Living with ADHD can feel overwhelming. It can seem impossible to focus your attention on one task at a time, and leave you feeling like you're working twice as hard as others to get half as far. ADHD assessment can help provide a clearer picture of your symptoms, and help you receive the tools needed to maximize your true cognitive potential.
Understanding the interaction between our emotions, behaviors, and personality on the deepest level is critical to reaching our highest potential in life. Assessment can help to clarify your current symptoms and functioning, and create the best plan for the path forward.
Fitness for duty assessment available to those in the military or public safety.
Feeling comfortable, congruent, and confident in ourselves is a fundamental human right. Exploration can help one clarify their gender identity and expression, see their gender history in perspective, and feel empowered in taking the next steps towards medical and/or social transition. Click below for more information about HRT and gender-affirming surgery referrals.
Those of us with pets know they're more than simply animals who inhabit our homes. Pets provide us love, connection, and comfort when facing the difficulties of life. Research backs this up, and has consistently demonstrated the positive psychosocial benefits of owning a pet. If this feels true for you, an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) prescription would allow you to live and travel with your pet.
In every assessment, I work to identify your strengths and help you leverage them to reach your true potential.
I provide psychological assessment (i.e. testing) for adolescents and adults. In your assessment, I'll work toward the following goals:
- Provide an accurate diagnosis based on your assessment results
- Identify your strengths and help you leverage them to reach your true potential
- Give tailored recommendations for your best treatment options
- Collaborate with your physician regarding medication recommendations
- Advocate for your accommodation at work, school, or on national exams (ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAT, etc.).
I have extensive experience as an assessor and completed APA-accredited training in cognitive and psychiatric disabilities at the University of Illinois. In my most recent position, I trained Ph.D. students in assessment at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Psycho-Educational / ADHD Assessment
ADHD is an incredibly impactful condition that is often misunderstood by others. ADHD can feel like you're working twice as hard to get half as far as others. Unfortunately, all too often our society sends the message that those with ADHD are "lazy underachievers" who are "faking it" and simply need to "work harder."
This societal message couldn't be further from the truth. ADHD is a neurological condition that alters your ability to maintain focus, stay organized, and shut out all the "extra noise" in your environment.
Common signs of ADHD include:
- Difficulty focusing
- Short attention span
- Procrastination and forgetfulness
- Disorganization, messiness, or frequently misplacing belongings
- Difficulty staying engaged in conversation
- Impulsivity or hyperactivity
- Self-criticism and a poor view of yourself and what you can accomplish
Your brain shouldn't feel like a mystery to you. You deserve to know how to make it function in your favor.
If you believe you may have ADHD, a learning disorder, or any cognitive impairment, a cognitive assessment is critical to unlocking the keys you'll need to maximize your true cognitive potential. Once we've accurately identified your symptoms and their impact, we can work together to identify your best course of treatment, whether that includes ADHD coaching, medication, and/or accommodation (in school or on the ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAT, etc.).
ADHD coaching is a collaborative, active, and goal-oriented process. We'll work to identify your current ADHD-related struggles and I'll coach you in developing the self-awareness, skills, and strategies you can use to help conquer your ADHD. ADHD coaching can be brief and intensive in duration, or we can meet monthly in order to address the ongoing challenges that may arise in life and work.
Quality ADHD coaching delivered by a licensed therapist is a highly-effective treatment for ADHD. While no book should be considered a substitute for professional treatment, here are a few resources I recommend:
Diagnostic / Personality Assessment
Understanding your emotions, behaviors, and personality on the deepest level is critical to reaching your potential in life.
Personality assessment can help to:
- Determine your strengths and help you apply them to meet your goals
- Clarify your current symptoms and functioning
- Refine a diagnosis
- Structure and inform which types of treatment may be best in order to create a customized treatment plan
- Advocate for your accommodation in work or educational setting
Fitness for duty assessment available to those in the military or public safety.
Feeling comfortable, congruent, and confident in ourselves is a fundamental human right. For transgender or gender non-conforming individuals, exploring your gender identity and gender expression with a psychologist can help:
- Clarify your gender identity and expression (if you're still exploring and questioning)
- Explore your feelings about social and/or medical transition
- Document your gender identity for the purposes of name change petitions or medical intervention.
- Obtain an HRT or gender-affirming surgery referral letter from a psychologist
I strive to provide transgender-affirming services and maintain competence in gender assessment as guided by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health's Standards of Care. During the course of my professional experience, I've provided many referral letters and hold competence in dual-diagnosis gender assessment for those on the autism spectrum or experiencing significant mental health issues.
Feeling not quite ready to explore this area of your life with someone else? Looking to better understand your trans loved one?
Here are some resources I recommend:
Emotional Support Animals (ESA Letter)
Pets provide us love, connection, and comfort when facing the difficulties of life. Research backs this up, and has consistently demonstrated the positive psychosocial benefits of owning a pet.
If you believe you are experiencing significant stress in your life and would like to live and travel with your pet, an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) letter could help. ESA letters allow an individual to fly with their ESA in the cabin and live with their ESA regardless of a landlord's pet policy.
What will my ESA consultation involve?
Send me a message below, or give me a call, and we'll find a time to talk for about an hour. In our consultation, we'll explore your symptoms and life circumstances and I'll ask you to answer some simple questions from a standardized empirically-supported questionnaire.
After getting a good understanding of what you're experiencing, I'll recommend some specific steps you can take to feel better which may include prescribing an ESA.
Can we meet online or do I have to come to your office?
Consultation can occur in my office or online via Doxy, a secure video-call platform.
How much will the consultation cost?
An ESA evaluation and consultation is $150. There is a $15 documentation fee if we agree to proceed with the letter. The letter would be valid for up to 1 year, and includes my advocacy should a landlord or airline try to deny your use of the ESA.
I found a website that sells ESA letters. Is it OK to buy one?
That's one option, though a risky one. Many websites that sell ESA letters often conduct poor evaluations, do not include consultation with a psychologist for how you may improve your symptoms, sell letters signed by unlicensed therapists (rendering them useless), and do not offer subsequent advocacy if a landlord or airline refuse to honor your letter. I recommend people consult with a licensed therapist, such as myself, when determining whether an ESA is best for them.
Ready to schedule your ESA consultation?
Simply fill out the form below, and we'll be in touch.