Learning and Attention Differences

 

My mission is to provide supportive consultation and psychotherapy to individuals impacted by their learning and attention differences to help them accept themselves fully, accommodate, advocate and function at their highest level and bring their unique gifts to the world.

I work to support parents, couples and families thrive in the midst of these unique relationship challenges and help them develop the emotional resilience to create deep fulfilling bonds with each other.

| Consultation and Treatment |

Why Seek Help?

  • Children with LD and attention differences need early intervention.
  • Teens, young adults and adults can benefit from intervention and accommodations.
  • Parents need to learn to deal with the intensity of their emotions in order to effectively communicate with their kids and educational providers.
  • Parents are often confused and overwhelmed and need support in order to effectively intervene and advocate for their child.
  • Marriage, partnership and family life is often neglected and suffering while trying to deal with a child’s learning difference.
  • Marriage and relationships can be impacted
  • Individual can experience long-term psychological and emotional problems if their LD/attention differences go unaddressed.
  • Parent, child, sibling and family relationships can be strained and need special attention and understanding.
  • Everyone must be realistic and accept the learning and attention difference in order to stay connected and engaged during the long education process.
  • Children and families must learn to accept the learning differences and be knowledgeable in order to advocate for the services and programs the child needs.

PSYCHOTHERAPY & TREATMENT

Individual Therapy for Teens, Young Adults and Adults. I offer supportive psychotherapy which will help:

  • Accept impact of learning differences in their lives
  • Work through painful experiences of early school, work and/or relationship failures and struggles
  • Let go of critical negative self talk
  • Develop strategies to intervene, remediate and accommodate your LD and attention differences
  • Help to reframe difficulties into personal strengths
  • Problem-solve regarding behavioral problems
  • Learn to constructively express frustration and anger
  • Build resilience and strength
  • Improve relationships impacted by your differences

Couples Therapy. In couples therapy, partners will be supported to talk about the impact of learning disorders in their life and relationship as they:

  • Talk about the impact of their child(ren)’s learning and adhd disorders
  • Resolve parenting differences
  • Develop new communication skills and facilitate deeper intimacy
  • Identify and accept of ones own learning/adhd differences, learn how it impacts and can create conflicts in your relationships, and resolve feelings of shame, guilt and confusion
  • Learn effective ways to parent a child/teen with learning and or attention differences
  • Identify and address other issues in the couple or family

PARENT CONSULTATION

I Will Help Parents

  • Begin to understand language processing and attention disorders and the behavioral manifestations.
  • Make sense of information coming from their child, child’s school or other experts.
  • Create a plan to go forward with intervention and accommodations for oneself or one’s child.
  • Understand their child’s behavior in context of the learning problems.
  • Work through the all too frequent feelings of guilt and shame that individuals and parents feel.
  • Differentiate between parenting issues and the professional intervention needed that parents aren’t qualified to provide.
  • Effectively advocate for their child and themselves.
  • Differentiate between intervention and accommodation.

About Elizabeth Corsale, MFT |

It is my highest goal to deeply understand every individual I work with, and then to communicate that understanding as effectively as possible in order to help them achieve their fullest potential.

I am deeply committed to bringing my talent, experience, and understanding to form a complete picture of the individual and how best to help them thrive:

  • My deep understanding of the experience of learning and attention differences for kids, parents and educators comes from research, theory, years of clinical work, direct involvement, and personal impact.
  • I understand how individuals with learning and attention differences functions in different settings, and believe that is essential to review all aspects of the individuals experience.
  • I am experienced in reading and understanding educational and neuropsychological assessments and reports.
  • I will support you to learn how to advocate for yourself, your kid and your family and help you effectively navigate an often overwhelming educational system based on the outcome of the assessment..
  • I bring team solutions with an experienced network to provide the best thinking, problem-solving, and solutions.
  • I will help develop self-advocacy and resiliency, which is essential for young people and their parents with learning/attention differences.
  • I apply evidence-based practice and tailor treatment to meet specific needs, ensuring the highest likelihood of success.

Resources and Links |

The following is a list of resources and links in no particular order that individuals may find helpful in their quest for more information, knowledge, or help. Please note that Elizabeth Corsale, MFT does not necessarily agree with all of the statements or opinions expressed by the authors of these resources.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)http://www.chadd.org/

Parents Education Network (PEN) http://www.parentseducationnetwork.org/

Head Strong Nation, http://headstrongnation.org/

Resource website for kids, teens, adults and parents dealing with LD/ADHD https://www.understood.org/en

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity http://dyslexia.yale.edu/

International Dyslexia Association http://www.interdys.org/

Hallowell Center http://www.drhallowell.com/the-hallowell-centers/

All Kinds of Minds www.allkindsofminds.org

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped www.loc.gov/nls/

College guide for students with disabilities http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/disabled-students/

Articles by Dr. Smithstein and Ms. Corsale

Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-the-wild-things-are

Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-35577-SF-Modern-Psychology-Examiner