The first appointment will be for an initial consultation and evaluation. This first appointment is typically scheduled for 90 minutes and involves gathering information about any current concerns as well as more general information about you/your child that may be helpful. You and/or your child may be asked to complete rating scales which assess developmental, behavioral, and emotional functioning, if found to be indicated. At the end of the initial consultation, impressions will be reviewed with you, as well as treatment recommendations.
The Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness (CBHW) also consults with other professionals as requested by families. This may include pediatricians or other doctors, psychiatrists, and teachers or other school personal. Consultative services may be provided to collaborate with schools to help with academic functioning and with doctors to assist in planning and monitoring medication management of symptoms.
Consultative services are also available for clients that are receiving services from another provider and would like a specific assessment and feedback for a particular issue or for a second opinion. This kind of consultation may involve one or more sessions and the client and current clinician are typically provided with feedback and recommendations.
Psychologists at CBHW primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when working with clients. CBT focuses on the way in which we perceive situations and how that influences how we feel emotionally. CBT is usually more focused on the present and is problem-solving oriented. CBT teaches specific skills that involve identifying distorted thinking patterns, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. This is an active and collaborative form of therapy and the greatest improvement are seen when patients are invested in trying out new skills and ways of thinking.
Your psychologist will work with you and your child to develop a treatment plan that is both evidenced-based as well as tailored to each individual. Frequency and duration of treatment depends on the individual client. Typically appointments are scheduled once every other week. Often the psychologist will suggest strategies to implement in between sessions.
Psychological evaluations are a crucial component to treatment planning. Evaluations can help determine appropriate diagnoses, develop appropriate treatment plans, coordinate care with other professionals, and provide insight as to what may be underlying a particular problem. An evaluation may also describe or explain the general psychological adjustment problems being presented by an individual, in an effort to understand the individual’s behavior.
Psychological tests are designed to examine a variety of cognitive abilities, including general level of cognitive functioning, memory, visual-perceptual-motor skills, speed of information processing, attention, and language. Educational evaluations are used to assess for academic difficulties, learning disabilities, and giftedness. Comprehensive testing of academic achievement can assist in designing learning interventions and/or aid in educational placement decisions.
Evaluations are tailored to the individual and depending on the presenting concerns and goals of the assessment may take several hours or may take a full day. Evaluations typically consist of a detailed interview and a one-on-one testing session with the client. Parents, teachers, and clients (depending on age) are often asked to complete questionnaires. After all the information has been gathered (testing session is completed and questionnaires have been returned) the examiner will write up a report and go over results with parents and client (if appropriate).
We offer the following types of evaluations:
- Psychological Evaluations
- Educational Evaluations
- Diagnostic Screenings
CBHW provides individual supervision for graduate students in Masters and Doctoral level programs as well as psychologists, counselors, or social workers who are looking to build experience and competence in the area of child/adolescent treatment. The supervision approach utilized by CBHW is a competency-based approach to supervision, which is a strength-based style of supervision that emphasizes assessment, feedback, and teaching strategies that are used to reinforce areas of strength and develop new skills.