• Our Assessments

    The purpose of our assessment procedures is to enable us to arrive at accurate diagnoses and determine how an individual’s life is being impacted by their symptoms. Our philosophy is simple yet powerful: we believe that we can provide better treatment and make greater gains if we understand the reasons why a person is struggling. Basically, good assessment leads to better outcomes.

    At the initial session, our clinicians determine what type of further assessment is needed to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. We may recommend neuropsychological or psychological evaluation which helps our clinicians create an evidenced-based treatment plan tailored to each patient. We utilize multiple types of assessment methods from multiple sources to arrive at the most valid diagnoses. Once neuropsychological or psychological testing is completed, a review session is conducted wherein the results of the assessment are shared with and explained to the patient. At this review session, treatment recommendations are provided.

  • Neuropsychological Testing

    We conduct neuropsychological evaluations for individuals who may have concerns regarding impaired cognitive functioning due to a variety of reasons including motor vehicle accidents; sports-related head injuries; brain infection; problems with memory, problem-solving, concentration; and severe mood dysregulation. Neuropsychological evaluation is useful in determining the nature and scope of cognitive impairments and is particularly useful for persons who have a history of are concerns related to traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain infection, and dementia.

  • Medication Assessments

    A significant portion of persons with behavioral health disorders require both psychological and medication treatments. The state-of-the-science indicates that the combination of psychological and medication treatments often results in greater improvement in symptoms compared to either treatment alone. The pressure for primary care physicians (PCP) to prescribe psychotropic medications is increasing. However, PCPs often report that prescription of psychotropic medication can be complex and often welcome assistance in the decision-making process.

    We utilize scientifically-based protocols to help our patients and their PCPs make well-informed decisions about medication. Our protocols include objective tests, a collection of ratings of symptoms and side effects, and clinical observations. Once we collect this data, we provide a summary report to the PCP and the patient to aid them in efficiently arriving at the most effective medication regimen. Our clinical staff is trained to monitor individual’s responses to and progress with medication. Since we typically see our patients on a weekly basis, we are able to provide ongoing information to PCPs about medication effectiveness.

    We are also able to gauge the effectiveness of the combination of medication and psychological treatment. This is a critical component since psychological treatment can often lead to reduced need for medication.