About Leslie

ADD/ADHD Therapist & Coach 

Do I Have ADD?

This was a question I asked myself several years ago after I began studying and working with people with ADD. After being assessed by 2 professionals, it was, and remains unclear whether I fit the classic definition of ADD. My sense is I probably do, but on a practical level it doesn’t matter. I know I have some symptoms of ADD and my work in this field has helped me immensely in terms of developing practical strategies for overcoming some of the challenges I’ve had.

Over the years, I have come to implement the advice I give to my clients and have benefitted greatly because of it. For example, I have developed strategies to stay organized, manage my time better and to stay better focused on tasks. My experience managing these ADD-like challenges has helped me deepen my understanding and ability to help my clients with ADD/ADHD.

 Professional Background as an ADD Therapist & Coach

I have worked with a wide variety of clients as a therapist and coach since 1997. I’ve provided counseling to specific populations including those with ADD, adolescents and their families, couples, and those experiencing a life transition or grieving a loss.  I have a strong focus in working with women, as well. As a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Certified Hypnotherapist, I have also helped many people who suffer with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, smoking cessation and weight loss.

From 2000 – 2011 as the Director of Disability Services at Barry University (in Miami Shores, Florida), I had the opportunity to assess and provide counseling and coaching to hundreds of students with ADD/ADHD and various learning and physical disabilities. At the same time, I ran a part-time private counseling and coaching practice that specialized in working with ADD clients in Boca Raton and Miami.

Having developed a passion for, and then becoming an expert in the field of ADD/ADHD for more than a decade, as of July, 2011, I expanded my private coaching and counseling practice to full-time. My work is now devoted to helping people with ADD and their families.

In addition to my therapy and coaching work, I’ve conducted and hosted numerous workshops, trainings, and radio shows related to ADD.

 Strengths as an ADD /ADHD Coach & Counselor

As an ADD coach, holistic therapist, hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)  my strengths lie in my ability to build a strong rapport with my clients, which is critical to the success I achieve with them. Through my work, I am able to help my clients become more self-aware, communicate more effectively, and to quickly change patterns of mental and emotional behavior that negatively impact their lives.

As my mentor Janis Ericson says, “NLP is not only about competence and excellence, it is about wisdom and vision.”

Because I expect results, I am very direct and provide a great deal of feedback to my clients. While empathic, I know that for you to make improvements in your life, you will need more that my supportive ear. To that end, my objective is to help you set concrete goals and then help keep you on track so you can achieve the results that you want.

 A Few Interesting Tidbits About Me

I love the beach and spend a lot of time there swimming, reading, and floating on my raft while the waves wash over me.

As an animal lover, I have 2 exotic short hair cats — one pure black and the other pure white. Their names are Felix and Oscar, named after the popular 1970’s television show called the Odd Couple.

I’ve been an artist my whole life. My undergraduate degree was in fine arts and for several years I ran an art gallery in New York City and then owned an art consulting business for 12 years.

It’s funny how life turns out. When I first studied art in undergraduate school, my intention was to become an art therapist. Somehow after graduation, I ended up in the art world, until finally at the age of 40, I went back to my true passion –helping others. Now, that I am following my heart, I’ve never looked back. My goal as a counselor is to help you too, “follow your heart” and maximize your full potential.

 

Credentials and Affiliations                                                                    

Training

  • BA degree from Stonybrook University
  • Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University
  • Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP)
  • Certified Hypnotherapist
  • Certified Grief Counselor
  • Certified in Transpersonal Psychology & Integrative Breathwork

Professional Affiliations

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)  
    Past Miami Dade Coordinator  
  • National Organization of Social Workers (NASW)       
  • Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD)
  • National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD (NCGI)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) 
  • National Guild of Hypnotists 

 

If you are ready to end the struggle and develop your true potential, contact me and we’ll get started.

 
Leslie Rouder is an ADD / ADHD therapist and coach in Boca Raton. She provides counseling and coaching to adults and youth with ADD. Leslie also provides couples counseling for those in a relationship where one or both partners have ADD or ADHD in the South Florida area including Boca Raton, Miami, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Parkland, Lighthouse Point, Fort Lauderdale.