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Specialists in ADHD, autism and addictive behaviour

Commitment to excellence in ADHD & Autism for improved mental health.

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Compassionate, expert care for individuals with ADHD, autism and addictive behaviour, empowering you to achieve your full potential.........

Recognising the unique challenges posed by these conditions, our experienced team of professionals is committed to offering an integrated range of services tailored to meet each patient’s identified needs.

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Uncover the process and advantages of an adult ADHD assessment to gain a deeper understanding and effective management of ADHD.

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Work with Specialists

You will be cared for by specialist clinicians including Consultant Psychiatrists, skilled GPs, expert mental health practitioners e.t.c.

Our Services
Online and Face-to-face

ADHD Assessment

Unlock potential with our evidence-based ADHD assessments, tailored to optimise focus, behavioural change and enhance personal growth.

ASD Assessment

Our Autism assessments foster communication and social skills, empowering individuals to navigate life confidently and reduce stress.

ADHD Treatment

Comprehensive treatment plans focus on shared goals, data driven KPIs, achieving effective results and renewed sense of purpose.

Our Team

Dr Raffi

Dr Raffi

Consultant Psychiatrist
Georgia

Georgia

Assistant Psychologist
Tas

Tas

ADHD Specialist Clinician
Matt

Matt

ADHD Specialist Clinician
Danny

Danny

Clinical Lead & CQC Manager

Why choose Sanctum?

We have one of  the most comprehensive 360 degree approach to assessment, using multiple sources of evidence, leaving no stone unturned, to ensure diagnostic accuracy. 

Our agenda- quality led by passion

Sanctum has been established since 2019 and is led by our founder Dr Raffi who has experience spanning over 2 decades. Neurodiversity isn't just a job for us, it's our passion.

Our approach

We don't just give you the answer, we don't just show you the working out, we educate you so that you are empowered to manage yourself in the longer term and aren't reliant on services.

When we say we understand, we mean it!

We have read every book and piece of research and have years of clinical experience, but what gives us the true badge of expert is being neurodiverse ourselves or as parents of neurodiverse children.

What patients say​​

Discover the voices of those whose lives we’ve touched – our patients share their experiences at Sanctum.

AE
AE
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I cannot thank Sanctum enough!The whole process was Professionally carried out from my first enquiry to my diagnosis.The team were informative and guided myself and my partner in a sensitive and understanding manner throughout the whole process.
SB
SB
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It took less than 30 days for a diagnosis, without this and the treatment received I have no idea where we would be now. I would highly recommend, all the staff are lovely and truly helped us. Thank you all so much.
BA
BA
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Sanctum healthcare have been exceptional in the service and care provided, they are professional, friendly, knowledgable and most importantly understanding.They went above and beyond to ensure I felt heard, the diagnosis process was extremely thorough, and I was offered a clear treatment plan.
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PL
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Just a huge thank you to all the staff and doctors at Sanctum Healthcare. From first contacting you and arranging the assessments, to email exchanges and telephone conversations…everyone has been wonderful. It is such a daunting thing to undertake at 50 years of age, but the kindness and understanding shown to me was wonderful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sanctum Healthcare, and thank you once again.
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CC
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The service you offer has been outstanding from start to finish. I have friends across the country who have opted for private assessment for their own children and none have been as thorough, comprehensive and supportive. The documentation you provided was shared with the school which prompted all staff to engage in a course to better understand ADHD in girls, which will help other children. As a doctor myself, I felt listened to and included in the decision making process throughout. Many congratulations on creating an excellent service.

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Popular questions regarding ADHD/ASD

  • Underachievement: Individuals with ADHD often don’t reach their full potential in academics or their careers due to the challenges posed by their symptoms.
  • Stressful Success: The journey to succeed can be fraught with stress, overexertion and burnout due to the constant need to navigate and manage their symptoms.
  • Latent Skills: Skills and talents may remain underdeveloped or unrecognized due to the overshadowing difficulties in attention and organization.
  • ADHD affects multiple domains of an individual’s life. 
  • ADHD affects every element of a person’s functioning, including time management, organization, social interactionsand emotional regulation.
  • Recognizing that ADHD is not just about hyperactive behaviour or inattention is crucial for appropriate diagnosis and support. 
  • Rejection sensitivity is characterised by extreme emotional sensitivity  associated with the perception of being rejected or criticised. ADHD can significantly impact  self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. 
  • ADHD often co-exists with other conditions such as anxiety, depression, addictive behaviour and more, making the diagnosis and management complex.

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can sometimes exhibit overlapping symptoms, leading to challenges in distinguishing between the two conditions.

It’s important to note that ADHD and ASD can also co-occur, meaning an individual can have both conditions simultaneously. This can further complicate the diagnostic process.

Given the overlap and potential for co-occurrence, a thorough and comprehensive evaluation conducted by healthcare professionals is crucial for accurate diagnosis and tailored intervention planning.

 

Overlapping Symptoms:

  1. Attention Difficulties
  2. Impulsivity
  3. Social Challenges
  4. Hyperactivity
  5. Sensory Sensitivities

 

Distinguishing Features:

  1. Nature of Social Challenges
  2. Repetitive Behaviours and Restricted Interests
  3. Communication Difficulties
  4. Response to Change

 

Neither ADHD nor ASD has prevented the following acclaimed individuals achieve success: 

Famous Individuals with ADHD:

  1. Richard Branson: Founder of Virgin Group
  2. Emma Watson: “Harry Potter” series actress
  3. Will Smith: American actor, rapper
  4. Ryan Gosling: Canadian actor, producer
  5. Paris Hilton: American media personality
  6. Adam Levine: Maroon 5 lead singer

 

Famous Individuals with ASD:

  1. Susan Boyle: Scottish “Britain’s Got Talent” singer
  2. Sir Anthony Hopkins: “Silence of the Lambs” actor
  3. Greta Thunberg: Swedish environmental activist
  4. Courtney Love: American singer, actress
  5. Jerry Seinfeld: American comedian, actor

 

Certain historical figures possibly having traits consistent with ADHD or ASD:

  1. Albert Einstein: The physicist, possible traits of ASD.
  2. Isaac Newton: The English mathematician and physicist- traits consistent with ASD.
  3. Leonardo da Vinci: Traits consistent with ADHD due to his diverse interests and unfinished projects.

Effective management of ADHD often involves a multimodal approach, combining various treatment modalities tailored to the individual’s needs.

1. Medication:

  • Stimulants: Medications are commonly prescribed for ADHD and can help increase attention and self-control by enhancing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • Non-Stimulants: Some individuals may benefit from non-stimulant medications which can also improve attention, self-control, and restlessness.

2. Lifestyle Factors:

  • Stress Management: Techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga can help individuals with ADHD manage stress and improve focus.
  • Sleep Optimization: Ensuring a consistent sleep schedule and practicing good sleep hygiene can be beneficial for cognitive function.
  • Nutrition: A balanced diet with an emphasis on omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minimizing sugar can sometimes contribute to symptom management.
  • Movement and Exercise: Regular physical activity, including aerobic exercise, can have a positive impact on attention and behavior.
  • Hormone Optimization: Monitoring and managing hormonal imbalances, under medical guidance, can sometimes be a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

3. Psychotherapeutic Interventions:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT can help individuals develop strategies to manage their symptoms, improve organizational skills, and cope with emotional challenges.
  • Coaching: ADHD coaching focuses on helping individuals develop strategies to manage time, organize tasks, and achieve goals.
  • Psychoeducation: Educating individuals with ADHD and their families about the disorder can empower them to understand and manage symptoms effectively.

4. Academic and Workplace Adjustments:

  • Accommodations: Adjustments like extended test-taking time, quiet workspaces, or frequent breaks can help individuals with ADHD perform optimally in academic and professional settings.
  • Assistive Technology: Tools and apps that assist with organization, reminders, and time management can be beneficial.

5. Behavioral Interventions:

  • Behavioral Therapy: This can involve training parents, teachers, and adults with ADHD in strategies to manage and change disruptive behaviors.
  • Social Skills Training: Some individuals may benefit from training in social skills to improve interpersonal interactions.

6. Support Networks:

  • Support Groups: Connecting with others who have similar experiences can provide emotional support and practical advice.
  • Family Therapy: It can be helpful for families to work together to understand and support a loved one with ADHD.

7. Alternative and Complementary Therapies:

  • Neurofeedback: Some individuals explore therapies like neurofeedback, though the evidence supporting its efficacy can be limited.
  • Mind-Body Practices: Practices such as tai chi or martial arts can be helpful for some in managing symptoms.

The Sanctum ADHD/ASD Assessment pathway is a comprehensive process which collates multiple sources of evidence, objective testing, a data driven approach, completed by a multidisciplinary team. We are proud to say our assessments for ADHD and ASD surpass the NICE guidance. 

 

The assessment and treatment protocol at Sanctum not only aligns with, but surpasses the NICE guidelines. Our assessment and treatment plans are held to the highest standards of professionalism and care, where all regulated activity is carried out by a specialist healthcare professional and overseen by a specialist GMC-registered consultant clinician within our CQC-registered facility.

We have a very high success rate in achieving shared care agreements with primary care.

In some circumstances, it is pertinent for us to understand why the GP is reluctant to take on shared care. If they have no previous experience of working with an established provider like Sanctum, they may have concerns about quality of care or our approach. We are happy to provide any reassurance in this domain.

 

It is important that media reports about private providers had painted a negative portrayal of the services available and this may be impacting the GP’s consideration towards agreeing SCA. Not all providers are the same and all sectors of healthcare have good and poorly performing providers. Any concerns or queries we can address on request.

 

The GP may not have a good knowledge or experience of how debilitating ADHD is and how treatment is fundamental to good quality of life. We are happy to provide education to any primary care provider to address knowledge gaps, at no cost.

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Take the first step towards understanding and addressing your needs – schedule your assessment with Sanctum Healthcare today.

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Wilmslow, SK9 5ER

Email Address

pam@sanctumhealthcare.co.uk

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