Specializing in ADHD Assessment and Treatment Services
Our team offers online specialized ADHD assessment and treatment services to adults with ADHD.
About The Mindful Adult
In 2010, shortly after her son was diagnosed with ADHD, the clinics founder, Lisa Willow, noticed there were few services for both children and adults struggling with symptoms of ADHD. She set out to learn and research as much as possible about the condition and has since dedicated her professional life to helping others by offering therapeutic services, skill development, education, symptom management, ADHD coaching, and lifestyle management. In June of 2022 the BC clinic opened to offer adult ADHD services (West Coast Adult ADHD), and 1 year later we opened The Mindful Adult ADHD Clinic in Ontario.
At The Mindful Adult ADHD Clinic, we recognize that ADHD requires in depth specialized treatment that can only be delivered by clinicians who have extensive training in evidenced based treatment protocols for ADHD. Treatment is a collaborative process involving a thorough assessment of executive functions of the brain. In this way we can work together to address specific strengths and weaknesses in order to create a treatment plan that is individualized and supportive to each persons unique needs. ADHD is often accompanied by other conditions such as anxiety and depression. These co occurring conditions will also be addressed in a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you to overcome obstacles, reach your goals, and realize your true potential.
Lisa Willow, RSW, MSW
Lisa has been researching and learning about ADHD since 2010 when her son was diagnosed. Shortly thereafter she came to realize her own ADHD. Lisa noticed a lack of resources for both children and adults and has since become passionate about developing and providing services.
Lisa is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Work (BCCSW). She holds a Master of Social Work Degree and has specialized training as an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), along with completion of CADDRA’s, Evidenced Based ADHD Program for Health Care Providers. She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Lisa has worked in health care and mental health outpatient services since 2010 where she provides strengths based client centred care to individuals with a variety of mental health conditions. She currently works in the Adult ADHD Clinic on the North Shore of Vancouver.
Lisa’s approach is Holistic, Integrative, and Compassionate. She draws on several modalities and includes a whole person approach to healing and personal growth. This can include clinical interventions, CBT, DBT, nutrition, exercise, relaxation and mindfulness, self- compassion exercises, creativity. Collaborative and client centered means working together to move through challenges, to align with personal values and to live a life filled with meaning and purpose. Lisa has a background in holistic nutrition, natural health, yoga and mindfulness practices and creative arts. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog in the forest, cycling, art, creative projects, comedy, and live music.
Dr. Joanna Stevenson, Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Lead Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Joanna Stevenson is a nurse practitioner (NP) with over a decade of nursing experience and a special interest in mental health and adult ADHD.
Joanna is registered with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). Joanna completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the British Columbia Institute of Technology I’m 2011 and began her nursing career as a medical/surgical and paediatric nurse. She subsequently returned to school to complete her Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree through the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016. Since beginning her career as an NP, Joanna has worked in a variety of settings, including primary care, occupational health, telehealth, and acadamia. A strong advocate of advanced nursing education, Joanna returned to school once more to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through Chatham University, in Pittsburg, PA in 2019. She continues her education and professional development in the realm of adult ADHD through ongoing CADDRA training and membership.
Joanna is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, promoting mental wellness, and helping individuals with ADHD thrive. Joanna combines her clinical knowledge, empathetic approach, and evidence-based practices to develop personalised treatment plans that empower her patients to achieve optimal mental health and lead fulfilling lives.
Outside of work, Joanna enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, being outdoors as much as possible, and is an avid Formula 1 fan.
Rita Mannarino, Nurse Practitioner
Rita Mannarino is a skilled and compassionate nurse practitioner with over two decades of nursing experience. She has always had special interest in mental health and mindset and has both a personal and professional interest in ADHD specifically.
With advanced training and experience in a variety of settings including primary care, ICU/critical care, oncology, mental health and mindset coaching, pain and symptom management, palliative care, and ADHD, Rita is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate patient centered care that is focused on promoting mind and body wellness and learning to live well with chronic health issues.
Rita combines her clinical knowledge, empathetic and caring approach, and evidence-based practices to develop personalized treatment plans that empower her patients diagnosed with ADHD to achieve optimal mental health and lead fulfilling lives.
Rita completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Laurentian University. Prior to this she completed her Nursing Degree from Athabasca University after previously completing her nursing diploma from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. Rita’s love for learning and expanding her knowledge and experience has been the driving force behind the many certificates and advance training programs that she has completed over the past 2 decades from various educational institutions and also lead her to becoming a member of CADDRA and completing their specialized ADHD training.
Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time at their cottage on Lake Superior with her husband, their 2 dogs and their two grown children and their partners. Rita enjoys hiking, gardening, snowshoeing, going on adventures with her family and watching sunsets.