Couples' Seminar with Melissa Orlov - The ADHD Effect In-Depth

No matter where you are in the world, you can take this seminar...

"This course gave my husband and me the breakthrough we so desperately needed."

"Thank you again for such a life-changing seminar. It was the best and most effective money and time we ever spent."

"Your class has brought a bright ray of hope to our marriage."

"We are in the best place we have ever been as a couple - and without your course we would never have managed that - in fact, without your course we wouldn't have managed to stay together...."

“Couples struggling with ADHD will greatly benefit from taking this course. ...What could be better than sitting in the comfort of your own home and discovering a way to shift the destructive patterns that have consumed the marriage that you once dreamed of?"

"Your course was and has been a most transformative event and positive rescue of my relationship...a big, sincere, "thank you!"  Your positive, non-judgmental, and non-condescending voice was a huge difference from the other sources of council we sought." 

"We both think you are the most knowlegable person we have met on ADHD, and that you have the best skills to articulate that knowledge."

     -  To read more participant comments, go to the bottom of this page.


The ADHD Effect In-Depth with Melissa Orlov - Live and Recorded

Turn around your relationship and learn to thrive!  This eight-session seminar will help you take the ideas from The ADHD Effect on Marriage and apply them to your own relationship.  Learn:

  • How to trust again
  • The steps you need to take to let go of your anger and frustration
  • How to move from “correcting our problems” to “enjoying each other”
  • Why there is hope for you and your partner...and how to tap into it
  • How to deal with a partner who is not yet in control of his or her anger
  • Ways other couples have used that encourage ADHD partners to embrace ADHD treatment
  • Finding joy and intimacy in your ADHD-impacted relationship

This course is currently given in two formats: recorded and live.  The recorded self-study course is for couples who wish to start when a live course is not offered, or who wish to do the course on their own timetable (recorded course syllabus here.)  The live course is the right option for those who need the discipline of weekly sessions to keep them on track and who wish to be able to ask their questions of Melissa and hear the questions others have each week as they progress.  Hearing that other couples share your issues can be quite helpful.

The live course is given by live conference call, so you may access it from anywhere.  Every session is recorded, so if you miss any you can simply listen to the recording.  Participants with time zone issues are encouraged to contact Melissa.

Course Agenda:

The dates for the next live session (currently running) are below.  If you have questions about the course, please contact me.  Live classes consist of a lecture of one hour plus a live half hour of Q&A each week, written Q&As throughout the course, and optional homework.  Start time is 8:30pm eastern time for all sessions.  Couples with time zone issues or conflicts are invited to register for the live course but listen to the recordings of each session when convenient.  FOR A MORE DETAILED CURRICULUM OF THE LIVE COURSE, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Session 1:  Optimizing ADHD Treatment
Tuesday, January 24, Session 2:  Two Critical Patterns In-depth; Defensiveness and Anger Intro
Tuesday, January 31, Session 3:  Anger; Parent/Child Dynamics; Moving to Recovery
Monday, February 6, Session 4:  Communication Strategies That Work
Monday, February 13, Session 5:  'Diagnosing' Fights, and Chore Wars, So You Can Change Direction
Tuesday, February 21, Session 6:  Difficult to Understand Behaviors in Both Partners and What to Do About Them (Lying, Nagging and more); Rebuilding Trust

Tuesday, February 28, Session 7:  Finding Joy in Your ADHD-Impacted Relationship; Building Personal Intimacy
Tuesday, March 7, Session 8:  Sex, Desire, Course Recap and Next Steps

Why This Course?

  • One of the singly best resources for ADHD-impacted couples.  It has already helped many couples turn their disintegrating relationships around
  • Completely different from any therapy or courses you may have tried before - based upon what works!
  • Melissa Orlov provides understanding as well as concrete ideas to help you move your relationship forward
  • Call-in and recorded formats are really convenient for you both

How the Course Works

If a live course is coming up, that is the one you should register for - even if you can't listen to the sessions live.  I record all sessions and post links to them the next day - you won't miss anything...and you will get to ask me all of your questions.

The live course is given by conference call at 8:30pm EASTERN time.  Each week Melissa sends you the presentation materials you need.  Melissa gives a lecture, then answers live questions each week for half an hour, as well as written questions between sessions.  Each session is recorded, so if you miss one or live overseas you can easily stay caught up.  Couples are encouraged to keep all course materials, including the recordings, for future review if they wish.

Those taking the course from overseas, or who have a regular conflict, are still encouraged to register for the live course and listen to the recordings - you get your questions answered and get to hear the questions of others - very illuminating!


There is an instruction fee for the recorded SELF-STUDY course of $249 total per couple.  This includes eight lectures, notes pages that accompany each lecture, worksheets, reading assignments, and homework.

The fee for the LIVE course (given by conference call) is $289 per couple.  It includes eight sessions, presentation materials, worksheets, reading assignments, homework AND access to Melissa live each week for insightful written and verbal responses to all off YOUR questions during the course.  Fees do not include the purchase of Melissa's books (available in all formats). Registered couples will have the ability to call together from one location or from two separate locations, or can call in via Google Hangouts if you would normally incur phone fees.  Every live session is recorded in case you miss one, or to keep for later review.

The fee for the SELF-STUDY course is $249 per couple.  With that you get the lectures and homework assignments.

Registration Process:

  1. Go to the registration button and pay via PayPal or credit card.
  2. If you purchase the RECORDED version of the course, you will immediately be sent an email with the link to all the course materials.  Please check your spam folder if you don't get this right away, and make sure to read download instructions.
  3. If you purchase the LIVE course, we will send you a confirmation IMMEDIATELY with more information via THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU USED WITH PAYPAL.  Please read it!  If you don't get this email, check your spam folder or contact Melissa with a different email address so she can send you the information you need.
  4. This course is not meant to replace therapy or the advice of your doctor.  Melissa Orlov is marriage consultant, not a doctor.  Please see your doctor for any questions about medications or treatment.
  5. You shouldn't have any trouble with the downloading the self-study course, but if you do, this page will help you.

LIVE course - Registration for the January, '17 session is OPEN.  If you have questions or want to be reminded about the session closer to the time, please contact Melissa

Purchase Live Couples Course Jan 2013

Self-study course ONLY:

Purchase Couples Self Study Course

Refund policy:  Refunds are not offered for the self-study course.  100% refunds for the live course are offered through the second session.

Couples Talk About How This Course Helped Them

"I'm finding the sessions are saving my marriage and want to thank you."

"My how our lives have changed!  I credit you and this course with helping us to focus on what needed to be done and then helping us to get started! We have done a lot of work since and it has paid off handsomely."

“This course has been great. Better than any therapy session we've had. It was filled with practical information and the approach was right on. My husband and I are moving forward. I also loved being able to do the course from the privacy of my own home...NO babysitters needed and pjs too!”

“I would recommend this course to any couple who is struggling with ADHD.... Reading the book and attending the seminars has helped my spouse and I more than any other type of therapy.... I can say now that my marriage is on solid ground, the best ever, and it is due to our hard work and the help of this book/seminar.”

"You give us hope we can get this right someday!"

"My husband and I love your course so much. We've learned so much, and think listening to your candor and kind responses to all of these couples is really incredible."

"We have started going through the whole course again and I cannot believe how much really good stuff is in there and how much value I have received in going through it again..."

"I am the ADHD partner (and) I am not a novice to self-help and professional modalities. Your course is the best thing I have ever encountered for actual hands on non-judgmental tools for understanding, saving, and renewing relationship with ADHD. Your presentation is superb."

"We started looking in 2009 for assistance with the ADHD and couldn't find anyone.  Seven years later we found you.   The seminar has been life-changing for us and we are grateful."

"Just want to say thanks…you have heard this before I’m sure. We learned more from you in 1 session than all the others in ongoing [$$$] therapy.  You have crossed our paths at a very necessary time in our lives."

"Your class had life-changing effects on our marriage.  Thank you!"

"Your ADD Effect on Marriage course is fabulous and I look forward to the Intimacy one next!"

“This course offers precise, compassionate tools to create a marriage that is based on mutual trust and respect... Melissa speaks from her own experience and I am most grateful that she has taken the time to share this experience with us. I can honestly say that she has saved our marriage.”

"Just a note to say we're still thriving several months after your class!  :-)"

"I just wanted to say that during your classes my mouth is gaping open for a lot of it! Such incredible information...!"

"It is remarkable that (after your seminar) our marriage situation changed from 'the worst' to 'the best' in only 8 months! We will continue our effort to improve, but I can say confidently that our marriage is “happily staying”...Oh, before I forget. Last, but not a least, yes, our sex life that was equivalent to something like a 80 year old couple got better as well (^0^).  Thank you..."

"I've really "taken the bull by the horns" to try to beat this ADHD thing and know I can only work on myself.  Thank you for empowering me when I hadn't felt empowered for a very long time!" (ADHD participant)

"Your class is a big help and I'm so grateful I stumbled upon you and your book. What you do matters to so many people. Thanks for the impact you've had on my marriage. You're ability to make both spouses comfortable is a gift."

"Thank you for the wonderful course.  There are not enough words to express my gratitude." (husband with ADHD)

“The course made me feel lucky that we were taking action before our marriage further deteriorated. It was very helpful to break through to core issues and get both of us to understand that we both had valid reasons to change. The course was a lot to take in but organized well. I think we are left with many tools and tricks that we will use and revisit.”

"What I'm most excited about is that I have my best friend back again!  Thank you!"

"I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have taught me about how to be a good spouse, ADHD or not.  My husband and I have worked hours on the homework, our communication skills, and for the first time in our married lives, I feel we are working as a couple.  Yesterday we celebrated 29 years since we fell in love, but now I feel that the love we have recommitted to since starting your course is true, mature, lasting, 'til death do us part kind of love; I feel empowered that we can make it through anything as a couple, whereas in the past, we made it through things as separate units.  And for this Valentine's Day my husband is actually taking me dancing - who knew?!"

"This course helped my husband and me tremendously. For the first time we didn't feel that either one of us was to blame. That allowed us to finally let go of some anger and start working on getting better. Without this first step I don't think improvement would be possible. 

We found out that there were so many couples that were just like us. I can't tell you how good it feels to know that we are just normal people having a normal reaction to a difficult situation.  We have made more progress in this seminar than we have in 2 years of couples therapy."

"I just wanted to share with you that my husband and I, who were separated, are starting to turn our marriage around...I definitely feel your book and workshop were a turning point.  We wouldn't be reconnecting without them..."

"We wanted to follow up with you and tell you we are doing amazingly well - we sold our house more quickly than expected and have moved. We put lots of your techniques from your online class and book to work successfully while cleaning and moving 24 years of stuff - a job which would be stressful under the best of circumstances. We continue to be excited about our "new and improved" relationship.  Thank you again.  I really feel as though you helped us save our marriage."

"As a couple, we highly recommend Melissa's course and book. Both are excellent in terms of creating a safe environment for a couple to begin to work on the issues that are eroding their marriage. The course and book are the only resources that we've found that place equal emphasis on both partner's roles -- turning the spotlight away from just your partner's problems to where it belongs -- working on one's own role in the partnership first, which strengthens you for the teamwork which is required to truly tackle the challenges ahead. My ADHD husband finally felt like his concerns in our marriage were addressed, and he could get beyond any denial. As a non-ADHD spouse, I knew Melissa had a first-hand understanding of my concerns, and she showed compassion. We both liked the fact that she wasn't going to let anyone shirk their responsibilities to the marriage -- but she gets you moving in a positive direction by suggesting constructive ways to begin excavating a relationship that may be buried deep -- by layers of damaging patterns of interactions and unproductive coping strategies."

"This course helped my husband and I tremendously. We were at the end point and looking for any last bit of hope/faith to figure out what was happening to us. Having the connection to a person (Melissa) who knows exactly what you are living through is extremely helpful. The biggest help was really understanding you are not alone and that it is not the NON-ADHD persons responsibility. If anything the ADHD person learns that it is OK to take responsibility for his/her ADHD and owns it. By the same token it is the responsibility of the NON-ADHD person to let go - free fall if you will - from trying to control everything to controlling your own self, behaviors, responses, etc. By the time you are reading this book and taking this course, you have come through a lot and are at a very volatile stage in your relationship. Melissa's discussions really help you understand that and realize that you do have a choice about many things in your relationship. It's whether you choose to make the changes or not that really will float you both to the top together and come out strong. I feel that my husband and I were able to do this. We are certainly not proficient yet, but we are now on the right path to continue our journey in life together. This book and Melissa's course have helped us in ways we could never have imagined BUT THANKFULLY FOUND IN TIME!!!"

"I felt this course was a guidepost each week. Sometimes I really feel lost in the dark with dealing with my spouse's untreated ADHD and this course was a way to navigate through some of the difficult-to-talk-about details."

"You have given us hope and a direction.  I am forever grateful to your wisdom, and ability to even handedly deliver your message.  My ADHD husband has felt like the bad guy for so long but you managed to get him to sit still and look at himself without judgment.  That’s pretty amazing!!!"

"As an ADHD spouse, reading a book alone may not be enough. This course was a good compliment to Melissa's message. If you are seeking out this type of information and question its real life application, this course really is the 1st step beyond the book to truly resolving these hard issues."

"Melissa is very good at addressing both spouses and their issues and offers practical and easy to implement ideas that really do turn things around during the Seminar. The question and answer time at the end of each session helps a lot also. I highly recommend this course for any couples who are struggling in an ADHD marriage relationship. Thank you so much, Melissa, for your time and effort to help others."

"Your course literally saved our marriage. It has turned it around and given us new tools and perspectives that no marriage counselor has been able to give to us. It is still tough but in a manageable sense. I have finally stopped being co-dependent and parenting and my personal life is much more fulfilling and less stressed. Our kids will now not have to be kids of divorced parents as I was truly at my wits end when I found your site. Thank you!"

"This seminar has been a true God send. It's been the only thing that has actually allowed each of us to see the others' point of view in an unbiased way. If you've been struggling in your Adhd impacted marriage or partnership, this seminar will clarify a lot about the dynamics of how you got to where you are in your relationship, as well as the tools to make it better and how to continue growing and enjoying your marriage."

"THANK YOU!!!!!"

"My husband and I have been married for 29 years much of it filled with miscommunication, disappointment and anger. I found and read Melissa's book, The ADHD Effect on Marriage. I could not believe how closely it mirrored our own situation. My husband also read it and embraced the ideas of treatment, exercise and diet. We signed up for the class and have been working through the homework assignments which are at times, painful but ultimately cathartic. What a transformative experience! For the first time in 30 years, I have a sense of hope about our relationship. My husband is trying to be more attentive, present and reliable. I have attempted to stop nagging and parenting him. I am also seeing a therapist in an effort to let the past be. We are actually having fun together as a couple and as a family. I never thought that this would be possible and cannot thank Melissa enough for her wisdom, intelligence and objective stance toward couples coping with ADD."

"I think your work is profound and life changing. Here we are, a family practice MD and a Masters of Counseling, and we were royally stuck. 26 years together and these new tools and information are extremely helpful. We are learning to be better human beings in all realms. These tools are helpful in all relationships. We are 40 year LGBT rights activists, and your books and teleconferences and homework assignments help us in this important realm too..."

"Outstanding!! ...Melissa was very prompt and always answered our questions in a highly professional and sensitive manner..."

"Your emotional intelligence, patience, and the way you handle the questions before, during, and after your presentation are really nothing short of amazing. Thank you for helping improve our lives...!"

"This has been a critical class for us. We've both gained so much and knowing that we aren't the only ones, really makes things better. We are still working on the homework and that's ok...and its been invaluable. We'd be happy to re-take this class once a year! Soooo glad we have the recordings to review..."

"Melissa's seminar was exactly what we needed after my partner received his ADHD diagnosis. She seemed to be speaking directly to us and to our 30 year struggle as a couple. We had no idea that many other couples struggle with the same challenges and we were skeptical that we could learn to rise about the anger, disappointment and frustration that we experienced with each other. We have come so far in understanding each other through this seminar and we both are hopeful for the future thanks to Melissa's tremendously helpful class."