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Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy

Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy - Bringing Light to a Dark Place

To address your concerns, I offer psychological assessment and psychotherapy. You can choose either one of these or I can provide both for you.

Psychological assessment

A formal psychological assessment may be helpful if:

  • you are unsure what’s going on with you;
  • you suspect you have a disorder and you would like a diagnosis;
  • you and/or your doctor are unsure what sort of treatment will be effective.

I will interview you about your personal history and problems, and I may also administer one or more psychological tests. If you suspect a developmental problem (ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome), I may ask to interview someone who has known you since childhood.

At the end of your assessment, I’ll explain the results and make recommendations. I can also write up your results and recommendations in a report, if you need one.

I believe that a psychological assessment should be a therapeutic process, even if it’s not technically therapy.

I provide a comfortable, safe environment in which you can tell your story. In giving results, I identify strengths as well as weaknesses, and I give recommendations designed to help you find a pathway out of your dilemma.



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.