A Smarter Way to Learn About
Adult ADHD, including in Relationships
ADHD Is The
Elephant in the Room
Adult ADHD is not a small, “niche” issue. In fact, it is the Elephant in the Room.
The Adult ADHD population numbers in the tens of millions in the U.S. alone. Add more millions who don’t quite meet the diagnostic criteria—but still have similar struggles with Executive Functions.
The shock effects ripple out through the family and society at large, affecting tens of millions more people. Never moreso than during COVID restrictions of 2020-2021.
Yet, only 1 in 10 adults with ADHD is thought to be diagnosed-with even fewer in any kind of treatment. Given the highly genetic nature of ADHD, these adults and their partners are also raising children with ADHD.
Help is Hard to Find
Standard couple therapy risks exacerbating conflict and dysfunction.
Individual therapy for ADHD—if you can find a knowledgeable therapist-—typically lacks an equitable and integrated approach to including the partner. That poses similar risks.
Also: individual therapy for Adult ADHD rarely includes training in new skills and behavior-change techniques. Sometimes, therapists assume coaching can provide this. Sometimes it can. But we cannot underestimate the interfering role of long-time cognitive distortions and poor coping responses. Ideally, Adult ADHD therapy addresses the pragmatic and the psychological, skillfully interweaving back and forth.
The Internet now overflows with articles about Adult ADHD, including in relationships. Unfortunately, most of these articles reflect only minimal familiarity with ADHD. Some contain extremely misguided advice—advice that guarantees ADHD-challenged individuals and couples keep struggling.
We help professionals and consumers avoid these pitfalls and focus on proven, positive interventions.
Revolutionize the standard of care and evidence-based strategies for ADHD-challenged couples and individuals worldwide.
We accomplish this by training on the four categories of evidence-based interventions for Adult ADHD-challenged individuals, couples, and family members—expanded to include the partner/spouse or other loved ones.
Many consumers will achieve full “lift off” from this comprehensive training.
Others will need person-to-person guidance in addressing their particular variations on complex issues identified in the training. We hope that they can find that with professionals who have also completed the training.
We are Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD, creators of the first empirically informed guide for helping ADHD-challenged couples: Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions (Routledge, 2016) Please find our bios here: About the Trainers
The Body of Work
We bring to you a combined 50 years experience in the field, also drawing from these three highly praised books:
—Adult ADHD-Focused Couple Therapy: Clinical Interventions (2016, Routledge):
The first professional guide to create a flexible model based on the evidence of what works for Adult ADHD therapy and for couple therapy.
—Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?
The first book to comprehensively explain Adult ADHD, the potential effects on these adults and their loved ones, and the strategies that can slow their emotional roller coasters. Endorsed by leading ADHD experts. Written by Gina Pera, 2008
—Counseling ADHD Couples
Gina was invited to write the first-ever chapter on couple therapy in Russell Barkley, PhD’s clinical guide, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Fourth Revision (2014, Guilford).
Dr. Robin has written several other books on ADHD; please find them on our Bio Page for Gina Pera and Arthur L. Robin, PhD
Two Training Categories
Click on a category to learn more:
1. For Professionals — Therapists, psychiatrists and other prescribers, coaches, professional organizers, and others serving ADHD clients
2. For Consumers — Solo individuals with ADHD, their intimate partners (whether or not their ADHD partner joins in), parents of adult children with ADHD—siblings, co-workers, business partners, too!