Young Adults: Risky Behaviors, Failing to Launch, and Beyond – 2021

with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D. & Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC


Parents of emerging adults tend to feel like they are sitting on a ticking time-bomb, desperate to prepare their teens and young adults for the responsibilities of adulthood. And yet, they are very often uncertain as to how best to support their kids once they become adults in the eyes of the law. The risks facing teens and young adults, especially when they have not yet learned how to manage their ADHD well, include many impulsive or stimulation-seeking behaviors such as substance use and abuse, promiscuous sexuality, self-harm, and more. 

In this extraordinarily compelling conversation, Roberto Olivardia and Dulce Torres draw from extensive experience as therapists and/or coaches supporting families of young adults to offer suggestions for parents to improve dynamics with their emerging young adults.


About Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. He has presented at many talks, webinars and conferences around the country. He serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for CHADD, ADDA and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, is a Featured Expert on and a frequent contributor and Scientific Advisory Board Member for ADDitude.

About Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC

Dulce Torres is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor, board-certified coach, and associate certified coach specializing in ADHD, anxiety, and depression.  Dulce provides ADHD coaching for adults looking to create change in their lives (at work, home, socially).  Dulce believes every person can live a life beyond limitation as they have their inner strengths and can learn strategies and skills to achieve their goals. 

Dulce is the founder of Avant-Garde Center and ADHD Coaching & Training since 2011.  Since 2005 she has served on the national board and as the Co-Coordinator of the North Texas Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

She is a member of the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Attention Deficit Disorders Association, Attention Deficit Disorders Association  – Southern Region (ADDA-SR), Texas Counseling Association (TCA), and Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT). Dulce is an author of 365 and 365+1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD. In addition, Dulce has been a featured columnist for Spanish-language newspapers in the Dallas & Fort Worth area.

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