Meet Dr. Lara Honos-Webb

Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA.  She has dedicated her life's work to ADD and ADHD and Executive Functioning.  Honos-Webb completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and has been an assistant professor teaching graduate students. She is recognized worldwide as an attention deficit disorder (ADD) expert. 

Dr. Honos-Webb's work has been featured in Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Prevention Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Publisher's Weekly, and newspapers across the country.   She has appeared on national radio and television programs.  

Today Dr. Honos-Webb treats ADHD, Executive Dysfunction and Addictions using the Six Super Skills and Motivational Interviewing.

She offers 1-1 in-person counselling in her private practice in Walnut Creek, CA, as well as phone sessions or video sessions via Zoom (HIPAA compliant) for anyone in the State of California.

Dr Honos-Webb also has expanded her reach with 3 x online courses that help people live better and thrive with ADD and ADHD.

Dr Honos-Webb, author

Dr. Honos-Webb is a former assistant professor at Santa Clara University with 25 scholarly publications. She has authored 7 self help books for treating ADHD and executive dysfunction, all published by New Harbinger. Her books have sold over 150,000 copies worldwide.

This material targets the “crisis of cognition” attributed to the vast shifts in technology that have outstripped human cognition abilities.

Dr. Honos-Webb's books include:
The Gift of ADHD (now is second edition)
The Gift of ADHD Activity Book
The Gift of Adult ADD
The ADHD Workbook for Teens
Listening to Depression
Brain Hacks: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning

“Dr. Lara Honos-Webb shows us how the demands of a global and digital culture may make the signature traits of ADD – inventiveness, need for stimulation, and interpersonal intuition – in high demand.” Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind


My Story - Who is Lara Honos-Webb?

My brother was diagnosed with ADHD 40 years ago before it was a popular diagnosis and I too have ADHD. Over the years I noticed people responded in two different ways --- my family growing up just laughed at a lot of the qualities. For example, on occasion I get distracted even when I am parking a car, so I am one of those people who gets lots of mean notes left under my windshield wiper. When my family sees a bad parking job they laugh at me and think it’s funny.  This is a fairly trivial example but multiply that times 50 each day, and the way people respond can lead to either massive self-doubt and depression or self-acceptance maybe even humor.


Lara's approach to ADHD was created in teaching an abnormal psychology class as a graduate student. One of her students with ADHD struggled on multiple choice exams but was a brilliant contributor to the classroom and in office hours. They created a research project interviewing students with ADHD to uncover what they believed their own gifts were. The gifts clustered into creativity, empathy, emotional intensity, nature smart and exuberance.

They observed that the student who was the most challenged by the multiple choice testing was at the same time the most creative original thinker and the most actively engaged in learning with curiosity and exploring.   This was the initial spark that led to the series of books on The Gifts of ADHD. She has written about her own ADHD in The Gift of Adult ADD. 

Today I believe that a track record of past successes (finding gifts) is essential to motivation and that a treatment for depression is achieved through goal setting and chunking goals into smaller steps. Using strengths (finding gifts) boosts happiness and happiness increases attention.

What do people say about Dr. Lara Honos-Webb?

"Thanks Lara. Your suggestions today were so good and have really paved the way for this thing to get done in time and with great quality. You're one hell of a coach! You see things that are right in front of my face, but I can't see to save my life."  Jack R.

"I want to thank you from the deepest parts of my soul. Your perspectives and insights on ADD communicated to me a sense of home. A feeling that all of those pieces of me that always felt disconnected with the world may have had a purpose and commonalities with others after all." - John Emerson

"I know this sounds super corny but if everyone with ADD could learn what you've written about, the stigma will change towards people with ADD. I just finished chapter 4 of your book and I can already see myself improving in my professional and personal life." - Reed W.