At Associates in Family Psychology, we provide a range of psychological services. Each of our psychologists is committed to providing treatment individualized to your specific concerns. Your psychologist will provide you with treatment recommendations that may include individual, couples or family counseling, or psychological evaluation.
We offer individual therapy for individuals through the lifespan; working with children, adolescents, and adults. When working with minors (individuals under the age of 18), we require both parents to consent to treatment and attend the initial appointment.
Some common challenges that people seek help for through individual therapy include: anxiety, depression, life transitions, family changes, difficulties with adjustments, work or family stress, trauma, school stress, social problems, and relationship and/or sexual intimacy difficulties. Treatment modalities for adults vary depending upon your psychologist's theoretical perspective and your specific concerns. Some methods commonly used in our practice include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and relaxation skills training, and insight-oriented therapies. Many teens also benefit from the some of the same methods, yet at times, a more comprehensive family therapy approach is most helpful. For young children, play therapy and coping skills training are commonly utilized. Often for children in treatment, parent consultation can provide direction and support to help you to effectively implement positive parenting strategies.
Family therapy is often very useful in helping to improve communication, understanding, and relationships among family members. If you are interested in family therapy, please let us know when you call. We will meet with you during your initial appointment to discuss your concerns and explore treatment options most helpful for your situation. Parents will attend the first appointment to provide background information prior to the first family session.
We commonly use various types of family therapy approaches. We may meet with all members of the family, or a smaller subgroup within the family, such as siblings, parents, or parent and child.
The goal of couple’s therapy is to help you and your partner identify the strengths and problems within your relationship and decide what changes are needed for both of you to feel satisfied. Couple's therapy involves gaining a better understanding of why you and your partner think and do the things you do, how some of things can lead to conflict, and ultimately, how to interact and communicate more effectively.
Your couple's therapy will likely begin with an initial intake session with both partners present. Your psychologist may also wish to see each partner individually for a session in order to develop a good understanding of each of you, individually and as a couple before moving into therapy sessions. This creates a good foundation for helping you to understand one another and build a happier life together.
We are pleased to have Dr. Eric Howard working in our practice. As a Diplomate in Sex Therapy by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, he compliments our existing couples services by helping individuals and couples with issues affecting their sexual functioning and relationship.
We offer the following psychological evaluation services:
What is a psychological evaluation and what is involved?
There are many types of psychological evaluations, which vary depending upon the issue you are interested in exploring. Many types of evaluations range from brief and limited to those that are more comprehensive and provide broad, in-depth assessment and conceptualization of an individual’s functioning. In our practice, most evaluations will involve an initial clinical interview and inquiry of developmental history, psychological testing and observation, completion of behavioral questionnaires by parents and teachers, and a session to provide feedback of evaluation results and recommendations.
Why get a psychological evaluation?
A comprehensive psychological evaluation will provide you with important information about an individual’s overall psychological functioning in many areas, including intellectual skills, academic achievement, memory, personality, relationships, and emotional and behavioral functioning. Often, when an individual or family first expresses their concerns about a particular issue to a medical provider, they are asked to complete a symptom questionnaire, or screening questionnaire. Screening Questionnaires can be quite helpful in flagging a problem that requires further evaluation. Unfortunately, if one relies only on a screening questionnaire as an indicator of a disorder or need for treatment, the real problem causing the concern may be missed or mistakenly identified as something else. For instance, sometimes a screening questionnaire may show a positive indication for ADHD, yet easily miss other issues that are contributing to the child’s behavior. Problems such as concerns in home or school environments, peer relationships, parenting, learning disabilities, cognitive deficits, depression, or anxiety may sometimes look like ADHD, yet they require very different solutions. A full evaluation helps to reduce chances of incorrect diagnosis so that you can seek the appropriate treatment if necessary.
Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD/Aspergers) may be indicated and additional time may be required. We can discuss this option in our consultation appointment.
Each of our psychologists is highly trained and were selected for our practice in part because they demonstrate exceptional ability and experience in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations. Our evaluations will not only give you valuable information obtained from the psychological assessment we complete with you or your family member, but will also provide the necessary time to explain these results to you in the context of your life, daily functioning, and especially your initial reason for seeking the evaluation. Moreover, we are able to take our analysis of these results and offer initial recommendations aimed at addressing the problem and assisting you in using the strengths identified through the evaluation to promote future success.
In exploring your options for treatment providers, you may discover variations in costs of an evaluation. Comprehensive evaluations that produce meaningful and useful results require time, training and skill of the evaluator. Our psychologists work one-on-one with the client and do not utilize assistants. You may find in your search for an evaluator that prices vary depending upon these factors.
What is the process for scheduling a psychological evaluation?
The evaluation process can take between 4 and 6 weeks to complete depending on several factors. The first consultation appointment (for parents, if testing is for a child) will take approximately 45-50 minutes. Both parents should plan to attend this appointment.
Then, approximately six hours of testing will be scheduled. Typically, three, 2-hour testing appointments will be scheduled first thing in the mornings. It's very important that your child be well-rested and have a good breakfast for the opportunity to do their best. This is why we do not schedule afternoon appointments for testing. If your child is particularly young or active, we may need six, one-hour appointments. During the testing process your child may need more or less time depending on their energy level and ability.
After the testing appointments have been completed and all required documents are turned in, a feedback session for parents will be scheduled approximately two weeks after the last testing appointment. A report with the results, findings and recommendations will follow 10-14 days later.
Please review our Service Agreement for specific information regarding cancellation policies, insurance reimbursement and more. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions.