Brain function is evaluated by objectively testing memory and thinking skills.
SAT & ACT Test Accommodations
A very detailed assessment of abilities measures strengths & weaknesses.
Psychological Testing Specialties
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attachment Based
- Behavioral Issues
- Christian Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Anti-psychotic Medications
- Developmental Disorders
- Dialectical (DBT)
- Dual Diagnosis
- Emotional Disturbance
- Intellectual Disability
- Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
- Oppositional Defiance
- Psychological Testing & Evaluation
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
- School Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Stress & Trauma
- Substance Abuse
What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?
Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty profession that focuses on brain functioning. A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. In clinical neuropsychology, brain function is evaluated by objectively testing memory and thinking skills. A very detailed assessment of abilities is done, and the pattern of strengths and weaknesses is used in important health care areas, such as diagnosis and treatment planning. The clinical neuropsychologist conducts the evaluation and makes recommendations. He or she should not also provide treatment, such as cognitive rehabilitation, behavior management, or psychotherapy.
A neuropsychological evaluation can be used in many ways:
Identifying Cognitive Difficulties
The exam can be used to identify weaknesses in specific areas of cognition. It is very sensitive to mild memory and thinking problems that might not be obvious in other ways. The results most importantly also provide the areas of strengths a person has and is the focus of helping them find their identity in their strengths, not their difficulties.
Different illnesses result in different patterns of strengths and weakness. Therefore, the exam can also be used to help differentiate among diagnoses. This is important since appropriate treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis.
Establishing a Baseline
Sometimes the exam is used to establish a “baseline” or document a person’s skills at the onset or before cognitive problems arise. In this way, later changes can be measured very objectively.
Following the establishment of a baseline, successive examinations can be utilized to document change over the progression of a disorder, as well as the effects of surgical, medical, and behavioral treatments on the clients neurocognitive status.
The exam can be used to identify target problems in order to plan for the most effective treatments that use a students cognitive strengths to compensate for weaknesses. In children, Treatment Planning is frequently shared with school personnel, parents, and the psychologist.
What is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma causes a fracture in our psyche. There are ways of healing these fractures and I love helping folks find their pathway through their pain. In a neuropsychological assessment, brain function is evaluated by a very detailed assessment, and the pattern of strengths and weaknesses are combined to make a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
I work with you, no matter how deep the pain, no matter how complicated life has become. The strength of my practice is being able to take into account all areas of life and make a complete treatment plan and evaluation by getting to the root of a problem and finding a way through it.