What is a Neuropsychological assessment?
A Clinical Neuropsychologist is trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders associated with conditions affecting the brain.
Usually, you will have been referred or recommended for a Neuropsychological assessment by your doctor, specialist, lawyer or insurer.
An assessment primarily addresses a number of areas of cognition, including concentration, memory, language and problem solving. Emotions and behaviour are also reviewed and together, the information collected is used to assist with the diagnosis, characterisation and treatment planning for a number of conditions (e.g. neurodegenerative, developmental, neurological and psychiatric).
Assessments can be undertaken to characterise strengths and weaknesses, monitor change over time, response to treatment or rehabilitation, and to delineate capacity and decision making abilities.
Following the assessment, the person who referred you will be provided with a detailed report outlining your test performances, and recommendations that might be helpful specifically related to your current level of functioning.
You will also be given the opportunity to attend for a feedback session regarding the outcomes of the assessment.*
*Please note that if you have been referred as part of a forensic, medico-legal or compensation process, you will need to seek further information regarding the nature of the assessment and any obtained outcomes from the referring agent or your legal counsel.
Who Will I Be Seeing?
The clinician undertaking the assessment has undergone rigorous training and supervision in the field of neuropsychology, with post graduate university qualifications.
They will be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement as a Clinical Neuropsychologist.
What Is Involved?
As part of the assessment process, the session usually begins with an interview that provides an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you might have regarding your cognition (thinking abilities), as well as your mood and any other issues that may be impacting on your ability to carry out your usual day-to-day activities.
Additionally you will also be asked questions regarding aspects of your background including your educational, occupational and medical history.
Following the interview, you will be administered a series of pencil and paper tasks, including questionnaires, completing puzzles and problem solving activities, as well as remembering certain information.
Depending on the nature of the referral questions, assessments can range in length from three to six hours, with the testing completed across one or two appointments.
What Do I Need To Bring to Neuropsychological Assessments?
Please ensure that you bring
- A copy of your referral (if it has not already been provided)
- A list of your current medications
- Reading glasses and hearing aids if you wear them
- Copies of medical documentation regarding recent health issues or hospital admissions
- Reports from any cranial investigations (e.g. head MRI scan; CT scan; EEG)
You may wish to have a family member or friend accompany you to the appointment, however the testing is conducted only with you.
Clinical Psychology Assessment
The first step in assisting you is an assessment session with one of our Clinical Psychologists. This session usually takes 60 minutes and involves sitting down, and talking together, so that we can get a detailed understanding of what you are experiencing and what you might like help with.
At the conclusion of this session, you can expect feedback from your Clinical Psychologist, a summary of your situation, information about treatment and therapy options. If appropriate, and time allows, we can also begin making a plan together to address your treatment and support needs.
We assess a wide range of adult and adolescent psychological issues including:
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Adjustment to life changes
- Adjustment to illness and/or disability
- Anxiety disorders
- Depression and mood disorders
- Family and relationship difficulties related to health problems or illness
- Grief and Bereavement
- Pain Management
- Psychological problems associated with Motor Vehicle Accidents and Workplace Accidents and Worker’s Compensation
- Post traumatic Stress Disorder
- Psychological problems associated with Acquired Brain Injury
- Psychological problems associated with neurological illnesses and conditions such as Stroke, Parkinsons, MS, Epilepsy
- Memory difficulties
- Rheumatological conditions
- Psychological problems associated with chronic health conditions
- Stress Management
- Substance abuse and dependence