Dr. Ellen B. Littman (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in understanding those with neurodiverse brains for 34 years.  Educated at Brown and Yale Universities, the Clinical Psychology Program at LIU (Long Island University), and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she is licensed in New York, Connecticut, and  Vermont.  In her private practice, Dr. Littman focuses on a high IQ ADHD adolescent and adult population, with expertise in the identification and treatment of presentations that are diagnostically challenging. 

Described by the American Psychological Association as "a pioneer in the identification of gender differences in ADHD", she has extensive experience working with women and girls with ADHD.  She also helps entrepreneurs harness ADHD differences to their advantage.  In addition to individual psychotherapy, Dr. Littman works with couples and families to optimize communication and empathy; she endeavors to coordinate treatment with other clinicians to create a network of support.

Internationally recognized as an author and speaker, Dr. Littman co-authored the book Understanding Girls with ADHD, first published in 1999, with a second edition published in 2015.  She has contributed numerous book chapters, including "The Hidden Side of Adult ADHD" (El lado oculto del TDAH en la edad adulta), "Understanding Women with ADHD", and "Gender Differences in ADHD".  She has created several continuing education modules on gender differences, and has written many articles, several of which are included in ADDitude Magazine's top 25 articles in the past 25 years.  As cochair of APSARD's special interest group on Women and Girls with ADHD (American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders), she promotes collaboration to advance our knowledge in this area. 


Dr. Littman has developed a holistic, strengths-based assessment informed by extensive training in neurobiology, neuropsychology, developmental psychology, and psychological assessment.  Cognitive-behavioral, somatic, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed perspectives contribute to solution-focused treatment.  Dr. Littman's depathologizing approach empowers individuals to achieve qualitative and quantitative successes through a combination of psychoeducation, insight, and coaching in a supportive and validating environment. 

Well-versed in the management of under-identified challenges related to anxiety, mood, self-esteem, hormonal changes, emotional reactivity and trauma, she acknowledges the experiential complexity compounded by these co-occurring factors.  With advanced training in complex early chronic trauma, eating disorders, self-harm, and crisis intervention, Dr. Littman has significant experience diagnosing and treating dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder, in those with or without ADHD. 

 

 

 


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