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could-it-be-adult-adhdWritten in an accessible style, Could It Be Adult ADHD? provides mental health professionals with up-to-date knowledge on how to recognize, assess, and treat adult ADHD. Author Jan Willer describes adult ADHD symptoms not found in the DSM-5, including executive functioning problems, emotional dysregulation, atypical reward sensitivity, and problems with time perception. Two detailed composite cases demonstrate the varying patterns of dysfunction in ADHD. Strengths that may be associated with ADHD are also described. Willer offers examples of how to provide psychoeducation about ADHD, which fosters client self-acceptance and adaptive functioning. She addresses common psychotherapy problems including chronic lateness, missed appointments, motivation problems, and tangentiality. Lastly, Willer reviews medications for ADHD, including their benefits, contraindications, and side effects, and evaluates the evidence for non-traditional treatments.

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“Authoritative, easy-to-read, and eminently practical, Could It Be Adult ADHD? is masterful. Through case examples, sound evidence-based information, and clear guidance, this book’s thorough yet digestible coverage and wisdom shine through on each page. Highly recommended!”

—Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley, Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco, and co-author, The ADHD Explosion and ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know

“Jan Willer’s comprehensive book provides clinicians with the tools they need to recognize ADHD in their adult patients. It includes a wealth of information about diagnosing ADHD, comorbidity, associated impairments, as well as psychosocial and medication treatments. This book provides a much needed resource aimed at helping the underserved population of adults with ADHD.”

—Susan Sprich, Ph.D.

Director, CBT Program, Director, Postgraduate Psychology Education, MGH Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital, and co-author, Mastering Your Adult ADHD

“In this book is a wealth of useful information about the wide variety of ways ADHD emerges in adults along with specific suggestions for how to provide effective treatments not just with medication, but also with practical, empathic psychotherapy and psychoeducation.” —Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Director of the Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and author Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD.”

—Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

Director of the Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and author Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD.

“This is a fantastic book! It’s up to date, well written, and abounds with clinical insights about all aspects of care for adults with ADHD. Rarely has a clinical text succeeded so well in knitting together the latest scientific research with sound, detailed, nuanced and practical clinical guidance. This comprehensive guide for mental health professionals addresses every aspect of assessment and treatment of adult ADHD. Of particular value are the many illustrative dialogues that give the flavor of the difficulties faced by these clients and the types of intervention by the therapist that are helpful and effective. Impressively, this book encapsulates what most therapists might glean only after years of experience in working with these clients. Dr. Willer’s book represents a tremendous contribution to the field – one that should be required reading for all those who work with adults with ADHD.”

—Mary Solanto, Ph.D.

New York University, and author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction

The Beginning Psychotherapist's CompanionFilling in the gaps from students’ lack of experience and confidence, The Beginning Psychotherapist’s Companion, Second Edition is a supportive and empathetic guide, addressing real-world concerns and providing essential insights not taught in textbooks.

With a reassuring and clear writing style, Willer offers practical suggestions and clinical examples to address the professional development and emotional concerns of the beginning psychotherapist. She guides readers through structuring the first session, making clinical observations, and establishing a therapeutic alliance. Through the use of culturally diverse clinical vignettes, Willer discusses the foundations of ethical practice, including informed consent, confidentiality, documentation, and setting boundaries. The reader is guided on how and when to refer clients for medication and other health care. Crisis management principles are detailed, including suicide and violence risk assessment, child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, and rape. Willer also provides professional advice on contemporary concerns such as social networking, online searches of clients, the psychotherapist’s internet presence, and other important emerging challenges. Comprehensive, practical, and thoroughly updated, The Beginning Psychotherapist’s Companion, Second Edition is the ideal resource for students and early career psychotherapists.

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“This book is an absolute gem. It provides all the secrets for being a successful psychotherapist that every practicing psychotherapist wishes they were told when they were first starting out. Well, the secret is out! Every psychotherapist-in-training and every early career psychotherapist should read this book and learn from its many wise lessons. You’ll be glad you did!”

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP

Professor and Associate Department Chair, Director of Practitioner Masters Programs, Department of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, and Past-President, Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association

“This book is equally valuable to beginning and more seasoned psychotherapists, as well as supervisors. It is expansive in its coverage and does what it sets out to do—assist new practitioners with a number of pragmatic and professional issues before they start to practice psychotherapy. I have used the previous edition with my supervisees and it has provided a valuable guidebook and a catalyst for discussion. It is truly a companion and I recommend it very highly as a relevant and helpful resource.”

Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP

Psychologist, Independent Practice, Washington, DC; Author of Treatment of Complex Trauma

“Dr. Willer has updated her valuable guide to an amazing diversity of topics that can trip up therapists as they begin to practice: self-doubt, self-presentation, fees, HIPAA, charting, referrals, informed consent, crisis readiness, medications, mandated reporting, electronic communications, and burnout, to name but a few examples. Beginning psychotherapists of all disciplines and theoretical orientations will find here an immensely useful and user-friendly resource.”

Kenneth S. Pope, PhD, ABPP

Diplomate in Clinical Psychology

“Expanded and enriched in this second edition, this highly instructive primer for actual practice covers even more of the clinical bases than the first. Like a ‘supervisor on the shelf’ this book rewards the beginning psychotherapist (as well as many more experienced practitioners) with explicit strategies, pitfalls to avoid and ethical dimensions of the real world of clinician-patient negotiations. Still a necessary book.”

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston