SACHS CENTER

What is unique about the Sachs Center?
We provide a holistic approach to treatment, understanding that a variety of biological and environmental factors go into ADHD. Improving a client’s nutrition, family relationships, and organizational abilities, all have a direct impact on symptoms of ADD / ADHD and need to be acknowledged and treated simultaneously.
Do you have child psychologists?
Dr. Sachs is a child psychologist, and one of only a handful of male child psychologists in New York City with a thorough understanding of ADD /ADHD and Autism.
Do you prescribe medicine?
No. We do not, but can make a referral to a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner we recommend to our clients.
Do you take insurance?
We work out of network with insurance companies. After receiving payment from you, we will provide you with a receipt so you can seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
We do not offer a sliding scale, but we will provide a receipt with appropriate insurance codes, so you can seek out of network benefits.

 

ADHD TREATMENT

Does therapy Work?
Absolutely! Countless studies have shown that psychotherapeutic treatment works. The effects have been measured in terms of improved social functioning, relief from anxiety, reductions in depression.
Do you recommend Neurofeedback?
Yes. This exciting new treatment has shown promise for the treatment of ADHD. We offer neurofeedback as either a complimentary treatment to medication or as an alternative treatment for ADHD.
What is the best treatment for ADD/ADHD?
Current research demonstrates that a combination of medication, education, and support through therapy or coaching is most effective. Your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your individual goals, needs and comfort level. Read full answer

More information:

Learn more about Adult ADD →
Learn more about ADHD in Children →

What is a good diet to help ADD or Autism?
While no one diet has been definitively proven to treat symptoms of ADD or Autism, we recommend the Zone Diet by Dr. Barry Sears to better control the roller coaster feeling associated with ADD/ADHD or Autism. 

 

SACHS CENTER TESTING

How do I know if I have ADD/ADHD??
The best way to tell if you have ADD/ADHD is a comprehensive evaluation. This should include a clinical interview that looks at both childhood and current symptoms, assessments of executive functioning and a computer-based test of attention and focus. Take our short online Adult ADD quiz. 
Can you really diagnose ADHD/ASD via zoom? How is that effective?
Yes, you can conduct assessment and testing remotely. Especially during COVID-19, many intervention and assessment methods have been adapted for virtual use.
How do you keep a child's attention during a remote evaluation?
This is a valid concern to have as a parent because it can be difficult to keep children engaged even in an in-person session. When working with children, we make sure to establish a strong connection with the child and incorporate their interests into sessions to make therapy engaging and a positive experience in their lives.
What do the individual therapy sessions for ADHD (or ASD) consist of?
Individual sessions are tailored to each client depending on their symptoms and presenting problems. Not everyone with ADHD comes to therapy for the same reasons and not everyone has the same symptoms. Typically, we will start by conducting an evaluation of your symptoms and presenting problems and implement interventions to target the ADHD symptoms. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating ADHD.
What is the difference between a diagnostic evaluation and neuropsychological testing?
A diagnostic evaluation consists of clinical interviews and rating scales to determine a patients’ diagnosis. Following this evaluation, you are provided a letter with your diagnosis. It is important to understand, this letter will NOT help you receive accommodations on any standardized testing (SAT, LSAT, college etc.). To receive accommodations,you would need a neuropsychological evaluation. The neuropsychological evaluations are three hours long, intensive and consists of many tests (memory, IQ, executive functioning, processing speed). Aside for tests of cognitive and academic performance, these evaluations include clinical interviews with clients and families. All the information gathered is utilized to provide an in-depth overview of your cognitive strengths and weakness. The Sachs center provides both diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluations.
Will it be Dr. Sachs that evaluates me?
There are number of excellent therapists, majority being licensed psychologists that may be evaluating you. All the therapists at the Sachs Center are trained in adminstering ADHD and ASD assessments and consult with me on any issues.
What type of tests will I be given for ADHD & ASD?
We give several evidence based clinically proven self-report and parent report measures for both ADHD and ASD.
On average what is the number of women to men that are diagnosed at the Sachs Center?
About 70% of patients at the Sachs center are women. In the last few years, more women compared to men have been seeking treatment at the Sachs center (this reflets trends found in the general population).
Are you experienced in diagnosing black women with autism?
All psychologists at the Sachs Center are trained in understanding the specific needs of BIPOC neurodivergent communities. At the Sachs Center, we service an ethnically and culturally diverse clientele with a range of symptom presentations and diagnoses. We understand potential concerns and fears that you may have about being understood. We work hard to listen and learn from our patients’ experiences as we conduct our evaluations.

 

SACHS CENTER THERAPY

What model of therapy do you practice?

Each therapist at the Sachs Center utilizes a different therapeutic approach based on the needs of the client. For example, the coaching process is much more cognitive and behavorial with a solution-oriented approach. Dr. Sachs was trained in both CBTand Gestalt psychotherapy and uses both in his treatment process.

Do you offer alternative treatments instead of medication?

We are open to working with the client’s needs and comfort levels. If a client does not want to use medication, we offer a combination of alternative treatments: Neurofeedback, Nutrition counseling, sleep hygiene and cognitive/behavorial strategies.

How do you work with schools or outside psychiatrists?

We employ an open approach to treatment. With your permission, we will talk with outside doctors and school officials to help you get the most out of the change process.

Will the Sachs Center ever resume in person sessions?

We provide the in-depth 8-hour neuropsychological evaluations in person, but all other services are only offered remotely.

Do you have group sessions for adults?

At the moment we do not have group sessions for adults.

Do you do coaching?
Yes. We offer a strength-based approach to coaching which focuses on your core values, short and long term goals. Our experience with ADD/ADHD allows us to tailor your program to maximize your unique abilities. In addition to nutritional coaching and organizational coaching, we also specialize in life and social skill coaching for teens and adults on the spectrum.
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