Understanding How Your Brain Works


You are unique. Your brain is unique. And, each region of your brain contributes distinctively and interactively to other parts of your brain. Your brain influences your thinking (cognitive) and emotional styles as well as your behavior (see Koziol and Budding, 2009).

What a Neuropsychological Assessment Can Reveal

The clinical neuropsychology evaluation that I offer is incorporated into the Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment model and answers questions that you pose. These answers help to identify the relationship 1) between your brain and your behavior and 2) between your brain and challenges you may have with mental functions, such as memory, perception, attention, language, and personality.

A neuropsychological assessment evaluates how your brain functions and can help you identify and solve problems involving

  • Attention and concentration (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder – ADD/ADHD)
  • Learning (dyslexia, reading disorders, learning disabilities, achievement/academic skills)
  • Memory (dementias and Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Language (aphasia and verbal and non-verbal problem-solving)
  • Executive function (planning, organization, time management)
  • Emotion (anxiety; depression; bipolar disorder)
  • Social interaction and communication (autism spectrum/Asperger’s disorder)
  • Motivation (persistence)
  • Visual-spatial and sensory-motor processes (attention to visual detail, coordination)
  • Functional issues related to brain injury (memory, perception, attention, language)
  • Cognitive concerns due to medical illness (memory loss)

How Neuropsychological Assessments Are Conducted

Drawing from many sources and using a variety of methods (see below), I select a range of tests, tasks, and questionnaires tailored to you and your situation. I then develop a possible diagnostic picture with you by

  • Evaluating your individual test or task results;
  • Comparing your performance on a range of tests;
  • Analyzing and interpreting patterns that arise from groups of test performances; and
  • Collaborating with you to use your assessment results to answer your questions and find solutions

To learn more, please contact me for an initial conversation to discuss your needs.


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