About A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health
What do I do now that my son’s been diagnosed with ADHD? What does Oppositional Defiant Disorder really mean? What can my school do to help my son now that I know he is autistic? If you have asked these questions or ones like it, you are in the right place. I designed this site with the purpose of equipping parents with the knowledge on how the mental health system works. I passionately believe that parents are experts in their children, and counselors, social workers and psychiatrists are merely professional coaches meant to help you along the way.
Please note, this site is for educational and informational purposes only. It does not constitute therapeutic, medical or other professional advice. All mental health treatment should be undertaken with a competent professional.
My name is Alexander Barrett and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor working in the Kansas City area. I began my career interning at a homeless shelter that served families. Since then I have worked inpatient with boys in the foster system, and outpatient at private practice locations. Early in my career I discovered that the easiest way I could make a difference in the life of parents was to simply teach them about their children’s diagnosis, and what options they have.
I am the husband of a beautiful wife and dad of 2 beautiful girls and 2 adorable boys. I have lived most of my life in Midwestern USA, growing up in the town of Neodesha, Kansas, attending school in Oklahoma, and more recently moving to Kansas City, with a three year stint of living on Moscow Russia as an English Teacher and later a Youth Coordinator in the middle there.
When not doing counseling, consulting or blogging I enjoy playing with my children and reading. I also enjoy gardening, though my current set up is atrocious, and I really need to either build a raised bed or come up with a good deck planter system.