Psychological testing can help determine one’s strengths, as well as the cause of an individual’s struggles in one or more areas of functioning. It can also assist in developing the most appropriate plan of action to address these struggles.
Psychological testing is frequently utilized to assess:
• Academic difficulties (Learning Disability)
• Attention problems (ADD or ADHD)
• Cognitive functioning (Developmental Delay, Cognitive or Intellectual
• Social or communication deficits (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
• Behavioral or emotional problems
• Memory impairment
• Poor independent living skills
Our providers enjoy providing individual, family, and group therapy and look forward to working with you and/or others in your family. There are many different theoretical orientations and approaches to therapy based on a therapist’s training, beliefs, and preferences.
Some of the most common include: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and much more.
Our providers’ primary orientation is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which involves understanding the cyclical relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and enacting change where needed to break the negative cycle causing your distress.
Groups are often an underutilized, yet very rewarding and effective form of mental health support. Guidance from the group leader, along with support and feedback from group members, can offer excellent opportunities for learning and growth. Groups also help to normalize one's own challenges in life and put them into perspective. Groups can be fun, informative, and very beneficial for addressing difficulties with: social interaction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management, and more! In a world full of cell phones, social media, texting, and isolation- we need more opportunities for face to face interaction to connect to people, and groups are a great way to do this.
Each group will meet once a week for six weeks, with each weekly session lasting for 55 minutes. The group is led by Kristen Macks, a licensed school counselor who will serve as the group facilitator. Group time consists of teaching, discussion, and processing time. Each group experience is unique based upon the group member dynamic, but the ultimate goal is for members to leave the group feeling connected with others and themselves, and with more confidence and tools for success and coping.
Speech and language evaluations are used to measure a child’s communication skills. The assessment process can include, but is not limited to, culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral observation and standardized and/or criterion-referenced tools, parental report, and pertinent background information to determine if a speech and/or language delay or disorder is present.
The Parent Questionnaire is filled out prior to the appointment to provide the therapist with a description of your child’s developmental, medical and family history. Appropriate tests are then selected based on the referral concerns. Testing for toddlers and preschool children is interactive and play-based. Testing for school-age children and adolescents is more structured with formal assessments.