identify your core needs, anxieties, and coping styles. This newfound understanding will help you turn towards self-compassion and build a foundation of resilience.

 

Ready to reclaim your peace of mind? I offer a safe space for adults with ADHD to heal and grow. Reach out for a consultation today to begin your journey towards a calmer, more balanced life.

Credentials

 

Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University, trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mount Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry

 

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Instructor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2008

  • Director of Clinical Training at the Hallowell Center in NYC (2012-2021)

  • Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s Department of Applied Psychology since 2018

 

Affiliations:

  • New York Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NY-CBT)

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

  • Clinical Instructor - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Adjunct Instructor - New York University Department of Applied Psychology

Publications:

DR. BACOW HAS BEEN FEATURED IN:

Psychology Today
The Washington Post
Scary Mommy
Women's Health
Oprah Daily
Shape
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