When behavioral health symptoms are overwhelming to individuals and/or their primary health care providers, Neuropsychological and psychological evaluations can facilitate diagnostic clarity and guide more effective treatment interventions.
Educational Assessment is a specialty service provided by a licensed psychologist to provide patients with an understanding of their intellectual and developmental functioning as it relates to their achievement abilities in reading, written expression, mathematics, and decision making. Difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and other Learning Disabilities are identified through the administration and interpretation of standardized psychological tests and other diagnostic information-gathering techniques. A licensed psychologist has the expertise to also assess the impact of other concerns impacting an individual’s educational or work-related achievements, such as social anxiety, test anxiety, reactive trauma, depression, chronic medical conditions, and neurodiversity. PILV has a team of professionals who are experienced in providing a thorough diagnostic assessment beyond concerns with learning because we understand the impact of other mental, social, and medical factors that may contribute to one’s personal achievement. Once an assessment is completed, a written report is provided, which includes an explanation of the testing process and interpretation of results, all of which provides the individual and others with a better understanding of a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Recommendations for the future are also clearly outlined so individuals can self-advocate for their achievement needs and access accommodations in an academic and/or employment setting.
Formal Psychological Assessments are required for “Pain Assessments” or “Pre-surgical Psychological assessments”. These assessments are often required for pre-surgical candidates who are recommended for spinal cord stimulation implants, bariatric surgeries, and other life-altering surgery procedures. The psychologist works with the referring medical provider and the patient to identify any psychological difficulties that may affect an individual’s ability to adjust to a surgical implant process. Information is gathered through a consultative process which also includes a brief standardized testing protocol and a thorough review of a patient’s medical records. This process may be required by an insurance company and is designed to inform medical professionals on how to best assist their patients to adjust and acclimate to their surgical plan. An assessment can be completed in one day. A written report is then provided to the referring physician with recommendations to help individualize an inclusive and supportive treatment plan.
Individual Psychotherapy services are available for patients seeking outpatient psychological services. Each provider may implement a variety of therapeutic interventions to meet an individual’s specific needs and may include evidenced-based approaches such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, applied Psychodynamic Theory, informative Self- Psychology techniques, and Adlerian Theoretical practices. PILV Providers are experiences and intentional in their focus to effect change and help others improve their overall quality of life. Psychotherapy is a process which often takes time. Each therapy relationship is cultivated and designed to effect changes for each individual’s needs and circumstances. A thorough initial clinical interview is provided and helps establish an effective treatment plan for future visits. Together an individual and their provider can collaborate on how best to approach the resolution of problems and concerns, help identify ways to effectively manage stress, and can also assist individuals to create a plan for personal growth that can positively affect an individual’s relationships and future.
Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) is an Evidence-Based treatment for Trauma-Related Disorders and for symptoms that may include intrusive thoughts related to another psychological disorder. EMDR is effective in reducing the emotional “charge” that is associated with anxious and traumatic memories including intrusive thoughts, emotional pain, feelings of guilt, and chronic anxiety. EMDR works by reducing the emotional intensity of painful memories, helping emotions to become easier to manage so that these intrusive memories no longer trigger the same disruptive response. An EMDR trained and certified provider will work with each individual referral to determine if EMDR can be an effective treatment for an individual. EMDR can be highly effective for individuals who suffer with: Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Performance-Related Issues, Grief and Loss, and traumatic/anxious events related to Shame and Guilt.