Sari Solden Professional Bio
Clinical Work and Current Professional Focus
Sari Solden has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years, working with individuals, couples, and groups whose lives are touched by the special challenges of invisible differences. Ms. Solden’s areas of specialization in counseling and the focus of her presentations, include the cultural bias toward and shame felt by neurodiverse women with executive function challenges and the process of acceptance and empowerment she guides them through, as well as the emotional consequences and healing process for adults who grew up with undiagnosed ADHD.
Ms. Solden currently offers professional consultation and professional development and mentoring for helping professionals with ADHD both individually and in small groups
Her recent focus of presentations and writing has been to “change the conversation” in the field by teaching her core principles for helping professionals across domains, These center on of moving from a traditional model to a humanistic view of neurodiverse clients (person vs pathology and self over symptoms perspective)
Speaking and Books: Background
Psychotherapist Sari Solden, MS, LMFT, has been a pioneer in the field of counseling women and men with the strengths and struggles of ADHD for over thirty years. She is the author of three popular books on the subject and a well-known, international keynote speaker. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Association for Adults with ADHD (ADDA). Sari Solden, MS, is a psychotherapist and the bestselling author of Women with Attention Deficit Disorder and Journeys Through ADDulthood, and A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD, which have sold well over 300,000 copies worldwide and been translated and published in both Europe and Asia. Both her groundbreaking professional work and her enticing personal story have been featured in various media, including CNN, Time, People, Parade, Prevention, The Economist, Heart and Soul, Woman’s World, Working Mother, and dozens of other national and international publications and media. A prominent keynote speaker as well, Solden has spoken at over 100 national and international conferences. Solden maintains her private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She is best known as the pioneer in the field of women with ADHD with her first book, Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, which was the first book written on the subject. Her work, according to noted best-selling author and neuropsychiatrist John Ratey, M.D., “broke new ground” by elucidating the way gender roles impact women with challenges…” Women with Attention Deficit Disorder hit a nerve with both professionals in the field and women around the world, who for the first time saw their very private experiences described in such detailed, personal terms. Due to its long lasting popularity, Solden published a Revised Women with Attention Deficit Disorder in 2005, now available in all electronic formats and an unabridged audio book narrated by the author.
In 2002, Solden published Journeys Through ADDulthood now available on kindle and audio, which describes how both men and women can learn to accept their differences can find meaning in life while struggling with a chronic and invisible condition. Journeys has been used throughout the country by professionals, universities, peer-led support groups, and has been the required text for study groups on chronic disorganization.
In 2019 she and co-author Michelle Frank,Psy.D published A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD (New Harbinger) In this empowering workbook, Neurodiverse women are guided through the process of breaking through barriers to learn a bold new life, learning that instead of trying to “fix” themselves, they can instead learn to accept and “be” themselves.They
write about this theme of untangling their brain based wiring from their core sense of selves on their blog ADHDRadicalGuide.com and for psychology today at their blog called women’s neurodiversity project.
In her frequent international travels, speaking to women and professionals on such subjects as ADHD, acceptance, and gender roles, Solden has developed extensive networks throughout Europe and Asia, including Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and England.
She has had featured articles in professional psychotherapy journals such as “Voices” and the Cambridge University’s School of Education in Cambridge, England. In addition, Solden also trains, mentors, and provides consultation for other mental health professionals and has presented to professionals at University counseling programs, including Wayne State University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, and the National Association of Social Workers. Solden has also written the forewords for several well-known books in field of adult ADHD.