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Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment and Treatment Services

Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida         Gainesville   Ocala            CPANCF.COM    

Providing Quality Psychological Consultation, Assessment and Psychotherapy to the North Central Florida Community               (352) 336-2888

Gainesville Florida Office - all rights reserved Ernest J. Bordini, Ph.D.

 Clinical Psychologists and psychiatrists have training in the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions.  Psychologists are specially qualified by their training to administer and interpret pschychological tests which provide standardized and objective measures of personality, abilities, mood, and adaptive functioning.  Psychiatrists generally specialize in using medications to treat such disorders.

In most states, the term "psychologist" is a protected title, meaning that only individuals licensed by the state may refer to themselves as psychologists or may described their reports or services as "psychological".  State licensing boards assure applicants for licensure meet rigorous training in approved institutions and internships and have also completed supervisied post-doctoral residency.  In most states psychologists must pass a demanding national licensing examination which involves a broad scope of material including laws, ethics, child and adut development, psychotherapy, theory, psychometric theory, psychological testing, industrial organizational psychology, social psychology, psychiatric diagnoses, psychopharmacology, and neuropsychology.  Among the mental health professions, the minimum training level of psychiatrists and psychologists is doctoral-level training.  When seeking psychological testing or assessment services confirm that you are bing seen by a licensed psychologist or that services are supervised by a licensed psychologist.

Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida offers a wide variety of psychological services.  Use the cascading menu system on the left to explore some of our services or use some of the easy links below and elsewhere on this page.  This page disusses some of our approach and philosophy about the diagnostic assessment and treatment process, as well as many of the the types of assessments we perform and conditions we encounter in our clinic.


                                                                                       Physicians: Use this Conslt Sheet for Neuropsychology Consults

 

Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment Services

TYPES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS

Traumatic or Acquired Injuries

Brain Injuries, Concussion, Head Injury, TBI

Dementia

Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation

Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

Intellectual Abilities – Intelligence / IQ

Gifted Evaluations

Mental Retardation

Adaptive Abilities / Functioning

Behavior and Adjustment

Competencies

Learning Disabilities

Language Assessment - Expressive/Receptive

Assessment for Testing Accommodations

- LSAT, GRE, MCAT, etc.

Psychological Assessment / Personality Evaluations

Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Alcohol/Drug, PTSD

Medical and Pre-surgical Psychological Evaluations

-Bariatric

-Surgery

-Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

-Chronic Pain

Career and Vocational Interests

Forensic Evaluations


Psychological & Neuropsychological IME's
(Independent Medical Examinations)

Fitness for Duty

Disability Evaluations

Personal Injury Evaluations
Worker's Compensation Evaluations
Assessment of Malingering & Dissimulatio

Competency & Sanity Evaluations  

Neuropsychological Assessment

-        Attention

-        Sensory-Perceptual

-        Motor speed and coordination

-        Visuospatial/Visuoconstructive

-        Executive Functions

-        Memory 

 

 

 

Commonly Used Tests in Neuropsychological Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMON PSYCHIATRIC, NEUROLOGICAL, DEVELOPMENTAL & OTHER CONDITIONS

 Developmental/Childhood  Disorders

-        Autism Spectrum Disorder

-        Asperger’s Disorder

-        Pervasive Developmental Disorder

-        Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

-     Oppositional Defiant Disorder

-     Eating Disorders

-     Social Anxiety Disorder / Shyness

-     Childhood mood disorders / Anxiety

-     Anoxia, Childhood Epilepsy, Brain Tumors

-     Cerebral Palsy

 

Learning Disabilities

-        Reading Disorder (dyslexia)

-        Mathematic Disorder

-        Writing Disorders

-        Nonverbal Learning Disorders

-     Expressive or Receptive Language Disorders

-     Coordination Disorders

 

Personality and Psychiatric Disorders

-        Depression

-        Anxiety / Panic Disorder

-        Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

-        Bipolar Disorder

-     Alcohol/Drug

-        Schizophrenia

-     Social Anxiety Disorder

-     Post-Partum Depressive Disorder

-        Somatoform Disorders

-        Borderline Personality Disorder

-        Personality Disorders

-     Eating Disorder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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ABOUT PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT SERVICES

Psychological and neuropsychological assessment Services are often used to assist in diagnosis of mental and nervous (psychiatric) conditions.  Assessments are also used or necessary in determinations of eligibility for services or accommodations, to assist in vocational, career and academic planning, fitness for duty, competencies, and determinations of safety to perform dutites.  Psychological and neuropsychological evaluation can identify areas in need of rehabilitation, are used to evaluate extent and type of injury, make determinations of abilities and disabilities, assists in pre-surgical assessment, can be used to monitor medication and treatment response,  and often guides treatment planning.  Psychological assessment is also used to assess response bias.  Often, batteries of tests are supplemented with more specific measures of areas, problems, or questions raised by the diagnostic differential in question. 

Since conclusions bases on neuropsychological or psychological assessment or testing can have important impact on diagnosis, treatment, and judgments used for determinations of eligibility or benefts, psychological reports become important documents which will tend to be relied upon for current and future conclusions and opinions.  It is therefore critical that patients, physicians, attorneys and others using these services seek experienced licensed psychologists who conduct thorough evaluations.  When judgments are being made, short-cuts and screening procedures are risky.

Ethical standards and standards on the use of psychological tests are clear that tests should not be used on their own.  Care must be taken to assure tests are appropriate and that results are integrated and interpreted with hsitory, interview, and other sources of material.  While testing may be assisted or adminsitered by a psychological technician or psychometrician, interpretation and integration of the results (i.e. the interpretation of results and conclusions) should always be done by a psychologist. 

Our committment to quality psychological assessment and treatment begins with a detailed history form (15-25 pages) which reviews presenting complaints, additional concerns, health history, occupational, legal, and treatment history, development, psychosocial information, and a review of psychological and neurological symptoms.  This is generally done for both our assessment and treatment patients.  Abbreviated histories are used in some cases such as facilitating rapid intake of EAP employees and to reduce fatigue for elderly patients and children.  This is supplemented by a formal mental status examination and review of current and past psychiatric symptoms.  This process, which may occur during an assessment day, or in 2-3 initial sessions before testing is part of a philosophy that good evaluation is an important key to effective management and treatment.  Assessments which tend to only examine, ask about and focus on a symptom or presumed problem are prone to miss other causes, co-occurring conditions or alternate difficulties which can lead to misdiagnosis and ineffectice treatment plans. 

Psychological testing may involve personality testing with an age-appropriate broad range personality test which examines mood difficulties, possibility of psychosis, anxiety disorders and personality adjustment.  This is very often appropriate to assist when there appears to be a possibility of more than one diagnosis, a complex diagnostic picture, need to identify primary and secondary problems or in some cases where decisions need to be made regarding medications, safety, or immediate planning needs.  More specific tests involving specific disorders, or issues may be used to provide more detailed information , to offer confirmation, or further diagnostic differential.  For example, specific tests may be used for eating disorders, chronic pain, medical adjustment, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism spectrum disorders and others.  Often parent-report behavioral and personality inventories are used in the assessment of children or adolescents.

Needless to say, this devotion of time is usually precluded by managed care plans, and we do not participate in these. We are often asked for second opinions in complicated cases, when treatment seems to be not working, or when less formal assessments have led to diagnosis of serious conditions. 

Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment is even more intensive, often involving a 2-3 day battery of tests employed to study neurological conditions or medical and psychiatric conditions which can impact on neuropsychological abilities of attention, memory, intelligence, reading, writing, language, nonverbal skills, construction, motor skills and coordination, planning, multi-tasking, and/or executive functions.

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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ's)

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Please call (352) 336-2888 for information about this or any of our programs. We are dedicated to providing quality psychological assessment, consultation, & treatment services to the North Central Florida Community

 


 
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