“Kirsten, whatever you do, don’t go into psychology.”
This was the recommendation of my high school psychology teacher. I took this as a challenge, rather than as good advice. I’m grateful she said that to me so many years ago because it has led me to my passion – the field of ADHD. I avoid saying “work” because it’s so fulfilling to me. You can read all about my credentials, activities, and accomplishments below, but I want to tell you a little about my personal journey first.
Today I remain as passionate as ever about continuing to learn and share with you- parents, kids, teens adults and other professionals about what is most current and helpful so that you are educated and empowered to make the best decisions about how you want to approach ADHD. I’m thrilled to have you as part of this awesome community.
About Dr. Kirsten Milliken, PhD, PCC
Dr. Kirsten Milliken has more than 20 years of experience working with people just like you.
As a psychologist, coach, author, speaker, and host of the Your ADHD Life podcast, Dr. Milliken has dedicated herself to supporting people with ADHD to live their best lives.
Dr. Milliken is a licensed clinical psychologist, a certified ADHD Coach, and the Developer of Your ADHD Life, inc.. She also enjoys the strengths and wrestles with the challenges of having ADHD herself.
Kirsten attended undergraduate school at SUNY Stonybrook and earned her doctoral degree in 1996 from Alliant University. She has worked in a variety of fields including juvenile justice, geriatric mental health, community mental health and nonprofit development. Her early years as a psychologist consisted of a general practice, including therapy and psychological evaluations for a variety of mental health issues. This gave Dr. Milliken a solid foundation to understand a broad spectrum of mental health issues.
Medical and mental health providers refer their clients who struggle with symptoms of ADHD to Dr. Milliken because she “gets” them. And. you’ll often hear parents, kids and adults saying that,
“Dr. Milliken put into words what I had been struggling to identify about myself (my child, my spouse…) for so long.” –TG
In her work with clients of all ages, Dr. Milliken consistently observed that those with ADHD tended to struggle most often when they were bored and disinterested. And they were almost always at their best when they were being playful or engaging in activities that felt “fun.” It was flabbergasting to her that there was an absence in the research and literature about the direct connection between play and ADHD. After spending two years conducting research and observing the effects of formally incorporating play into her treatment model, Dr. Milliken published her findings. Her first book, PlayDHD: Permission to Play, A Prescription for Adults With ADHD, was published on April Fool’s Day 2016 (no joke!). Kirsten continues to coach clients of all ages, roams the international circuit speaking about ADHD, hosts the Your ADHD Life podcast, and enjoys her always sparkly life with friends and family.
Dr. Milliken’s motivation is simple – helping people communicate about the ways they are affected by ADHD and teaching them how to develop skill sets that build upon strengths to manage challenges and be wildly successful living with ADHD.
As a member in the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), CHADD, Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and the International Coaches Federation (ICF), Dr. Milliken offers training and insight into the strengths and challenges of ADHD which is both unique and effective. In 2016 she was invited to co-chair the International ADHD Professionals Conference in Reston, VA. She is a recurring guest on numerous podcasts and is a contributor to other ADHD resource sites.
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