[1:45] Stephanie talks about her early desire to be a therapist. In high school, she was a peer counselor for young children. She’s interested in health, education, and the legal side of mental health.
[3:26] About half of Stephanie’s ADHD clients also have chronic pain. People with ADHD tend to have accidents more than others—head injuries from diving accidents, car accidents, daredevil mishaps. She didn’t realize she’d be treating chronic pain patients when she started seeing people with ADHD.
[4:48] Stephanie talks about her client base. She sees children through geriatric patients and specializes in co-morbid ADHD (having ADHD as well as another condition).
[5:25] Stephanie also does family mediation with ADHD and other clients.
[6:30] Specializing in ADHD has lead to more clients for Stephanie. She says it’s a myth that specializing reduces the client pool.
[7:30] Half of Stephanie’s work time right now is spent traveling to public speaking engagements. The other half is spent seeing therapy clients, family mediation, and writing books.
[8:42] Stephanie’s books are focused on adult ADHD and geared towards the public . She has a workbook forthcoming next year for therapist clinicians. She also leads public workshops and continuing education classes for professionals.
[10:00] Stephanie says delegation and asking for help are critical to making good use of your time. She maintains a good work-life balance and exercises every day. Exercise helps her with her own ADHD and reduces stress.
[11:25] Stephanie learned how she could clean up her home a little at a time while writing one of her books, and says cleaning as you go results in a positive attitude. She cleans as she cooks too.
[12:45] Stephanie says people with ADHD are still misconceived as being willful or lazy when the actual issue is that their brains can’t process the task at hand. The brain can’t motivate itself to move from something it enjoys to something it doesn’t want to do.
[13:55] Stephanie has written 5 books. The first is composed of tips for people with ADHD. It’s about relationships, ADHD-friendly jobs, and how not to lose things. The second book addresses the transition between high school and college for ADHD patients.
[16:42] Exercise, Omega 3, CBT, mindfulness meditation, coaching, and accommodations are the most effective non-medication treatments for ADHD. This is the subject of Stephanie’s third book.
[17:40] Stephanie explains executive functions, the mental processes that help regulate and inhibit behavior. People with ADHD don’t receive the same signals that other people do. Executive functions regulate emotions, reconstitute information, and make plans.
[19:29] Stephanie works on her current book for 2 hours a day. She writes from her stream of consciousness. She’s a grammar nut and enjoys editing what results from 2 hours of unfiltered writing. She guest blogs at Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.
[20:55] Besides blogging about ADHD, Stephanie also writes about narcissism. ADHD patients are sometimes misdiagnosed as narcissists. Stephanie writes an entire blog post in a half hour. If an idea strikes her while she’s driving, she records notes on her phone and writes the blog as soon as she can.
[23:26] Stephanie keeps up with social media. She writes blurbs for articles on her Facebook business page.
[24:10] Stephanie’s friends and families are positive and supportive, which makes a big difference in her work life. She does some work at home in the evenings and on weekends.
[25:42] Stephanie talks about her workshops. Secondary schools, colleges, and private organizations contact her to lead workshops. She also speaks for speakers’ bureaus.
[26:40] Stephanie says it’s important to list your skills and strengths on your website. It’s a way for introverts to put themselves out there and network without physical interaction.
[28:47] It is hard to read nonverbal signals online; this is one reason Stephanie only sees clients face to face.
[30:42] Stephanie spends time exercising and meditating every day. She grew up in an energetic family that loves the outdoors.
[32:23] Stephanie offers advice to new therapists. She says it’s good to get a mentor and take their recommendations. Working in private practice can be isolating—join professional organizations. You’ll get better known professionally and benefit from the social interactions.
BIO – Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD – Therapist in Tampa, FL
Dr. Sarkis is a bestselling author and an American Mental Health Counselors Association Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling. Dr. Sarkis received her degrees and training from the University of Florida. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.
She also is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. Dr. Moulton maintains a private practice in Tampa, Florida, where she counsels adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder and anxiety. Dr. Sarkis is a blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. You can find out more about Dr. Moulton at http://www.stephaniesarkis.com/
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