The diagnostic assessment is a intake evaluation that is clinical and functional for the individual seeking services. For adults, it is a face-to-face evaluation of a person’s mental health. Our psychologists will interview you regarding the nature, severity and impact of your emotional or behavioral difficulties, functional impairment, subjective distress and strengths and resources. The purpose of the diagnostic assessment is to gather history and better understand next steps with respect to further evaluation and mental health treatment. Diagnostic assessments last anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING
Individual therapy is provided to older children (10+), teens and adults on a limited basis at Treehouse Psychology. Our providers utilize an integrated approach combining interpersonal, humanistic, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy with clients, depending on their needs. Clients participating in individual therapy will first complete a diagnostic assessment. A treatment plan will be created and therapy sessions afterward. Therapy sessions typically last 45 minutes. 60 minutes sessions may be available. Payment is due at the time of service. We accept cash, credit card, and personal checks.
PARENT CONSULTATION/PARENT SUPPORT
Sometimes the best way to address difficulties you may be experiencing with your child or in your family is through parent consultation sessions. Parent consultation is not therapy; rather, it is a means to promoting effective parenting. Dr. Varga provides parenting consultation that is personalized for each family in order to best meet each individual’s needs. Needs assessment, goals, and behavioral management are provided. Dr. Varga works with families to improve parenting confidence and co-parenting. A series of several sessions that last 45-60 minutes are typically offered.
The purpose of a psychological evaluation is to better understand an individual’s mental health functioning, behavior, emotions and personality. A combination of techniques are used depending on the age of the individual and the identified problem(s). For younger children, projective techniques that include drawings, looking at pictures and telling stories is typically used. The individual will be interviewed regarding their current symptoms and problems. A series of measures that assess cognitive functioning/intelligence, academic functioning, adaptive/life skills, personality, mood and behavior are administered. At Treehouse Psychology, a flexible approach is used, with the tests selected depending on the age of the individual, their capabilities and the current concerns/problems. A feedback session to share findings is offered, and a full report follows. Psychological evaluations range from 2 to 4 hours.
Neuropsychological evaluations are requested when there has been injury or damage to the brain, or a patient has experienced a change in mental status. It is not needed for all conditions or concerns. Some reasons why a neuropsychological evaluation may be recommended include: traumatic brain injury or concussion, prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs, birth injury, oxygen deprivation, prematurity, toxic exposure, neurological illness such as dementia, and other serious medical or genetic conditions. Evaluations take 3-6 hours to complete, but may take longer depending on the complexity of the patient’s condition.
INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT (IQ) TESTING
Early identification is key to proper social and academic placement for the gifted child; however, it is recommended that children wait to be tested until the age of 8 or 9, given that intelligence is not stable until age 7. Testing may also help your child get placed into a gifted program, where he or she can develop his strengths further and learn to manage or improve his weaknesses. Some adults may be interested in having their IQ tested to better understand their potential and overall capabilities. IQ testing for interest or academic purpose is not reimbursed by insurance as it is not considered to be medically necessary. Intelligence testing includes brief interview, assessment, scoring, interpretation, and a final report. Testing typically takes 1.5-3 hours, depending on the individuals needs.