Additionally, psychological services may be used as a Tax Deductible Medical Expense.
The child or teen and at least one caregiver should attend our initial session. We will meet as a team to discuss the best session format and to begin building rapport together. I usually work for a short time individually with the child during this session. The goal of our initial session is for everyone to feel safe and comfortable and to begin working on the areas of concern outlined during the intake process.
I then work with the child or teen and parents together to create a strategy to make changes and address their concerns. For some families, change arises naturally after gaining insight and understanding into the problem. For others, the concerns require intentional change across several life domains. Change can be difficult, so the speed of our progress will vary depending on a number of factors.
I usually need to see the child for approximately 4-5 hours of direct testing, depending on the assessment questions. We take lots of breaks as needed and often a lunch break too. Some children or teens may benefit from scheduling two separate testing sessions to maximize their attention and energy during the assessment process. If you are interested in a psychological assessment for your child or teen, please complete the intake form so that we can discuss the information you’re hoping to glean and we can decide the best scheduling for you and your child.
My turn-around time for reports is generally two weeks, at which point we meet to review the results and discuss recommendations.
A risk to be aware of is that over the course of therapy, we may discuss painful or upsetting emotions or memories. This is often a natural part of the healing process, and when emotions and memories are acknowledged and dealt with collaboratively, there will be improvement over time. All feelings are respected in our work together.
Psychological assessments carry with them the benefit of developing a thorough, current understanding of a child or teen’s functioning and needs across areas of development. There is a risk of fatigue and frustration during testing for the child or teen, as well as the risk of obtaining unexpected information (e.g., a diagnosis the family or school team had not yet considered) through the assessment process.
The benefits of psychological services often outweigh the risks. I will work with you and your child or teen to ensure that everyone understands the risks and benefits of obtaining psychological services with me.
The only exceptions to this practice are:
- If clients share information with me that leads me to believe that they or another person is at imminent risk of serious harm
- If clients share information with me that leads me to believe that a child (17 and under) or dependent adult is being abused or neglected
- If clients become involved in a court case and therapy records are subpoenaed by a court of law
If caregivers would like me to share information about sessions with other professionals, I require a written release of information from all legal guardians.
I typically see children or teens for 60- to 90-minute sessions. Families determine the frequency of our sessions, usually biweekly or monthly. Sometimes at the beginning or our work together, people prefer to see me more often to develop some momentum in the change process. It is up to each family to decide how frequently they would like to see me.