Assessment

PRE-SURGICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL

Presurgical psychological assessments are requested by surgeons in order to help prepare people to achieve maximum success with their medical treatment. 

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing procedure that can help you achieve major improvements in health, energy, and lifestyle. The change can be so drastic that patients need to be well-prepared psychologically to achieve and sustain maximum success and health. A psychological assessment helps you and your doctor better understand your particular history and personality. Assessment helps you to create a plan for success.

Pain management devices like spinal cord stimulators can offer a means of caring for chronic pain in a way that medication and other methods cannot. A psychological assessment will help you and your doctor create a plan to prepare for the procedure and to follow up to get maximum improvement in your quality of life.

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL

Most referrals for come to us from neurologists and primary care doctor, but also attorneys, individuals and families. Neuropsychological assessments allow our psychologists to diagnose and set a plan for treatment of problems that interfere with work, school, and everyday life.

We assess adults of all ages, most often older adults because of concerns about memory and/or dementia.

We assess children and adolescents age 6 and older. Most often we are asked about problems with ADD/ADHD and/or academic problems related to reading (dyslexia) or math. We have specialists who assess for Autism as well.

All neuropsychological assessments include a personal meeting for feedback with the psychologist who will spend as much time as it takes to explain the test results and recommendations. Family are encouraged to participate in the feedback sessions.

Assessment by a licensed psychologist is a careful process that includes personal interview, standardized tests, and careful review of records. Each assessment is focused on the individual person. There is no one test to diagnose ADD or Alzheimers or any condition. Individual circumstances must be considered in order to make the best diagnosis possible. 

Many parents are concerned about having their children misdiagnosed and given medicine that they don't need. A careful assessment is a good way to be sure that your child gets the best possible treatment.

Most assessments are covered by health insurance and we accept most plans. Our office staff will verify coverage before your first appointment.

ASSESSMENT

Neurocognitive or neuropsychological assessment is a useful method for measuring problems with memory, attention, decision-making, and other mental abilities. People who are concerned about problems such as dementia, ADD/ADHD, TBI, and other sources of cognitive problems will benefit.

Psychological assessment is helpful for people who are preparing for surgery for weight loss, spinal cord stimulator implantation, and other medical procedures. It is also helpful for people in therapy who want to get more information about themselves to help make therapy more effective.

Educational assessment measures IQ, reading, writing, math, and other abilities related to educational problems. Children, adolescents, and adults who need academic accommodations or other intervention will benefit from a careful assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.

People in the immigration system who have psychological problems that create a special hardship can submit the results of a quality psychological assessment to immigration judges in order to clarify their cases.

TREATMENT

Individual psychotherapy can be a useful treatment for depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Each of our providers uses his or her own training and experience to develop a treatment for each patient.

Group therapy offers a unique experience that combines the best of individual therapy and shared experience under the guidance of a trained clinician. Group therapy is different than a support group. Most of our groups are structured, with a particular problem in mind, such as help preparing for weight loss surgery, smoking cessation, pain management or help for adolescents with behavior problems.

Workshops are single-day events that can last anywhere from an hour to much longer. Our workshops are focused on learning skills to deal with particular problems such as ADD/ADHD, Math Anxiety, Managing Chronic Pain, Preparing for Weight Loss surgery

PROBLEMS ADDRESSED

There are many different kinds of dementia: Alzheimer's, Vascular, Frontotemporal, Parkinson's, and others. While most people with dementia have memory problems, there can be many other problems that have serious consequences for daily life. Our assessments can help with decision-making regarding an individual's capacity for financial and medical decision-making, driving, where to live, and other important decisions.

Attention Deficit Disorder is usually diagnosed in childhood, but can be missed until adulthood. Besides the obvious problems such as having trouble listening to lectures, ADD/ADHD can interfere with decision-making, planning, organization, and other functions. Our assessments are much more extensive than a simple questionnaire, and are especially helpful when you are not sure about your diagnosis.

Chronic pain interferes with all aspects of daily life. Psychological factors such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationships all interact with the pain to create a multiplicative effect that can feel almost impossible to manage. A careful assessment and comprehensive treatment plan with individual and group therapy, along with coordination with your doctor can help improve your life.

Weight loss is not easy. While surgical methods can be powerful and effective tools for changing your body, the long-term success depends upon behavior change. As behavior change experts we can help you prepare for your weight loss journey and help you achieve your goals.

Learning disabilities can affect children, adolescents and adults. Our assessments help people who go to schools that do not have assessment resources, or people who disagree with their school assessment, or people who need updated assessments for college. Our assessments can help you advocate for appropriate accommodations in class, standardized tests, and professional tests.

Depression and anxiety can be long-term problems. While medication helps some people, psychotherapy has been shown to be equally effective and, in some cases, more long-lasting.

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