What does the 
assessment process entail?

The neuropsychological assessment process starts with an intake interview. This first appointment is a 1-hour-long intake interview, where I establish why you are seeking help. While some clients are referred by other clinicians, some seek help of their own accord. Regardless, this first appointment is essential, so that important relevant background information is gathered. This appointment is ideally attended by the client as well as someone who knows the client well (e.g., parent, spouse, sibling), but can also be attended by the client on their own. However, in the event that the client is a minor, the initial intake interview is conducted only with the collateral source/s (e.g., parent/primary caregiver). Neuropsychological assessment then takes place across 1 – 3 appointments. Finally, feedback is provided in a concluding appointment. I look at the individual holistically, by taking into account test performance during assessment as well as relevant collateral information (e.g., school reports, medical information, interviews with significant others).

For many, the final appointment with me would be the feedback appointment. However, I offer treatment in the form of psychoeducation sessions. 

Neuropsychological Assessment

Assessment Process
Intake Interview

In this first meeting we establish why you are seeking help. Background information will be gathered (e.g., medical, psychological, developmental, educational history), and current/recent changes or difficulties experienced will be discussed. This session is conducted in person, and lasts 60 minutes.

Assessment

Neuropsychological assessment takes place across 1- 3 appointments, depending on various factors (e.g., time available, age of client, reason for assessment). During assessment, the client is asked to complete a set of tasks (e.g., pencil-and-paper tasks, verbal tasks, questionnaires), which are tailored to answer the referral question (i.e., reason for appointment). Each of these tasks is specifically selected based on the information obtained during history-taking.

Feedback

Following the assessment, we will arrange a date for feedback of my evaluation. This feedback appointment can be scheduled as soon as the report has been completed, which typically takes 1 week after assessment. Here we will also discuss the content of the report, and the way forward. This session can be conducted virtually, telephonically, or in-person, and lasts for 45 - 60 minutes.

What is Psychoeducation?

In brief, psychoeducation is an approach to treatment that involves the clinician providing their client with information about their diagnosis, symptoms, or the method of treatment used. Depending on the client’s needs, the focus can be on educating the client about the diagnosis and/or teaching coping skills to manage symptoms, but can also incorporate education to family members when appropriate. Following neuropsychological assessment, psychoeducation appointments can be arranged as a short-term treatment.