A psychological evaluation provides specialized assessment of a client’s individual strengths and weaknesses, in order to guide treatment. The process to receive a psychological evaluation includes at least two appointments. During the first appointment, a diagnostic interview is conducted to identify the specific needs of the client and areas will be focused on during the evaluation. Next, the evaluation involves completion of a battery of tests which are scored and interpreted in a comprehensive report. Finally, the client is provided with a feedback session to explain the results of the evaluation and specific recommendations which will effectively address these findings.
Diagnoses assessed during these evaluations include
• Learning Disorders (including in reading, mathematics, and writing)
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorder
• Behavioral Disorders, including Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Trauma Based Disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders, including Social Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
During therapy, the client and therapist work together to achieve collaboratively set upon goals to treat emotional, behavioral, and relational problems. The most important aspect of therapy is the development of a therapeutic alliance, which is a trusting relationship that helps facilitate the changes needed to achieve growth. Therapy can occur individually, with families, or groups.
Areas addressed in therapy include, but are not limited to
• Anger and Impulse Control problems
• Trauma, including Grief and Abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional)
• Adoption challenges
• Substance Abuse co-occurring with emotional distress
• Parent/Child conflict
• Relationship discord
Support groups are also provided as an opportunity to help clients learn to better deal with life stressors with the support of peers. It provides a sense of validation and camaraderie as participants are dealing with similar issues.
• Topics addressed in support groups include:
• Grief and loss
• Social adjustment/social relationship development
• Coping with parent/caregiver separation or divorce
• Low Self-Esteem
• Parenting a child with a mental health disorder.