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Adult ADHD Group

The group targets executive dysfunction to help adults (ages 18 and above) with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lead more organized and productive lives.  The group provides a supportive environment for learning time management, planning, and organizational skills, with a focus on applying these skills to real-life situations.  Each session includes instruction about, and implementation of, new skills, motivational strategies to promote success, in-session exercises, and practice strategies to be completed prior to the next session.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Learn more about ADHD and commit to growth through group participation.
  2. Learn and implement skills for time awareness, scheduling, making tasks manageable, prioritizing, overcoming emotional obstacles, increasing motivation, using organizational systems, and planning and completing projects.
  3. Experience the collegial support of fellow members and understand how public commitments contribute to greater effort and confidence.

Duration and Cost

Eight weekly 60-minute sessions
$125 per session

Anxiety Group for High Schoolers

The group teaches adolescents strategies to address anxiety symptoms.  Each group session focuses on a specific topic related to treatment.   The group provides a supportive environment where a licensed therapist introduces treatment strategies and members can learn from one another and reinforce learned skills.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Develop the tools and skills to manage their anxiety. 
  2. Explore the cognitive and behavioral components of anxiety to help identify and understand how thoughts affect emotions, experiences, and physiological functioning.
  3. Learn and review the principles of mindfulness and implement practice in these techniques. 
  4. Experience social support, reinforcement, and peer modeling opportunities. 
  5. Develop goals and commit to practicing in the interim between sessions.

Duration and Cost

Eight weekly group sessions, each 60 minutes in length
$125 per session

Group for Parents of Children with Anxiety

When a child suffers from anxiety, fears, worries, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the whole family is affected.  The group teaches parents of children with anxieties a number of specific strategies to help their children acquire the skills to manage emotions and face fears. Relieving stress for the entire family is among the top goals for this 8-week program. 

Topics include increasing understanding of how anxiety and OCD develop and persist over time, learning tools for helping children consistently challenge their fears outside of treatment sessions, developing plans for gradual reductions in accommodations of anxiety within the family, and teaching self-care strategies for use by the whole family.  Parents benefit from learning these skills in a supportive group environment and receiving insight and encouragement from other parents who face similar challenges.

Duration and Cost

Eight sessions held every other week, each 60 minutes in length
$125 per session

OCD Intrusive Thoughts Workshop

Intrusive thoughts are involuntary, unwanted, repetitive, and distressing.  Common thoughts involve aggression or violence (fear of losing control and harming someone); sexuality, including sexual identity; magical thinking, or equating thoughts with actions (if I think this, I will do it); and religion or scrupulosity (preoccupation with doing the right thing, fear of blaspheming).  People are repulsed by their thoughts and may engage in time-consuming rituals, withdraw from others, or avoid triggers.  The result is interference with relationships and daily functioning at home, work, and school.    The more the person tries to monitor or repress the thoughts, the more pervasive and frequent they become.

Although intrusive thoughts may be shocking, they are just thoughts, not actions.  Having the thought does not mean that someone unconsciously wants to carry out the thought. 

Dr. Saylor’s workshops for OCD and Intrusive Thoughts are interactive and experiential. The evidence-based curriculum helps participants understand, explain, and experience intrusive thoughts from a different perspective and teaches effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills to increase coping and to reduce the frequency of intrusive thoughts.   Participants will develop exposure and ritual prevention (EX/RP) strategies for intrusive thoughts and will learn evidence-based approaches to address these thoughts.

Workshops are offered for children, teens, and adults – participants are grouped by age.

Duration and Cost:  The 4-hour workshops are held on weekends.  The fee is $300 per participant.  Call 703-787-9090 or email [email protected] for information about enrolling in a workshop.

Emetophobia Workshop

Emetophobia causes intense anxiety related to vomiting, including fears of seeing vomit, vomiting in public, seeing someone else vomit, and being sick or nauseated.   This phobia can be disabling as individuals go to extreme lengths to avoid any situation that is perceived to be a threat, including meals, social occasions, car trips, restaurants, and public bathrooms.   Complications of untreated emetophobia may include additional fears or obsessions, including social phobia, fear of food (resulting in diet restrictions), and agoraphobia.    

Dr. Saylor’s workshops for emetophobia are interactive and experiential.  The evidence-based curriculum teaches effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills to increase coping and to reduce the symptoms of emetophobia.   Participants will develop exposure and ritual prevention (EX/RP) strategies and will learn evidence-based approaches to address their fears.

Duration and Cost:  Times and costs vary.  Contact us at 703-787-9090 or email [email protected] for more information.

Parent Training in Techniques for Reducing Behavioral Problems in Elementary School Children

The group is intended for parents who are interested in learning behavioral techniques for addressing challenging behaviors such as whining, inattention, noncompliance, hyperactivity, and aggression.  The curriculum is based on evidence-based treatments for behavioral problems, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Alan Kazdin’s Parent Management Training (PMT) program.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Develop a better understanding of causes and triggers of behavioral problems.
  2. Learn strategies for consistently responding to behavioral problems and for preventing them.
  3. Develop tools for teaching their children prosocial skills to replace challenging behaviors.
  4. Develop a better understanding of academic processes (eg, IEPs, 504 Plans) and increase their confidence and competence in advocating for their children in an educational environment.

Duration and Cost

Eight sessions: twice-monthly 60-minute sessions
$125 per session

Social Skills Groups for Middle School and High School

Two separate groups –one for children in Middle School and one for High Schoolers — focus on social skills coaching for adolescents who have symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s), ADHD, or Anxiety, or who have general challenges with social skills.

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the components of confidence, including tone of voice, posture, eye contact, and related attributes
  2. To understand non-verbal communication
  3. To understand empathy and the ability to take another’s perspective
  4. To learn conversation dynamics, such as ice-breakers, reciprocal dialogue, and to agree-to-disagree
  5. To learn attributes of friendship, sustained relationships, altruism, and compassion

Duration and Cost

Eight sessions: twice-monthly groups, 40 minutes with participants and 10 minutes with parents for a recap
$125 per session

Adaptive College Experience (ACE) Program

The program is intended for students with symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s), and/or ADHD or Anxiety. The focus is on adaptive skills – organization, self-regulation, and social skills — for high schoolers who are preparing for college and for students who already are in college.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach that focuses on changing thought patterns and behaviors that negatively affect one’s relationships, school/work, and emotional well-being.  Clients learn to control intense, painful emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships appropriately, without conflict. 

Dr. Erin Kardel, a licensed clinical psychologist, leads the DBT groups at NeuroScience, Inc.  Participants:

  • Learn the core principles of DBT (mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness) to use in their daily lives.
  • Learn how to recognize the triggers that cause maladaptive thoughts and behaviors.
  • Develop tools to manage strong emotions, to tolerate uncomfortable feelings, and to use coping skills to minimize undesirable reactions.
  • Experience acceptance, social support, and reinforcement.
  • Develop individual goals and commit to practicing skills in the interim between sessions.

Duration:  There are 6 weekly sessions, each 60 minutes in length.  Group schedules may vary (eg, there may be fewer, but longer, sessions), depending on participants’ schedules.

Cost:  $125/session.   All materials are provided.   Call 703-787-9090 or email [email protected] for more information.

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