Info For Professionals

As you are probably well aware, many clinical diagnoses and presenting problems are not easily distinguishable by simply asking questions or having caregivers complete questionnaires. Sometimes, a clear diagnostic picture can only be obtained when a professional is able to integrate a full developmental history, behavioral observations (based upon spending hours with the child and parents), objective test data, as well as school and/or in-home observations. The scope of your practice may be limited in how much of this you can provide to your patients. I am able to provide all of these services (as deemed necessary) with my psychological evaluations, and with the parent’s consent, I will provide you a high-quality comprehensive report complete with all of this data as well as diagnostic impressions and a full treatment plan (if desired). When you refer your patient to me for an evaluation, I strive to provide you with all the data and information you need to move forward with medication (if indicated), recommending a treatment plan, and knowing how to prioritize goals in treatment or therapy.  I believe very strongly in a treatment team approach for patients. When different specialists work together, a more comprehensive view of a patient’s care can be attained, which enables a better understanding of the patient’s needs and goals.

Here are some of the questions I frequently help to clarify for professionals:

  • Are my patient’s symptoms clearly ADHD or are they normative for his/her age? I need quantitative, normed results.
  • Are my patient’s symptoms anxiety-related or ADHD?
  • Is the patient’s current ADHD medication helping? If so, is it helping just the inattention, the hyperactivity/impulsivity, or both? I would like both subjective and objective, quantitative test data to support this.
  • When my patient has multiple problems or disorders, which should we address first?
  • Does my patient have an intellectual disability? If so, what is the severity?
  • Does my patient have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or another type of social communication difficulty?
  • Is the patient experiencing symptoms related to bipolar disorder or another mood disorder?
  • Does my patient have a learning disability?
  • What are the next best steps for this family: medication, therapy, or both?
  • What types of therapy would be most beneficial for this family (parent training, individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of these)?
  • What evidence-based therapy approaches would be best to help this patient? (PCIT, TheraPlay, CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, ACT, DBT, ABA)
  • How should I be prioritizing goals in therapy with my patient?

If you would like to learn more about me or my services, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I look forward to collaborating with you.

 

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