Center of Attention and Awareness is Lake Norman’s premiere resource for adults, families and adolescents living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,  Autism Spectrum Disorder and Trauma. We provide individual counseling, social skills and support groups for all ages, and parenting groups and classes.
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We are committed to meeting your needs during these challenging times. Currently, we are offering both in-person and virtual visits.


ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Women, ADHD and Autism (ages 13 and up)

Teens and Adolescents (ages 13 - mid 20s)

Trauma and PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Programs for Parents

Helen Hoffses

Education and Training

BA Literature and Communications
Pace University 1990

Master’s in Social Work
University of New England 2014

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
Certified Provider since 2018
Training: Duke University

Helen Amend Hoffses, MSW, LCSW

Helen studied Communications for her undergraduate degree and worked in theater, event planning and production for many years before dedicating herself to raising her children full-time. When a family member was diagnosed with autism, she began educating herself about the disorder. She eventually started a support group for parents and caregivers of children on the spectrum, and has helped thousands with her knowledge and expertise. Helen returned to school for her Master’s in Social Work so she could help other families that live with neurodiversity  every day, including ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, anxiety and depression.

Helen has worked at high schools in Maine and North Carolina, helping at risk teens and those who have experienced trauma. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD.

Helen brings her wealth of experience, knowledge and commitment to helping others to every session. She is passionate about giving teens a voice and helping them become successful adults as well as providing parents the skills they need in order to help their children succeed. She has led and taught parenting groups and classes and trained area teachers on teens and various mental health issues.

In her spare time she enjoys gardening, binging on Netflix and spending time with family.