Expert ADHD Testing in Tehachapi 2016

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Uncategorized

Getting Focused on the New School Year in Tehachapi Every year, shortly after school starts here in Tehachapi, there is a lot of activity among teachers and parents about children who have a difficult time staying focused, or staying seated, in the classroom setting. So the question naturally comes up, “Does the child have ADHD?” So how do professionals figure out if a child has ADHD or is just immature, or has a different set of problems? Lots of things … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiExpert ADHD Testing in Tehachapi 2016

Improve Your Child’s Sleep, Focus, Concentration with This Digital Fast

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Christian Counseling, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized

Sometimes in order to get healthy we need to fast. Fasting can include foods, or a number of other things that we like. In the section to follow I am going to suggest that part of getting our children and teenagers with ADHD healthy is going to require that they fast from their Digital world for a few weeks. For our children, teenagers, and young adults the digital world is almost as important to them as food and sleep. In … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiImprove Your Child’s Sleep, Focus, Concentration with This Digital Fast

ADHD Testing Available in Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD

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Why Can’t My Child Pay Attention? Why Can’t He Sit Still? These are all too common questions asked by parents shortly after school starts each year here in Tehachapi, or any town. Lots of things can be happening in the life of a child that might make him or her restless, distracted, or even impulsive. Of all the possibilities – ranging from food sensitivities, to grief, to childhood depression or anxiety – the most common is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD Testing Available in Tehachapi

ADHD and Alternative Treatments : Do They Work?

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Teenagers, Tehachapi

When Laura’s son was diagnosed by their pediatrician with ADHD, she didn’t know what to do.  As a nurse she was aware of both the benefits and the potential problems with medications – any medications – and she didn’t want her 8 year old son to have to take a stimulant medication like Ritalin for the next several years.  So she called and asked for some advice. Nearly 10% of children and teenagers in the United States meet the diagnostic … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD and Alternative Treatments : Do They Work?

10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized, Worry

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Stress at Work : Causes Customers, co-workers, and real life Can we do more with less and not break? When Stress Comes : What is Happening to Me? What is the “fight, flight, or freeze” response? Physical, emotional, and cognitive responses to stress, immediate and long-term Release of Adrenalin, Cortisol, and elevated Cholesterol Power Tools to Manage and Over-come Stress Seeking Peace : “All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.” Breathing and relaxation … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

Can ADHD Medications be Used for Eating Disorders? Tehachapi Counselor Questions

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Christian Counseling, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Worry

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I have a new client coming in to my office for counseling in Tehachapi tomorrow.  She called for an appointment because she said that she “was addicted to eating,” and this concerned her.  I had met her at an event in Stallion Springs before, and in that brief conversation she had mentioned that she knew I was a counselor in Tehachapi for those with ADHD, and that she had always wondered if ADHD was a part of her life. So … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiCan ADHD Medications be Used for Eating Disorders? Tehachapi Counselor Questions

ADHD and Making Good Decisions for Your Child

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Teenagers, Tehachapi

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I just saw my 950th client who has ADHD.  I’ve been counseling people with ADHD for a lot of years here in Tehachapi, and Bakersfield. Like so many others he is twelve years old, nice and friendly, but struggling at home and at school because paying attention and staying focused eludes him sometimes.  He and his parents are looking for some way to improve his life – his grades, his impulsive behaviors, his relationships.  ADHD is pretty common, and it’s … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD and Making Good Decisions for Your Child

8 Barriers to Counseling Even When You Know You Need It : Reason #1

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, ADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame, Internet Problems, PTSD, Rejection, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Worry

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30% of all people could benefit from professional counseling today. There are 8 reasons main why they won’t come. The top 8 reasons are: The advice of friends and family members; The fear of being seen as either weak or crazy; The fear of the unknown – what actually takes place in a counseling session? The fear of having to actually express emotions; Concern that counseling won’t work, and will waste both money and time; Having been “burned” in the past … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi8 Barriers to Counseling Even When You Know You Need It : Reason #1

25 Years Living and Counseling in Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, ADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame

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I can’t think of anything better than this. I get to live in a beautiful town with family and good friends, and I get to spend most of my time helping people. My family and I have lived in Tehachapi for over 25 years now. We live in a very quiet and beautiful place in Bear Valley Springs overlooking the valley. It’s a place of peaceful reflection, and a place to get perspective on life. Over the years I have … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi25 Years Living and Counseling in Tehachapi

Does a Child’s Diet Impact Their ADHD Symptoms?

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Christian Counseling, Teenagers

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There is a dynamic conversation within “ADHD circles” on whether what our children eat actually impacts their ADHD symptoms. Does consuming sugar make a kid “hyper”? or does consuming a soda make a youngster “impulsive”? Our Original article is here at the ADHD Information Library: http://newideas.net/does-your-childs-diet-impact-their-adhd-symptoms Of course, after helping children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD for over 25 years to be more effective at school, at home, and in relationships, I have no doubt that “Yes” – what somebody eats … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDoes a Child’s Diet Impact Their ADHD Symptoms?

5 Great Reasons to Bring Your ADHD Child or Teen to Counseling

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized

I recently wrote about this on the ADHD Information Library at http://newideas.net and I thought I’d bring the article over here to my personal site for counseling in Tehachapi. I sat in my car waiting for my son to get out of his drama class in Tehachapi, and I read an article about ADHD kids and the treatments that they receive, or don’t receive. The point of the article was that even though most kids diagnosed with ADHD will receive … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi5 Great Reasons to Bring Your ADHD Child or Teen to Counseling

500 Classroom Interventions for ADHD

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Teenagers, Uncategorized

The new school year is beginning, and I want to connect you with a great resource for parents and teachers to help your ADHD students to be more successful this year. http://ADDinSchool.com has been online for years with over 500 classroom interventions contributed from classroom teachers, school psychologists, and from my own folders and files collected over the years. There are separate sections for Elementary School classrooms and Secondary School classrooms. We’ve just recently re-done the website so it is … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi500 Classroom Interventions for ADHD

Two Types of ADHD : Simplified

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Uncategorized

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A simplified way to look at the different types of ADHD. From the ADHD Information Library at Newideas.net. If we reduce ADHD to its two simplest “types” we get a Hypo-Active type and a Hyper-Active type. I discuss six different types of ADHD at the ADHD Information Library website here, but to keep things as simple as possible let’s look at just two types. In general the HypoActive type is slower moving, often late, “hurry up and get ready,” passive, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiTwo Types of ADHD : Simplified

ADHD Seminar Handouts

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Seminar Handouts

ADHD Seminar Handouts in PDF Format with Images, Ready to Print Out Douglas Cowan is a Marriage and Family Therapist providing professional counseling to Tehachapi and Bakersfield, CA. What is ADHD?   “What is ADHD ?” ADHD is the short abbreviation for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”, which is one of the most common childhood behavior disorders.  It is estimated that somewhere between 5% and 9% of all children have ADHD. Of all children referred to mental health professionals, more are … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD Seminar Handouts

ADHD : A Brief Introduction

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD

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A Brief Description of ADHD: ADHD is the abbreviation for a long medical term, “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”  It is very broad in scope and covers both “Hyperactive and Impulsive” and “Hypo-active (moves slowly) and Inattentive” types of ADHD. Yes, they need to rename this. ADHD is a neurological – biological disorder.  Yes, it is a real disorder.  There are hundreds of brain studies that demonstrate this.  There are both genetic factors and neurological differences.  Their brain simply is different, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD : A Brief Introduction