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.
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 me 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?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychological disorder influencing an individual’s attention span and temperament. This can be characterised by the inability to sit still, high susceptibility to forget things, excessive speech and motor movement, acting on impulse and struggles with organisation. Individuals diagnosed with ADHD will often exhibit symptoms prospectively which effects multiple areas of their development. This can include 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 I am 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 a complex psychological disorder with the extent of symptoms varying individually. ASD can be characterised as the incessant compulsion to perform the same routines daily and extreme distress in the event that the routine is interrupted. Further symptoms include hypersensitivity to bright lights, loud noises and receptiveness, distinct motor functions (such as constantly clapping) and excessive movement.
Individuals living with ASD will live with the symptoms 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 t 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. Favourably, a school/teacher’s report would be useful to understand the child’s behaviour in a classroom setting. 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). 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. My approach focuses on my belief that no matter what the difficulties are, there is always a way to find adjustments, solutions so that your difficulties do not prevent you from fulfilling your purpose in life.