What is Neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychology applies this knowledge to assess various aspects of cognitive and emotional functioning, including memory and learning, attention, language, visuospatial skills, planning, organization, and reasoning. Our comprehensive evaluation can assist medical providers in better understanding their patient's everyday difficulties stemming from developmental issues, brain injury, or illness.
How can Neuropsychological Evalualuations Assist with Patient Care?
Assessing the nature and extent of cognitive impairment and/or emotional difficulties.
Providing differential diagnosis.
Identifying cognitive strengths and weaknesses
Documenting changes in cognitive functioning over time
Formulating specific recommendations to guide treatment planning, optimizing strengths, and compensate for difficulties.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Does what we talk about remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a psychologist. Every psychologist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in the examination will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your psychologist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law, your psychologist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the psychologist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.