Since 1989 Bob Sholtes has been helping children and adults with ADHD, Behavioral, Anxiety and Mood problems by emphasizing strengths and abilities while supporting them to be more productive and satisfied.  He combines best scientific practices with an abiding belief that each person wants to become more effective and contribute.  He is grateful to have been able to help so many with this approach.

What to expect:

If you are a parent with concerns about your son or daughter, we take special care to provide a thorough assessment from the beginning.  After making introductions, your child will be asked about what their friends and family members like the most about them.  Afterward, you will be asked to supplement these descriptions with what you think his or her friends enjoy as well as what you like about your child.  If you are seeking consultation as an adult, you will be asked the same questions.  This begins the relationship with respect that each person has a "better self" and they represent more than whatever may be the presenting problem for the consultation.  The intention is to emphasize right off the bat that we understand everyone has something to be admired and honored.

It is only after strengths and abilities are sufficiently discussed that the main reason for the consult is asked.  After this we ask a comprehensive set of questions about various phenomenon associated with learning, behavior and brain functioning.  These questions are based on a growing base of scientific knowledge and are related to various treatable problems.  Once this information is available, we are better able to discuss more precisely what may be happening and how best to address your concerns.

We then settle on a plan, identify how we will know it is working, discuss benefits and risks and continue to reassess.  You may opt for individual, family or some combination of talk therapy, medication, or complementary/alternative approaches.

Scheduling:

If you have not yet been seen, please call the office and speak with our office manager. If have already registered you may make an appointment online by clicking on this link or, if you prefer, call us at (847-328-1920.

What do we offer:

Our services include assessment and treatment for all kinds of problems.  Even though we will be thorough and examine details, we will work with your strengths and we will think outside of the box when needed.  Many problems do not fit easily into some kind of syndrome or diagnostic category.  Rather, people struggle with a variety of phenomenon like anxiety, mood issues, insomnia, irritability, physical pain and problems concentrating.  They may feel stuck and hopeless.  We are interested in pinpointing manageable problems and working together toward resolution.

We are confident in our ability to diagnose the following treatable conditions.  Additionally, we recognize some people may experience aspects of more than one of these conditions.  We list these diagnoses with the current terminology, but we do not approve of the term "disorder" to describe what we believe to be more nuanced and to include gifts as well as limitations.

ADHD Combined Type, Primarily Inattentive Type and Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive Type

Anxiety Disorders, including Generalized, Social, Phobic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and OCD

Mood Disorders including Dysthymic, Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Post Partum

Learning Differences including Dyslexia, Math, Social, Sensory Integration and Language Disorders.

Developmental Disorders including Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Background:

After completing his training at Duke University, Bob worked at the University of South Carolina as the director of a grade school age inpatient psychiatric unit.  He also directed a family therapy training program.  He completed board certification in Neruopsychiatry in 1987 and a second board certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1988.  After 3 years as an Associate Professor, he moved to private practice full time.  As he made this transition, he noticed how many of the children presenting with ADHD had a parent and/or sibling with a similar problem.  Adult ADHD was not generally recognized at the time.  With the best information available at the time, he started treating the adults as well as children with very good results.  Fortunately, ongoing research has clearly established ADHD as potentially a life long condition benefiting from treatment whenever the problems outweigh the benefits of ADHD.

Make no mistake, having ADHD is not all bad.  So may who struggle with this problem benefit from high energy, thinking outside the box with special creative abilities, spontaneity, humor and generally having a lot of fun living.  Of course, though loved ones may enjoy these qualities, they may not enjoy the messes, missed appointments, problems with priorities and a tendency to miss important details.

Also, when parents present with their child for an assessment of some emotional or behavioral problem, he noticed how often the problem seemed to be more pronounced during the school year.  This lead to further investigation and the conclusion that many of these problems are a way of signaling an education concern.  So many of these children and adolescents are having a hard time succeeding in school and express their dilemma emotionally or behaviorally.  In order to address their anxiety, mood problem or difficult behavior, we had to first address the learning issue. 

Schools systems have improved remarkably since 1989 in attempting to honor learning differences.  There has been a growing recognition that no two minds are alike.  Everyone learns differently, which is a good thing in the long run.  Imagine what we would be like if we all thought alike.  For those students who aren't well suited to our current approaches to education, feeling left out, unhappy, anxious or angry may be a healthy expression that something is not right.  We ask questions right at the beginning to identify this often overlooked aspect of having a complete evaluation.

After moving to Chicago in 1993, he became the Director of Behavior Science at the Family Practice Residency Program at MacNeal Hospital.  He was on faculty there and at the University of Chicago Feinberg School of Medicine.  He held this position, helping primary care physicians understand behavioral approaches in the context of providing comprehensive primary care.  He also learned with them how to recognize the impact of emotional experiences on physical health and vice versa.

Susan and Bob

Susan and Bob work together with families.  Susan has been in private practice for over 25 years.  She taught special education at the elementary school level for 4 years before getting her graduate degree at the University of Chicago.  She works with children, teens and adults in addition to her specialty of working with medically ill individuals and thier families.  She has been teaching at the Chicago Center for Family Health and is in private practice in Evanston.

Office Location and Contact Information

1560 Sherman Ave., Suite 650 Evanston, IL  60201

Map to the Evanston Office

Our phone number for all offices is:

Voice Mail (847)328-1920

Fax (847)328-1925

Email Address: bob.sholtes@gmail.com (****please note: 1-we consider email as less confidential than voicemail. 2- if you leave email, please leave a voicemail also, letting Bob know you sent an email. That is, he checks his voicemail more consistently)

Our office manager, Rocio Garcia is available to take your calls on Mondays from 9:30AM-2:30PM, Tuesday-Thursday 11AM-6PM and Friday 10AM-4PM.  You may reach her directly at (847)328-1920 option 1.  She manages all billing, insurance and scheduling issues.  If you call after hours or she is away from the phone, please leave a message in her voice mail box.

To Schedule an appointment please call or if you have already been seen by Bob, you may click here to schedule online.