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I work with an extensive range of psychological conditions in both adults and children. In my professional experience undergoing a psychological assessment is instrumental to accurately diagnosing psychological disorders. In turn this leads to the most successful formulations and interventions catered to each individual’s needs. My practice offers learning disabilities/difficulties assessments (including I.Q. testing) for both adults and children including but not limited to, ADHD and ASD; with the aim of providing a safe space to tackle your diagnosis.  

What is a psychological assessment? 

Psychological assessments provide a standardized method for collecting information regarding an individual’s aptitude.  These are conducted in a clinical setting and the information is collated through a series of interviews, psychometric tests, questionnaires, and alternative methods deemed appropriate to determine an accurate diagnosis.  To ensure the reliability of these assessments, they are conducted within a multidisciplinary team. This means that two fully qualified professionals will observe, question, and assess the individual (as well as any relevant informants) to formulate the diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan together. 

Why should I undertake a psychological assessment? 

The assessment generates an extensive written report regarding your diagnosis. This means that undertaking a psychological assessment allows us to tailor a treatment plan specific to you. Put simply, the evaluation will help you get any additional support you feel that you need. For example, if you are a student that is struggling with your educational achievement, this can help you get the appropriate adjustments that you are entitled to such as extra time.   

What is ADHD?  

Essentially, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) influences the amount of time an individual can spend concentrating on an activity or topic. For example, they often exhibit a clear passion for talking and moving around. This can cause interferences with daily lives, relationships, educational attainment, and work efficiency.  

Often people presenting with ADHD do not undergo a psychological assessment which leaves them confused with how to deal with the symptoms they are experiencing. Having said that, it is important to tackle these experiences, and we are here to help you! Undergoing this assessment takes you one step closer to obtaining the appropriate intervention catered for you.    

What is ASD? 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined as a difference in neurodiversity- meaning it is a difference in the way an individual communicates and interacts. The type of learning and thinking often varies individually. Some individuals may show delays in their speech and language, or limited vocabulary whereas, other individuals may display proficient vocabulary. People with ASD can be described as enthusiastic about certain topics or objects (such as loving space or rockets) and often appreciate having a routine. Normally, they experience emotions, bright lights, loud noises, and certain foods more strongly.

Individuals living with ASD will live with these experiences throughout their whole lifespans and often struggle to find ways to cope with the effect of their disorder. Nonetheless, concluding the diagnosis early on makes it easier to successfully create a treatment plan which helps us find a way to keep your quality-of-life high!  

What should I expect from an ADHD assessment? 

Undertaking an ADHD assessment normally takes between 2 to 3 hours sometimes more depending on each individual case.  

For children: An initial session with the parents/carers is scheduled first to be able to discuss the child’s developmental history academic performance, peer relationships, family dynamics etc. Then the child will complete a psychometric test and partake with an individual session.

A school/teacher’s input is also sourced to help us understand how the child’s behaviour presents in a classroom setting. This can be done through questionnaires, meetings, or directly observing the child in the classroom. Following the assessment, a fully detailed report – which will be discussed in a session – will be written to explain the diagnosis, formulation and recommendations. 

For adults: You are expected to partake in a psychometric test and an individual session, with further questions about your clinical history. It would be beneficial to have a parental and previous school/ teachers report regarding your behaviour and academic performance during your childhood. Following the assessment, a fully detailed report will be written to explain the diagnosis and appropriate formulation according to the psychologist. 

What should I expect from an ASD assessment? 

For children, the parents/carers of the child are initially interviewed to fully understand the child’s behaviour, developmental history, communication, relationship with peers and adults, academic performance etc. and then a psychometric test is conducted (the parents can be present during this if they please). Additional methods to gather information about the child across different settings can include questionnaires and observational studies. Following the assessment, a fully detailed report – which will be discussed in a session – will be written to explain the diagnosis, formulation and recommendations. 

For adults, you will be undergoing an interview and sometimes a psychometric test. During the interview we will discuss your history as well as your presenting issues. If you would prefer to have a loved one present, this would also be advantageous. Following the assessment, a fully detailed report will be written to explain the diagnosis and appropriate formulation according to the psychologist. 

Why choose my practice? 

In essence, I have comprehensive training and knowledge with performing learning neuropsychological assessments in French and English for both children and adults. Further, I make sure to follow the NICE guidelines to ensure that the report will be recognised by the necessary bodies. 

My approach focuses on the fundamental belief that no matter what the difficulties are, there is always a way to find adjustments and solutions so that your difficulties do not prevent you from fulfilling your purpose in life. 


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