Because I’m working virtually now, I can no longer provide the testing component of psychological assessment. That is, I can’t sit down with you and administer psychological tests. But I can still collect information from sources I’ve always used in the assessment process – particularly from interviews with you about your personal history and problems. I sometimes fill in the picture by interviewing a spouse or parent. If a neurodevelopmental problem (such as ADHD or ASD) is suspected, I may also look at early report cards, if you can scan and email them to me.
It’s possible for me to diagnose some disorders through interviews only. For disorders that require formal testing, I may be able to provide only a provisional diagnosis. Please talk to me about your specific needs, so we can find a solution that works for you.
If you’re thinking about psychotherapy, you probably feel stuck in some way. In psychotherapy, I help you to get unstuck.
In other words, psychotherapy is not something that I do to you. It’s a collaboration in which we work together to identify your goals, figure out what’s keeping you from meeting them, and find ways for you to overcome these obstacles.
To accomplish all these things, we’ll agree on a treatment plan suited to your particular needs and goals. In carrying out this plan, I may use treatment strategies drawn from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and mindfulness traditions. I may also provide training in relaxation or assertiveness, if appropriate.
I’ll encourage you to try new things, even though they may feel risky or difficult.
New activities that I encourage may be very private — such as tolerating a painful feeling a little longer than you would like to, or talking to yourself in a kinder way. Or they may be social or public — such as saying no to someone you usually give in to, or riding in an elevator despite your fear.
The changes you make, and how quickly you make them, will be entirely up to you.