Available Diagnostic and Treatment Services
purpose of behavioral health care is to clarify ambiguous or unresolved
issues and organize changes so that order, harmony, and
functionality are achieved.
or "assessment," is a process of discovery that identifies strengths and
weaknesses in individuals, families, and support systems.
Diagnostic Evaluations assess all aspects of issue or concern. They
include evaluation of intellectual functioning as well as psychological
and behavioral status.
Evaluation of Psychological Function focuses on mental status and
the relationship of a person's thought/cognition to his or her actions/behavior.
Examples of diagnostic evaluations include the Mental Health Diagnosis,
Functional Analysis, and Adaptive Behavior Assessment.
Evaluation of Intellectual Function focuses on intellectual ability
as measured by standardized tests. The results of these tests are often
reported as Intelligence Quotients - better known as IQ - scores. More
recently, these results are referred to as Standard Scores, or "SS."
In either case, they are estimates of a person's intellectual ability
on the day he or she completed the test. SS results are used as one
factor in predicting the person's overall intellectual ability and future
intellectual growth and development. Individuals with developmental
disabilities are sometimes poorly served by the traditional intellectual
evaluations. Traditional testing can be augmented with testing
designed to remove unnecessary bias due to verbal or cultural difference.
I offer non-verbal standardized testing.
of Medical Necessity
is a specific type of evaluation used to apply for and continue authorization
for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services or Nursing Facility
Applicants with Other Related Conditions.
is a process of helping individuals use their strengths to make sense out
of life, bring harmony out of discord, and organize a functional interaction
with the world.
Health Care Treatment Plans put the logic and the specific process
of change in writing. A well-written plan is a map for the future based
on a solid understanding of the present. Often influenced by state regulations,
Behavior Plans are the product of a collaboration between many individuals.
Psychotherapy makes sense out of one person's life story. It is
a highly personal interaction between the therapist and the individual
in which goals are established by mutual consent, but the individual
receiving therapy is the engine for change. Individual psychotherapy
is successful only when the individual is motivated by the desire for
an outcome different than the present situation and is willing to work
Systems Therapy is an intense and systematic process of creating
harmony and organization in an individual's life. This type of therapy
engages interested parties from the individual's primary social system
in a pattern of consistent therapeutic engagement. It is used in situations
in which previous standard interventions have failed and chaos is leading
to dangerous situations.
|Frequently Treated Diagnosis
Spectrum Disorders or Problems with Communication and Relatedness. These include individuals with the diagnosis of Autism, Aspergers, or
Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
Disorders. These include panic attacks, fears and phobias, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, and
generalized anxiety disorder.
Disorders. These include various forms of depression, bipolar mood
disorder, and mood disorder due to a general medical condition.
Deficit Disorder. Problems with attention and hyperactivity.
Disorder. Problems adapting to life changes, predictable or unpredictable.
Disorder. Problems with a sense of self, and relationships with others.
with Accommodation and Socialization. Problems getting along with others, making friends, understanding or following rules.
Basis of Treatment
- Behavior Therapy and Functional Analysis
- Developmental Psychology