My main specialty area is psychological assessment. Assessment is a comprehensive tool necessary to determine diagnosis and rule out co-morbid conditions. Many mental health symptoms overlap and it is often difficult to know the root of a problem by just speaking with a person. Additionally, it is inadvisable to use a screener to understand the difference between ADHD/ dyslexia/ auditory learning processing disorder/ or anxiety. Managed care has focused on quick and easy tests that are prone to errors, but psychological testing generally is more complex and time consuming, devoted to getting the right answer for each client.
I administer comprehensive batteries (completed myself without the use of students or psychometrists) to rule out mood disorders, autism, learning disorders, attention disorders or other psychiatric conditions for ages three and up. I provide extremely detailed reports, treatment plans, and explanation letters (to children and adolescents) to convey the results in a way everyone can understand. I also aid with referrals, school accommodations, and integrating the conclusions with requested treatment teams (including school counselors, psychiatrists, pediatricians, teachers, parents, and tutors).
My promise is to give every client the quality that led me to be named “THE” testing psychologist In North Georgia.