Neuropsychological Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of client’s cognitive status. This includes an assessment of cognitive domains, such as language, memory, attention, and visual spatial functioning, to name a few. The goal of neuropsychological testing is to clarify or establish a diagnosis related to neurological functioning and to assess the degree of impairment related to this cognitive dysfunction. Typically, neuropsychological assessment is recommended to adult clients when they are displaying cognitive problems which may relate to a neurological disorder, such as brain injury, a stroke, or dementia. Following the assessment, I produce a comprehensive report that details the cognitive profile and offers recommendations. These recommendations will include suggestions regarding compensatory strategies, resources, and, when applicable, opinions on whether the client can safely live independently.
I also offer a neurocognitive screen to clients who have not been diagnosed with a neurological condition, but who feel that their cognitive functioning is not "as it should be" and interferes with their lives. For example, this type of evaluation may be helpful to someone who feels that they are smart and motivated, but have difficulties achieving their professional goals, or someone who feels that their memory has always been "bad", or that there is "just something wrong" with them, and they don't know what. A neurocognitive screen is helpful in clarifying individual strengths and weaknesses. Following the completion of the assessment, I provide clients with a short written report, offering recommendations, coping strategies relevant to their profile, and referrals to other providers who may be helpful in improving their functioning.
Since I am bilingual, I am also able to offer testing in Russian to clients who are not proficient in English.