Attention Deficit Disorder Specialist

Associates in Counseling and Mediation

Gary J. Santucci, Ed.S., P.A.

Certified Family Mediator located in Davie, FL

Without the right care and resources, attention deficit disorder (ADD) can wreak havoc on the lives and relationships of children, adults, and whole families. Mr. Gary J. Santucci of Associates in Counseling and Mediation can provide therapy, coaching, medication referral, and support to patients and their families. Get the help your family needs by calling Associates in Counseling and Mediation in Davie, Florida.

Attention Deficit Disorder Q & A

What is a counselor’s role in the management of ADD?

A certified mental health counselor can help patients and their families cope with and manage ADD in the most effective and independent way possible. This includes:

  • Learning to recognize thoughts and behaviors that may result in consequences
  • Tools and techniques for redirection and focus
  • How parents should respond to distraction, inability to follow through, and other behaviors to ensure the most positive outcome

Certified mental health counselors can also refer patients for medication if needed.

How can unmanaged ADD interfere with the patient’s life?

Unmanaged ADD can negatively impact the patient’s ability to learn, retain information, follow through with requests, and make and maintain friends. The impulsivity often associated with ADD can cause poor decisions to be made resulting in negative consequences for the patient. However, patients whose ADD is well-managed have a healthier decision-making process and can lead a happy and successful life.

Who is present during counseling?

Every family has their own unique story and comes to therapy with their own individual needs. Counseling can be customized to ensure the best outcome for every patient. Sometimes this means separate counseling for the patient and his or her family, while other times everybody receives counseling together. In some cases, only the patient requires counseling. The certified mental health counselors at Associates in Counseling & Mediation can assist families in determining the best structure for their treatment.

Is a doctor’s care required?

Patients with attention deficit disorder should be under both a doctor’s care and a certified mental health counselor’s care. There are two primary reasons a doctor is an important part of the care team:

  1. ADD and medications used to treat ADD can affect other body systems and functions, which require monitoring from a qualified health practitioner.

  2. Medication can be necessary to adequately treat and manage ADD and a doctor is required to prescribe medications and monitor their ongoing use.

In addition, when a doctor refers a patient to counseling, it is more likely to be covered by their insurance policy. Seeing a doctor first and requesting a referral may assist patients in getting part of the cost of their treatment covered under their medical plan.

What is the goal of treatment?

The goal of treatment is to provide the patient and their family with the tools and resources they need to be both happy and successful in their lives.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Associates in Counseling and Mediation, we accept all insurance plans except Medicare. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health Net
Magellan Health
United Healthcare