My approach to therapy is to help clients better understand themselves. Once understanding begins, change starts. I do not tell a patient how to live his or her life, but instead provide a safe space in which to explore it. I work with individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality issues, and bipolar disorder. Additionally, many people seek therapy because they find themselves stuck, trapped or regretful. Psychotherapy helps people become unstuck or to stop repeating patterns of behavior that do not help them as much as they desire. Other common issues involve life transitions (adolescence to adulthood, divorce, death of a loved one), poor health, stress management, or anger management.
Many clients have seen multiple doctors and therapists, or gone to treatment centers; yet, they still lack a firm diagnosis and a sense of what is really going with them. The personality assessment can provide a firm diagnosis. More importantly, the client gets a sense of the key issues they are facing so he or she understands the root of the problem. This provides important treatment planning information. In patients with addiction, underlying psychological or personality issues are often driving the addictive behavior.
A neuropsychological assessment involves a series of tests designed to measure a person’s cognitive abilities, such as attention, learning, memory, language, and problem solving. The evaluation is conducted by a neuropsychologist – a clinical psychologist who has received additional training in the administration and interpretation of cognitive tests. The purposes of a typical evaluation are:
- To aid in diagnosis,
- To identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses so that a person can better manage their academic, occupational, or social functioning,
- To help your physicians and other care providers develop a more holistic understanding of who you are as a patient and a person
- To measure current levels of cognitive functioning that can be used to set goals for cognitive rehabilitation of weaker cognitive abilities,
- To provide recommendations for improving and preserving cognitive abilities.
A neuropsychological evaluation is useful in the occurrence of these types of conditions:
- Brain Injury
- Age-related memory changes
- Brain tumor
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Learning Disability
- Gifted students
For more information about Neuropsychological Assessments please refer to the links below:
1. What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
2. The importance of a Neuropsychological Evaluation.
3. Neuropsychologist definition.
After an acquired brain injury or during a progressive neurological illness, a patient frequently undergoes multiple rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy to restore lost abilities. Cognitive rehabilitation improves cognitive function through retraining exercises that focus on cognitive domains like attention, working memory, and processing speed. However, some cognitive abilities will not recover past a certain point if the damage to the brain tissue is too extensive. In that case, compensatory strategies are used to help people adjust to injury. Additionally, changes in brain function can lead to frustration and reduced self-esteem that are addressed through psychotherapy.
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