This site is the work of Leslie E. Packer, PhD. Any articles on the site that are not authored by me are attributed to their respective authors and are used either with permission or because they are in the public domain or used under Creative Commons License.
About the Author
I am a NYS-licensed psychologist who specializes in Tourette’s Syndrome and the associated conditions. After completing a doctorate in experimental psychology and working in academia teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, I left to go into applied clinical work at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in the Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, where I applied my previous research in biofeedback and my background in behavioral psychology to treating patients with a variety of neurologically-based motor control problems, including movement disorders such as spasmodic torticollis and Tourette’s Syndrome.
For the past 33 years, I have been in private practice, the last 18 of which have been devoted to working with individuals with TS+. Within that framework, my private practice has been split between providing psychotherapy for individuals have TS+ and serving as a consulting psychologist to school districts who need training and/or assistance in developing appropriate educational programs for students with TS+. In my psychotherapeutic work, I incorporate research-validated methods such as cognitive-behavior therapy and comprehensive behavioral interventions for tics (CBIT), as well as parent training. I also provide workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians who want to learn more about TS+.
This site represents more than just “book knowledge” or clinical experience, however. It also incorporates my experiences as a family member and pro bono advocate for the Tourette’s Syndrome community. As the parent of two adults with TS+ and as the spouse of a man with TS+, I know some of the pain and challenges that family members face on a daily basis.
This web site is my way of sharing some of what I’ve learned personally and professionally in my journey over the past 24 years. If it helps another family, teacher, or colleague, I am delighted.
Over 35 years ago, I saw a poster that had quite an impact on me. It showed a skier poised at the edge of a glacial crevice. It looked impossible for him to go back up the slope, and yet there was no way he could conceivably jump across the crevice from a dead standstill. The caption on the poster was, “Find a way or make a way.” For the last 35 years, “Find a way or make a way” has been my motto, and why it became the title of my first book. You are welcome to adopt it as your motto, too. Seeing ourselves as problem-solvers and teaching our children or students to become problem-solvers may be the most constructive response to what otherwise might seem to be overwhelming challenges. Responding to challenges in the school setting is the theme of my second book. In addition to my books, I have also published in peer-reviewed professional journals such as Neurologic Clinics and Behavior Modification.
About the Site
This web site originally opened in May 1998 after a few years of being hosted on free services that no longer exist.
Most of the photographs used on this site are from Dreamstime.com or PhotoDisc, and are used under license.
As the site owner and author, I personally pay for the site hosting and all fees associated with the maintenance of the site. I do not accept any sponsorship or advertising on this site, so please do not contact me with offers.
As a psychologist, I do not prescribe medications, nor do I ever recommend specific medications, and this site receives no funding or support from any pharmaceutical company. I do not own stock in any pharmaceutical company.
For inquiries about this web site, the best way to reach me is via email to admin[at]tourettesyndrome.net. For inquiries about my professional services or to arrange for speaking engagements, workshops, or clinical services, you may contact me via email or:
Leslie E. Packer, PhD
940 Lincoln Place
North Bellmore, New York 11710-1016
Please note that I am unable to respond to requests for personal advice. It would not be ethical for me to provide advice for someone I’ve never even evaluated. To find a professional in your area, contact the national Tourette Syndrome Association at 718-224-2999 or contact the appropriate support organization for your child’s challenges. If you wish to arrange for a professional consultation with me, it is best to use phone. Never put sensitive or confidential information in unencrypted e-mail.
Note to Students
Due to my schedule, I am unable to grant interviews to the many students I hear from each year. If, after reading the materials on this site, you still have specific questions that are not covered on this site, please feel free to e-mail and I will try to answer your question(s). Please allow one week for a response.