The therapists at Garden City Psychology provide evidence-based treatment for a wide range of presenting concerns. Specifically, we use forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy that research has found are effective when addressing specific clinical concerns. Whether it is in-person or virtual, we offer a secure, supportive environment to share your concerns, set goals that are personally meaningful to you, and work toward meeting those goals. In consultation with your therapist, you can decide how often you would like to have therapy sessions; this can range anywhere from twice a week to sessions occurring on an as-needed basis, which might mean only a session or two a year. You can also choose the medium in which therapy will be offered. Some of our clients prefer to come to our office and others enjoy the convenience of virtual or telephone sessions.
The goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to understand an individual’s cognitive, academic, and socioemotional functioning and to provide recommendations to facilitate growth and development. Through the use of clinical interviews, observation, academic and cognitive testing, questionnaires, and a review of documents such as past report cards, we determine if a diagnosis may be appropriate (e.g., a learning disorder). Further, we write a comprehensive set of recommendations regarding the interventions and accommodations that will assist the individual to succeed in their post-secondary or work environment.
Unlike a psychoeducational assessment, a psychodiagnostic assessment does not typically include an evaluation of cognitive and academic functioning, but rather focusses on social, emotional, and behavioral concerns and strengths. An individual who is experiencing difficulty, and who presents with a complex pattern of symptoms, behaviors, or environmental stressors may benefit from clarification regarding whether a diagnosis is appropriate. Through a psychodiagnostic assessment, the clinician develops a plan regarding how to best meet the individual’s needs within the therapeutic, employment, and family contexts.