Dr. Ellen B. Littman (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in understanding those with neurodiverse brains for over 30 years. Educated at Brown and Yale Universities, Long Island University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she is licensed in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
Dr. Littman's practice focuses on the high IQ adolescent and adult neurodiverse population. She has expertise in identifying complex presentations of ADHD and ASD that may have been misinterpreted or overlooked. Described by the American Psychological Association as "a pioneer in the identification of gender differences in ADHD", she has extensive experience working with women and girls with ADHD. Another area of special interest involves guiding entrepreneurs to harness neurodiverse traits to their advantage. In addition to individual psychotherapy, Dr. Littman works with couples and families to optimize communication and empathy; she is happy to coordinate treatment with other clinicians.
Internationally recognized as an author and speaker, Dr. Littman co-authored the book Understanding Girls with ADHD, first published in 1999, with a second edition published in 2015. She has contributed chapters to numerous books, including "The Hidden Side of Adult ADHD" (El lado oculto del TDAH en la edad adulta), "Understanding Women with ADHD", and "Gender Differences in ADHD", and has written many articles. She has created a training module on Gender Differences in ADHD, as well as a video training program on Women with ADHD; both programs offer continuing education credit.
Dr. Littman's understanding of neurodiversity is informed by her training in neurobiological, developmental, cognitive-behavioral, somatic, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed perspectives. She has developed a holistic strengths-based assessment that provides a depathologized foundation for solution-focused treatment. Dr. Littman's approach empowers individuals to achieve qualitative and quantitative successes through a combination of psychoeducation, insight, and coaching in a supportive and validating environment.
Well-versed in treating co-occurring challenges related to anxiety, mood, self-esteem, hormonal changes, and trauma, she acknowledges the impact of emotional reactivity on the quality of life. With advanced training in complex developmental trauma, eating disorders, self-harm, and crisis intervention, Dr. Littman has significant experience diagnosing and treating dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder.