ADHD Treatment for Kids
with Bayan Jalalizadeh, MD and Liberty Hebron, LPCC
with Bayan Jalalizadeh, MD and Liberty Hebron, LPCC
Episode 21, Season 3 | June 7, 2023
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder among U.S. children and adolescents, leading to differences in attention, impulsivity, energy and behavior. All of this can be disruptive to a child’s school and learning experience as well as their social-emotional wellbeing. There is no cure for ADHD, but there are treatments available to reduce the impact of these brain differences on a child’s functioning. How do you know what will work best for your child? Join us for today’s podcast episode as CHC’s Catherine T. Harvey Center for Clinical Services experts Bayan Jalalizadeh, MD, licensed psychiatrist and Liberty Hebron, LPCC, licensed clinical counselor, dive into the research behind ADHD and options for treatment.
Bayan Jalalizadeh is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment and evidence-based treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families. This often involves helping to find or provide psychotherapeutic care, providing medication management when clinically indicated, and collaborating to strengthen the child or adolescent’s network of protagonists and caregivers. In his work with patients, Dr. Jalalizadeh seeks to practice with compassion and with a developmentally informed perspective. He believes that every young person has incredible potential, and he hopes to guide children, adolescents and families along the path of treatment to a more fulfilling, meaningful life.
As a general child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, Dr. Jalalizadeh works with a range of ages, from pre-school and school-aged children to adolescents and young adults, and with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depressive disorders, disruptive or defiant behavior, adjustment challenges, attention and concentration issues and neurodevelopmental differences, among others. Among several psychotherapeutic modalities in which he is trained, Dr. Jalalizadeh specializes in parent-child interaction training (PCIT), an evidence-based, attachment-informed, parent training via play-based activities.
After completing medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Jalalizadeh completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Jalalizadeh brings to his work a breadth of clinical and community experiences, including psychiatric emergency management, work with homeless youth and adults, school-based treatment, and care in correctional facilities—and, in his personal time, he has served for multiple years to build and co-facilitate several neighborhood adolescent empowerment programs. Outside of work, Dr. Jalalizadeh enjoys creative writing, designing games for young people, playing piano and violin, rock climbing and reading.
Liberty Hebron is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC)* who has had extensive experience working with children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety and learning difficulties. Liberty is passionate about serving youth and families using evidence-based practices and sound psychoeducation. She emphasizes empowerment and learning in her treatment and follows a person-centered approach. She has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies and Solution-Focused Therapy. Additionally, Liberty has worked with a number of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who have taught her the value of data collection; she feels confident in navigating “the ABA world.” Clients of all ages can expect compassion, competence, humor and attention when working with Liberty.
Liberty has previously worked as an LPCC in community settings throughout Southern California. Most recently, she oversaw the therapeutic program at a K-12 non-public school with youth qualifying for special education and mental health services as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). She also provided direct clinical services at the school and previously worked with youth and families in Foster Family Agencies. Liberty also has treatment experience with incarcerated youth and adolescents with substance use disorders. Her other clinical interests include educationally-related mental health challenges, restorative practices, and faith-based counseling.
As a “double-alum” of the University of San Diego, Liberty has the honor of working as a remote Lecturer in USD’s Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy Department since 2019. She has enjoyed working as an adjunct faculty member and helping train strong counselors and therapists. Born and raised in Southern California, Liberty loves the outdoors – from hiking to picnicking in the sunshine – cooking, baking, traveling and volunteering with youth in her community. Liberty’s loving (and anxious) Australian Kelpie, Imogen, is always by her side as well!
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